Here are some thoughts I forgot to publish on my birthday last month. I maybe thought this rant was going to have more thoughts and be better formed, but never mind that. So, here’s what I was thinking about on my birthday.
Today is my 28th birthday. I am conflicted, because I know I should use this day to mark how grateful I am for my life and those in it. However, I find myself trying to ignore the fact it’s my birthday because it’s been too many years since I enjoyed it.
The excitement and exhaustion, the privilege and perseverance, the strength and stress.
I used to be bedridden. Then housebound became the best way to describe my tolerated level of activity. Now I tell people that I need to rest a lot, because bedridden and housebound don’t properly describe my state any more. I’m very grateful for this progress.
But I can be grateful for the progress I’ve made and be impatient to improve quicker. Human emotions are weird swirling clouds of conflict for our brains to contend with. Or something.
Today’s music therapy sample is from Taal Mala, and he can put on a real show. He’s been described as “one of Vancouver’s bass music heroes,” and that’s about right.
This is his set from Basscoast, a phenomenal display of music, art, and performance held annually in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Basscoast is famous for its intimate community vibe, inclusivity, and the world-class talent they attract. Also, it was founded by two bad ass women (Andrea Graham, and Liz Thomson) so I thought that should be mentioned. Hopefully I can go to this one day! They do have an accessibility initiative, so theoretically it is possible once I can handle the massive bass vibrations…goals.
Taal Mala throws an old favourite of mine down here, Go Hardby Wayne Marshall, Vybz Cartel, and Damien Marley. This whole mix makes me excited, and gives me happy flashbacks of a different time when I would be dancing to this. Grinding to this, doing a dutty wine to this. Once again, goals.
Before more random thoughts pop into my head, here is Taal Mala’s Live at Basscoast 2017 set.
Here is today’s music therapy sample. Good reggae, good dancehall, good mix, good DJ. Everything you need, really. Some nice beats to bop to on my unbirthday today. Lots of feelings about my birthday this year, so today is just any other Thursday. Maybe I’ll write more about that later.
Without further ado, here is Kahn‘s Dancehall Mix.
Today’s music therapy sample is from High Rankin. He has many radio shows including Rankin’s Records, Rankin and Friends, and my new favourite tongue-in-cheek morning show, Coffee And Memes.
In this show, High Rankin chats as he plays absolute bangers from his collection. A personal favourite, Dillinja‘s This Is A Warning, starts at 33:34. Honestly, this whole show is incredible so you can’t go wrong with any of the tracks played.
Listening to thumpy music like drum n bass can be really rough, but I still love it. I’ll just say that dnb is more likely to add to my pain versus something calm with less bass (essentially nearly all other genres of music). This makes dnb ideal for desensitization therapy, since sound and vibrations are pain triggers. It’s interesting that what makes it painful and difficult also makes it ideal for progress. I’m grateful that I can actually listen to music again because I couldn’t for a long time, but yes, CRPS is weird.
I present to you, Rankin’s Records 009 – Tape Packs and Bong Mix.
You know how some days are just emotional for whatever reason? Even a dog video will make me well up today. Some days are just meant for a release of those pent up emotions, I suppose. This music therapy sample makes a lot of sense for me today. I have a real connection to Green Lion’s sound so it’s emotion on emotion it seems. Do whatever you need to do today to move forward tomorrow. I’m trying and that’s what matters.
I now present to you Green Lion Crew’s Rough Road Riddim Mega Mix.