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Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore or do they???

Modern day music has gotten lost in the money game. Majority of artists are just looking for fast coin. Few songs have any meaning. Certainly they tell no story.

Writers have forgotten to be “minstrels” and have neglected to tell a story, spread a message or sing from the heart.

There are many bands who do right – I have written about them on numerous occasions in prior blogs.

To name a few we have Vinnie Paz, Ill Bill, The Riot Police, LeRuz La Rose, Yelawolf, Ritz, John Moreland and Blackberry Smoke. And just about anyone under Yelawolf’s label.

And of course we have Toronto’s own Planky – @PlankyMusic

“Box Dem General” – support local, promote local and get your riddum on point

 

Y’all know I love all genre’s of song and music. My mind is a giant playlist of over sixty years of the love of music with meaning …. for instance

I woke with Big John Moreland’s song, “Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore” echoing through my head …..

“Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore
I can’t remember when I’ve felt this lost
I took a wrong turn trying to carry this cross
Why’d I have to go and get blessed with a curse
I’m chasing death or glory, whichever comes first

One for the money, four on the floor
You were born last week with your foot in the door
I heard truth is what songs are for
Nobody gives a damn about songs anymore

You had everything you needed to get it all right
You said you’re gonna get rich if it takes all night
Should I go to Texas or Tennessee
Or lock myself in Tulsa and throw away the key”

(Credits John Moreland – “In The Throes”, released June 11, 2013 license
all rights reserved)

And remember ….

I will just leave this with you. Enjoy! Show all some love and a share and a like

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Why You All Need to Listen To The Mighty Vinnie. THIS IS A RAPPER!!! THIS IS A MINSTREL!

I had previously published this under the title, “I NEED DRUGS – NOT!!!”

I am a connoisseur of real music. I am 61 years old and many are surprised at the genre of music I listen to. I do listen to all era’s of music, but my everyday is who I speak of in this ‘Walk With Dann’.

By ‘real’, I mean music in which there is lyrics that actually convey a message or story. 

Do not see much of that nowadays in this ‘so-called’ hip hop/rap genre. 

 A song is meant to convey a message or enlighten one’s  inner soul. Musician’s were and are “minstrels”. 

Minstrel defined by the dictionary as, “singer who performed songs whose lyrics told stories of different places or of existing or imaginary events. Although minstrels told their own tales, often they would memorize and embellish the works of others“.

 Who are the top few I consider minstrels? 

 Here are a few that I have mad respect for what they are speaking to the youth of today.

Ill Bill and his brother Necro

Vinnie Paz

Yelawolf

Eminem

Mr. Green

Pacewon

Rittz

SPM

Rasheed

Tom Green (YES! That ‘Tom Green’ – check the O.R., udunno what I say)

So, let me show you a few examples of what I am saying ………

First video you should watch (courtesy of YouTube) is:

 Uncle Howie hears “My Uncle” for the first time  – courtesy of youtube

Here you will witness the power of the love only family can give to their own. 

As is very visible, Howie is definitely healthy and happy here. The result of his nephews love, caring and guidance. 

The lyrics speak mountains – definitely written from the heart and most definitely truthful. 

 A testimony to the realities of drug abuse and society’s darker side. A confession of the pain these nephews felt watching their Uncle suffer.

Here is the younger nephew, Necro:

His video that shows the “BEFORE” Howie:

 NECRO _ I Need Drugs     – courtesy of youtube

Recently I posted this video to my FaceBook page with this as the intro: 

 Brings tears to thine eyes – R.I.P. Uncle Howie. Dudes and Dudettes, compare Uncle Howie in this video to the one in Necro’s older brother, Ill Bill’s “My Uncle”. May the creators BLESS these lads for bringing their beloved uncle back to Earth. What a heavy load on my heart to overstand the pain they must have had to endure with the loss of such a knowledged Street Warrior to cancer after years of dancing with the dragon’s from Hell. 

Mad respect for the message’s Ill Bill and Necro and all their homies convey. 

Wish all these other so-called hip hop artist would follow their path and speak of REALNESS.”

Personally, I shed a tear everytime I listen to “Uncle Howie” for Howie, for Necro and for Ill Bill and for all of Howie’s family.

My soul becomes wrapped in the guilt of my SINS – knowing that in years long gone by, (and some close at hand), I have laid this burden upon those who loved me as much as these men love their Uncle.

What a statement to the realities of modern life in the tenements our youth are growing up in.

Ill Bill began his quest twenty-four long years ago in 1992. 

TO THIS DAY HE STILL SINGS FROM HIS HEART AND TO THIS VERY DAY HE STILL CONVEYS THE MESSAGE. 

