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If someone has talent, then people who have talent will recognise it. One song mentioned the fact that being a “jack of all trades, master of none” can send you to an early grave. It’s a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one. If you have to adapt to society, you have to have a talent and make sure to monetise it. That would be what I tell my children when I have them. The shortened version “a jack of all trades” is often a compliment for a person who is good at fixing things, and has a very good broad knowledge. A “jack of all trades” may be a master of integration, as such an individual knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring the individual’s disciplines together in a practical manner. This person is a generalist rather than a specialist.

It’s a general adaptation syndrome. There are 3 phases: shock, alarm and exhaustion. With that kind of compromise, no doubt the production of those blog posts will be go viral one day. Information is critical. This is how I feel when I’m reverse skydiving.

Please Mr Postman, the Song

“Don’t Make Me Over” is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which also marked the recording debut of Dionne Warwick in 1962. The songwriting/production team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David had been struck by Dionne Warwick’s work as a session singer on The Drifters’ “Mexican Divorce” in February 1962. Subsequently Warwick had regularly vocalised on demos of compositions by that Bacharach/David team. Florence Greenberg, owner of the Scepter Records label, had signed Warwick after hearing her voice on a demo. Upon learning from Bacharach and David the label didn’t think her style was correct for their new song, and that Jerry Butler was selected for recording it, a keenly disappointed Warwick felt used, manipulated and exploited, and dismissed the team’s assurance of writing her an equally viable song in her own style.

According to a Biography cable television episode featuring Burt Bacharach, Warwick responded by shouting, in nearly a crying rant, at the songwriters as she left the recording studio: “Don’t make me over, man . . . (you have to) accept me for what I am”. Bacharach and David looked at each other in the moment, in stunned disbelief, at her youthful outburst at them. David, never to waste life’s circumstances and moments as inspiration for a song, in fact went to work on lyrics and utilised Warwick’s authentic energetic outburst as the title and sentiment for “Don’t Make Me Over”. The first of over 56 charted singles Warwick placed on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart between 1962 and 1998, the original recording of “Don’t Make Me Over” was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.

“Don’t Make Me Over” was written by Burt Bacharach, following a feeling Dionne Warwick had of being messed up and abused. Never to waste life’s circumstances and moments as inspiration for a song, the songwriters went to work on lyrics and utilised Warwick’s authentic energetic outburst. Themes of the song include playing, fidelity, reciprocity and identity. This reminds me that it’s what you don’t do that best defines you. She’s all she wants to be, a walking study in demonology.

That same year, Warwick recorded and released a revamped and updated version of “Don’t Make Me Over” on her album Dionne Sings Dionne II, roughly thirty-eight years after recording the original version. Warwick’s version wasn’t the first version being produced. Dionne Farris’ version, an American, singer, songwriter, producer and actress, born in 1969 and raised in New Jersey, is very interesting. In the early 1990s, she performed as the vocalist on the hip hop group Arrested Development (1992) hit single “Tennessee”. Farris was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (1996). Farris is the daughter of Larraine (Wall) and Richard Farris, both of who had musical talents and aspirations, and named Dionne for their favourite singer, Dionne Warwick. “Don’t Make me Over” was Warwick’s first solo recording and first hit. She eventually had 30 more songs enter the US Top 40.

Back to Bedlam, aka Almeria

Stress induces physiological responses proceed through the stages of alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. The thought of Almeria makes me weak: destroy everything except imagination. The mystic election is starting to bring me to my knees, as if it was the hit of the century like “Losing My Religion”. Some might say that change is normal and there are 4 well-known reaction to it: inertia, argumentation, revolt and sabotage. At the moment, my reaction is “oh! make me over: I’m all I wanna be, a walking study in demonology”. Almeria incest (in other words, rally around the family with a pocketful of shells) is driving me insane! I’m a traveler of both time and space but someone forgot about the curvature of spacetime and ripples.

Red alert: ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but history. If what you don’t do best defines you, then rest assured that lots of people won’t hesitate doing things violating norms. They know it and that’s why you can’t prove anything. What a burden: I guess we will need some courage to deal with that.

Are you serious with violating every law possible? If this was not a crime, would you have done it? Violating a norm is not something that should be made commonplace because, if everybody starts fucking sheeps, the human race will end up in allusions hangover (get over it fast, otherwise sheeps won’t go to heaven). That kind of society will not stand the test of time. And when time, space and torture are playing together, we end up wondering “why is there nothing instead of something?” (inspired by Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason). Why is there shnek pain (neck and shoulders) instead of healthy fatigue?

Johnny Hallyday (stage name), a Belgian-French singer and actor, just passed away. Yesterday, it was Jean d’Ormesson, a French novelist whose work mostly consists of partially or totally autobiographic novels. Little bug, do you hear me? Have a heart: remembering you’re going to die is the safest way to stop doing boring things. The problem with honest signals is that they can be bad news, and that might be the main complain about serious illness. Maybe I’ll add this reason to my list of serious diseases. Johnny Hallyday was married for 15 years to popular Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan and the two were considered a “golden couple” for 20 years. Hallyday completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and sold more than 110 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

It’s been the ruin of many poor boys. Hallyday was someone who helped Hendrix get famous at the time. Hallyday died of cancer, a serious illness that is basically an unconscious mess and concludes by self-destruction. Autoimmune disorders are a mix of cancer, allergy and inflammation. Needless to say it is also a serious disease!

