This article is a
little different than the others on this
site. It may be too outrageous for you. It may offend you. Well, heck,
you may like it! Either way, I hope you check it out and think about it
and decide for yourself. This isn't about recording or mixing or 24
bits - it's a subject from my heart - so
if you have an open
times my clients inquire via email about mastering their
projects. One such potential client asked if I master rap albums, to
which I answered, "I've recorded, mixed and mastered many rap albums. I
am happy to work on your project so long as it doesn't have lyrics that
promote killing people or using hard drugs."
was, "The lyrics about killing people are only toward those
who deserve it." Personally, I don't think anyone deserves to be killed
regardless of what they've done. Killing people for any reason (other
than euthanasia) is using abuse to solve
abuse. This is going to
push a button for the people who
believe "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." All that "eye for
an eye" stuff is old technology and it doesn't work.
have been using death as revenge for centuries and it hasn't brought
lasting peace to our planet. I'm not saying just
let anyone go
crazy.... if ya gotta lock someone up forever to protect others, so be
the rap guy - I told him that I preferred projects with a
different message and I wished him well. So why the heck should the
lyrics matter to me? I mean I'm a mastering engineer, not the FCC!
The answer is simple: I believe that
musicians have a
great influence over a lot of people, and when a song promotes
anything destructive, that's what we get more of in our lives.
C'mon man, be realistic! It's just
expression, it's free speech, it's just reporting the story!
may simply tell the story, but every time we hear that story,
we make an unconscious link with it. We engage with part
of it. Explore this for a minute.... Maybe we don't go out and buy a
gun the next day, but mentally our thoughts line-up
with the words
of the song.
You don't think about kissing your
you're listening to "...kill all the haters on the East side..." It's
been said that there is much power in words, and I agree.
artist's music becomes a part of the lives of those who listen to
it. Musicians in the 60's and 70's changed millions when they declared
"Make Love, Not War." Look throughout history and you'll see that
you attract what you make music about. I
think musicians have a responsibility to decide how they want their
music to effect people's lives. Don't you think people like John
Lennon, Sting, U2, Shania Twain, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Vanessa
Williams and Stevie Wonder think about the influence they have
So what's the point, John?
have a serious problem these days and it partially stems from two
don't understand how powerful the collective consciousness is
2. We're addicted to being right
1. Some say maybe sorta
there could be a collective
consciousness out there... maybe
on Star Trek... but in real
life... give me a break.... right? The truth is Quantum Physicists have
absolutely proven that collective
consciousness exists all
around us and we're all connected to it. Many of us just don't know
about these scientific findings yet because they haven't made front
scientific findings show that every thought adds to the the
direction of the collective consciousness, and that the direction of
the collective has enormous creative power in the physical world. It's
a form of
influence and mental momentum. So the more people
connect to thoughts about killing people creates more people getting
news is that it works the same way for peace. The more people
who think peacefully create more peace via the collective
consciousness. That's why countries and states who don't use the death
penalty have fewer murders.
movie industry has a huge amount of influence on people too.
Every time another person watches a show, the collective
thought gets added into by the thoughts we experience during the show.
When millions of minds are watching American cities getting blown up in
such movies as "Independence Day" and "Core", we all join into that
collective picture - and the connection happens
automatically - we have no choice in
scientific findings could offend some because that would mean
that we are less separate from each other than we thought before...
...and it's easier to kill someone or hate someone if we believe that
we are separate from them.
connected with each other in a bigger way than we've known
before. It's time that people with influence (like you) get this across
to the general public. One person can make a difference in the
collective consciousness, particularly if that person is a musician and
their music is heard by increasing numbers of people.
2. As far as being right - many people love
noble, after all, when you are right. When someone else is wrong, you
get the prize! Look more and you'll see that when we're right, we're
really associating it with being kind, or being moral, or being
superior in some way. We're taught that our "right" is better - our needs are more right
- our beliefs are more
right... and if we think someone else's way, needs or beliefs are
wrong, we can justify our actions against
them because we
are more "right."
like we're justified "borrowing" an extra towel from a hotel
because the hotel's price was too high. Or walking out of a store with
an item that wasn't paid-for because "that store makes too much profit
anyway". Or "that dude deserves a smack in the face because he looked
at me wrong." All of these statements are supported by the concept that
we are all separate from each other.
