Category Archives: Inspiring

Stuff We Could’ve Shot


Francis + The Lights “Darling, It’s Alright”

A single take live performance, edited with light.

On Creativity by K. West


Was perusing around on Kanye’s new blog the other day and came across this. Among the slew of emotions this garnered within me, conviction was the reigning champ. Was talking to a friend some time ago about this dude’s passion. It grips you, it takes hold. You either love him or hate him. He leaves no option for in between. This is what we aspire to do as artists. We strive to make you feel, make you think, make you act in some way. Sometimes we will fail. But when we succeed…sweet bliss. If we only hit it 1/10, it’s worth it. If that 1000th piece is the one that drop kicks you in the heart, then the other 999 attempts were just preparation and we’d gladly do it all over again.

Great artists suffer for the people.” -Marvin Gaye

-JP

Lost In The Shuffle : Richie Havens


I first discovered Richie Havens when I rented the Woodstock Festival DVD and the first time I heard this song it tore through me. His honesty and passion spoke to the purest desire we all have, just to be free. This video basically says everything I want to say so just watch this!

Richie Havens – Freedom

Havens is still performing today with as much if not more passion than ever. I had the privilege of meeting and talking with him last year when he appeared at Dosey Doe’s Coffee House in the Woodlands, TX.
Richie Havens… eternally cool and another great artist lost in the shuffle…

Influences: Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, the Beatles
Similar Artists: Bill Withers, Joan Baez, Terry Callier
Key Tracks: Here Comes the Sun, Follow, Just Like A Woman

By Terrence Lathan aka IBelieveInMuzik

“Everything Can Happen.”


Sunday night, HBO premiered a new show, “How to Make It in America.”

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet, too busy hustlin’ or your homie with HBO was out of town, it’s available on YouTube until the 20th.
Peep it here.

It features Bryan Greenberg (of “One Tree Hill” fame), relative new comer Victor Rasuk (Lords of Dogtown) and in a supporting role (and what I hope was not just a marketing push), Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi. Say what you want about Cudi, but his team is on point! (Plain Pat, What up!?)
The premise: Follow two young opportunistic New Yorkers & their friends, as they try to make a name for themselves in the NY fashion scene.

Although given fairly positive reviews thus far (lots of B’s and B+’s), the show, theoretically & formulaicly would be hard pressed to fall flat. In terms of public perception, HBO+Entourage Producers = a win. HBO has been killing it lately. Have you been watching?

One of the things that sets this show apart from the others though is its marketing campaign. Big ups to the team
behind this one. It is meticulously designed to reach its target audience.
Yes hipster, you.

Besides being well placed on all the appropriate blogs and web portals, this is the first time I’ve seen a television show marketed with a mixtape. Hosted by DJ Green Lantern and curated by the boy Cudi (of course), it features the show’s theme song, “I Need A Dollar” by Aloe Blacc (It’ll be on your iPod shortly after you finish this post.), which perfectly scores all of your coffee shop business meetings and cross-town paper chases. From Styles P to Duck Sauce, the line-up is sure to appease if not completely whet your highly eclectic aural palette (sorry no obscure 1940s Appalachian folk-rock this go-round).

But this is not, just, a “You should watch this!” post. For me this show represents our reshaped view of The American Dream. It’s “Anything’s possible.” vs. “Everything can happen.” (the show’s tagline). An Obama-era Horatio Alger tale, a “recession-era, empire in decline morality-tale” (NYTimes).

It’s a show about us: every entrepreneur, artist, musician, hustler & “grind-a-holic” (shouts to my girl @E_dub_a_licious) out there. I’ll refrain from launching into my “Habits of Highly Effective Hustlers” essay, for now. But this show definitely is being filed under visual samples and research for the dissertation.

The two main characters, Ben (Greenberg) and Cam (Rasuk), collectively embody what anyone who follows in their footsteps should be: passionate yet pragmatic. I believe this is why I connect with this show. It represents so much of my own personal philosophy and just that spirit of chasing your dreams.

And no we’re not getting paid for the endorsement. If we were, you’d be reading this on our website and not WordPress.

Really I just wanted to share a visual, concrete example of what our manifesto is here. Feels good to know that we’re not the only ones trying to put this message out there. Grind Hard & Prosper.

And for all you visual learners:

Thanks for watching.

-JP

“I don’t like to do .99 songs.”


Shout outs to the boys over @ Creative Control [Coodie & Chike, Dame Dash]. I absolutely love their content & what they’ve set out to do.

Saw this while I was perusing the innanetz a few days ago. I’m always happy to see anything with Erykah Badu in it. She could be sitting in a room eating chocolate pudding for 12 minutes and I would probably watch the entire video…twice. I just love this woman. But after watching the video up above, that quote lingered with me long after my 4th viewing. Had me itching to hear & see more, especially anything from this new project. And then Saturday came.

Woke up Saturday morning and saw this on the twitter machine:

After I recovered from the screaming fit I launched into, I clicked + listened. I’ll do my best here to explain the experience in words. Fairly certain I will not achieve full accuracy. Your forgiveness, I seek. Here goes:

Listening to this song is like being wrapped in your favorite blanket, near a fire, after finishing your favorite meal at the end of a bad day in a series of bad days. I was equal parts content, pensive, sad and hopeful.

Went back to the twitter machine after I listened. Discovered that the song had actually been leaked last night and what I saw was a RT + credits. And just below the post above, in her feed, was this:

However at 3:34 (Dallas Time) I was sorely disappointed. It took another hour and nine minutes for me to see any artwork or read any lyrics. But it’s Erykah, she may be late, but she always delivers. So all is always easily forgiven.

Chances are if you’re reading this you’ve probably already read the lyrics and seen said artwork. Which is why I’m not writing this a “a leak” or a “world exclusive.” It’s not what we do here.

Instead I’m taking this as an opportunity to talk about an artist who is effortlessly inspiring. Who embodies that which Subjunctif is founded on: honesty, integrity and passion; three things missing from the majority of the content we are blasted with, unsolicited, on a day to day, minute by minute, second by second basis.

So assuming you have read & seen this I won’t bother with a copy/paste. I’ll jump back into my [original point] story.

After reading the lyrics and seeing the artwork I realized how much of art is the heart behind the expression. Even after reading the lyrics I cannot fully express to you what she was attempting to say. But I understand it, because I feel it. Which may have been her intention when she sat down to create.

It’s refreshing to know that there are still artists out there that invest wholistically in their craft; where so many not only settle for, but focus on creating quick, individually sliced representations of their gifts. The argument maybe that this is easy for an established artist, like Ms. Badu, but not practical for an artist yet to establish her voice to not make the single their number one priority. Yet, why would you put anything less than your all into everything you produce?

Just sayin.

-Juan Pierre