Philosophy Vlog: Praise & Blame

How I’m learning to roll with disapproval and not take it so seriously!

 

Midweek Music Moment: Bela Lugosi’s Dead

‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ is the debut 1979 single from English post-punk rock band Bauhaus.

Recorded in a single take, the track is over 9 minutes long and stayed on the British independent charts for over two years.

 

 

Widely recognised as the first gothic record, Bauhaus were known for their dark gloomy sound, although they also dabbled in psychedelic, reggae and glam rock.

 

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Bauhaus consisted of Peter Murphy (vocals), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). All of the members moved on to solo work after Bauhaus’ breakup in 1983.

 

Bauhaus reunited in 1998 for the ‘Resurrection’ tour and again in 2005, kicking it off with a performance at Coachella where Murphy was lowered to the stage upside down while singing ‘Bela Lugosi’s dead’.

 

 

In 2007, Bauhaus released their first new studio album since 1983 called ‘Go Way White’.

Although a fantastic come back album and very well-received by excited fans – one year later Bauhaus had broken up for good.

When asked what happened, Bassist, David J had this to say: “You have a test tube, and you pour in one chemical, and you pour in another chemical, and something happens. It starts to bubble. Pour in another chemical, and it starts to bubble a bit more. You pour in a fourth chemical, and it bubbles really violently, and then explodes. That’s my answer”.

I couldn’t chose just one track, so here’s the full ‘Go Away White’ album for you to check out – you can hear many of their original influences of Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Devo …. (to name a few)

 

 

Movie Review: Mr Nobody

‘Mr Nobody’ is an odd, yet thoughtful, 2009 science fiction drama telling of the potential lives that could have been lived by Nemo Nobody.

Set in 2092, humans have now evolved to quasi-immortality and the whole world watches as Mr Nobody (in a spectacular performance from Jared Leto) is the last mortal to die on earth.

 

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This non-linear movie follows the story of 118 year old Nemo as he tells an interviewer of his life – and the many paths it could have taken.

 

Although in the science fiction genre, this is only a small feature of a film that is really about possibilities, choices and how they shape us.

 

A fundamental choice for 9 year old Nemo (Thomas Byrne) sets a critical fork in his timeline from which all else flows.

 

Teenage Nemo (Tony Regbo) walks down a number of timelines – including marrying 3 different women and growing up in different countries.

 

Written and Directed by the masterful Jaco Van Dormael, this film already had somewhat of a cult following from it’s original 2007 Belgian production.

 

Dormael is best known for ‘Toto the Hero’ – which one the Camera D’or at Cannes (1991).

 

Visually striking as it transitions from one storyline to another, ‘Mr Nobody’ is certainly complex – but not confusing.

 

The film is rich with stunning Cinematography from Belgian, Christophe Beaucarne (‘Mood Indigo’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Coco before Chanel’).

 

Highly recommend for a thoughtful reflection on a life well-lived and the paths we choose.

Available on Netflix and you can check out the official trailer here:

 

Philosophy Friday: Breaking all the Rules!

Author, Inspirer, Philanthropist and Serial entrepreneur, Vishen Lakhiani has been shifting my perspective this week.

 

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Founder and CEO of Mind Valley, Lakhiani has recently launched Mind Valley Academy – the world’s first online university for transformational education. www.mindvalleyacademy.com

 

In this riveting 45 minute interview, Vishen explains culturescape, and the bullshit-rules or ‘brules’ that we get locked into and how he wants to change the global education landscape.

 

 

And if you’re looking for a briefer version, here’s Vishen’s 11 minute video on ‘Means Goals vs End Goals’ and why we need to rethink the kinds of goals we’re striving towards.

 

Philosophy Friday: Choosing your Thoughts

How choosing my thoughts has changed my life!

 

Music Review: Beginner Chakra tuneup

As an explorer of meditation and the power of our own energy to heal our body, Youtube has been a great source of inspiration for me.

Specifically in regards to chakras, there is a plethora of chakra musics to tune, centre and balance each of the seven chakras.

 

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Here’s the location of your seven chakras (or energy centres as I like to think of them).

 

Each chakra is assigned it’s own sacred vowel, colour and frequency, and today’s Midweek Music Moment is one of my favourite morning chakra tuneups.

A quick 8 minutes, it runs through each of the seven chakras from bottom to top and gives 1 sacred vowel – which I try to chant alongside of the meditation.

 

 

If you’re new to meditation, this is a great beginner video and I highly recommend sounding out the sacred vowels along with the video.

I usually feel quite positive and emotionally ‘unblocked’ after sitting with this video and try to do it at least once or twice a week.

 

Sometimes this kind of chart can help me figure out where my energy might be blocked and where I need to put more awareness.

 

Let me know how you go!

Movie Review: Free State of Jones

‘Free State of Jones’ is a 2016 American historical drama that tells the story of Newton Knight’s Mississippi revolt against a corrupt confederate government.

Set during the 1861-1865 American civil war (that broke out when 7 ‘slave states’ declared succession from the United States to form the ‘Confederacy’), this is a gritty, violent story about one man’s rage against a system of oppression and prejudice.

 

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Newton Knight and his men formed a separate government called ‘The Free State of Jones’. As well as harassing Confederate officials, they raided the over-taxation loot from the government (food, clothes and livestock) and returned it back to the local farms.

 

Matthew McConaughey stars in this film as the tenacious and driven, Newton Knight. A Robin Hood type figure, he unites army deserters and runaway slaves to form an army that uprises against the local oppressors.

 

Gone are McConaughey’s customary good looks, and in his place is an emaciated, intense, local hero who’s refusal to back down draws people to him to rage against the machine.

 

Supported by an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Mahershala Ali, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Christopher Berry, this is a confident story with an original backbone.

 

I’ll admit that I did have some trouble with the southern accents and ended up turning on the English subtitles.

 

Deftly directed by Gary Ross (‘Seabiscuit’, ‘Pleasantville’, ‘The Hunger Games’) this is a film that walks a fine line between Knight’s enormous frustration and yet great capacity for tenderness.

Despite it’s lack of success at the box office, this is a powerful film about an important period in American history and well-worth watching.

I will however, give it a violence warning for gruesome battle scenes and gritty episodes of conflict throughout the film.

Available on Netflix and here’s the official trailer for you to check out: