News!

Posted in Music, My Life on April 8, 2009 by shinogo

So I’ve moved my stuff… again… but this time it’s staying in one place for awhile! I promise!

Head on over to http://www.shinogo.com/ where you’ll find this blog, but also a whole new site built around it, which includes my new album “The Pulse”

We Stopped Being Wise

Posted in My Life, Of Interest on April 3, 2009 by shinogo

Damn.

Barry Schwartz, the author of The Paradox of Choice, makes a very compelling case for morality and virtue in all of our lives. Touching on education, politics, business and many other things. he communicates the need for all of us to use common wisdom over needless bureaucracy. I suck at summarizing it, just watch the video:

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I need to get to TED one of these years…

Shine Your Light On The World

Posted in Music, My Life, Of Interest on April 3, 2009 by shinogo

This song still does something to me, something about it… I posted both the original and the Zero 7 remix in Youtube form at the bottom:

I don’t wanna write this down/
I wanna tell you how I feel right now/
I don’t wanna take no time to write this down/
I wanna tell you how I feel right now, hey/

Tomorrow may never come/
For you or me, life is not promised/
Tomorrow may never show up/
For you and me, this life is not promised/

I ain’t no perfect man, I’m trying to do/
The best that I can, with what it is I have/
I ain’t no perfect man, I’m trying to do/
The best that I can, with what it is I have/

Put my heart and soul into this song y’all/
I hope you feel me/
From where I am, to wherever you are/
I mean that sincerely/
Tomorrow may never come/
For and me, life is not promised/
Tomorrow may never appear/
You better hold this very moment, very close to you/
Very close to you/
So close to you, so close to you/
Don’t be afraid, just let it shine/

My Umi said shine your light on the world/
Shine your light for the world to see/
My Ami said shine your light on the world/
Shine your light for the world to see/
My Ami said shine your light on the world/
Shine your light for the world to see/
My Umi said shine your light on the world/
Shine your light for the world to see/

Sometimes I get discouraged/
I look around and, things are so bleak/
People are so weak, sometimes…/
Sometimes I feel like crying…/
Sometimes my heart gets heavy/
Sometimes I just want to leave and fly away/
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself/
Passion takes over me/
I feel like a man/
Going insane, losing my brain/
Trying to maintain, doing my thang/
Hey hey hey, hey-hey…/
Put my heart and soul into this y’all/
I hope you feel me from where I am/
To wherever you are/
Sometimes I don’t want to be bothered/
Sometimes I just want a quiet life/
with me and my babies, me and my lady/
Sometimes I don’t want to get into no war/
Sometimes I don’t wanna be a soldier/
Sometimes I just wanna be a man, but../

Umi says shine your light on the world/
Shine your light for the world to see/
My Ami said shine your light on the world/
Shine your light for the world to see/

I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free/
All my people to be free, to be free, to be free/
All black people to be free, to be free, to be free/
All black people to be free, to be free, to be free/

Thats all that matters to me…/

Black people unite and lets all get down/
Gotta have what/
Gotta have that love and peace and understanding/
One god, one light/
One man, one voice, one mic/
Black people unite come on and do it right/
Black people unite come on and do it right/

It’s Just Me

Posted in Music, My Life on April 1, 2009 by shinogo

Right-Click and Save As to download the MP3

I got this mother fucker locked man, killin’ it straight/
I’m splittin’ the breaks, just know, I’m iller than gates/
I pillage this make a fake cat bleed under pressure/
Nothin’ lesser, the sorta sound came ta test ya/

My shit’ll invest to flip a rhyme on it’s back/
Yo I let the team slack, Now I gotta get it back on track/
I spit a throwaway, now and then/
Fuckin’ with the pen, but these kids always keep listenin’/

Never stop glistenin’ even when I’m down/
Tracks about nothing, but I’m still gettin’ pounds/
I ain’t lovin’ all the lights, with the photo-flash action/
Indie-rock fashion, no attraction/

No rappin’ if it can’t go unedited/
Made a lot of beats but most go uncredited/
Nobodies headed in the road that I travel/
Stickin’ to my gut, never fall out the saddle/

Never battle, I keep my head to myself/
I never carried no weapon to protect my health/
I never spoke about a girl foul when I was vexed/
Never shit up on a friend, flip ta the next/

I mostly keep it in check, my heart on my sleeve/
An those who know me best know that I never decieve/
I ain’t playin’ it fake, well, maybe a few times/
But only in ma rhymes ’bout doin’ some dumb crimes/

And only then ’cause I grew jammin’ to Nas/
Mos Def, Big L, Mobb Deep and diggity-Das/
An on occasion just to big me up in a set/
Skinny white dude who could kick with minimal stress/

A cynical step, a clinical mess, up the dosage/
Never fade fast, so forget ya prognosis/
Aim, focus, it’s all what you see/
These words they flow fluid just tryin’a be free/

It’s just me…/

Written to “Calm Down” by Tragedy Khadafi, Nas and Noreaga.

Small Pause

Posted in My Life on March 30, 2009 by shinogo

I can’t remember exactly what it was I wanted to write about.

It was really, really good though.

I’ll save it for next time, hopefully.

