Zombie Survival Tips: Um,Just In Case

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Of course,  if you watch The Walking Dead then it is not that hard to imagine yourself trying to make it in this world while zombies are trying to eat you. Typically,  zombies are suppose to walk slow.  However,  the very realistic film 28 Days Later showed us all the possibilities and outcomes of zombies running as fast as Olympic track stars. There are some things that we all should know…like shoot/stab the zombie in the head or burn it. However,  there are other things to remember as well. Just in case a zombie attack happens,  or whatever.  It’s better to be prepared or maybe I just watch way too many fantasy shows.
1. It’s better to become a nomad then to try to stay in one place just to be “secure”. There is no such thing as security or a “safe haven” in a zombie infested world.
2. Unless it was a family member,  don’t be hesitant to kill a zombie because it will not think twice about eating your brains. And unless you plan on locking your zombie relative up like in Shaun of the Dead, then you will have to “kill” them even though they’re not really alive anymore. Sorry. They probably would want you to anyways….I know I would.
3. Humans will be the most important creatures to watch for. You will have greedy people who will try to be authoritative and careless. We all know how this goes from watching the Walking Dead.
4. Learn or know how to grow your own food or at least know how to start a fire and kill a bird yourself.  I don’t wanna chop a chicken’s head off either or eat a rabbit but….ya never know. Bottom line, we all have to have survival skills and not be a scary cat. Weak people will have it the hardest. Especially mentally weak folks.
5. And last but not least, don’t let a shift or change in our world make you become a negative person who gives up faith and hope. I mean, it may be hard & your loved ones may look at you as food if they are bitten…but just don’t give up. There are many other tips but these were just a few.

Classic Rap Moment: The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World

I’m not going to lie, I don’t really listen to a lot of Keith Murray. However, this is one of my favorite classic rap songs ever. I love how lyrically creative Keith Murray was in this song and I also love the vibe of this song because it screams ”90s east coast rap”. I can’t say how much I love 90s rap, especially the less talked about rappers. It is so easy to mention the common names like Tupac, Biggie, & Nas. However, if someone really enjoys classic old school rap…then they can also mention many lesser known rappers.

WANTED: More Faith In Humanity

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Sadly, I often hear people say things like “I give up on humanity”, “I don’t like people”, or “I hate people”. First of all, hate is a strong word, and not all people should be placed or viewed in such a negative way.  I have faith in humanity because I understand that there are good people in this world as well. If we try individually to be postive good beings,  then that can inspire others.  Thinking negatively about human kind will not help better our world or humanity because we have already decided to give up on each other.  Of course, as long as there are people…there will be negative beings who turn themselves into “bad” energy.  There will always be good cops & bad cops, good doctors and bad doctors,  and so forth.  Why? Because good and bad people walk this Earth and they have job professions  and some are in certain positions of power/authority. Instead of just deciding that humanity is doomed and wicked, how about we use our postive energy/mindsets to spread good and encourage postive change. I could never say that I hate or dislike people in general because one of my biggest pet peeves is generalizing people in one big box even though we all are individuals.  I appreciate and care about all of the good hearted people in the world and I understand that each individual is responsible for what they turn their souls into. I have faith in humanity because I see beauty in this world and I know there are people who do good deeds, but they may not ever get noticed.  So, I encourage whoever reads this to please don’t give up on all of humanity.  Don’t let the sick or evil deeds that go on in this world make you less positive because somewhere out there, good hearted people are doing/creating postive change. It may not be televised or awarded, but hopefully this will inspire us all to keep the faith.

The Masterpiece Song: Massive Attack’s TearDrop

Many people may recognize this song as the theme song for House. The video to this song is very interesting and people have differentiating views on what the song is about. This song is a classic to me, and I think the lyrics & video are great to analyze. Some people believe this song is referring to abortion, but I do not see that at all when I analyze the song & lyrics. I think the song has a beautiful concept about life & love in general. No matter what people’s perception, I think that this song is amazing & a favorite of mine.

Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir: A Song That Stands The Test Of Time

Even though my daddy had been listening to Led Zeppelin and playing them in his car since I was a little girl, I actually started listening to Led Zeppelin when I was 13 years old back in like, 2006.  Matter of fact, one of my first C.D’s was Led Zeppelin’s The Mother Ship Greatest Hits album, which was the album that was created for their last and final performance together. Ever since I heard ”Kashmir”, it has become one of my favorite songs by any artist or group. Kashmir was inspired by an area of Southern Morocco, while driving from Goulimine to Tantan in the Sahara Dessert. Just like many other people all around the world, this song is one of the reasons why I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Every aspect of this song is truly amazing, timeless, and helps define what it means to considered a ‘’classic’’. I could go on and on about the guitar riffs and the playing skills of Jimmy Page. The legendary bridge of this song has always been so mesmerizing to me. Led Zeppelin will be one of my favorite bands no matter what era, and I’m pretty sure generations to come will never forget them.

When Lyrics Speak To You: Speed of Sound By ColdPlay

Some songs we hear, it may feel as if they are speaking to us personally because how easy it may be to relate. Coldplay, one of my favorite bands, really did an ingenious thing with the ”Speed of Sound” lyrics. I could honestly write a multi-page essay on these lyrics, but all one has to do is look at the lyrics and analyze the meaning themselves.

How long before I get in?
Before it starts, before I begin?
How long before you decide?
Before I know what it feels like?
Where To, where do I go?
If you never try, then you’ll never know.
How long do I have to climb,
Up on the side of this mountain of mine?

