Jive Monkey Playlist: 10/26/15

You grow up. Sometimes life takes you on an unexpected path. This week’s playlist is about featuring songs about reflecting on youth and facing the consequences of the choices that were made. Maybe not all the choices that were made were the best choices that could be made but life is all about our experiences and how we evolve as people over time.

As soon as I heard that Tablo was establishing his own label, I was excited to see what they would produce. I know Code Kunst was a music producer but I’m not familiar with his music other than the style of music he produces. I was immediately taken with the lulling sounds but hynoptizing beat of “PARACHUTE”. The song reminds me of Zero 7’s “In the Waiting Line” for the way the song manages to have a duality of sounds in which the beat sounds like a separate entity from the melody and yet together it’s harmonious.

The song is about youth and figuring out the meaning of life.  While leaping off a building may be a metaphor for taking risks, the parachute acts as the safety net that comes with experience.  What’s interesting about Dok2’s rapping is that it has the confidence of youth while Oh Hyuk’s singing is more reflective.  As much as we’d like to figure it out by ourselves and do things our own way, sometimes it’s hard not to repeat history’s mistakes. As lyrics say, “you win some, you lose some” but through it all, you can’t succeed or fail until you have at least tried. I especially love that the music video features wish lanterns as it is a nod to their hopeful future.

CODE KUNST – PARACHUTE (feat. 오혁 & Dok2)

PARACHUTE (feat. 오혁 & Dok2)

처음에는 왜 이런지 몰랐어
아, 당연히 모르지
하필 기억은 또 짧았어
딱, 바닥을 쳐보니

아니 첨엔 참 어려웠어
도대체 뭐가 뭔지 모르겠으니
그래서 난 낙하산을 찾아
떨어질 땅을 기대하려 해

그 다음,
신호에 줄을 당겨
그 다음,
오늘 그리고 내일
그 다음,
감흥이 없는 무용담을 풀어야지

메케한게 번져 눈에 들어오네
난 고인 물을 떠서
두 눈을 닦아 Fallin’
애매하게 떠진 눈에 물이 찼네
감기던 눈을 떠서
한번 다시 닦아 Fallin’

메케한게 번져 눈에 들어오네
난 고인 물을 떠서
두 눈을 닦아 Fallin’
애매하게 떠진 눈에 물이 찼네
감기던 눈을 떠서
한번 다시 닦아
Fallin’ Fallin’

In back of the back
In back of the ghost
Tinted windows
Ambassador flow
Rose gold, clear diamonds
My platinum goals
내 태도는 여전해
안 내키는 건
하지도 않지만
내키면 청춘을 바칠 때까지
한 말을 또 하고 또 해, 난
말 많은 거 닥칠 때까지
인생은 한치도 모르지
딱 들이닥칠 때까진
뭐든 사랑해 왔네
내가 다칠 때까지
다 마칠 때까지 선은 긋지마
모르면 모르는 대로 더는 묻지마
난 네 natural 8 뒤집는 pair
Natural nine
Still a young rapper
outchea hustle and grind
Let’s get it till my pocket gets full boi
As long as I’m alive Imma do it boi
Feel good, all my thangs so new boi
Illionaire HIGHGRND, no rules boi

메케한게 번져 눈에 들어오네
난 고인 물을 떠서
두 눈을 닦아 Fallin’
애매하게 떠진 눈에 물이 찼네
감기던 눈을 떠서
한번 다시 닦아 Fallin’

메케한게 번져 눈에 들어오네
난 고인물을 떠서
두눈을 닦아 Fallin’
애매하게 떠진 눈에 물이 찼네
감기던 눈을 떠서
한번 다시 닦아
Fallin’ Fallin’

You win some You lose some
Don’t hesitate Just do something
Just let it free, but never lose
I ain’t fallin’
I be on my PARACHUTE

메케한게 번져 눈에 들어오네
난 고인 물을 떠서
두 눈을 닦아 Fallin’
애매하게 떠진 눈에 물이 찼네
감기던 눈을 떠서
한번 다시 닦아 Fallin’

메케한게 번져 눈에 들어오네
난 고인 물을 떠서
두 눈을 닦아 Fallin’
애매하게 떠진 눈에 물이 찼네
감기던 눈을 떠서
한번 다시 닦아
Fallin’ Fallin’

PARACHUTE (feat. Oh Hyuk & Dok2)

In the beginning, didn’t know why it was this way
Ah, of course you don’t know why
Of all the things, I should have given it more thought again
Suddenly, as I hit the ground

No, it was really hard in the beginning
Since I didn’t know what was what
That’s why I searched for a parachute
Anticipated for a ground to fall on

And next,
Pull on the chord at the signal
And next,
Today and tomorrow
And next,
Untangle my uninspiring saga

As the mustiness spreads, it gets into my eyes
I scoop up stagnant water
And wash both my eyes, Fallin’
Indefinitely, it fills my open eyes
Opening my closed eyes
I wipe it once again, Fallin’

