Having explored my fair share of consciousness I often find it funny how so many negative stigmas cloud or at the very least dilute an already undefined subject. The perception of mindless zombies cut off from reality as result of taking an absurd amount of mushrooms holds as much weight as the piss soaked drunk passed out in the corner of the bar. The fact is when done properly these substances can and do offer a level of clarity otherwise masked by the burdens of today’s harsh realities. The poem below doesn’t suggest to sprint to your nearest drug dealer and have at it, but more so that there is rational as well as creative possibilities under such substances that often go over looked or misinterpreted. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a prime example.
Baudelaire’s poem stood out to me for obvious reasons but what wasn’t so obvious was his emphasis on time or lack thereof and its ability to drive one to drink; whether it is drunk on virtue or alcohol, drunk none the less. It’s intriguing how 1800’s literature can not only remain relevant but easily relatable in a time as different as today. Whatever the case here’s a poem to justify your shenanigans.
You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.
But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.”
It’s difficult to find a street art video with depth as well as artistic integrity. Below Connor Harrington and Andrew Tell manage just that with their depiction of Harrington’s 2011 travels through Ireland. The trip and concept of the art were motivated by Austin Clarke’s poem The Lost Heifer. It’s kind of cool when someone can bring together music, street art, poetry, as well as videography to create a collaborative piece of art such as this. The colors are vivid, the music is dope and the concept is authentic. Enjoy
This tribute to the late Gil Scott-Heron places a modern spin on the words, of one of spoken word’s known innovators. The recording itself is off his last and latest release “I’m New Here” released earlier 2011. Although powerful in his own right you’ll find the imagery presented co-exist with his words smoother than expected and even help draw new prospective to the poem itself.
Stumbling around on Vimeo I came across this amazing documentary by House of Radon, which discusses the future of the creative world. It manages to hit every angle from an optimistic stand to an incredibly pessimistic stance, leaving myself as a entrepreneur a little worried but still incredibly excited for the future. Its an incredible watch and I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the creative world and it’s possible future to check it out.Your view of the creative future will be forever changed.
We at Buggs Life Music like to try throw some poetry up on the site when we get a chance and it just so happens one of my good friends, Cody Austin Sebold, is a damn good poet. Thought I’d throw up one of his short little pieces on here so y’all can get a good read.
Sun rising, slowly peaking through the glass.
Eyes awaken restfully at last, thoughts pouring in.
Clouds of brilliance on the horizon, stress weighs all things down like heavy stone.
Shake off the worries, take your seat in success’s throne.
You can check out more his poetry on his tumblr (here).
Beer Recommendation: I’d share this piece with a Appalachian Brewing Company’s Mountain Lager
Anywhere in the music that we all know as hip-hop you can see influences of The Last Poets. Starting in 1968 on Malcom X’s birthday, The Last Poets were among the origins of rhythmic poetry, which eventually turned into the artform that we see today in music. They used mostly African drum beats in their earlier incarnations and spoke in a political rage about street violence and the social injustices of a post-Martin Luther King Jr. racism.
If this is the first time you’ve thought more about this group, you might be surprised to know how much hip-hop over the years their music has influenced. Any conscience hip-hop artist will most likely site them as inspiration in their writings. You can hear samples of their work in the entire history of the genre. Another pioneer of the genre, especially with modern conscience rap, A Tribe Called Quest have a very notable sample of their work in ‘Excursions’, which is the first track off of Low End Theory.
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Excursions’ (1991)
Another notable feature we are familiar with is from Common’s Be under the production of Kanye West. The Last Poets were featured on the first single of the album ‘The Corner’, which spoke to many of the issues still present even though over 30 years had passed since The Last Poets’ 1970 debut.
Common – ‘The Corner’ [Ft. The Last Poets] (2004)
We’ve already passed the 40 year mark of the beginning of this movement but you still see references in modern music in remembering where hip-hop actually came from. The next song is Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)’, which takes the theme (starting at about 3:53) from The Last Poet’s ‘Related To What’, from their second album This is Madness.
Shabazz Palaces – ‘Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)’ (2011)
The Last Poets – ‘Related To What’ (1971)
‘Black is you, black is me, black is us, black is free
Black is me, black is you, black is us, black is free
Black is us, black is you, black is us, black is free
Black is free, black is you, black is us, black is free’
Beer Recommendation – Try with a Yuengling Lager from America’s oldest brewery.