Positive Thought: ‘The World I Know’ by Collective Soul Analyzed

The thought provoking lyrics and perspective of the 1995 classic ‘The World I Know’ by Collective Soul is a great song/video to analyze. How I perceive this song is that it’s okay to question and feel deeply bothered with the state of our world,  but we should always try to not let this reflection prevent us from encouraging more positivity and good progression within our planet. I love this song and whenever I listen to it, the overall composition is compelling to me. I encourage all to never give up on our world…to never be comfortable or numb to the evil & unfortunate happenings that may be prevalent in our world. One of the many beautiful reasons why hope still lingers on is because this world also includes inhabitants/souls who are conscientious, good-hearted and genuinely care to implement/spread positive change. Therefor, let’s never feel as though this world is mainly full of only gloom and despair…because it is not. We all are each equally important & vital in implementing positive change, and there are people who still sincerely care for the pain/suffering others experience.  If we can’t seem to find many, then let’s be one of the light-filled souls we seek and desire. I also love how this video encourages people to never give up on life and that there is always inspiration/positivity we can grow from and contribute to.

Has our conscience shown?
Has the sweet breeze blown?
Has all the kindness gone?
Hope still lingers on
I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don’t know why

Are we listening
Hymns of offering?
Have we eyes to see
That love is gathering?
All the words that I’ve been reading
Have now started the act of bleeding
Into one, into one

So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
‘Cause it’s the world I know
Oh it’s the world I know

I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don’t know why, don’t know why

So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
‘Cause it’s the world I know
Oh it’s the world I know

So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below

And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
‘Cause it’s the world I know
Oh it’s the world I know

Songwriters: ED ROLAND, ROSS BRIAN CHILDRESS
© KAREN SCHAUBEN PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION
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Trip Hop & The Bristol Sound: A Few of My Favorites

Trip Hop originated from Bristol ,U.K, & the sound has been partly influenced by jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul. The Bristol Underground scene of the 90s involved experimenting with art and music, particularly with drum & bass. Trip Hop’s drum-based breakdowns and sound involves several types of music styles , and is a good example of just how diverse electronic music is…there are literally no less than one hundred ‘subgenres’.  When I think of some of the most interesting and diverse sounds in electronic music, it seems only right to mention Trip Hop greats/legends such as Howie D, Morcheeba, and Nightmares on Wax. To pay homage, here are a few of my favorite classic Trip Hop songs & artists of the 90s, an amazing innovative time for Electronic music.

 

Classic 90s: U Send Me Swingin By Mint Condition

Mint Condition are very multi talented and still continue to create good quality songs in today’s era. This is my favorite song from their second album, The Mint Factory. What I also love about this band is that they do not try to create modern trendy music that may not fit their style/vibe. What they have put out in the 2000s still has that authentic Mint Condition signature sound.

On A Ragga Tip Classic: The Art of 90s Electronic/Dance Culture

Here is a perfect example of the vibe/style of classic 90s electronic/dance music that was popular years ago. However, for those of us who love 90s electronic music, then music like this will always be current. Whether they called it big beat, breakbeat, hardcore, rave, triphop, dance or whatever….the 90s had some of the best electronic music that has ever been created.

The Art Of Sarcasm In Songs: Two Examples of Songs With Thought Provoking Lyrics To Analyze

   

Both of these songs have a good message, but the way they say it is in a sarcastic way to mock and make you think. Here are the lyrics, which, is the best way to further understand the art and inspiration behind sarcastic/irony filled songs that are actually positive songs.

Christion Full of Smoke

But let us leave these two young men
To sit and reflect on the fate of the world
For life as we know it my brotha, must go on
And so the hustlers continue to hustle
And the playa’s continue to play

I’m the man today
Can’t nobody tell me nothin’
Got a hold on life
I’m takin’ each day by day being strong
Know just where I’m going to

As I get higher and higher
Dreams grow, visions flow by
This is as good as it gets
As I take another hit, suga
I can’t stop, I won’t stop

‘Cuz I’m too cool
And what they say is true
Ooh, I’m full of smoke
‘Cuz I’m too cool
And what they say is true
Ooh, I’m full of smoke

Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down

And all the day time just passes by me slowly
But I’m alright, you’ll see
Faces and places catching different cases
True runners it’s glorified