As the mustiness spreads, it gets into my eyes
I scoop up stagnant water
And wash both my eyes, Fallin’
Indefinitely, it fills my open eyes
Opening my closed eyes
I wipe it once again
Fallin’ Fallin’

In back of the back
In back of the ghost
Tinted windows
Ambassador flow
Rose gold, clear diamonds
My platinum goals
My attitude is as it always was
If I don’t feel like it
I don’t do it but
If I feel like it, I’ll do it until I devote my youth
Words I’ve said, say it again and again, I
If I have a lot of things to say, until I shut up
Don’t know every bit of life
Until you thrust yourself
I have loved it all
Until I get hurt
Until I end it, don’t draw a line
If you don’t know, just be oblivious, don’t ask anymore
I’m your natural 8, flipping pair
Natural nine
Still a young rapper
outchea hustle and grind
Let’s get it till my pocket gets full boi
As long as I’m alive Imma do it boi
Feel good, all my thangs so new boi
Illionaire HIGHGRND, no rules boi

As the mustiness spreads, it gets into my eyes
I scoop up stagnant water
And wash both my eyes, Fallin’
Indefinitely, it fills my open eyes
Opening my closed eyes
I wipe it once again, Fallin’

As the mustiness spreads, it gets into my eyes
I scoop up stagnant water
And wash both my eyes, Fallin’
Indefinitely, it fills my open eyes
Opening my closed eyes
I wipe it once again
Fallin’ Fallin’

You win some You lose some
Don’t hesitate Just do something
Just let it free, but never lose
I ain’t fallin’
I be on my PARACHUTE

As the mustiness spreads, it gets into my eyes
I scoop up stagnant water
And wash both my eyes, Fallin’
Indefinitely, it fills my open eyes
Opening my closed eyes
I wipe it once again, Fallin’

As the mustiness spreads, it gets into my eyes
I scoop up stagnant water
And wash both my eyes, Fallin’
Indefinitely, it fills my open eyes
Opening my closed eyes
I wipe it once again
Fallin’ Fallin’

_____________________________________________________

It was a sad day in rock/pop history when we learned that Gwen Stefani’s marriage to Gavin Rossdale was ending. This song is about the emotions that Gwen Stefani felt as her marriage was dissolving.

At the surface of that breakup, there’s the obvious emotion of hurt and pain. However, the hurt and the pain is the realization of the emptiness that’s felt because you’ve loved them so much. I think what’s most striking about the song is the simple concept of the music video as all we see is Gwen Stefani’s face as she goes through the emotions. It’s those emotions that makes the themes in the song palpable.

Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You

Used to Love You

Yeah, boy
Never thought this would happen
I let it sink in, you’re gone
I don’t know, know what I’m feeling
I must be dreaming, you’re gone

Suitcase, band-aids
Pulling back out the driveway
You go, I’ll stay
You can keep all the memories
I thought I was the best thing that ever happened to you
I thought you loved me the most

I don’t know why I cry
But I think it’s cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you
I don’t know why I cry
But I think it’s cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you

I used to love you
I used to love you

Are you gone?
There were no boundaries
What, you just pushed me too far
I guess nobody taught you
Nobody taught you how to love

Suitcase, band-aids
Pulling back out the driveway
You go, I’ll stay
You can keep all the memories
I thought I was the best thing that ever happened to you
I thought you loved me the most

I don’t know why I cry
But I think it’s cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you
I don’t know why I cry
But I think it’s cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you

I used to love you
I used to love you

You know I was the best thing that ever happened to you
I thought you loved me more, oh
You know I was the best thing that ever happened to you
Now look at what you lost, oh

I don’t know why I cry
But I think it’s cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you
I don’t know why I cry
But I think it’s cause I remembered for the first time
Since I hated you
That I used to love you

I used to love you
I used to love you

I don’t know why I cry
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t
I don’t know why I used to love you
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t
I don’t know why I cry
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t
I don’t know why I used to love you
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t

 

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I don’t think I’m in alone in saying how much I’ve been waiting for Adele’s latest release. The song we first got to her from her new album, “25,” is “Hello”. While the song is about regret, I do think there’s a lot more to the song than just regret.

One of the biggest part of growing up is knowing when you’ve done something wrong and trying to make amends. As she says in the song, the other person has probably moved on from the hurt she’s inflicted but she feels the right thing to do is to acknowledge her wrongs so that there are no regrets when she looks back. And it feels like there is hope that both people can now look back on this relationship and somehow smile.

Adele – Hello

Hello

Hello, it’s me
I was wondering if after all these years
You’d like to meet, to go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya
But I ain’t done much healing

Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There’s such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times to tell you
I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried to tell you
I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself
I’m sorry, I hope that you’re well
Did you ever make it out of that town
Where nothing ever happened?

It’s no secret
That the both of us are running out of time

Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times to tell you
I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried to tell you
I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Anymore

Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times to tell you
I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried to tell you
I’m sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

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