Who can deny the irresistible rhythms of Afrobeat? A wonderful fusion of jazz, funk, reggae and traditional African music all thrown into a whirlwind of trumpets, drums, saxophone, guitar, and percussion. Afrobeat is not only music but it’s a weapon. Originating from the legend Fela Kuti (father of Femi Kuti) in the 1970’s, he used music as a method of protest against the tyrannous regime of his native Nigeria. Fela Kuti said countless times that “Music is the weapon of the future”. He believed through music you can influence the hearts and minds of people and rally them together to stand against oppression. It was the tool to both motivate and inspire people. Femi Kuti continues his father’s quest of inspiring the hearts and minds of people all around the world to stand for change with excellent music that really gets you grooving.
Music has always influenced people on a deeper level. The beats just penetrate your being and really touch you inside unlike anything else. It’s this hypnotic effect which gets you in this comfortable groove and puts you into a trance. Music just might be the most powerful weapon there is, more powerful than movies or books because it barely takes any effort to listen to a song which can so easily capture your attention and hook you in.
“To go come down with shining light… because no one is ready to die yet.”
Listening to this song I’ve always imagined hanging out with a cute girl, playing Daft Punk’s Discovery on vinyl, smoking up, and just having a deep conversation. Sometimes when it comes down to getting to know women, I just want throw sexual tension out of the window and just have an intriguing conversation with someone. I want to get to know someone on a profound level, to really understand who they are. I want to listen to your life experiences so I can truly understand what has shaped you to the person you are today. It’s intimacy on a whole different level, creating a genuine connection between two people. A connection that is based on a true understanding of one another beyond the superficial and into the core of our being. Something that is really about us, a bridge between our two souls connecting us further than anyone has before.
“I need you more than anything in my life. I want you more than anything in my life. I’ll miss you more than anyone in my life. I love you more than anyone in my life.”
Action-Reaction: Design and Transformation, KCRW, with Frances Anderton
Design’s Biggest Fan
British inventor James Dyson has become a household name for his revolutionary line of bagless vacuums and the Air Blade, a more efficient, more sanitary way to dry hands in public restrooms. Now he’s taking on the fan, or rather the Air Multiplier. Frances talks to him about what makes this bladeless fan a breath of fresh air for the design world.
So much hope, so much promise and they blew it all on cheap credit and 120% mortgages. When the majority of Boomers turn 65 the health care costs of keeping them alive will crush us. Economists predict that by the time all Boomers are 65, 33% of GDP will be related to health care. This is an economic disaster in the making.
The American dream itself is a carefully packaged, soulless affair. This is the automobile a man of your means should drive. This is the liquor a happy homemaker like yourself should serve to your husband’s business guests. As absurd as it seems to cobble together a dream around a handful of consumer goods, that’s precisely what the advertising industry did so effectively in the ’50s and ’60s, until we couldn’t distinguish our own desires from the desires ascribed to us by professional manipulators, suggesting antidotes for every real or imagined malady, supplying escapist fantasies to circumvent the supposedly unbearable tedium of ordinary life. In show creator Matthew Weiner’s telling, the birth of the advertising age coincides directly with the birth of our discontent as a nation — and what got lost in the hustle was our souls.
And Clay’s post about “The Collapse of Complex Business Models:”
In 1988, Joseph Tainter wrote a chilling book called The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter looked at several societies that gradually arrived at a level of remarkable sophistication then suddenly collapsed: the Romans, the Lowlands Maya, the inhabitants of Chaco canyon. Every one of those groups had rich traditions, complex social structures, advanced technology, but despite their sophistication, they collapsed, impoverishing and scattering their citizens and leaving little but future archeological sites as evidence of previous greatness. Tainter asked himself whether there was some explanation common to these sudden dissolutions.
The answer he arrived at was that they hadn’t collapsed despite their cultural sophistication, they’d collapsed because of it. Subject to violent compression, Tainter’s story goes like this: a group of people, through a combination of social organization and environmental luck, finds itself with a surplus of resources. Managing this surplus makes society more complex—agriculture rewards mathematical skill, granaries require new forms of construction, and so on.
Early on, the marginal value of this complexity is positive—each additional bit of complexity more than pays for itself in improved output—but over time, the law of diminishing returns reduces the marginal value, until it disappears completely. At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost.
I want to be a positive person and I want to believe that America is not declining, but it’s hard not to. Who has our long-term best interest in mind? Who is saving our future children, not saving next month’s stock market? I thought Obama was going to be this figure, but he’s just Clinton #2. Scary stuff…but I’m doing my best to think positively.
The long-awaited album, Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and the late Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorse, is released to the public on July 13. KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley joins Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and one of the many album collaborators, director David Lynch, on this special edition of the Politics of Culture.
If you’re a freelancer/independent worker in NYC and want to meet up with me to talk about your thoughts on creating a new kind of health insurance that would be the ideal health insurance for you…let me know.