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BANKS – Change (Dream Koala Remix)

I’m in a very interesting place right now in my life because I’m in a complete state of flux. My business is changing, my love life has been a total mess forever and that’s changing, I’m certainly changing, my friends are all changing and though it’s unnerving, it’s also quite beautiful and fascinating. I mean change is the only thing that’s constant right? It’s only scary when you’re not focused on getting better because no matter how the flux feels, those rough emotions will themselves subside as you focus on higher truths.

I hung out with one of my old New York friends Antoine Karl and having gone through major changes in his own life he reminded my of one of his recent newsletter post about the beautiful Banks song aptly titled Change. I won’t put out his business here but after a wonderful evening his experience with the song resonated so much that I knew I had to share it with you guys. This song in particular is about the promise of change. We’ve all been in those relationships where our significant other does something to hurt us or we do something to hurt them and then everything falls apart. Someone then feels the sorrow needs to stop and tried to end it. The other than promises to change and for a myriad of reasons the offended party accepts the proposal and the cycle begins again.

The truth is though that the guilt the offender feels is only temporary and if that person isn’t truly and deeply understanding of their actions they will revert to the default human setting, i.e. “the world revolves around me and why should I be sorry for anything, it’s my right to do whatever I want and if someone doesn’t understand it’s their problem.” We’re all pretty much guilty of this type of thinking because it truly is the most basic, default human programming. In nerdy computer language it’s our machine code and it takes no effort at all to exist on that plane. Change however happens on a higher plane, and it is fundamentally impossible to do when you think the world revolves around you, it just won’t happen that way. Honestly, this subject deserves much more time than I have right now but it’s something that’s been on my mind after that amazing dinner with my old French buddies so I had to share. Great jam for your Sunday evening, enjoy.

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Churchill – Change (Penguin Prison Remix)

It’s not summer yet, but thank goodness we have music that can take us to a summery place. I don’t know why this song does that for me, but I’ll try to explain. First, Penguin Prison has a way of channeling ocean vibes. Does that sound funny? It is kind of funny I guess, I think I mean that there’s a swiftness to what he does to music. EMPT loves Penguin Prison so it comes as no surprise to you guys that I take pleasure in praising the man behind the music, otherwise known as Chris Glover. There’s also a casual quality to this song that made it easy to overlook when I first downloaded it. Not because it was boring at all, but because it wasn’t invasive and demanding. It’s one of those songs that requires some time and an open ear. Plus, the female vocals are really something else that make me swoon.

The chorus has something that I really like. It’s a certain urgency to it, which can probably be attributed to the combination of notes that make it minor. I don’t know how to explain urgency without making a literary reference, or in my case, a writing reference. I’m in the middle of writing my thesis, so my mind is constantly asking, “What’s at stake? Where is the urgency?” so excuse me for a minute while I indulge in this geeky literary comparison. When a piece has something at stake, there’s an urgency to the subject matter, which makes the story that much more important. If a song has that same quality, it might sound something like this one. And the fact that the chorus repeats, “You want me to change, change, change, you want me to change,” only further adds to that notion.

It’s a stretch. I hope you guys followed that. Sorry for the nerd-talk. On a less complicated, more straightforward note, I love the subject matter of this song. It’s something that we all run away from — change. I mean, despite the fact that we’re constantly in a state of flux, our minds somehow like to convince us that our situation will always stay the same, and the second it is threatened or actually changed, we go into completely panic mode. I hate that so much. I wish it wasn’t the case. I especially hate it because I’m dealing with it so much not only day in and day out with my life, but with the people that I encounter every day who ask me what I’m going to do with my life after graduating from college. I keep telling them that I’m stoked and that I’ll probably become a citizen of the world, just to screw with their heads. It’s so weird because everyone who asks that question knows that they went through the same point in their life, the point where the room for change was in their hands and they had every right to choose whatever direction they wanted to go in.

I could go on and on about this, but I will refrain. Change is beautiful and crucial all at once. Welcome it as you may welcome this song.

Churchill – Change (Penguin Prison Remix)