Sunday, May 29, 2011

MANspiration: Anthony Kiedis – a sex symbol incarnate

Few men can captivate me on such a native and grassroots level as Anthony Kiedis. He is raw and confronting in a totally sexy and charming way. He is sex symbol who pushes around the word ‘sex’ in his music, life and demeanour without explicitness. I look at his ruggedly striking features, and they tell a story of a man who is either impossibly simple or intricately complex.

He couldn’t have had a more rockstar upbringing, being under the care of his drug-dealing and using father since the age of 11. He quickly spiraled into a life of debauchery and drug abuse, despite being a straight-A student and getting accepted into university.
It’s in this disheveled world he met the original line up of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The rest (at least musically and in a multi Grammy-award winning sense) is history.

Through the ups and downs of his life, Anthony has found solace in his songwriting, and a medium through which to broadcast such issues as drug abuse, racism, poverty, globalization and loneliness. Confronting issues, which in a clever way, do not ‘scream’ for attention through their music, but tap deeply into your human conscience. Kiedis’ songwriting has a timeless transcendence, which strikes the heart of those who can grasp the metaphor behind the often incongruent and trivial lyrics.

Anthony Kiedis’ persona is one of cheeky, laid-back yet lovable arrogance. On one hand, his butt-baring, sock wearing (see Sox on Cox), high energy on stage performances are every bit the making of a psychedelic rockstar. But it seems his Mohican roots kick in when it comes to family and nature; being a devout vegan since the 1980’s and affectionately naming his son Everly Bear, because “it’s nice to have a little bit of earth in your name”. The past drug abuser does not abuse the critically-acclaimed fame he and the RHCP have garnered over three decades; he and the members are quick to rush in and trade their numerous accolades at once, in order to raise funds for tsunami-ravaged Japan. Kiedis still finds himself perfectly ensconced in the role of a rock star; it’s just as time goes on, him and his bandmates have found balance and happiness to be “radical and desirable acts”.

His inspiration, like his energy is boundless. With a new record and new guitarist in the works for mid 2011, fans await what the new RHCP lineup will unleash. Kiedis in 2006 was quoted as saying, “Somehow I find songs, in the bigness of what they’re doing”. Once again, we RHCP fans anticipate their songs to strike hard, dig deep and be Red Hot chart toppers. As for Anthony, ever-inspiring, in every aspect, he proves his own words; “It’s easy to be a junkie, but it’s not easy to be one of the best...songwriters of all time”.

Sox on Cox:

Copyright © 29 May 2011 SoulSurfer

Friday, May 27, 2011

What counts...Lo que cuenta en la vida...

"What can I say? Love is what counts... I don't care about the label we put on it."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Inspiration comes in waves

Inspiration comes in waves. It really does. This is something that hit me today as I sat down in my car after a pleasant day of work.

The analogies and puns between waves and inspiration are numerous, and a delight to describe. Any surfer knows what wave sets are. At times you lie on your board and welcome the calmness of the small waves gently rocking you. A chance to breathe, relax, refocus, enjoy. And then, the excitement of suddenly seeing the trough of a wave curve deeply downward, develop and impend towards the shore, not knowing what surprises follow after. Catching that wave, standing up and navigating through Mother Nature; the feeling has no description. Eventually, you come to the end of your tide and either jump ship or hit dry land. Once again, you take your board and steer out to sea for the next big wave.

Obviously, as all this plays in my head, I can’t help wonder why sometimes we do not attempt to catch those waves of inspiration in life? Why do we lie on the board, gently being rocked by safety and stability? Sooner or later, the wave will come that will either ride you out to glory or pummel you over, and spit you out somewhere new. If change is not welcome in our lives, but direly needed, it will find a way to invite itself in.
On the other hand, we wait for inspiration to come, perhaps ignoring the “baby waves” that don’t pack such a punch, but have the ability to in numbers. Sometimes we feel we have outgrown the small and simple, but maybe need to get back to those roots and rediscover.

At times you have taken the small, and yearn for the big and impactful; life just needs to excite you in a new and feisty way.
But sometimes the basics need to be revisited, rehashed, and ridden out once again. Maybe the essence lies in appreciating what got you where you are.

One thing is certain: inspiration comes in sudden, unexpected waves, and you never know what you’ll be hit with next. Where will you take your next wave? 

Copyright © 26 May 2011 SoulSurfer

Rise and shine

Thought I'd kick off my blog with a music post which seems to just embody my carefree, multi-cultural, passionate attitude to life.
Who else but the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from their best album "Californication" ? (in my opinion anyway :))
I give you "Around the world", featured also on the 'Songs for Japan' album. Enjoy! :)