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But then, just playing, tinkering with sound, manipulating, capturing sound, and how combinations of it can go gotye. That can somehow conjure up stories, conjure up memories, and relate to experiences in life that lead to songs.
What is it that makes you deeply vulnerable? But what makes me vulnerable? Well, my ego, probably. I kind of like to try to let go of it. Or feeling out of my depth. Emotionally, I feel mostly out-of-depth, like I will never quite learn how to be what I should be.
And that makes me feel pretty vulnerable a lot of the time. What exactly does out-of-depth mean to you? Somehow less than what I aspire to be or what I should be. Or what my music should be. And simultaneously, I feel like sometimes the songs that are the most earnestly angsty and emotional, sometimes I really struggle to find that emotional consistency and continually tap into it.
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I do not do a lot of just straight-up exuberant dance pop music. And sometimes I feel like, yeah, I want to make more music like that! Sometimes pop music is some of the most incongruent stuff. The words [can be] about pain or frustration, but clearly, the music is designed as a celebration. And you feel that way because of the chords or the melody or the beat. Some of those tensions happen in my songs. How do you work with pain, how do you dance with it, transform it, or deal with pain?
I sometimes wonder whether I use music, songwriting, as a cathartic kind of process. But sometimes I feel like I deal with pain by trying to think about the present without pain, or a future beyond it. To let go of it or nullify it somehow. Not let it dictate the present.
Do you incorporate it into your performance? No, it comes out in the work, I think. And sometimes I feel self-conscious about that aspect of it.
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I feel selfconscious about those extremes of the stuff that I do. I feel like music can be an incredible palliative for pain, and I wonder sometimes, Is that always a good thing? I find that I take pleasure sometimes in that sort of palliative ease that music you really connect to can give you through feeling this confusion or pain. And then I really start questioning if I should. Actually, that transcendent power that music can have is really amazing.
A lot of our technology allows you to do that.
Okay, so do you have a daily routine? Or do you have a way that you keep centered, to keep your heart and your spirit aligned? Yeah, I think exercise helps a lot.
But if I just find a quiet space with a yoga mat or even just with a couple of towels, in a small room, I can exercise for an hour any day that I need to, and I feel much more centered and mentally stable as a result of doing that more regularly. Yeah, I think expending physical energy, getting the heart rate up, and doing more stretches and some weight exercises and just feeling [physically] healthier has been a huge part of just feeling more balanced. A lot of your songs feel so different.
I really love Ween. For their diversity and their eclecticism on their records. I like records from bands like Ween and the Beatles. Growing up, I completely unashamedly loved eclectic records, ones that trump genres, go in a bunch of different directions, and try to do a lot of idiosyncratic things across different sonic and stylistic templates.
They raise funds for wildlife rangers internationally, especially in Africa, where a lot of rangers have very tough positions. They often unfortunately lose their lives to poachers or to wild animals. And you can find out about them at www. And you write most of your own lyrics? I write and produce everything myself. I borrow stuff from past musicians, but I write all my own lyrics and arrange and produce everything. I tell ya, I kind of struggled with that for a long time. I felt like I was letting people down.
But I realized it was sometimes making me unwell. I do still converse with fans, sometimes directly, at reasonable lengths. I try to keep in touch. I know I probably will again when I make music.
So there are a lot of happy people, including myself, because the highly anticipated album Cruel Summer finally dropped. How do you feel about the project? With that being said, we obviously feel destiny and purpose and do what we do, but within that are ways to help others and to inspire others and to support and encourage people. Everyone wanted to shine and do well. Teachers give so much to the future and to youth.
And even those that may have some opportunities, [to] help them achieve their dreams. Let me change topic for a second. I went to Haiti for the two-year anniversary of the earthquake, in part due to you. You took a trip to Haiti that inspired me, so I a chat with Common interview: Adimu Colon Adimu Colon: Backstage at the summer music festival, the lineup is pretty hot: So, I want to talk to you about Cruel Summer.
I feel really enthused about hip-hop. He is a master at putting different worlds together, from his first album—putting Mos Def and Freeway on a song. I really feel good. For me, I relate to a lot of the different characters. I love the show, man. Film, TV, music, documentaries. At any point during this evolution, you doing all of this, this whole growth process, have you felt like an outsider? But I can raise some money. I can raise awareness.
And the people of Haiti already believed in both. Taking youth and using creative arts to help them fulfill their dreams.
These youth usually come from the inner cities. So we support other organizations, as well. What are you doing? Last thing before I let you go, and you can take your time on this one, too.
Fill in the blank: Common, I always appreciate you, family. Well, actually, season two [of] Hell on Wheels is heightening, is growing, is getting better.
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And I know you have your own nonprofit organization. Talk a little bit about Common Ground Foundation, Com. At the end of the day—I have felt outside at times—but always man, I keep my eyes on the prize and know that I can get inside if I choose. Because God created me to be an individual. And I am a Chicago dude that grew up the way I grew up and was named Rashid and was given a certain purpose and mission. So, I am rare for those reasons. Thank you for the interview, man.
How do you process your pain? What do you do when pain comes in on any level? My pain is usually caused by some sort of attack on my ego. But sometimes pain is just pain that you sit through.Gavin Degraw - (Nice To Meet You) Anyway - Stripped
I find it can have a really exhilarating effect. Even then, there are beautiful things involved in the healing of that. As far as your inspiration, where do you draw from? I know that you write a lot of your own material, or most of your own material. Love and its variations. The will to adventure. The transformation and transition to — I guess, in political terms — a more egalitarian vibe. COM the best gifts we can give to each other.
