Day 19 of 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Music

Four words: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Two more: NEW ALBUM

And two more: THE GETAWAY

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is another band whose music provides a running soundtrack for my life.

Similar to The Cure, each of the RHCP albums has a certain feel to it, a certain vibe, different from the others.

Such is the case with their latest album, The Getaway.

I have two more words to describe The Getaway:

FRIGGIN’ FANTASTIC!!!!

Anthony Keidis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer have created a phenomenal piece of work, and they sound better than they ever have.

I was in a local store when I heard the single “Dark Necessities” for the first time. I literally stopped in my tracks as the song drew me in. “What is that?” I wondered, immediately mesmerized by Keidis’ voice, Flea’s bass riff, Klinghoffer’s guitar, and Smith’s beat.

I bought The Getaway first thing in the morning on June 17, 2016, the day it was released.

The album is a bit different than what you might expect from RHCP. It’s true music, funky and hard and flowing and enlightening, each song with a true meaning, most importantly, performed and sung by true musicians.

During the summer, I usually have a “summer songs” playlist on shuffle for three months, but not this year. The Getaway is on constant rotation, and most likely will be for the remainder of summer.

I’ve listened to it so much I know almost every word to every song. If it were a cassette, I’d need another copy because I would have worn it out already.

The Getaway is what I needed. No pun intended.

Someone asked me what my favorite song was from The Getaway.

All of them.

Literally ALL of them, because each song radiates a different feeling, and together, they complement each other.

I feel like a blathering idiot…I love the album so much, but I cannot explain why.  Clearly, I should not pursue a career as a music reviewer.

Each song speaks to my soul, inspires me, makes me feel human and non-apologetic for being that human.

The Getaway is the spark that is igniting my own creativity, as the songs have been a catalyst for my own writing.

When the RHCP performed with Bruno Mars at the Superbowl Halftime Show in 2014, I loved it. However, society pretty much wrote them off as being washed up has-beens.

If you were a part of that society, step up to the challenge and give The Getaway a listen.  Then please tell me which song spoke to you the most after you admit that you love the album too.

Do yourself a favor. Get The Getaway. Let it be the escape you need, like it is for me.

Artists inspiring other artists.

Thank you, Red Hot Chili Peppers, for speaking to this fellow soldier in this battlefield of life (from This Ticonderoga).

For a more intelligently written review, please visit Galoot’s Loot’s blog here.

 

Day 08 of 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Light

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LIGHT is one of the recurring themes that the universe has been sending me for almost a year now. The signs come in various ways…quotes, song lyrics, memes, photographs, and more. To explain further would honestly take at least a day, and I’d have to verbally tell you everything versus writing it.

Trust me, I’m documenting everything, and that story will eventually be told. Suffice it to say that right now, at this stage of my life, the word LIGHT has many meanings:

  • I am, indeed, learning to turn on my light.
  • I must be the light to shine for someone special who cannot shine his or her own.
  • I must be the light that ignites others.
  • I must leave a light on, and when it gets dark, remember that the light IS on even though I might not be able to see it.
  • I must be the light when all of the others burn out.
  • Even though darkness may shine bright, light shines brighter.

These simple statements encourage me to be strong and persevere as the light is finally overcoming the dark. It is shining on the path I must take. Light is illuminating my ideas and words and will, ultimately, tell the story I need to tell.

The brightest light is yet to come and is being fueled by the brightest spirits of all.

Intentionally vague? Yes…but that’s because I don’t know the exact path, all of the words, or all of the meanings quite yet.

The only thing I do know is that it’s going to continue being an exciting ride, and I’m going to enjoy every single minute of it!

Shine on, my friend! Shine on!

Day 06 of 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Night

NIGHT

By day I wear my mask,

The light emitting a facade,

Plain conformity to

Blend in with the masses.

By night I wear my self,

The dark emitting the truth,

Colorful rarity to

Stand out from the masses.

Which is which,

I don’t know.

They all blend into

One black shapeless

Tumor

Fighting for

Victory.

 

I made a decision to write something different today. Copyright Jill Ocone, July 6, 2016.