Tag: The Roots

The Story of The Invisible Plan

Posted 10 Nov 2011 in Blog

These lyrics were so easy to write. I had been listening to a lot of Black Thought’s lyrics and just the power he puts behind them, sometimes you feel like it’s fucking church. When I listen to The Roots How I Got Over, to me, there’s not a better album that is a full affirmation about how tough life is, the internal battles and dialogue about achieving goals, and being your own Fire through it all.

The Invisible Plan came out of being inspired by that, for sure, and imagery I have in mind of what our next full-length album would be about (which I can’t wait to share!). I feel so strong about the Power of the Mind and what we can do if we change our minds.

The only way it seems to make a change anymore is to do it covertly, starting with your Self and then gathering others…guiding your karma and letting shit work its magicactive karma weaponry, so to speak.

The “use the mind as a muscle” – was something that felt important in my life, as I had made a commitment to change my thought process about a year ago. I eliminated the phrase “I DON’T WANT” in my language. I started talking only about what I do want, if that makes any sense. To me, words and thoughts are actual things, actual matter, and if I was saying I don’t want this or that, I’m still attracting it because I’m talking about it. At least it puts me in the driver’s seat of living with less drama.

Things started happening and coming to me and appearing in my life, it was like a “reverse scavenger hunt.” Keeps things exciting for sure.

What is it that you WANT?

This is part of The Invisible Plan.



Outside Lands: A Weekend of Inspiration

Posted 15 Aug 2011 in Blog
Roots Best View (1)

I’m taking some time before we start our crazy schedule with The Invisible Plan, and utilizing it to its fullest for inspiration.

I spent the weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco. Being side/on stage watching one of my all time favorites, The Roots, was probably one of my most exciting concert experiences, to feel the percussion and passion and basically feel like a 7th member (haha) just enjoying what truth in music feels like….

Sia is such a beautiful person, and I haven’t gotten to see her live until now. She has a stellar band, and it sounded even better than the record.

Muse of course did their thang and killed it in front of what seemed to be 100,000 people. I did not stay for Arcade Fire, because I would rather see them in a smaller setting, and I was getting burnt out.

Other great acts: Latryx with Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker, and Major Lazer. I heard Mavis Staples killed it but I cannot be in two places at once.

Outside Lands Warren Haynes

The biggest surprise of motherfucker musicians for me was Warren Haynes. I am not a Govt Mule or Dead fan, and he brought a fuck-you-blues/gospel show that was unbelievable. I had gone to a smaller, more private show on Sunday night… When I get to see people who are this legendary, the craftsmanship and the history they bring—reminds me that until I breathe my last breath, I’m doing this.

This is part of The Invisible Plan.

Some of my favorite lyrix off the top of my head

Posted 25 Jul 2011 in Blog

“Be careful what you hope and you pray for, you know you only get what you pay for” ~Aqualung

“….And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses” ~ Joni Mitchell’s Chelsea Morning

“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden” ~ Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock

“Nothing’s gonna change my world” ~ Lennon – Across the Universe (credited Lennon/McCartney)

“I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one” ~ Lennon – Imagine

“Why is the world ugly when you made it in your image, why is living life such a fight to the finish” Black Thought of the Roots’ Dear God 2.0

“I never show signs of fatigue or turn tired, cause I’m the definition of tragedy turned triumph“ Black Thought of the Roots’ The Fire

“Only AA, thinking XXX” and “Fuck the pain away” ~ clever Peaches, so unique, so raw

“Karma Police arrest this girl her Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill“ ~Radiohead (the originality, the cadence of this lyric just brings such imagery)

“I jumped in the river and what did I see, Black-eyed angels swam with me, A moon full of stars and astral cars, All the figures I used to see, All my lovers were there with me, All my past and futures, And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt“ Radiohead’s Pyramid Song

“People get crushed like biscuit crumbs…” Thom Yorke’s Black Swan

“..She was a rare thing, fine as a beeswing” ~Richard Thompson’s Beeswing

“But we’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy” ~ Seal, classic

“Need a little love to ease the pain” ~ Massive Attack’s Dissolved Girl

“Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.” ~ Eminem

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find, you get what you need.” ~I hope you know who this is.