While still having the understanding and capacity that would generally inspire pessimism: I think fun is one of the best gifts we can give to each other. So, I think the most important thing to remember is that pain passes. And artistically, the pain is going to pass. I think you kind of just blew my head off.
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What makes you the most deeply vulnerable as a human being? Not your other ones but other ones I get from other people. What makes me deeply vulnerable? Probably the thing I suffer most from and have the most uncontrollable reactions from is still social anxiety. So I would say, other people and their opinions, their judgments. I get very heated about anything that is socially unkind. I can imagine what that must be like. I have enough trouble reading comments about articles of people that I am not.
Andy Roddick retires from tennis, and there are all these comments. I have just been face-melted with information of the day, and I end up picking on stuff in the comments. There seems to be this intention or consciousness behind your performances. Some say it was like a religious experience to watch you play. The goal is to be free and hopeful in the music. From there, every natural and powerful intention and feeling will, on its own, slide right out of you — out of your spirit.
Otherwise, unless you are in the willingness and ease and ecstasy of some kind of moment, you may end up the editor of your thoughts and of your expressions. COM 21 right, and center. That was part of the OCD stuff, too.
Sometimes, I have to really monitor myself, but the only monitoring job I really do on myself on stage is, Is this truthful? Ideally, I send it in a flow of truth. And from there, whatever develops. As soon as I fill myself with positivity, then that voice or that feeling will come back. Nothing negative is allowed. By these people, I mean, I really feel bad. I wish that I did.
The breathing that goes on in Kriya. The different kinds of sequences of breath. I like doing that a lot. I sit at a desk so much and sit in that position so much that I am dwindling into an old man. I need to get a little bit more physical. Recording music is not really the healthiest thing for the body. I suffer from some intense forms of OCD.
I find one that works, and then my mind just starts repeating it. So, what gets you mad? What gets me pretty pissed off is the whole Monsanto engineered foods issue. I have to constantly tell myself, MP: I am really loving you as a human being.
What causes on the planet right now are you the most passionate about? What is your morning practice? Do you have a meditation practice, a yoga practice, or jumping jacks? Do you have a daily practice or a weekly practice to keep yourself centered? Anyway, those are various things that I deal with while doing the breath. I knew you were going to say Monsanto. I knew you were gonna say it!
That would get me really fired up — to go up against them. Getting them to actually care is a whole other thing. Anyway, foodwise, we bring a juicer on the road with us. Lately, the thought, the battles that go on in the way I think of the whole concept of the breath. One is the idea of having a voice that is hell-bent on destroying me and hell-bent on negativity. I will particularly have it when I meditate. I would take the power of the meditation as an indicator that I was extremely special, that I needed to save the world.
This voice would put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. COM 23 willie nelson Though big name musicians have played this event throughout the years and thousands of people have packed stadiums for the concert, the small family farmer remains the driving force behind it all.
Dan Lebowitz, Grace Potter, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson Hershey, Pennsylvania, was home this year to an annual but transient event that attracts money, musicians, and lots of visitors. But September 22,was not about mass-produced chocolate or big business. September 22,was about the healthy food movement and small, family farmers. For the last twenty-seven years, Farm Aid has held an annual concert to help keep family farmers on their lands.
Willie Nelson, founding member and president of Farm Aid, Inc. The challenges facing the family farmer are also very real. Though big name musicians have played this event throughout the years and thousands of people have packed stadiums for the concert, the small family farmer remains the driving force behind it all.
Farm Aid is a peopledriven movement to bring relief to as many small-town farmers as possible. Organizers, farmers, musicians, and volunteers continue to Photos: Even if it takes another twenty-seven years They simply cannot compete with the resources of big, corporate farming.
The deck is stacked against the family farmer due to powerful lobbying, too. And we need to let everyone know we are not going away. We are so grateful.
We need to encourage people to open local bookstores and clothing www. Brian Snyder, long-time friend of Farm Aid and executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, also participated in the panel discussion. He explained two necessary steps that must happen to make a difference for the family farmer. He shared the second step first.
We need to unite communities. We all need to help give farmers a stronger voice. Take them to farms. Introduce them to farmers. Get them eating locally grown food as early as possible. This way, they grow up understanding the value of the family farm. The doors opened and it was easy to get a spot in front row.
I was rather amused hearing the giggling girls next to me complaining that they could not understand the T-Shirt seller because he only spoke English and at the same time planning how they wanted to talk with Gavin after the show. When you bought a shirt or anything else they gave out wristbands that would later let you meet Gavin for autographs. Lots of disapproving thoughts here from me an artists selling his autographs sucksbut since he freely gave them before the show and probably after tooI am willing to turn a blind eye here.
I really enjoyed listening to her and seeing her. The audience was great too. The place was sold out. All the way to the back people were clapping and singing along. She played a half hour set, nice songs, creating a good mood. Gavin came on around There was huge applause and some screaming as he walked out. He played a good mixture of old songs and new. I decided on the spot that I liked the new album better because it is rockier than the first.
The audience sang along well for the older songs, but only a few people knew the new ones. I knew none of the lyrics very well and was forced to listen for once. It was a strange experience, but rather nice. Gavin changed between piano and guitar many times during the night and also had a good band backing him up.
He is a good performer, he sings his heart out and he is a great singer too. At one point he even climbed on top of the piano, singing from there. Faster and slower songs were well mixed, he has fun rearranging his songs and changing them from the album versions.