RESPECT AND BLESSINGS TO THIS WELL SEASONED STREET WARRIOR.

No words I may type can tell you what your eyes will overstand when you have viewed this. 

‘Nuff said. 

I cannot say who is my favorite, but right up there with Ill Bill & Necro, is Vinnie Paz & his Jedi Mind Tricks. 

 

Here lies another minstrel who has been spitting the truth from 1993 till this very day. 

Twenty-three years and still sending out the message!!! 

Vinnie’s messages are so deeply written in the blood of his truths. 

Listen deeply to the lyrics in such tunes as “Uncommon Valor” and – my personal favorite “I, Who Have Nothing”. I play it every morning along with Ill Bill’s “My Uncle” to remind me of the life I have and am living.

Listen to what this song conveys, “I, who have nothing, but the comfort of my sins.”  DEEP!!!!! 

I, Who Have Nothing  – courtesy of youtube

To keep this blog from becoming a complex full length documentary, I will not break down and example all the above listed true artists.

This ‘Walk With Dann’ is only to say that I wish all musicians would get back to being MINSTRELS. 

For, if they could, then maybe, just maybe, one other soul would not have to sing about their Uncle, their life in the swamps of the Southern States, their lives in the swamps of Detroit or New York or Texas or Toronto. 

Overstand me now?

Bring the minstrel back to the music. 

Bring the stories back to the public. 

Drop all this bullshit about “Money, Weed & Hoes”. 

“Imagine” a world where “all the people could live as one’ – where “you may say I am a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”

I hope someday you will join us and the world will live as one” 

(Thank you John Lennon for embedding this within the confines of my mind)

I leave you now with a quote from a beautiful  Yelawolf/Ed Sheeran collaboration:

 

“I’ll be coming up when the Sun goes down. Rolling like a rock till I hit the ground. Running from the Lord cause I can’t be found. Only MY God can track me down”

SAVE OUR YOUTH. PEACE OUT!!!

The Influence Neil Young and Johnny Cash’s Music Held In My Lives

Music is the only universal language.

If not for my love of the lyrics of song I would not stand before you at the young age of almost 61.

My childhood was filled with the great Johnny Cash. Folsom Prison Blues taught me that prison was not where I wanted to go, but my lifestyle would lead me there later in life.

 

The very first album I purchased was “After The Gold Rush”

The greatest influence during my youth had to be the great Neil Young. Perhaps due to my being a teenage Heroin addict. Perhaps just the fact that his songs carried such a strong message.

“I’ve seen the needle and the damage done. A little part of it in everyone. But, every junkie is like a setting sun.”

I would listen to this fantastic classic as I plunged the needle yet one more time into my arm. And I would cry for I had no idea why I did so and how the heck I would ever cease doing so.

Then came the song he wrote for his ranch manager – a song many misconstrued as a song written about his father. It was not.

“24 and there’s so much more.”

These were my “Shakie” years. The most horrific time of my life as I was not a very good soul. Not at all. Prison saved YOU from Shakie. Prison stole my teens. All of them. And rightfully so.

After prison I became just plain “Shake”. And I met my beautiful second wife, Jennifer. She could calm my demons and did so for over thirty years. She still calms them from time to time. She is the only one who actually knows all my personalities.

Neil’s “Cowgirl In The Sand” reminds me of the love we shared.

And of course “Cinnamon Girl”.

“A dreamer of pictures. I run in the night. You see us together. My cinnamon girl.”

“I want to live with a cinnamon girl. I could be happy the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl.”

And I was Blessed to have over thirty years with her.

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Whenever I thought of plunging a needle in my arm once again, which has been everyday for fifty years, I sang Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” in my head or Neil’s “After The Gold Rush”

And I have never felt that “old familiar sting” since my youth.  Thank the Creators and songs such as these.

Then we venture into “On The Beach”.

“Though my problems are meaningless, that don’t make them go away.”

One of Neil’s best written after his break up with Carrie Snodgrass. Shows the everyday humanity that Neil has. Fame has never been his forte.

Which leads me to the “Dann’ and “LightHouse” stages of my lives. With songs like “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

“I have a friend I’ve never seen. He hides his head inside a dream.”

To me that defines all the friends I ever had as my only real friends are in my dreams.

And then Johnny Cash reminded me of the Blues, the Cocaine Blues.

I could go on and on, but let me leave you to ponder what songs influenced you …….

GOOD or BAD.

Until then, I shall remain – Dann, just as I am.

A mere music lover with a tough exterior wrapped in an emotional cocoon.

And remember “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company”. A great modern age band with soul in their lyrics.

