You may remember them like the photo above…
But who would have thought that a world would mourn?
Do we ever know just how one person’s life can make a difference?
For those of you who don’t know. . .
Yes, all of us from the East Coast who grew up with rap on our radios have to grow up and turn gray. . .
But the music and the causes you grew up believing in don’t ever really leave your heart. . .
Many people think that music, particularly genres like rap, are filled with nothingness, nonsense, and noise.
But music is an innate part of who we are, what we believe in. . . what moves us, soothes us, and connects us.
Here’s what people are saying about Adam, his contributions, his life, and his music. . .
Beastie Boys were not artists that I listened to a lot while growing up, but one of their songs was in one of my favorite movies — Pump Up the Volume. . .I won’t post a link to it because of the language, but I can still remember Christian Slater jamming to this song. . . Wow, we were young and impressionable…
And I remember another song from that movie…
Here are some of the lyrics..
In the end we’re still over you
While you’ve done all the things you’d set out to do
There’s a cross that you have to bare
Things to go through if you’re going anywhere
For the things you know are right
It’s the truth that the truth makes it so uptight
For the things you want are real
You have you to complete and there is no deal. . .
That’s kind of what the movie was about… standing up, being counted, not backing down… making a difference (yes, it was a teen rebellion movie — like those great John Hughes’ movies like Breakfast Club. . .
The point is, Adam Yauch, lived his life by standing up for what he believed… like a Free Tibet!
And Stand they did…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYeCQNbBfmg — Check out protest song against the G W Bush Era!
BUT . . .
Never underestimate the influence you might have in this world. From your music, to your work, to the children you raise, you effect all of us!
And never forget that there is no such thing as an untimely death.
We may die before we are old.
We may die in ways that surprise the world.
But despite our false sense of security, we are of the nature to have ill-health, to age, and to die. . . at any moment. . .
So what song are you going to live the world with?
What cause have you fought for?
What have you given your heart and soul to?
What has mattered to you?
The Beastie Boys’ most famous song is probably “You have to fight for your right to party” — I ask you..
What have you fought for with your life?
How have you affected all of us with whom you are interconnected in the most intimate and obtuse ways?
We all don’t lead Adam’s or Dick Clark’s lives. We won’t all be Mother Teresa. But in every moment, we create and recreate this consensual reality. . .
Choose your words wisely, but say them.
Choose your actions with good intent, but carry them out.
Choose to say yes, with no regrets.
Choose to matter and make a difference.
- Coldplay Honors Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch With Tribute (eonline.com)
- Adam Yauch Remembered by Madonna, Coldplay (people.com)
- The World Remembers Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
And here is a link to their Slow and Low… from the Tibetan Freedom Concrete
And Right Right Now Now on Conan, joined by the one and only Doug E. Fresh.
“Still around the way is where we’ll stay
Say what we mean, mean what we say
Trajectories from the past are taking their toll and
What we do now is future moulding
Columbine bowling, childhood stolen
We need a bit more gun controlling
Right, Right, Now, Now
What is goin’ on?
We, We, Gotta, Gotta
Get it goin’ on
Be, Be, Fore, Fore
It’s Too Far Gone
We gotta work together, it’s been too long. . .
I’m getting kind of tired of the situation
The US attacking other nations
And narration, on every station
False election’s got me losing my patience
I’m a funky-ass Jew and I’m on my way
And yes I got to say f^&* the KKK
And oh yeah hey, how about today?
If you want to set it off then let me hear you say . . . “
And lastly, here is a clip of the Boys on Charlie Rose.