I’m not a big fan of Hallyday but the fact that he knew Jimi Hendrix makes me like him. The French Tour 1966 (officially untitled) was a short concert tour by American-British psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The tour began on October 13, 1966, concluded on October 18, 1966 and featured four shows. On all four dates, The Experience were supporting Long Chris, The Blackbirds and Johnny Hallyday; The Brian Auger Trinity also performed, before headliner Hallyday, on the final date. “House of The Rising Sun” (in French, “The Doors of the Penitentiary”) is an emblematic song from Hallyday’s career. Recorded in 1964, the song is inspired by the version of The Animals (the song was a big hit that year). The lyrics (completely revisited compared to the original words) evokes the incarceration of a young man on which the doors of a prison close. Hallyday died of lung cancer. Given the gravity of that illness, we have to remind what it is: vague mess, unconscious, complex and painless; problems with the circulatory system and the lymphatic system; deadly conclusion by self-destruction without any intervention. Autoimmune disorders are a mix of cancer, allergy and inflammation (a cancer perhaps).

A song I love by Hallyday is “Black is Black”: hope is gone! Maybe because our hearts are heavy and changing. The subconscious mind, a very important component of life because, to some extent, it is 90% of our behaviours, holds back the main idea. I’ve got 10 years to lose if they catch me, trying to fight that ghetto blues. According to my extensive research on wellness, you can be fragile by being excessive or not addressing lack. I guess in the Middle East, we have serious problems to deal with but, here in the 16th district of Paris, we have also a very tricky situation from an administration perspective. There is no political solution and we have no faith in the constitution. Hallyday has a song paying homage to American playwright Tennessee Williams (written by French singer-songwriter Michel Berger): I guess everybody, at some point in their life, met a bad outlaw. I mean bad to the bone! I certainly did and I’m having troubles saying goodbye. Don’t know why though but I sure know how: chemical drugs.

Extreme irritability, restlessness and boredom; how many more years to lose here? Fever isn’t such a new thing; it started long ago. When muscles can’t handle an effort anymore, the load is transferred to bones (your secret alchemy).

Arrested development is a sad story. But let’s be positive: my musical career could end up in development hell, like the movie “Random Hearts”. The film was stuck in development hell for 15 years before finally being made. Steve Jobs said that, at first, an idea is like an embryo. If you don’t watch out, it could go wrong! For 1 year and half, the idea was that the time for me was now; it’s in me and please don’t make it hurt. But clouds got in my way. When you think about credibility, some people become ridiculous, like unreliable narrators. They have a tendency to shout because no one seems to hear. When you think about a bad disease like cancer (perhaps), I read that the cancer always wins because it has lots of excuses.

But I have more than 5000 good songs in my library. What should I do? Famous last words? It’s a sad situation and it’s getting more and more absurd. Einstein once said that if the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope. My idea is to get rid of the funk of 2000 years: like Allosaurus Fragilis, I have several fatigue fracture in the bones. The house that opportunism built was a house that became vulnerable to a lot of disorders. People who suffer from burnout might suffer from missed opportunities as a result of playing a game they don’t understand. Beware, if you don’t lose, you will win; then you will know what kind of game it was. Don’t be afraid to feel!

At the last second, I can change directions. Turn completely around if I feel so inclined. According to Freud, when a child masters something, he get a real pleasure from it. There is a process called dancing that should be learned in school; usually music is associated to it. To me, it’s a thing called “I need an idea here”.

When I leave the 16th district of Paris, I will go back to what I enjoy most: sports, art, science, philosophy and more (energy, time and concentration)! When development stopped, one might wonder if the mirror was a good one! My friends are so depressed, I feel the question of our loneliness, it’s about confidence in me and you. And confidence in an oceanic feeling. If I show up, will you? And if you don’t, will I? When I think about failure and success, I think about addiction and control. Modern cynicism has turned the Earth in a house burning down. I was wondering what was the problem. The picture of Phrygian Purple makes me wonder what I will tell my children: have a talent and make sure to monetise. What will you say to your children? Do as I say, don’t do as I do?

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Don’t make me over
Now that I’d do anything for you
Don’t make me over
Now that you know how I adore you
Don’t pick on the things I say, the things I do
Just love me with all my faults, that way that I love you
I’m begging you

Don’t make me over
Now that I can’t make it without you
Don’t make me over
I wouldn’t change one thing about you
Just take me inside your arms and hold me tight
And always be by my side, if I am wrong or right
I’m begging you

Don’t make me over
Don’t make me over
Now that you’ve got me at your command
Accept me for what I am
Accept me for the things that I do
Accept me for what I am
Accept me for the things that I do
Now that I can’t make it without you
I wouldn’t change one thing about you

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Written by na1man

I've been listening to music for more than 20 years, trying to get a message in each of the 5000 songs I listened to. I'm interested in all topics (sports, art, science, philosophy, health, travel). I connect the dots with contemporary music. This blog will be the result of more than 20 years of work on humanity (ripples in the curvature of spacetime).

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