Satellite Mind

Posted in Music, Of Interest on March 27, 2009 by shinogo

Hold it, I’m about to drop off/
Let me tell you my last thought/
Drift into a deep fog, lost where I forgot to/
Hold it I can feel you most when I’m alone/

Comin’ home ’cause I want to/
Hang out with the starlet/
Stare up at the ceilin’/
Preview of a screenin’/
Flashback of a feelin’/
Sixth sense of a call/
And heard you fuck through the wall/
I heard you fuck/

When I’m bored/
I send vibrations, in your direction/
From a satellite mind/
When I’m bored/
I send vibrations, in your direction/
From a satellite mind/

I’m not suicidal/
I just can’t get out of bed/
I drift into a deep fog/
Lost where I forgot to/
Hold it I can feel you most when I’m alone/
I can feel your ghost when I’m alone/

Comin’ home ’cause I want to/
Hang out with the starlet/
Stare up at the ceiling’/
Hidin’ and revealin’/
Flashback of a feelin’/
Sixth sense of a call/
And heard you fuck through the wall/
I heard you fuck/

When I’m bored/
I send vibrations, in your direction/
From a satellite mind/
When I’m bored/
I send vibrations, in your direction/
From a satellite mind/
When my voice/
Became vibrations, through the satellite mind/
through the satellite mind/

It sounded like mine/
(ooh ooh, ooh ooh)/
It sounded like mine/
(ooh ooh, ooh ooh)/
It sounded like mine/
(ooh ooh, ooh ooh)/
It sounded like mine/
(ooh ooh, ooh ooh)/

Check it on here, the rest of the album rocks too:
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Chris Abani

Posted in Art, My Life, Of Interest, Short Stories on March 26, 2009 by shinogo

This talk by Nigerian author and poet Chris Abani at 2008’s TED conference is incredible:

Chris Abani

When I’m moved by talks like this one it always leads me to think about story-telling and the oral tradition, and how it factors into each of our lives.

I talked about that a lot with my Celtic Myths and Music professor when I was (rarely) attending UofT. It was a large part of our class, and is paramount in understanding the beauty in any artistic endeavor. David had that gift, the ability to tell stories through to their full potential; although he was modest about it and constantly reminded us that we should seek out “a real story-teller” to hear them in their purest form. I was so moved by one of his tales that I half-drunkenly transcribed it as best as I could on this blog when I got home from the bar the night he told it. Good stories’ll do that to ya.

My grandfather has had this effect on me as well; his gift for story has been imprinted on me and will stay with me for the rest of my life. His experiences, no matter how humble, are always amazing to listen to; and always contain some subtle piece of wisdom, intentional or not.

I’d like to think that when he passes I’ll carry on his tradition to my children and their children and so forth; as it has been done for thousands of years.

Totally random little rant there… enjoy!

Sierra Noble

Posted in Music, My Life on March 26, 2009 by shinogo

One day last summer I was on my way home from my ex-girlfriend’s place I was biking down Yonge St. and I noticed a crowd at Dundas Square… Curious, I locked up my bike and walked over to see what was going on.

It turns out I had stumbled into the Luminato Scottish Music Festival, and stepping on to the stage was a beautiful girl with a fiddle. Naturally, I had to stay and listen.

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Her name was Sierra Noble and I was blown away by her performance, I ended up staying for the whole thing. A gorgeous voice and a deft fiddle player, with some guitar thrown in for good measure, she charmed her way through the set with heaps of M├ętis and Celtic flavouring.

I tried to both meet her and pick up an album at the end of her show, but was able to do neither – I did track her website down when I got home though, and joined her Facebook page to keep up with her music.

Her song “Possibility” is gorgeous (you can listen to it for free on her Facebook Page), and she’s been all over the country playing shows. If you can catch her somewhere definitely do so.

Possibility:
Work to midnight all alone/
Was it a dream that you had phoned/
Were you even thinkin’ of me/
Is it even a possibility/
Missin’ me/
Is it even a possibility/

Monday morning comin’ on fast/
Was hopin’ the Saturday’s moon would last/
Whatever you tell me I wanna believe/
Is it even a possibility?/
Missin’ me/
Is it even a possibility/

You place this promise at my feet/
But I need something that I can’t keep/
Is it even a possibility/

I remember lookin’ at you/
Wonderin’ if you even knew/
So I closed my eyes an counted to ten/
I was hopin’ that you would kiss me then/
Kissin’ me/
Is it even a possibility/

Hearts been stolen, eyes are swollen/
All in words were never spoken/
Stomach’s sinkin’, wishful thinkin’/
Wish that you would fall…/

Wish these fears would disappear/
So we could run away from here/
Is it even a possibility/

Work to midnight all alone/
Was it a dream that you had phoned/
Were you even thinkin’ of me/
Is it even a possibility/
Missin’ me/
Is it even a possibility/
You and me/
Is it even a possibility/
Is that even a possibility…/

The Butterfly Effect

Posted in My Life, Of Interest, Photography on March 24, 2009 by shinogo

The Butterfly Effect

Just had to post that up there, it’s one of the most beautiful photos I’ve seen this year so far.

Expect a lot of music from me soon – “The Pulse” is on the way on April 7th and SDR’s “Introspekz EP” will be rolling out on the 14th of April. My site will also be going live for this stuff, so keep an eye open!

Symmetry

Posted in Love, My Life on March 23, 2009 by shinogo

I remember reading a portion of a novel (and I currently can’t remember what novel it was unfortunately…) that discussed the symmetry in all things.

There is nothing that happens in your life without something else to balance it out, even if it’s in a way that is less then desirable, it is inevitable.

I’m not really sure how much I buy into it, but it makes a certain sense sometimes.

Einstein died trying to find beauty and symmetry in the complexity of the universe; and while that is a noble pursuit, I think I’d rather just enjoy it all for what it is. Messy and infinitely confusing, fractured and completely rewarding.