A Collaboration? It Feels Right!

There are so many similarities between P!nk and Adam Wendler musically, that I thought it felt right to lay some of the ones I’ve observed in a blog post. I mean, they haven’t been on the same song together, but they’ve both done a number of other things similarly if not the same!

So first off since P!nk’s 6 year old daughter, Willow, decided to question it: boys with long hair CAN look pretty cool, it’s all in how you move the hair and maybe a little help in the production end in some cases (video proof to follow from a music video that shows the idea of accepting a person as they are with all their appearances and character traits etc.) I know that P!nk shared a story relating to the whole concept of gender stereotypes in her acceptance speech after Ellen Degeneres announced her as the winner of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. So here’s her acceptance speech from MTV’s youtube channel to prove I’m not making this up:

And here’s the proof that boys with long hair can look pretty cool:

I think both of the above videos show quite clearly how just doing what you want to do if you keep focused and work for it can lead to incredible things! It doesn’t matter how you look when you’re doing what you want to do, and you can have fun with it along the way! Fun rocks – unless it’s full of evil clowns, I suppose. So here’s another video for your entertainment:

And Adam apparently feels the same, burning the, perhaps illusory, past with the flame:

Both P!nk and Adam Wendler get political in their songs when they feel inspired too! Adam’s song, Man with the Loudest Thoughts, is on his latest album “Never Go Unknown” (produced by Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios) and is about Donald Trump. P!nk’s latest album “Beautiful Trauma” features a lead single about governments failing the people as she described in a recent interview in Australia’s 60 Minutes. She also did this song a few years ago, Dear Mr President:

Adam also wrote a song called First Prescription for his album “Never Go Unknown” which is about someone that is prescribed Ritalin at 8 years old and ends up overdosing on “better” drugs in the teenage years. P!nk actually did overdose at age 15, ending her drug use from age 12-15.

But what tipped me off to the idea of this blog post is really riding lawn mowers. They’re not super exciting to me in general, but driving one down the road with a travel mug, or taking a break from moon shining to sit back and drive one around a lawn relaxing with a beverage are whole different stories.

Pink driving down a busy road on a riding mower:

And perhaps most humorously like the rest of this video, scenes of Adam relaxing while lawn mowing on a riding mower:

It’s all about the riding lawn mower! But I mean, seriously, a collaboration could be a la Black or White or Earth Song by Michael Jackson for a new generation if they went a more serious route. The possibilities are endless, with their genre capabilities spanning from the likes of You+Me of which P!nk was a part, to Fermented Oranges of which Adam was the lead singer and some popular music popping up too! But a riding lawn mower competition would be kinda cool, eh?

Meaning & Music

I’ll never be a huge rap or hip hop fan. It all just depends on the individual song, the sound and perhaps if it has a message behind it.  However, I tend to find I have respect for a variety of people who have shown they’ve been through things in life and come out of it on their own two feet (or four wheels, whatever the case might be) managing fine or even excelling in the world doing good. Over the last while I’ve been kind of curious who Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were. I’d heard covers of Can’t Hold Us on youtube, seen the names in the comments or titles of the videos. But I never really knew them by any means.

I’d heard the song Same Love, but never paid any more attention to it than other mainstream songs. Lately I don’t really know overly much about what is “hip” or what’s flopped. I occasionally check out the radio and I’m on the internet a reasonable amount to enable me to come across the latest Miley Cyrus or Eminem track on YouTube. That’s not to say they’re the only artists, just a couple that are around in today’s music scene. The names came to me at random.

I tend to take more interest these days in the concept of independent artists, those on the one end of the spectrum who are trying to get their name out there and be known. When I compare this to the other end of the spectrum, where you can’t go anywhere without hearing the artist’s name mentioned on some level at some point, it intrigues me. I would probably want to be in between the two extremes if I had a choice. But alas, through following your dreams and/or passions, you can achieve that middle ground or the extreme level of fame—but at the expense of hours of hard work and effort. The best things can be the hardest things to achieve.

It was interesting to hear that Macklemore got to where he has in an independent fashion, rather than through a record label, when giving his acceptance speech at the 2014 Grammy awards. I had never thought of that kind of thing happening, though I like to think I’m rather open minded and that I believe anything is possible. It’s just that you don’t know for sure what is possible until it’s been done. Often once it’s done, it becomes done again, and again, and again. I suppose independent artists have had success before with the advent of YouTube in recent years, any artist can throw a song/video online and watch the views grow.  This is one of Macklemore’s videos, Same Love, which I happen to think has a good message to it and with the piano and parts sung by Mary Lambert also has a pleasing sound to my ears:

I came across a video of him speaking about this song in the video below:

It got me thinking about what I’d like to do in life. I’d like to be able to inspire others, help them grow in their own lives and create better relationships with others. I’d enjoy having people be able to come and tell me that something I said or did had some sort of positive effect on their lives. Whether I affect a person directly, or affect people around a person to effect positive change doesn’t matter. There are cases where there is injustice, and there are cases where people are unjust to the mortal coil which they have been given.

Another influence on where I want to go in life happens to be the Fermented Oranges. I enjoy listening to try and figure out meaning in the lyrics, or just for the general sound. But with a lot of music when I listen, I try to understand what the artist is singing about or what their lyrics are trying to suggest. Their sound is a sound I can listen to for hours and hours easily, whereas I’m less likely to sit and listen that long to hip hop or rap music.  If I’m sitting and listening to music for awhile I start to pay attention to the lyrics, as I said.  The following is an example, it seems to suggests the fragility and impermanence of things, perhaps relationships or otherwise. It might also be suggesting that we should spend more time loving each other for who we are in the moment, because when the moment is gone we won’t have it anymore. If we’re not careful, we can lose anything and everything that matters to us. You can give the song, Harm’s Way, a listen below:

Varied, though the music these two bands/artists represent are, they’re just two that I’ve come across whom have had an influence on me. There are lots of things I could focus on in life. I could amass dozens of PhD’s and become the world’s most educated person, along with the world’s most educated person with a physical disability. I could sit around grumbling about why everything is horrible. I’ve progressed in both of these potential goals within my nearly 3 decades here. But I’m not sure that either is ideal. Nothing is perfect, but nothing lasts forever either. Regardless of degrees, it’s easy to keep learning every day through communicating with others and through reading or watching television and movies or videos. It doesn’t have to be a race to be bigger and better. But doing so is probably more productive than the grumbling option. But in the end, might as well make the most of what is, supporting each other as one and learning as we go.