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Everybody is looking for intimacy; the body and dignity might be the main client. I won’t lose my right to point of view in this post. Of course, I was taught to talk about music and not another subject. During the Arab Spring, there was a consensus on the power to begin again. That was a bit naive, because we still wonder how despots and tyrants maintain their power. Let me start by saying I don’t judge crimes against humanity if the war is not assumed. I like jazz/funk a lot because it opens up my mind. I used to listen to pop/rock when I was young and I needed to discover new musical ideas. Chemistry (entourage) and your physical life (dignity) are related; before you diagnose yourself with low self-esteem and depression, make sure you’re not surrounded by a strange environment. The guy knew the law so well, he came to my house just like you ring a bell. The featured image is about the siege of Acre (also called the Fall of Acre), which took place in 1291 and resulted in the loss of the Crusader-controlled city of Acre to the Mamluks. It is considered one of the most important battles of the period.

Out of the blue, dictators were falling like dominoes. But we forgot about the unconscious natural despot; we forgot about total war and what it means. Don’t erase the distinction between civilian and military resources!

Please Mr Postman, the Song

Street Life is a studio album by the American jazz band The Crusaders. It was a top 20 album on three Billboard charts and represents the peak of the band’s commercial popularity. The title track, featuring singer Randy Crawford, was a Top 40 pop single (#36) and became the group’s most successful entry on the soul chart (#17). It was #5 on the UK charts. “Street Life” also hit the disco chart, peaking at #75, and was re-recorded by Doc Severinsen with Crawford reprising her vocal for the opening sequence of the noir crime drama Sharky’s Machine, directed by Burt Reynolds in 1981. This faster paced and more powerful version was also featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, released in 1997. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Crusaders pianist Joe Sample wrote this with the lyricist Will Jennings, who told us: “The lyric, all that came right off of Hollywood Boulevard. It’s also been used in a lot of rap songs, some samples, they always do the chorus.” An inspiration for Sample was the beginner’s ski slope at Mammoth Mountain in California. In a Reuters interview, Sample said, “I saw people falling, running into each other… it was absolute chaos. It looked like a boulevard of madness. And I said, ‘That’s what street life is.”‘

At this level, it’s no ordinary menu and The Crusaders had a hit with “Street Life”. Crawford sure helped with her vocals; Jennings entered the songwriter’s hall of fame in 2006. That song was included in the movie by Tarantino “Jackie Brown”. It’s not the only song I know, thank god! Themes of the song: security, post-traumatic stress disorder, ageing, identity and love.

After growing up in East Texas where he taught school for 4 years, Jennings (the song lyricist) moved to Wisconsin and then to Nashville, where he became a full-time songwriter in 1971. Randy Crawford was a guest vocalist on the album and sang lead on this. Wilbur H. Jennings (born 1944) is an American songwriter, who is popularly known for writing the lyrics for “My Heart Will Go On”, the theme for the film Titanic. Along with other members of The Crusaders, they wrote songs for B.B. King’s album Midnight Believer before coming up with this song for The Crusaders. Jennings entered the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame in 2006. Veronica “Randy” Crawford (born 1952 in Macon, Georgia) is an American jazz and R&B singer. She has been more successful in Europe than in the United States, where she has not entered the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. She has had multiple top five hits in the UK, including her 1980 number 2 hit, “One Day I’ll Fly Away”.

Back to Bedlam, aka Almeria

A Brazilian love affair was in fact just another secret world war, known as a proxy war. You can feel the Cold War when your intimate life is miserable. I guess ageing is something we don’t know how to handle with care and loyalty.

The law of war is a legal term of art that refers to the aspect of public international law concerning acceptable justifications to engage in war (jus ad bellum) and the limits to acceptable wartime conduct (jus in bello or international humanitarian law). Among other issues, modern laws of war address declarations of war, acceptance of surrender and the treatment of prisoners of war; military necessity, along with distinction and proportionality; and the prohibition of certain weapons that may cause unnecessary suffering. The law of war is considered distinct from other bodies of law—such as the domestic law of a particular belligerent to a conflict—that may provide additional legal limits to the conduct or justification of war.

I guess if your body is gone, then there must be a chemistry issue with your doctors, entourage or superego. Knowing your enemy is a fundamental thing before you start a war. Again, if Sir Winston Churchill thinks wars happen because everybody thinks they have a legitimate chance of winning, I think my mindset will be “try not to lose”. I tried not to breathe once, but I forgot I was a chain-smoker. Let’s try not to (your vital function here). Knowing what’s important is the first step toward healing: when muscles can’t handle the load your requesting, it’s transferred to bones (where the secret alchemy of mankind takes place).

Disgust made me sleep with the enemy; I bet that’s pretty clever. Some call it Stockholm syndrome, some call it the curse of compromise. Hope mother nature won’t mind doing a miracle. At the moment, the miracle (in other words, attention to detail) is making me weak; let’s hope this will lead to a great fortune.