Look up, I look up at night,
Planets are moving at the speed of light.
Climb up, up in the trees,
every chance that you get,
is a chance you seize.
How long am I gonna stand,
with my head stuck under the sand?
I’ll start before I can stop,
before I see things the right way up.

All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you’d understand?

Ideas that you’ll never find,
All the inventors could never design.
The buildings that you put up,
Japan and China all lit up.
The sign that I couldn’t read,
or a light that I couldn’t see,
some things you have to believe,
but others are puzzles, puzzling me.

All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you’d understand,
ah when you see it then you’ll understand?

All those signs, I knew what they meant.
Some things you can invent.
Some get made, and some get sent,
Ooh?
Birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you’d understand,
ah, when you see it then you’ll understand? 

Inspiration For All Humanity: Martin Niemoller Statement

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoller was a German anti-Nazi, theologian,  and pastor who is the creator behind an inspirational statement that I think about often. In our world, we have some people who believe that countries and different groups of people should solely only worry about their problems first. However,  as one humanity anytime there are crimes against humans happening,  we should be concerned. It should not matter what ethncity, religious beliefs, or place of residency someone has. I guess some people are not compassionate and horrid acts involving some groups of people may not bother their conscious. I often try to see things from different views, but my mind will not let me understand humans who are not personally disturbed by some of the things going on just because it is not happening to them or the “category” they belong to. Many people always complain about the state of this world and the people in it, as if just complaining or blaming others will change anything. We all have some level and form of responsibility in this world if we live here. Instead of just complaining and having a negative outlook on our world, we can decide to place our own positive mark here. We need more genuine good hearted people who believe this world is not just some wicked place. We should still have hope and faith in humanity and it starts with us deciding to spread positivity. We don’t need to be wealthy like Oprah to make a difference or a politician. It starts with our mindsets and decision to try our best to be genuine pure souls. We need more people to have a positive outlook and desire to stay gold at heart no matter how much negativity is out here. Helping humanity starts with uplifting our faith and keeping our souls pure, meaning having a beautiful outlook on life and radiating positivity from within. Not letting evil deeds by other people inspire us to change our way of thinking or energy is very important in my opinion.  Of course, this may not be easy because we are all at war with ourselves at times whether it is a spiritual or mental battle. I think we should try our best to let positivity triumph. This is worth so much more than we could ever imagine if we just try our best to be good at heart, keep a positive mindset, and understand the importance of caring for all humanity….not just certain “groups”.

Pete Rock & C.L Smooth: Timeless Art Is Never Forgotten

As an immense old school rap listener, I think that Mecca & the Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient Albums by the legendary Pete Rock & C.L Smooth are classics no matter what time period. I’m sure some people who are passionate about old school rap may share my opinion as well, and this classic is just one of their tracks that are absolutely timeless. Of course, the amazingly talented producer Pete Rock paired with the lyrically gifted C.L Smooth made a great duo. Not to mention, the song was also partly dedicated to Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D & the Boyz, who died in a tragic accident in 1990. ‘’They Reminisce Over You’’ is a classic musical portrait that gives us insight on C.L Smooth’s family upbringing and journey. Everything about this song is one of the reasons why I love old school rap, especially 90s, so very much.

An Inspiring Outlook On Life : Incubus ”Drive”

I love this song because the lyrics ae very meaningful to me. ‘’Drive’’ has a positive message that encourages trying to be fearless, thinking outside of the box, and having a beautiful outlook on life.  I also love the album title, which is named ”Make Yourself”.  Since music speaks to us on a spiritual level, I think that it is good to listen to music that is motivational and inspiring. No matter what personal battle we go through, I think that it is important to stay positive and understand just how beautiful life really is when you have a positive elevated mindset.

Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear

And I can’t help but ask myself how much I let the fear

Take the wheel and steer

It’s driven me before

And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal

But lately I’m beginning to find that I

Should be the one behind the wheel

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

With open arms and open eyes yeah

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

I’ll be there

So if I decide to waiver my chance to be one of the hive

Will I choose water over wine and hold my own and drive?

It’s driven me before

And it seems to be the way that everyone else gets around

But lately I’m beginning to find that

When I drive myself my light is found

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

With open arms and open eyes yeah

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

I’ll be there

Would you choose water over wine

Hold the wheel and drive

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

With open arms and open eyes yeah

Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there

I’ll be there

Planet Rock: The Glamorization of Crack/Cocaine In Hip Hop

There is nothing wrong with a rapper discussing selling drugs on a song. People go through different situations, have different views, and have different mindsets. However, there is a difference between speaking about something to describe a whole portrait, and glamourizing it. For an example, The Lost Boyz “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” is a classic cautionary tale about selling drugs. The song is not trying to influence people in a good way by painting a glamorous portrait. The prime era of the Crack/cocaine time is over, but it is still glamourized and influential to many. In my generation, it seems as if there are still many popular rappers who paint a glamorous portrait about selling drugs like crack/cocaine even when the reality is far from what is imitated. A young boy with no real positive father figure or mentor sees a wealthy rapper glamourizing selling narcotics, and this could affect him in a negative way. He sees a big-time drug dealer with a flashy car and makes it look as if it is the best option to make money. Too many times, we see the ‘’good’’ side of the drug game being rapped about in songs.. Even though there are rappers who try not to depict these images, the popular mainstream rappers are still seen to the masses and the youth are always watching. Selling crack/cocaine and other hardcore drugs are detrimental and destructive to communities. Children have witnessed their mothers overdose on what is often glamourized in some artists songs.  I guess some people don’t really care, but if you’re one of the many people in the world who claim to be think lyrics are just as important as the beat…then shouldn’t you be mindful of the overall portrait music artists are creating in songs?