“Dead love couldn’t go no further
Proud of and disgusted by her
Push shove, a little bruised and battered
Oh Lord I ain’t coming home with you”

 

Check out the tunes above and then check out Chris Rodrigues and The Spoon Lady (Abby)

Peace! I have to go shed some tears as my lives are in the final cycles.

Time To Reclaim Toronto not just To Reclaim Toronto’s Previous Motto, “TORONTO, THE GOOD”

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No sense me adding the current news links … all the same. Since I published this there has been multiple shootings and “no suspects”.

VERY SAD WHAT TORONTO HAS BECOME.

I was writing the blog below about Toronto having three murders in less than a day and BAM!!!!

This news pops up .. Just happened ……

Quoted from Toronto.citynews.ca

“Toronto police say four people have been injured, one man seriously after a shooting near Kensington Market.

Officers were called to the scene after there were reports of a large amount of gunfire at Augusta Avenue and College Street just after 10:30 p.m.

Police say three victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds

EMS tells CityNews they transported four patients, one man in his 30s with serious life-threatening injuries to a trauma centre and a second person to local hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Two other victims suffered minor injuries

Four people were reportedly seen fleeing the scene and police are currently looking for suspects.”

What is wrong with everyone???

I am just going to vent on you because I really am at a loss as to what to say or where to begin.

These puke, idiot, sub-human wannabe notorious misled YouTube gangstas are running wild in our city.

Instead of protesting Trump in our downtown core, why don’t we all start DEMANDING a change to Canada’s antiquated weapon and firearm laws.

I give big kudos to Toronto’s present and very good Mayor, John Tory.

I agree wholeheartedly that the bail system is far too lax.

As I stated in this blog today …

Kudos to Toronto’s Best Mayor, John Tory

Big kudos to Toronto’s best mayor, @JohnTory – I totally agree that it is time to look at how our Justice and Court systems hand out bail so damn easily to repeat offenders. Caught with a weapon? Sit and wait for trial.
#JohnTory #LightHousedannverner

Check out @LightHouseDann’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/LightHouseDann/status/1013549940797296640?s=09

I want my old city back. Not a city where everytime a black SUV with tinted windows stops near you, so does your heart.

Believe it or not, but there was a time not so long ago our beloved city’s motto was,

“TORONTO,THE GOOD”

When Is Canada Going To Strengthen It’s Gun Laws

Again today some asshole gangster shot THREE people in broad daylight at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Toronto.

May I add that they did so with little regard for the innocent bystanders.

Meanwhile on the west side of our once “good” city another teenager was found shot. He lays in a hospital in serious but stable condition.

MAKES ME FRACKING SICK!!!

WHAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST IS THAT IF THEY EVEN CATCH THESE GOOFS, THEY WILL DEFINITELY OBTAIN BAIL – THE VICTIMS WON’T HAVE BAIL.

I was/am a gangster most my life and those who read my books or know me know that I have done some horrible things in my younger years.

The sentence I served, albeit “years”, was a slap on the wrist.

And even if they catch these GOOFS, they will plead out to lesser charges, be treated like heros in jail and get their gangster status upgraded.

That’s after they tie up the Courts for years.

I personally know such type of GOOFS who have been out on bail for three years after being caught with full automatic weapons, numerous weapons, loaded with armour piercing shells, Heroin, Meth, Crack Cocaine and body armour. All in plain sight of their children.

They are still walking the street since November 2015!!!!

The Canadian people have to start speaking up!!!!!!

Canada needs a three strike law!

Canada needs to have stiffer gang Laws and sentences!

Canada needs to have a minimum ten year sentence for using any weapon, gun, knives, baseball bat, any item used to harm another person.

BUT, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN A COUNTRY WHERE OUR LEADER WAS VOTED IN FOR HIS PROMISE TO LEGALIZE POT AND HAD NICE HAIR.

WHERE WE HAVE HUNDREDS SHOW UP TO PROTEST THE LEADER OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY AND NO ONE PROTESTING OUR OWN USELESS ASSHOLE OF A LEADER.

SOCIETY HAS LOST TOUCH WITH HUMANITY.

SOON HUMANITY WILL LOSE TOUCH WITH SOCIETY.

OUR YOUTH ARE BEING RAISED BY ELECTRONICS AND ADMIRING GUN TOTING ‘YOUTUBE’ RAP STARS.

WE ARE NOW ON OUR FOURTH GENERATION OF “KIDS RAISING KIDS”.

