“When the lights go out and the music stops and the glitter fades, it’s us alone with ourselves, just our own light and our own shadows. How do we feel then about the beauty that’s in us?”— Agapi Stassinopolous, Unbinding the Heart
“Quality has no room for egos. Other people will have better solutions. You are going to miss things. You are going to break things. You are going to make mistakes. And people are going to point it out.”—Relentless Quality (via bryan)
Cleaning up my Spotify playlists over the weekend, I discovered one that was comprised of only this song. Upon deleting, it just started playing and I found myself sitting by myself in the office on a Sunday belting out the tune.
Booka Shade vs. Plastic Dreams- Night Falls/Wont Back Down
I posted this song in August of 2008, and was reminded of it again yesterday as I was looking for *new* work jams to play to.
I remember hearing this song for the first time, and the state that my life was in at the time (emphasis on the rocking out). I remember that feeling of letting go to the beat, and kind of reflecting on the idea that despite the fact that I had decided to take a break from a world of structure or what would have been a socially accepted (or personally accepted) way of life, and letting NY beat me up a little bit [read - I didn’t know what I wanted to do and at the same time ran around and did whatever I wanted to, without any end goal or perceived drive towards anything], I would eventually get back on track when the time would come. Just because I decided to live a life of “party”, I wouldn’t back down or let it defeat me in doing something meaningful eventually.
That being said, I was successful at being a party girl, and that time was meaningful to me- shaping me as the person that I am now. And now, I’m successfully doing exactly what I want to do in that world that I removed myself from for a bit. You know, that serious one where people do shit, and business happens.
5 years later, this song is still so good… as I listen to it at my desk at 12PM versus at my favorite bar at 12AM. Still letting go, still feeling hopeful, still being that crazy person that hears a song and appropriates a meaning to my life around it.
“I can’t actually explain what happened spiritually with me, but there was a moment of ‘This is my last chance, this is my only chance.’ It’s about you choosing to become an adult because your entire career is at stake…”— Sara Mearns in Refinery 29’s The No-BS Guide to Success
I’m usually listening to two particular things when I need to focus at work - The Tron Legacy Reconfigured soundtrack for those “need to get shit done” sessions and the Tchaikovsky Pandora station for those “need to relax and get shit done” sessions.
This song (and the rest of the album), has been a great alternative to the latter- because sometimes you just need something a little more chillzone to create a stress-free mindset vs. the sense of urgency to jamming on some electro shit, that isn’t from the Romantic period.
Just work on everything calmly and one step at a time… and enjoy the music you’re doing it to. Ya know?