Last time, I featured quotes from the late great and Canadian-born poet, songwriter/singer and all-round profound, interesting, thoughtful, provocateur Leonard Cohen. As a fellow Canadian, I was so proud that Leonard’s life of curiosity, observation, and vulnerability to openly express his perspective was due in large part to the rights and privilege of freedom that Canadians both feel and experience.
That was my patriotic auto-view of Canada in the heartfelt aftermath of Cohen’s passing, anyway, and while it’s not wrong – in fact it’s quite true, I know from being a life-coach that our national freedoms are also habitually strangled with socio-cultural conditioning. Superficial, stifling definitions of success pervasive in this ‘true north’ promotes comparison instead of mutually supported authenticity, breeding a norm of separation, fear and lack: common to many countries without our said ‘freedoms’.
As a life-long student of human behaviour, studying both the trends and research affecting us more intensively over the past twenty years or so, I do feel that the momentum of arbitrary values and dysfunctional conditioning (perpetuated predominantly via our archaic and misdirected ‘education’ system) has taken a shift: people are not buying into the old stereotypes of what constitutes happiness, and in fact, can see more clearly the paths leading us directly into rampant anxiety, depression, chronic boredom and unfulfillment. While boomers and GenXers have pretty much learned the lessons via a ‘crash & burn’ back into the calm and power of their inherently perfect selves, it gives me great hope to see that the biggest champions of this movement are now coming instinctually from a sub-section of our YOUTH. Whew! Whether they are being nurtured more consciously (please please please!!!), witnessed their elders’ craziness and said nuh-uh, not for me, or are indeed just intuitively tapping inner-wisdom – a natural deflector of bullshit, I thank the universe for this new breed of poets, singer/songwriters such as Canadian Alessia Cara who are unapologetically just: BE-ing, and modelling and communicating increasing safety for this burgeoning reclamation of simplicity to our kids – hell, to all of us!!
With pure relief that Cohen is not the ‘beginning-of-the-end’ of a breed of truly galvanizing Canadian poet/philosopher genre of songwriters, here’s a sampling of some quotes and lyrics expressed in twenty year old (as of May ’17) Alessia’s music: from where she gets her wisdom I am curious – but mostly grateful! I just want to support her to keep on growing within her own curiosity and expression – wherever that may take her. I look forward to the inspiration she brings to me – but should her view and mine ever part ways: I will remain excited for her journey and simply leave the party with a: Thanks for sharing, Alessia! Then I’ll be over there.
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I gain no financial benefit from highly encouraging you to support Alessia’s journey and to purchase her debut album “Know-It-All”!
Oh who am I kidding: any healthy, inspiring music/lyrics bringing hope and modelling “be your best you” without judgement, such as Alessia’s, are going to bring HUGE wealth to us all… trickling right on down to our pocket books – make no mistake about that!
Tune in to find my peace and solitude
These empty rooms spin, and I embrace the flaws of being human
The black and white… and sometimes the greys that stay for days
The in between time
The meantime that make this song of life sing
Play, rest, repeat, read exactly what is written on the sheet
“Don’t deviate, ” they say
But I will play what’s best for me
I’ll press the keys and pull the strings
Create a symphony that’s mine
“Scars To Your Beautiful”
She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, “Covergirls eat nothing.”
She says, “Beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything.”
“What’s a little bit of hunger?”
“I can go a little while longer,” she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface
Ah oh, ah ah oh,
So to all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within
Excuse me if I seem a little unimpressed with this
An anti-social pessimist but usually I don’t mess with this
And I know you mean only the best and
Your intentions aren’t to bother me
But honestly I’d rather be
Somewhere with my people we can kick it and just listen
To some music with the message (like we usually do)
And we’ll discuss our big dreams
How we plan to take over the planet
So pardon my manners, I hope you’ll understand it
That I’ll be here
Not there in the kitchen with the girl
Who’s always gossiping about her friends
So tell them I’ll be here
Right next to the boy who’s throwing up ’cause
He can’t take what’s in his cup no more
Oh God why am I here?
So much on my mind, I think I think too much
Read between these lines, unspoken weight of words
But time comes to rest when you are by my side, it blurs
Lay in my arms, why won’t you?
It’s been way too long / What you waiting on?
Cause I’ve been laying here
Learning what the memories won’t do
Oh and I overdose / Boy I want off of this roller coaster
You take me high just to bring me down
Oh, and you bring me down
Some nerve you have
To break up my lonely
And tell me you want me
How dare you march into my heart?
Oh, how rude of you
To ruin my miserable
And tell me I’m beautiful
‘Cause I wasn’t looking for love, no
And give a listen to “Seventeen”
(Did you have that maturity at her age: not me, that’s for sure! And if you actually read the above Know-It-All graphic/quote, I love her and this song even more!!)