I started this post because “Flavours of Jazz Funk” was an album I stole from my uncle and I thought it was very cool. It opened my mind and I bought another album called “Hit the Rhodes Jack”, full of jazz-funk songs showcasing great musicality and technical mastering. The Rhodes piano (also known as the Fender Rhodes piano or simply Fender Rhodes or Rhodes) is an electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes, which became particularly popular throughout the 1970s. Like a piano, it generates sound using keys and hammers, but instead of strings, the hammers strike thin metal tines, which are then amplified via an electromagnetic pickup which is plugged into an external keyboard amplifier and speaker.

Rhodes is also the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of land area and also the island group’s historical capital. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Without the first album that AllMusic.com deemed “a true waste of the material it was pressed on in the first place”, I would never have made it to the 2nd album which was a tribute to the Fender Rhodes piano. That album was marketed as “deep jazz soul and funk rare grooves”. An open mind is something a lot of people can’t afford, but maybe it would be a solution to years of despotism and tyranny.

Don’t get old, you gonna feel the cold; don’t get gray, you gonna feel the cold decay. Once, only once, did I lose control and gave all my soul. So your loved ones can be home soon! Who would have thought it could degenerate like this?

Historians do not fully agree on the dates, but a common timeframe is the period between 1947, the year the Truman Doctrine, a U.S. foreign policy pledging to aid nations threatened by Soviet expansionism, was announced, and either 1989, when communism fell in Eastern Europe, or 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed. The term “cold” is used because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two sides, but they each supported major regional wars known as proxy wars. In other words, you die because someone decided that you were only a pawn in a strange and cold game. Of course, listening to funk music is not an inhumane act. Something about proxy wars that makes me serious. Of course, we could get delirious through humour or another simplification: from station to station, people just wanna get down. Whirlpool production will have to be excluded; I don’t think children would tolerate that kind of mess and abuse. You know you lived a Cold War when your intimate life starts to become a bit weird. Tell you the truth: I dated one woman in 20 years. Maybe one and a half. And I met lots of girls disguised in warriors riding bicycles.

Forget all your duties with riders on the storm, like a dog without a bone, and an actor out on loan. Perception is shaped by the individual and the society he lives in (the limbic system). The limbic compromise still has to show its worthiness because my experience tells me that reptiles are on the lookout.

I don’t like Star Wars except maybe the recent ones. I met a bad outlaw once who knew the law so well, he could come to your house just like you ring a bell. “Get out of here before it’s too late” seems to be the hardest sentence. It’s getting more and more absurd! I won’t let ripples in the curvature of spacetime bother me too long, because I have a better place to be: it’s called 300 days of sun a year. Although, a Cold War might be on the agenda of those people, I am safer in Beirut than in Paris. Why is not a difficult question: it’s called contrast, a deviation between your expectations and your experience. Who could predict the events that would make me go down in history as the man of the 21st century? Let me finish by saying I try to remain humble. Of course, one might expect always the worst and then he or she would be free from a wild imagination or none at all. As I look back on victory, one thing I recall: lucidity wins. Lucidity in the sky with diamonds. Maybe justice and modesty will help a bit? Maybe severity and cruelty will go away now?

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If you liked that post or more generally my blog, don’t forget to go to my about page for details on “like, share, comment and donate”. In other words, this sounds serious and music helps me with the mystic. Can’t smell the sea, don’t feel the sky!

I play the street life,
because there’s no place I can go.
Street life,
it’s the only life I know.
Street life,
there’s a thousand parts to play.
Street life,
until you play your life away.

You let the people see,
just who you wanna be,
and every night you shine,
just like a superstar.
A tabloid life is played,
a ten cent masquerade,
Your dress you walk you talk,
you’re who you think you are.

Street life,
you can run away from time.
Street life,
for a nickel or a dime.
Street life,
but you better not get old.
Street life,
or you’re gonna feel the cold.

There’s always love for sale,
a grown up fairy tale.
Price charming always smiles,
behind a silver spoon.
And if you’re keepin’ your hum,
your song is always sung,
you never pay your way,
beneath a silver moon.

Street life
Street life
Street life
Oh street life

I play the street life,
because there’s no place I can go.
Street life,
it’s the only life I know.
Street life,
and there’s a thousand parts to play.
Street life,
until you play your life away – oh!

Street life
Street life
Street life
Oh street life

P.S. : I Love You

This post is dedicated to Amin Maalouf (born 1949), an award-winning Lebanese-born French author who has lived in France since 1976. Although his native language is Arabic, he writes in French, and his works have been translated into over 40 languages. Maalouf’s mother was a staunch Catholic who insisted on sending him to Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour, a French Jesuit school. He received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel The Rock of Tanios as well as the 2010 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. He is a member of the Académie française. He studied sociology at the Francophone Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. Maalouf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in the Badaro cosmopolitan neighbourhood, the second of four children. He worked as the director of the Beirut-based daily newspaper An-Nahar until the start of the Lebanese civil war in 1975, when he moved to Paris, which became his permanent home. Maalouf’s first book, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, 1983, examined the period on the basis of contemporaneous Arabic sources.

I never had a heart of my own. I like to read Amin Maalouf books to get back the identity I lose every morning, when I look in the mirror. Exercise intolerance will not be tolerated (comment te dire adieu?). Intense emotions will be kept in the habitable zone (support for liquid water given sufficient atmospheric pressure).

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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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