Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The MC covers Musiq Soulchild Just Friends (Sunny)

This November marks the 20th anniversary of the debut album Aijuswanaseing from Musiq Soulchild

Wow 20 years ago... really? Around that time I would’ve been taking a huge leap of faith with my craft, career and heart. Finally I was compiling actual songs from all the poetry, prose and verses inked in the back of schoolbooks, and beat-boxes and melodies hummed into tons of mini cassette tapes. Love was new and I'd been attracted to her long enough now to pursue with my offerings.

 With Musiq's range being so very close to mine this is my favourite song to cover. Early encounters with love (or building from the friend zone). This song flows very much like a conversation as does the entire album, as often do I, ready to break into my rap... gimme a beat-box.

Monday, November 23, 2020

My Soul Has a Hat - Mario De Andrade


I counted my years 
& realized that I have
Less time to live by, 
Than I have lived so far.

I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure, 
But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.

I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed, 
knowing that nothing will be done.

I no longer have the patience 
To stand absurd people who,
despite their chronological age, 
have not grown up.

My time is too short: 
I want the essence, 
my spirit is in a hurry. 
I do not have much candy
In the package anymore.

I want to live next to humans, 
very realistic people who know
How to laugh at their mistakes,
Who are not inflated by their own triumphs 
& who take responsibility for their actions.
In this way, human dignity is defended 
and we live in truth and honesty.

It is the essentials that make life useful.
I want to surround myself with people
who know how to touch the hearts of those whom through the hard strokes of life have learned to grow, with sweet touches of the soul.

Yes, I'm in a hurry.
I'm in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.

I am sure they will be exquisite, 
much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied 
and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.

We have two lives
& the second begins when you realize you only have one.

Mario De Andrade (San Paolo 1893 -1945)
Poet, novelist, essayist, musicologist, one of the founders of Brazilian modernism


Sunday, November 22, 2020