The truth is we are all connected at a
much much bigger level that we've imagined before, and
here's my message to us all:
WE ALL NEED TO TAKE MORE ACTIONS THAT
HAVE THE EFFECT OF CREATING PEACE.
has to be willing to take the risk of thinking in different
ways - ways that are not about separation, but are about connection. We
have to start realising what each of us is doing matters.
certainly shifted our thinking when we were attacked on 9-11-01. I
am not saying that we can just sit back and be all lovey-dovey when
there are people out there who are out of control. We have to take
steps to protect every living thing on this planet. But selling CDs
that say killing is a groovy way to get back at the gang next door is
really a waste of time and energy.
aim in a direction that says "We can understand our
differences and get along." We can stop being addicted to "our way is a
better way" and start thinking "our way is another
way." Example: When I talk about the
work of other mastering engineers, I do my best to acknowledge that
they've done great work - I try not to put anyone down. That's because
I think everyone has greatness in
them. My mastering and their
mastering isn't a better way, it's just another way.
Key: We can let go of our
strong right-wrong polarities in favor of honoring co-operative
differences. This doesn't mean that it's free-for-all time and that
anyone should be able to go wacky if they want to. That wouldn't work!
But noticing what DOESN'T WORK and what DOES WORK is a great way to
gauge our results. Try the concept of what works and what
in your home, your business, your love life - don't
just take my word for it!
we think, everything we say, everything we do effects
everyone else on this planet. Don't get me wrong, I don't think that I
can sit here and meditate and cause world peace overnight. But I think
that the "tell a friend" principle works.
I think it would be hot if musicians would
be more active in starting a new trend - a trend of
- a trend of kindness and love - a trend of loving allowance and
connection. A trend where we all take responsibility, even in a small
way every day, to make a positive difference. We stop
for hate, and start being committed to peace.
going to take a risk here that may challenge some typical
ideas. I'm going to risk by quoting my favorite author, Neale Donald
Walsh. It's a risk because some of you may be
offended because you
may feel his books go against some of the thinking we have come to
the other hand, some of you may be inspired precisely because
his books offer non-conforming concepts that invite us to evolve
our ways of thinking - and even our ways of being.
a contest of right and wrong or Neale vs. some XYZ cultural
standard. This is about taking a stand, and
putting something out there vs. being silent. So check out this
quote... and then you decide what works
best for you.
quoted from CwG Weekly Bulletin #23:Tue, 10 Dec 2002:
this planet occurs out of the will of the Collective Consciousness."
"It is the product of the Combined Reality shared by all. That combined
reality is shaped, formed, and created in part by you, every hour,
every day. Thoughts are things, and can be used by you to change
the things that have been created by other thoughts which have preceded
YOUR OWN REALITY.
So few really get that. [Otherwise some people] wouldn't ask questions
such as "Are the end-times predictions true?" They would ask "What do I
choose now to do in the face of all the world's thoughts about this?"
Do loving, kind, gentle, peaceful, honorable, healing things. Every
day. Everywhere you go. With every person whose life you touch. Then,
seek to touch even more lives. And then, even more after that.
the world with your magnificence,
and the magnificence of the Truth of Who You Are.
In every moment we have the choice to live in Love or in Fear. Choose
Love now, and in every moment. [Live] in Faith. Faith that whatever the
future holds, it is perfect. God is a loving God. Nothing is created -
nothing - which does not proceed to your Highest Good.
I say this to you, my friend. You have been sent to the world at
precisely this time in order to be one of those who heals the world,
not sends it further into fear. Do that. It is not difficult. Anyone
who has ever received even so much as a smile from you would tell you
how easy it is for you to do that.
Go, therefore, and be a gift unto the world. And smile a lot. For a
smile is love announced. Love of whatever and whoever it is you are
Thank you for
taking the time
to read and consider these thoughts... and.... tell a friend.
They even change the crystal structure of water.
Thank you to Neale Donald Walsh