Same situation, nothin’ ever changes
Just being a bona fide hustler
Hustler, baby, from day to night
Business is as good as it gets
As I take another hit, honey
I won’t stop, I won’t stop

‘Cuz I’m too cool
And what they say is true
Ooh, I’m full of smoke
‘Cuz I’m too cool
And what they say is true
Ooh, I’m full of smoke

Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down

I’m the man today
Can’t tell me ‘cuz I’m feeling

‘Cuz I’m too cool
And what they say is true
Ooh, I’m full of smoke
‘Cuz I’m too cool
And what they say is true
Ooh, I’m full of smoke

Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down

Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down
Watching my life go down

Local H Bound To The Floor
Born to be down
I’ve learned all my lessons before now
Born to be down
I think you’ll get used to it

And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you don’t
And you don’t
And you don’t
And you don’t

Born to be down
I think that I’ve said this before now
Born to be down
What good is confidence?

And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you don’t
And you don’t
And you don’t
And you don’t

And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you don’t
And you don’t
And you don’t
And you don’t

And you don’t
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you don’t
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you don’t
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you don’t
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic
And you just don’t get it, you keep it copacetic
And you learn to accept it, you know it’s so pathetic

And you don’t

When People Don’t Really Understand The Message/Lyrics To A Song: This Is A Perfect Example (Nirvana’s In Bloom)

This video and song is a great example of what happens a lot with some music listeners and not fully understanding the message of a song.  Some musicians do not say things in a straightforward way and you have to actually take time to analyze the lyrics…decode the meaning/message behind it. Some people don’t care and will like it just because the beat/vibe sounds nice  However, how can you truly understand or ”feel” a musician and their music if you really don’t have any idea what their talking about…just that it sounds ”rebellious” or ”different”? I mean, you don’t have to have personal experience or feel exactly the same way as the artist, but at least put an emphasis on the lyrics. During the whole ”grunge” movement when it started to become popular mainstream music, there were probably a lot of people who sang along to Nirvana’s lyrics, wore flannel shirts, and whatever ”fit” the image….but they did not truly know or understand what was being said in the lyrics. This bandwagon thing happens in every generation, it is happening now, and will always happen.

He’s the one
Who likes all the pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And He likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it mean

New Jack City: The Classic Movie With A Cautionary Message

I feel as though too many times great movies like New Jack City, Paid in Full, and Scarface are celebrated and glamourized for all of the wrong reasons Yet, all of the movies share some of the same consequences & negative aftermaths….. and no one really had a happy ending….except for Ace Boogie (Paid In Full)  if you count him being alive & out of the drug game. But, if you seen the movie then you know it came with a hefty price & a lot of messed up stuff happening to people.  Nevertheless, New Jack City, Belly, Shottas, Paid In Full, New Jersey Drive, and so forth are classics that will never get old. New Jack City is one of my favorite movies & I love the fashion/style, music & club-dance scene that was apart of the New Jack Swing era. I also love how Mario Van Peebles wanted this to be an entertaining yet cautionary tale during the infamous Crack Era in the 80s.  While some like Belly actually have a more positive ending, I notice many don’t. I’ve also noticed some people are still in love with glorifying a Nino Brown or Tony Montana type persona…but was it all worth it?

 

New Jack Swing Era: Oh How I Love Thee

The New Jack Swing era was full of people with high top fades, colorful clothing like Kwame the rapper, and dancing to classic songs like this one…which is from the classic movie New Jack City. I love Guy, which is a legendary New Jack Swing era group with the amazingly talented Teddy Riley. Besides Forrest Gump, this movie use to be my favorite until I saw it for the millionth time….now I just know all of the words & act out the scenes with my sister. It’s still a good movie, I’m just tired of seeing it lol. Anyways, I love the New Jack Swing era & the club scene seemed really cool in that era. I can imagine myself with one of those elaborate 80s hairstyles ( fly but not too much going on lol), big bamboo golden earrings, a cute colorful outfit, & just dancing to this song. Like I said, in a previous post, the club scenes in the 20th century just seemed to be more fun & more about dancing.

Interesting Lyrics.

And All the roads we have to walk are winding

And all the lights that lead us there are blinding

There are many things that I would like to say to you

But I don’t know how.

(Lyrics from Oasis ”Wonderwall”)