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Sound and Vision

Birth | Cuby & The Blizzards | David Bowie

I was born in the winter of 1962. Two years after that  Cuby & the Blizzards were born. They were a Dutch Blues group with a very unique sound, a mixture of Blues and Rock&Roll. I only got to know them many years later, when the original group already did not exist anymore. It was instant love. Another 2 years after that one of the biggest pop legends of the world also was born. David Jones from London decided to become David Bowie and made himself unforgettable in the minds of millions of people. It is through music we can connect with a person in a special way, with the performer, but also with someone else we associate the music with for its lyrics, melody or rhythm.

Existential experiences

We often connect with a song during existential experiences like love, death and birth. Music can be a subtle, safe, unique and  mind blowing way of saying ‘I love you’, ‘I miss you’, ‘I want you’, ‘I need you’ or when a love ends, ‘I hate you’ (in a worst case scenario). Music is powerful, more powerful than words I think. The combination of music and words (lyrics) can touch so deep it makes you cry or dance :)

Ego

Also deaf people who only can feel music through resonances and read words through braille, are able to experience special sensations. Blind people have this enhanced form of hearing which makes it even more intense probably.  I think it is fair to say music might be the best (most versatile and effective) communication tool we have. Imagine what would happen if sound or vision in a person would be disabled. Taking away one sense, makes the other senses stronger. You would hear or see better, as compensation/substitute. It would make us humans dependent of course, in a way, but also more humble to cherish what is left. To have to submit to limited sensory experiences  forces someone to focus on the elementary needs and deeds and creates a substantial loss of ego. Ego is a total focus on oneself. That’s ok sometimes, but it is quite arrogant and vain to give our ego never ending unlimited top priority when other things simply matter more and need more attention. In fact loss of ego is no loss at all. On the contrary. It is walking out of a jail. Reminds me of the EGO JAIL exhibition by JadeYuFhang in Second Life.  When I look at Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and yes also my own blog ( I plead guilty as hell)  we all are so busy with SHOWCASING ourselves, it almost is pathetic and totally silly if you would watch that circus from above for a few hours per day. If we believe a profound legacy should be  based on how much we are being seen by others we really are a bit ( . . totally) empty minded. Which reminds me of the Empty Minds exhibition at Metales by Romy Nayar. To not only be seen by many, but by the few that see, hear and feel you as you are (with all failures and imperfections, with all bad and good in us) is the greatest achievement one can get in life.

 

And of course David knows best. Excellent live performance of Sound and Vision. Play it loud!

 

David Bowie | Sound and Vision

AhAh

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

Don’t you wonder sometimes
‘Bout sound and vision?

Blue, blue, electric blue
That’s the color of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue

Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say
Blue, blue

I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Drifting into my solitude, over my head

Don’t you wonder sometimes
‘Bout sound and vision?

Overcome

Maybe someday we will learn to let go of too much ego. Maybe we can do that without needing to become deaf or blind first. Music can maybe help with that. Put on a headphone or totally drown yourself in a live concert to forget the crazy attention addicted society. To know that ‘loss’ of attention addiction actually makes you gain freedom. But it is hard. We like the dopamine and rush. The loss of a love is likewise. It hurts to lose and to have to move on without a person who was part of filling in your attention  need. Love, care and affection are a form of attention that can make and break you equally.  To see the loss of love as an opportunity to make your way into a new kind of awareness, with other needs, takes time, an open mind, open eyes and open ears.  All senses will be touched at moments of loss. And all senses will be touched again when overcoming that loss. Maybe somebody will know someday why ego is so big in size, but small in results and yet captivates us all.

Walking out

The lyrics of the songs I share today reflect on what I just wrote. It is a battle we all know and face regularly. Some will get lost and never overcome their loss, others will move on and cherish the loss as part of their existence and way to grow. It is not for me to judge someone in pain who is not able to overcome that pain. Life can be a terrible bitch and we all can enter this void of total despair when things get really bad. All I say is   . .  . try  . . and never give up when you are knocked down to darkness.  So I end with where I started. My favourite song of Cuby & The Blizzards. Also an excellent live performance. Yes the intro is Dutch language but only smalltalk. Don’t stop listening and close your eyes to hear better.

 

Somebody will know someday

Somebody will know someday
Will know why you walked out of me
Somebody will know someday
Will know why you walked out of me
But nobody will know someday
Nobody will know that I will never agree

So many will see someday
Will see someday
The tears that fills your eyes
So many will see someday
The tears that fills your eyes
But nobody will see me
When I get reconciled

One misty morning
I’m gonna write your name in the sky
One misty morning
I’m gonna write your name in the sky
And after that babe
I run away at myself and cry

Maybe there comes a day
That you come walking up to me
Maybe there comes a day
That you come walking up to me
That day you know that I will be there

Another great song I like of them is Window of my Eyes

Through the window of my eyes
I can see the rainy day
Sittin’ in the chair of my cool room
Looking for a way to be the one who I am
It’s useless to cry for the things I once have known
Thinking it will come back and reach my home

It’s like a distant face
It’s like a shadow on my wall
Something that I can’t touch
A heavenly past that calls
Shelter of my mind hides my love and my tear
I keep on looking for a reason which is not here

Through the window of my eyes
I can see a rainy day
Sittin’ in the chair of my cool room
Looking for a way to be the one who I am
It’s useless to cry for the things I once have known
Thinking it will come back and reach my home

Information

Cuby and the Blizzards do not exist anymore

The founder, Harry Muskee, died of cancer in 2011

Their website remains and starts with an ‘In memoriam’ to Muskee.

Cuby & The Blizzards

Their discography can be found on another website

Discography Cuby & The Blizzards

David Bowie, gone as well    . . . .   :(

What can I say   . . .  I miss him so so so sooooo much!
And I am so happy to know his music and to have been alive when he was alive.
And  . . .  to have seen all of his costumes, performance objects and much more at the museum exhibition called ‘David IS

David Bowie



2 thoughts on “Sound and Vision”

    • That’s the burning pain haunting us sometimes yes
      And wow it is good to know that feeling, because it means it was something great, deep and life-changing.
      But pheeeeeewwww, so good as well when that feeling is over! :)

      Thank you dear Glitter!

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