God’s Gonna Cut You Down

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Buy these (Sennheiser HD280s). Listen to Moby. If I wasn’t hell bent on becoming a diplomat I’d want to be a Vulcanologist. Chasing volcanoes with a camera would also be a highly exciting and adventurous life. Damn, I have to figure out what Moby song this is. Ah – Moby – Lift Me Up. Buy these headphones. Seriously. Oh my good Jesus. They are an audiophiles dream. I’m taking a page from Uncrate here… this blog also caters to technophiles and anyone who likes to throw money at amazing products that bring music alive. If you have $100 to spend on something, oh, you know just lying around, spend it on these. You will not be disappointed. I’m Billy Mays and I guarantee it.

Moby: Isolate

Storms clash against the Lebanese coast in Sidon.

Well, I even miss the weather in Lebanon.  You gotta love the way Beirut was designed, with no effective storm drainage systems, the water just floods the streets everywhere. It’s absolutely magical and I love it. God, I miss that city.

What else is new? I still have an enormous backlog of draft posts and articles to get up on here… I’ve just been rather lazy lately. Amateur Diplomat will be writing from hopefully sunny and warm Caribbean next week. Here’s a wonderful song by Moby I recently came across. Enjoy.

EJ Tonight & A Quote

Wikipedia: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Wikipedia: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy: Better Off Dead

And a quote by Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters to a Young Poet… worthy of Gibran Khalil Gibran…

“To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all out tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love. But learning time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far into life, is solitude, intensified and deepened loneness for him who loves.”

“Destiny itself is like a wonderful tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakably tender hand, placed beside another thread, and held and carried by a hundred others.”

“Reflect on the world that you carry within yourself. And name this thinking what you wish.. your innermost happening is worth all your love.”

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. “

Isn’t it better to be in a constant state of amusement? One should never be reduced to boredom. To be so dulled by the things in their immediate surrounding that they have no desire to do anything. Even laying around and doing nothing, just thinking is the total opposite of boredom. Boredom is a state. A feeling. One we must endeavor to circumvent. Read. Write. Listen to music. Discover. Create. Read Garth Nix’s The Abhorsen Trilogy and enter a fantasy world of magic and death. Read Walden or Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. Read Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality by Andrew Sullivan. There’s the short of my reading list.

Watching that video of Elton John singing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, does anyone just get this sense that he could totally be the 1970’s version of Lady Gaga… in a man… form…? Haha. Seriously, if you take one look at his outfits throughout that decade they’re just as crazy as some of Lady Gaga’s. I love Elton John. He’s totally awesome.

And he sings better than any boyfriend I’ve ever had. Man, I win don’t I?

We Are The People – Empire of the Sun

Came across this awesome song in a wonderful hole-in-the-wall cafe in Boulder called Amante – it’s called ‘We Are The People’ by Empire of the Sun – also the name of a good WWII movie.

*I honestly never thought the music video would look like one giant acid trip. Though the Ancient Meso-American setting is highly appropriate.

We can remember swimming in December.
Heading for the city lights in 1975.
We share in each other.
Nearer than farther.
The scent of a lemon drips from your eyes.
We are the people that rule the world.
A force running in every boy and girl.
All rejoicing in the world.
Take me now – We can try.
We lived an adventure
Love in the Summer.
Followed the sun till night
Reminiscing other times of life.
For each every other
The feeling was stronger.
The shock hit eleven – Got lost in your eyes.

I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me. But I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now.
Can’t you be believing now.

I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me. But I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now.
Can’t you be believing now.

Can you remember and humanize.
It was still where we’d energized.

Lie in the sand and visualize like it’s 75 again.

We are the people that rule the world.
A force running in every boy and girl.
All rejoicing in the world.
Take me now – We can try.
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me. But I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now.
Can’t you be believing now.
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me. But I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now.
Can’t you be believing now.

I know everything about you.
Know everything about me.
Know everything about us.
(x2)

I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me. But I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now.
Can’t you be believing now.
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me. But I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now.
Can’t you be believing now.