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Macklemore – Beyond What’s Popular On The Radio

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You probably best recognize him for the song ‘Thrift Shop’ currently all over the radio worldwide with its catchy beat, off the wall lyrics and interesting vibe. It is just the second song released under an independent label to reach the #1 spot on the US Billboard Top 100 List, and also topped the list in several other countries including: Canada, Belgium, Denmark, and Ireland just to name a few. The song utilizes comedy to spread a somewhat anti-mainstream consumerist message, showing the incredible style and fun that a person could find at a Thrift Shop. Despite there already being a somewhat awesome message behind this song, I’d like to draw your attention to some of the songs Macklemore released earlier in his career which each hold a powerful message that may pleasantly surprise many of you.

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In 2005, Ben Haggerty (Macklemore) released an album entitled The Language Of My World, which I personally did not come across until late 2010. The 20 song album featured a wide-variety of songs ranging in name from as simple as The Magic to as obscure as Bush Song, which featured Macklemore’s own comedic rendition of former American President George W. Bush. There are a couple of songs on this album that I would like to share with you all, both to give you an opportunity to discover or re-discover some pretty awesome music and to also bring further awareness to its existence.

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Hold Your Head Up (featuring Xperience)
The first song I’d like to share with you is Hold Your Head Up. Check it out via the video and then I will share some parts that really stand out for me.

The first part to really stand out for me is the when he says “We have many paths in this journey. They act in different directions, so when you question don’t be worried, It’s not a wrong one- beauty can be found in all of them.” For me this really stands as an awesome reminder of the inherent perfection in everything that we are faced with in life. No matter how difficult or challenging a particular moment or instance may be, in the end it always has a higher purpose, a beauty either in self-discovery or the growth of another.

Another part that really stands out is when he says “Freedom is acknowledging the mask you have on, and possessing the strength to take it off.” It’s amazing how many of us go through life giving up parts of who we truly are either around certain people, to attain certain things or in particular scenarios. It’s a simple reminder of the amount of freedom that can be had in both recognizing when we are wearing a mask and then having the strength to take it off and truly be ourselves.

There are numerous other parts I could draw from every song, but I will stick to two from each to prevent this article from becoming a mini-novel. But please feel free to point any particular parts you like from any of the songs in the comment section of the article, I’d love to hear from you.

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Ego

“You know that it’s the ego that’s constantly polluting my consciousness, so ingrained in my brain that I can barely even acknowledge it, it’s the ego.” What I particularly like about this part is the awareness it gives to how easy it is for us to allow our ego response to become so second nature. It really has become so ingrained for so many of us that when it makes a remark or leads us to do something we don’t even recognize its role. This awareness is great in assisting us to separate ourselves from the initial response our ego may give and instead react from true inner guidance.

There are a million parts I could take from this song, but the second I’ll focus on is “It seems that if you’re goin’ through somethin’ and life is feelin’ uncomfortable the immediate place you go is to your ego to comfort you.” This piece of lyric is another huge level of awareness we all are working to get to, to actually look at the programs and stories we may be faced with rather then to cover them up in the blanket our ego loves to provide.

Inhale Deep

“But if you live in the second, you exist in the present and that’s how you stay connected.” I absolutely love this piece of lyrics right here as for me its the message behind it that I have found to be of quite possibly the most assistance in my life. The importance of living in the moment, not dwelling in the past or hoping for the future. Truly existing in this second and discovering the incredible connectivity and peace that can be found when that is accomplished.

“Go through good times and hardships and if you learn to accept it, and know that every struggle in life is there to teach you a lesson.” Much like in Hold Your Head Up a very simple reminder in the perfection behind every experience in life. Rather then fighting, resisting or giving up when things get tough, a response filled with acceptance will always help in moving forward towards the lesson.

There are a bunch of other songs I really like off of the album but I will leave it up to you to discover them further. I will make the following general recommendations though to help in your search…

Truth/ Consciousness: Wings, White Privilege, Claiming the City, The Magic, Contradiction
Comedy: Bush Song, Remember High School, Thrift Shop

The entire album (The Language of My World) is available for sale on Itunes, so if you enjoy it and are financially able to support Macklemore’s music feel free to do so! Be sure to share some of your favorite parts of even your favorite artists/ albums in the comments below. I’m pretty sure we would all love to expand our music collection and what better a way than through recommendations from one another.

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Our Discussion About Dr. Fauci Telling People To Wear Goggles To Protect Against COVID-19

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Joe, Ruby and I recently sat down for our weekly show, “The Takeaway” to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent recommendation that all people should be wearing goggles as well as a mask in order to protect themselves against COVID-19. As most of you reading this will know, mask mandates in public settings have caused quite a controversy, especially in Canada and in the United States. Well known and reputable doctors and scientists seem to be the catalyst, having brought a lot of attention to themselves by sharing their expert opinions and research. Today, however, we are living in a very different environment as information that contradicts what’s told to us by our federal health regulatory agencies is now deleted, blocked, and censored from social media platforms and Google searchers.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, based on what I have been seeing and from our own experience here at Collective Evolution, we are living in a time where a digital authoritarian Orwellian fact-checker is patrolling the internet and censoring information, deeming it as “false” when in many cases, the information doesn’t appear to be false at all. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of “fake news” out there, but should people not have the right to examine information and determine for themselves what is, and what isn’t instead of having someone else do it for them?

In the episode below we share our opinions and talk about where we see things going within the next few months. It’s a two part episode, in the second part we talk about an interesting document within the CIA’s electronic reading dealing with the affect human intention can have on physical material systems. If you’re interested in that, you can access it on CETV, here.  CETV is a platform we created to combat the censorship we are currently experiencing, as many  of you probably already know of by now.

Related CE Articles About Wearing A Mask:

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Harvard Doctors Examine Whether or Not Masks Can Provide Any Protection From Infection

Are Mandatory Masks A Precursor To A Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccine? 

 

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
Like Radnor & Lee on Facebook: fb.com/radnorandlee
Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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