MyHeroesPage: Waking Up and Living…

BOB MARLEY ( February 6 1945May 11, 1981 )

  • I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’ t stand for the white man’s side.I stand for God’s side.
  • Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
  • My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
  • When the race gets hard to run, it means you just can’t take the pace.Rise O fallen fighters, rise and take your stance again, He who fight and run away, live to fight another day
  • There was a Buffalo Soldier; In the heart of America; Stolen from Africa, brought to America; Fighting on arrival, Fighting for survival.
  • Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind
  • Man is a universe within himself
  • One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain
  • Do you have a record contract? I have a recording agreement. What’s the difference? One is an agreement and one is a contract! I am a man who deals by ear ;
  • Don’t Let them fool ya or even try to school ya
  • Excuse me while I light my spliff good God I gotta take a lift ;
  • I handle fame by not being famous…I’m not famous to me ;
  • I have got a running stream of love you see. So no matter what stages.. they put us through, we’ll never be blue ;
  • I want to say ‘I Shot The Police’ but the government would have made a fuss so I said ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ instead…but it’s the same idea: justice ;
  • in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty
  • Is the foolish dog, bark at the flying bird ;
  • Oh Mockingbird have you ever heard words that I’ve never heard ;
  • Well, me don’t swim too tough so me don’t go in the water too deep ;
  • Your worst enemy could be your best friend, and your best friend your worst enemy ;
  • How many rivers do we have to cross before we can talk to the Boss.
  • Overcome the devils with a thing named love_______________________________________*************************_________________ 



Before I ever had my part-time relationship with this computer, all my writing was done in a spiral or leather-bound journal stuffed with supplements of receipts and bar napkins, post-it notes laden with good bad ideas and bad good ideas – real tangible scraps of thoughts that could be easily lost if the wind blew the wrong direction.

Since the integration of personal computing into my life, the chronology of journaling has somewhat lost its order. Were I to die and someone were to try and connect my literary dots, they would find themselves going back and forth between hard drives and the myriad oily books stuffed in boxes and those crammed into bookshelves that no longer have any more space for cramming. A few toys, tokens and awards from the random adventure adorn these shelves as well almost blocking the books in a way, serving as tiny security guards, protecting the notebooks from dust, cats, and curious fingers. While I would prefer to see the shelves more organized, it’s been the way it’s been for so long my mind reads the space as it would wallpaper – in 2 dimensions. Therefore it seldom occurs to me to reach out and move something. The clutter then becomes a comforter and I just carry on.

Recently, and partially due to the over-preparedness in forcing a new creative cycle, I have been traveling with both computer and sketchbook. Some places I’ve been haven’t offered a connectedness to the web or even electricity for that matter – such as a car or plane or Ghana for instance. Thus, wielding a pen has proven better for songwriting and listing the order of things, especially on-the-move, but it offers less space for blogging and/or speaking to the masses. Rarely have I transcribed something from a handwritten journal to the screen.

This is likely due to almost-fact that the patter I position on the computer is largely planted in a café, or at the breakfast table, or a hotel desktop – places that invite to me sit down and write, and/or places generally known for conversation. For some reason the intention of writing in the space for chatter creates something in and of itself that often becomes a public share in the form of a blog or on-stage anecdote; whereas the pen and paper and “on-the-go” writing style stems more from the soul; a real extension of the body – perhaps longing for a place to connect, someone to be with, a space to reflect – though within a book, works remains quiet until introduced to music. I resolve by being so grand as to say that using a pen is to truly write by the hand of God, the Universe, the all-knowing unknowable, etc.

Then again, I wrote this on the computer. So what do I really know?

This view is nothing more than a momentary result of sitting at the breakfast table with a laptop ready to spoon-feed the keys my daily dose of bullshit. I could have written about the butterflies that bounce in and out of the kitchen from the back garden – Or the cat dancing with them all, reaching out with flared claws in hopes of finding a partner. Perhaps on paper this is what would’ve happened – poetry and imagination over rhyme and reason. Yet, the true matter of either is that it’s just entertainment really. My thoughts, and certainly the way they are organized are first and foremost for my own pleasure. In writing I see my life birthing before my eyes in real time. Each letter unfolding one after another – 26 letters arranged in ways that seldom repeat themselves when expanded into words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, and themes. Like my favorite way to describe surfing, writing is a Great way to waste time.

Well, perhaps surfing is a greater waste of time. At least writing may align your thoughts and interests with another and help them to fill a hole in their soul. Surfing may align you with nature, but it’s otherwise solitary unless you’re into going tandem. In the water you can certainly fill your own void, and you can hope that someone else is watching you achieve something in your style, but odds are, the other surfers are focused on their next wave already. By writing, so long as that person speaks your language, you have a great opportunity to inspire emotion, transformation, education and possibly some kind of action. Other than that, all work truly deserves to be tossed in the recycle-bin as it was just the writer’s way of filling time at the breakfast table before heading into the studio. Had you seen him picking his nose while drinking an odd concoction of tea and instant coffee, I doubt you would’ve given him this much of your morning.

While this entire entry could’ve been posted in parenthesis, suggesting the non-action of its type being merely an aside to the author’s great life work; that which eats its own tail. I remember now that everything is valid and somehow we do serve a greater purpose. If anything, the dancing cat had his audience of one while I sorted this out. And you, well – you gave us the space to share it.

So the cat and I, and the butterflies and smaller insects that remain alive, we thank you.

  1. #1 by Rangam Thoitak Chiru on February 24, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Actually I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.

    Blake said that the body was the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the ‘windows of the soul.’ When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience.

    Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.

    Drugs are a bet with your mind.

    Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.

    Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

    Film spectators are quiet vampires.

    Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.

    Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.

    I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom… Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.

    I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.

    I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you’re doing something.

    I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.

    I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.

    I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.

    I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.

    If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

    It’s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don’t know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It’s like the throw of the dice.

    Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.

    Love cannot save you from your own fate.

    Music inflames temperament.

    People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.

    Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it’s usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.

    Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.

    The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.

    The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.

    The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
    Jim Morrison

    The time to hesitate is through.

    There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.

    This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.

    Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence.

    We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.

    When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.

    Where’s your will to be weird?

    Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

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