Active Child – 1999

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This song came on the other day and I started crying for no real reason. Then I started thinking: it was because I was genuinely happy for the first time in a really long time, and it took hearing this song to awaken that emotion and kind of realize that my life is actually pretty good.

The power of music to awaken such emotions never ceases to astound me, and while I typically utilize music for its healing and energizing power, this experience was more like a revelation.

I’m the type of person that has notoriously bad luck and a notorious negative outlook on life. People call me a hater, but my job, as a critic, is to call it like I see it.

One of my favorite books ever is “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me“, a modern Odysseus tale infused with much drugs and realizations on a college campus (it’s about Cornell in the 60’s and worth so long).

For the last nearly five years since graduating college, I’ve been very lost at times. The identity that I clung to for four years and my friendships that soon dissipated (the real ones lasted) threw me into the shitter. And then, towards the end of last year (‘and I can thank real friends like Hec for this’), a trigger went off in me. Less talk, more walk. Meet anyone you can, soak every bit of knowledge you can, and immerse yourself in life.

I was crying because for the first time in my life I genuinely feel like I’ve reached a modicum of success, and, through my own will. Success is a weird feeling, and one I was unfamiliar with for so long. I forget what it feels like for everything to feel “right”.

I’m not a millionaire. I’m by no means a made man. But for the first time in my life, everything looks up.

When life throws endless curveballs and a stream of seemingly endless negative vibes your way, you start to forget about the little things in life. Music brings me back to that.

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Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)


Bootleg is one of my favorite words in the English language. Its etymological roots stem from alcohol smugglers in the late 1800’s hiding bottles in their boots. There have been few cooler professions EVER than rum smuggler. Those fools got creative.

In the musical sense, a bootleg is a track that is unauthorized by the rights holders. So if I bring my sneaky recording device into the Kanye show and get his screaming rants on tape, that’s a bootleg. Who hasn’t watched a bootleg kung-fu movie where its like five guys smoking cigarettes and laughing between the camera and the TV that’s being recorded.

After Mediafire got shut down, and in light of the general tightening of cyberspace freedom, every time I find a bootleg is a celebration. It implies that the artist who legally owns the material isn’t a huge douche, and is not taking legal action against some bedroom producer who won’t make any money of the track anyway.

Active Child is a group that makes their money off their music and touring. They would have justifiable grounds to scrub the internet clean of any unauthorized remixes, and yet they don’t.

They don’t because the remixes in fact broaden their fan base. The original “Hanging On” is a bomb track, and well worth a listen. But it is not necessarily what the kids are listening to these days. The Chrome Wolves bootleg, however, matches up to the infatuation with beat driven music, and opens an entire new audience up to Active Child’s sounds.

It’s a win-win. Or, a win-win-win, because we get to jam out to this phatty bootleg.

Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)


Active Child – When Your Love is Safe (Classixx Remix)

Not too many will argue that slow music in the mainstream and underground has been pretty much absent for quite some time now. I can’t remember the last time I posted a song this slow and neither can I remember the last time I actually liked one. However, the Classixx remix of Active Child’s When Your Love is Safe has brought an end to the slow jam drought.

I woke up early in the morning and you weren’t there
I woke up early in the morning and I could have been anywhere
But I know exactly where I am
Somewhere between making love and being friends…”

Slow music usually means love music and this song is certainly no exception. I’m not into cheesy love songs but if the artists or producer captures an energy or powerful emotion then I’m right there with the rest of them tuning out.

I tried to call you in the evening but you didn’t pick up
Something about being busy, hustling just trying to make a buck…”

Sadly enough, that line reminds me of “love” in NYC. Classixx did an impressive job with the production, the impeccable arrangement makes a 73 bpm song move with a sense of power and passion perfectly suited for the yearning romance. I wouldn’t count on slow music making a comeback anytime soon but it’s nice to have a change of pace every now and then, enjoy.

Active Child – When Your Love is Safe (Classixx Remix)

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