There are certain artists I listen to that completely captivate me through their music, to the point where I have to stop thinking about everything and get lost in the fantasy and stimulation. Curtis Mayfield is one of those artists, I mean some of his songs are charged with a such complex array of emotions, rhythms and textures that you can’t help but feel like an air of divinity is coming through your speakers. Why am I talking about Curtis Mayfield in Mayer Hawthorne post? Well one listen at the percussion and vocal performance on The Ills and you’ll quickly realize Hawthorne applies very good taste when it comes to looking for inspiration.
You know the ills of this world they can get you down
But then we get back up”
To put it simply, this song is about the inevitable ups and downs of life and the process of getting though them. Those of you who read this blog regularly probably know that my favorite word is perspective. Having the ability to momantarily disconnect yourself from a trouble or even a success to see the moment for what it is – passing, is a great skill to practice. Next time you get mad or sad about something just think about the fact that it won’t last. Think about your past hardships, where are those now? The laws of the universe say that the pendulum will always swing back the other way. You can’t stop equilibrium but you can have the understanding that it exists and thus the perspective to rise about letting it rock you at will, that is the way to balance, enjoy.
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin