I’ve been sitting on this for days now ever since I caught it on Yaqui’s blog. I’ve passed it along to a few DJ friends and my closest buds only to receive nothing but positive feedback. You would think that all of these years later some of us would be tired of MIA by now, but as my friend/DJ from Switzerland put it: “this is interestingly delicious because I love MIA in general”. And quite honestly, who doesn’t?
Finding this, sharing it, and writing about it (MIA‘s “Paper Plane” [Eau Claire Remix]) here has made me realize that the world is a place meant for sharing. It’s a communal planet full of an endless amount of resources that we should be sharing rather than capitalizing on. I mean, what good is it to own everything when there are people out there suffering in the freezing cold because they can’t even purchase a winter coat, or literally dying of hunger because they can’t afford a meal? How can any of us see this as fair? How can we willingly keep our brains so diluted with the aroma of capitalism that we turn blind eyes, daily, to the problems that our fellow humankind face?
I know that some of us are taught better than others, and that many of you feel that the positions some of these people are in are positions that only they themselves are responsible for, but when do we look beyond that? At what point do we realize that the these theoretical systems that we are living in just don’t work? They haven’t worked.
Often some of our writers feel that we can’t change the world on a global scale the way it needs to in order for us to save ourselves from us just by writing. (‘we have no natural predators. so who do we hold accountable for destruction if not ourselves, right?’) But I think that writing and music are exactly the ways that we will be able to make a global change.
You may have or not have noticed, but gas prices have fallen tremendously. The reason for this is much more sinister and much more orchestrated than you are led to believe. Prices are down because there are no jobs or any money out there. Sure, those that have tons of it continue to pile it on up, but those that live paycheck to paycheck know this to be truer than anything else they are sold to believe. It’s simple: if you spend less on gas then you feel like you have more money left over, which you do, and so you are able to get out there and continue to consume. Basically, you don’t horde your cash but spend it instead, and in order for this society to keep going then you and I MUST continue to spend.
Anyway, it’s Friday, and we all want to escape into the night and into this weekend if we can, and what better way to do so than with music that can lift your spirits and make you forget your troubles. That’s what you will hear when you press play on this: something familiar, something different, but all just very good. Enjoy it, and maybe just go to your local liquor store today, buy a few bottles of wine, or whisky, or vodka, or whatever you poison is and stay in, listen to music all weekend, consume bits of content you haven’t watched before, and most importantly, share.