Post by cameron4321 on Jan 21, 2017 9:47:02 GMT -5
As such, I’m releasing a new song today from my upcoming record called “Desiderata,” which is based on an old track that Ryan Lewis & I worked on originally for the Heist, but it never made it onto the record. I reworked the music, and added Mark Lanegan reading the poem ‘Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann. Desiderata was a poem that hung in my parents house for years, and I would always wake up every morning to it, and read it. Over time, it became an internalized mantra of sorts, and I’ve revisited it many times since I’ve left my parents. The message of it resonates so deeply, and spiritually for me…. essentially it had to be represented on my record in some way. The song – along with Mark Lanegan’s world weary, and deeply calming voice – is the spiritual anchor of the record. At the bottom of the ocean, there is always hope, balance, and the simple pursuit of happiness.
Support or hate Trump, rejoice or fear for the future of our world…. we still have to strive for happiness – and acknowledge the beauty that still exists in our world, and come together.
Desiderata By Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.