PLAYLIST: MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY 003
Happy December & Happy Motivational Monday!
Welcome to the third edition of Motivational Monday, A playlist to help you get you motivated on Monday morning & encourage you to keep that same energy until Sunday night.
Alas, we have arrived to the final battle, the home stretch, the last month of 2018.
From posts seen on social media, comments heard in public settings, and a collective low energy in community as a whole these days, I cannot stress how excited I am for this year to be over. The year 2019 represents a fresh start, a clean slate, a new 365 days to live our lives.
But why? What is so exciting about a new year?
Will we wake up in 2019 with new bodies, already in shape without the trudge and toil of working out? Will our banks accounts magically increase tenfold overnight? Will all of our problems spontaneously combust in a single 24 hour period?
I’m sure you are aware that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “No.” And I don’t mean to be a downer, I just aim to be real.
All of 2018’s problems will follow us into the New Year unless we actively do something about them. Of course there will be some factors that are simply out of our control, but for those that are within our grasp? Well, we better start wrangling them up now if we truly want to see a change.
Today’s playlist is dedicated to the mystery of 2019. It is a hodge podge of songs which reflect what the year may bring us. Perhaps you’ll lose old friends. Perhaps you’ll gain a new perspective. Perhaps not much will change… Perhaps everything will. Whatever the case, I wish you all the best.
So without further ado, let’s get into the music. Press play to begin. Scroll down for insight on each song. Click “MORE” for additional coverage of the artists. Enjoy.
Lambo - Seaan Brooks
We start this playlist off with the last song and my personal favorite track from Seaan Brooks’ latest album, Heaven Only Knows. In it, he hopefully raps over relaxing, laid back production. He gets introspective, discussing his personal life and issues, ultimately coming to the conclusion that we’re all just out here trying to make it. The accompanying video is a crisp visual featuring a solo Seaan travelling around his hometown of Tacoma, much like he travels the roads of his mind in Lambo. To me, the “Lambo” signifies more than just a fast car. It is a personal catalyst, strength, and the ability to make moves towards our goals, in whatever form it may manifest in. We all need that. And I hope we all reach that someday. | MORE
“I NEED THAT LAMBO, JUST SO I CAN GO FAST. FACED A COUPLE BLUNTS, PRAY TO GOD I DON’T CRASH. SHIT BEEN GETTING HEAVY, I’VE BEEN RUNNIN’ FROM THE PAST. AND IF THE COPS BEHIND ME, SWEAR TO GOD I’LL DO THE DASH.”
Leave Em - Key Nyata
Throughout the gains of 2018, I definitely incurred some losses, specifically of people in my life. Not due to death, but rather to various factors including miscommunication, change of direction, and just outright growing apart from one another. It took me awhile to realize that whatever the reason, it’s okay. Just like old Ye once said:
“They say people in your life are seasons, and everything that happens is for a reason.”
In his Phx- produced track, Leave Em, Key Nyata bids a firm farewell to all of those not in line with his elevation. And I’m with it. In this day and age, we should only seek positivity and forward progression. No sense in being held back by someone else. Chances are, we’re already holding ourselves back in some way, shape, or form. And truth is, we don’t need assistance. | MORE.
"THAT'S WHY I LEAVE EM, I BEEN DREAMIN’ HEAVY FOREVER. IF YOU LOVE ME, HELP ME GET TO THIS CHEDDAR, OR WHATEVER."
Love - Kid Cudi
This is one of my all time favorite Kid Cudi songs, although it is not as widely known as most of his music. He sings of life’s challenges and how he attempts to cope, while simultaneously encouraging the listener with a light-at-the-end-of the tunnel narrative. I listen to this song when I’m feeling down and need that extra push. I’ve found it resonates a bit more when delivered by The Man on the Moon.
“Don’t be so down, come on young homie. You’ll be okay, you’ll find real love. All of the stories, the hero get's lonely. Now is the time to show what you’re made of.”
Zonin - Dave B.
Back in 2016, Dave B. and Sango joined forces to bring us an album entitled Tomorrow. What an amazing piece of art. From start to finish. I don’t have a record player, but I need this on vinyl just because. With Sango on production and Dave B on vocals, how in the world can you go wrong?
The album was So Seattle, for lack of a better term, and remains in my top 5 favorite albums of all time. In its opening track, Dave flaunts his melodic, perfectly paced flow over peaceful production, laden with distant sounds of he and Sango’s native city. He speaks of living his life while not letting outside sources pull him off his path. He talks about getting and staying in the zone. With 2019 around the corner, we should all take notes.
“I just keep rollin'. I don't be talking, tucking this swisher. I just be zonin'. Love for my haters, one for my niggas. Gotta keep rollin'. You gotta get yours, ain't got no issues. Baby I'm rollin’... Baby I'm zonin'."
Nobody - Jango
Jango is a Spokane based artist that I met at this year’s Upstream Music Fest. He has a refreshing energy to his personality and performances alike, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear one of the more mellow tracks from latest album Alone by Choice. His bars are as animated as he is onstage, even with the chill offering of this song. What really resonates with me is the hook:
“Don’t let nobody tear you down. Don’t let nobody tear you down.”
He repeats this phrase and we’re forced to at least try to listen and oblige. The sudbued zeal in his voice when he says it leads me to believe that perhaps he learned that lesson the hard way, or at the very least, witnessed it firsthand. It’s a lesson that we can all use, whether it’s a person, a group of people, or even yourself, attempting to bring you down.
And that concludes the third edition of Motivational Monday. I hope you found some songs and/or artists that you like, but most of all, I hope you found some motivation.
In the hodge podge of this month’s playlist, I hope you take away these 5 lessons:
There is probably one (or more) factors that you KNOW will help you reach your goals. it may not be a material thing, but it’s something. That is your Lambo. Get it, drive fast, and don’t look back.
It is perfectly okay to leave people, things, and/or habits behind if they are not adding value to your life. I promise it’s okay. Just do it. Leave em.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. But you’ll never reach it if you give up now. Keep going.
Sometimes you have to put your head down, avoid distractions, and just do the damn thing. Now may just be that time. Is it?
Don’t let nobody (not even your damn self!) tear you down. Elevation is the goal.
Now I know these things are easier said that done, trust me, I know. But an E for effort is better than nothing at all. There are exactly 4 weeks left in this year. Let’s be great.
READY SET GO!