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Marvin Gaye vs. Pryda – Too Busy Thinking About Leja

Think less, do more.

I tend to over think things. Whether it’s where to go to eat or what song to listen to while I’m working out, I’m constantly plagued by indecisiveness and procrastination. Maybe it’s the English major in me, but I tend to analyze every aspect of my life, from where my life is headed to what color shirt to wear.

The consequence is pretty simple: I feel like I don’t get about a tenth of what I set out to do and hope to accomplish. Ideas flow through my veins, but following through on these ideas and just acting on them can be a challenge. I have difficulty just shutting out everything and focusing on either the moment I’m living in or that one thought I’m having.

This song is about doing exactly that–allowing solely one aspect of your life to consume your actions and thoughts (in this case, that’s love).  I’m not big on resolutions, but this is definitely one I’m zeroing in on for 2013–zoning in on one aspect of my life at a time and not worrying about what I can’t control.

“I aint got time to think about money or what it can buy,
I aint got time to sit down and wonder what makes a birdie fly…”

I’ve been on a huge Marvin Gaye kick lately, and the combination of his deep, emotive voice and Eric Prydz’s ambient house is straight magical right here. It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time, the way all bittersweet gems do.

“I got a one track mind…”

Marvin Gaye was as troubled as they come, but he still managed to put his problems aside and produce the best soul to come from the Mo-Town era. Everyone has issues and contradictory thoughts swirling through their minds–it’s how you deal with them and what art emerges from those thoughts. In 2013, I hope to do a lot less thinking and a lot more accomplishing.

Marvin Gaye vs. Pryda – Too Busy Thinking About Leja


Music Remixes

Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd – Proper Education (Original Mix)

What deems something a notable classic? And what does it take to become a classic? These are two fascinating ideas that we study every day of our lives, and they happen to be two ideas that I encounter a lot in my studies as well as in my social life. And it doesn’t bother me that our daily comings and goings are so preoccupied with becoming enigmatic, classic figures. I guess I can only speak for myself, but everything I do in terms of daily living and physical appearance, is not necessarily preoccupied with being unique or different, but more becoming a central figure in my own life and perhaps the others around me. Everything I do is thought about carefully, and then sometimes not so carefully, so as not to disturb the balance of what has been created around me. Somewhere within that picture, we all have to attempt to be something, and I think that it’s fair to say that we all try to be our own lives “classic” or historical figure. That’s all we’re truly capable of controlling.

I talk about this on a Sunday morning as the cool breeze enters my window and begs me for blankets, because I think of this Pink Floyd track (the original alone), as a classic. And as I was listening to it yesterday for the first time, calmly and quietly losing all notions of composure, not only because this original mix is heavenly on the ears, but because I was hearing a classic. Whenever I hear tracks that are universally known and loved from an older time, remixed to today’s standards of excellence (and there are high standards, I would say at least), I get emotional but mostly excited at how a new spin on a classic is being created before our very eyes.

It is safe to say that if this track was dropped (by me? Did I tell you guys that I’m working on my DJ skills? More story later) at a party, all proper amounts of sh*t would be lost. They just would. There’s a grandeur essence of epic quality and proportions going on here. Plug in and enjoy the breeze-y Sunday ya’ll.

Pink Floyd vs. Eric Prydz – Proper Education (Original Mix)