OUR SCHOOLS NO LONGER TEACH CURSIVE WRITING. NO SCHOOLS TEACH MORALS, RATHER THEY ADD TO THE MORAL DECAY OF HUMANITY.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE REMOVED CHRISTIAN PRAYERS, BUT OTHER RELIGIONS HAVE THEIRS.

AND OUR LAWS AND COURTS AND PRISON SYSTEMS ARE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD.

OUR PRISONS ARE MORE OF A HOLIDAY GETAWAY FOR THESE PUKES.

BUT, NO ONE CARES. THEY ARE ALL TOO BUSY TEACHING OUR YOUTH THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO GENDERS AND IF SOMEONE HURTS YOUR FEELINGS THEY WILL GET MORE SEVERELY PUNISHED THEN A SAGGY PANT, MUMBLING, GOOF,GUN USING GANGSTER.

THERE HAS BEEN MANY GUN RELATED CRIMES THIS YEAR AND I SUSPECT THAT WE WILL BREAK ALL RECORDS FOR GUN OFFENCES BY THE TIME 2018 ENDS.

BUT, WHO CARES? WE CAN SMOKE POT WHILE DANCING ON RAINBOW CROSSWALKS WHILE STEPPING OVER THE MANY CITIZENS SLEEPING ON OUR SIDEWALKS BECAUSE THE REFUGEES HAVE FILLED OUR SHELTERS.

I am ashamed of what we as a “people” have become ……

Update on the below mentioned shooting .. to popular and talented rap artists succumbed to their injuries. The female victim is still in “stable” condition.

Quoted from CBC News

“Toronto rappers Smoke Dawg and Koba Prime have been identified as the victims killed in a triple shooting Saturday evening that also left a woman with serious injuries.
Smoke Dawg, 21, whose real name is Jahvante Smart, had ties to Toronto rapper Drake and toured with him in Europe last year.
Koba Prime, 28, whose real name is Ernest “Kosi” Modekwe, was part of rap group Prime.
The pair collaborated as part of the larger rap collective Full Circle.”

It is always the talented rap/hip-hop artists that get targeted by these “YouTube Gangsta” idiots who are living in a dream world.
Because they can’t understand the strength and courage.
A few hours after these shootings a stabbing murder of a youth takes place in the East end.
Three murders and one attempted in less than twenty-four hours.

America’s Got Talent “Courtney Hadwin”

This thirteen year old shy youth blew my mind when she started singing.

In this world where main stream music is quite literally mindless garbage promoting sex and thug life it is so refreshing to see a true talented artist like Courtney Hadwin.

I literally cried happy tears for this “Singer” – as did almost everyone in the audience.

SHE BROUGHT THE HOUSE TO A STANDING OVATION!!!!!

And a well deserved one at that.

If this performer doesn’t win this year, then I will never understand.

Like Howie Mandel said she is “not from this era”.

I totally agree – she is from the NEXT era of entertainment. Where artists actually perform and have talent.

@Courtney Hadwin – you are a modern day Janis Joplin, a talent from deep within your soul.

I was so pleased to have seen your performance – especially since I never watch the show.

Now I am glad I watched it last evening.

Blessings to you and I will pray the right label signs you – which I believe is a definite no matter what outcome happens on the live show.

Never stop following your dream.

Never stop just being “you”.

Blessings ♡♡♡♡

Give her a listen, a like, heck, give her ten likes. The world needs to encourage more talents like hers. Never mind the mindless garbage mainstream music has become. 

 

One Song With A Powerful Message

Y’all be a wee bit younger than I, but y’all could learn from the lyrics in Steppenwolf ‘s “The Pusher”.

Read and learn ……

The Pusher
You know I’ve smoked a lot of grass
O’Lord, I’ve popped a lot of pills
But I mever touched nothin’
That my spirit could kill
You know, I’ve seen a lot of people walkin’ ’round
With tombstones in their eyes
But the pusher don’t care
Ah, if you live or if you die
God damn, the pusher
God damn, I say the pusher
I said God damn, God damn the pusher man
You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
With the love grass in his hand
Oh but the pusher is a monster
Good God, he’s not a natural man
The dealer for a nickel
Lord, will sell you lots of sweet dreams
Ah, but the pusher ruin your body
Lord, he’ll leave your, he’ll leave your mind to scream
God damn, the pusher
God damn, I say the pusher
I said God damn, God damn the pusher man
Well, now if I were president of this land
You know, I’d declare total war on the pusher man
I’d cut if he stands,
And I’d shoot him if he’d run
Yes, I’d kill him with my Bible
And my razor and my gun
God damn, the pusher
God damn, the pusher
I said God damn, God damn the pusher man
Songwriters: Hoyt Wayne Axton
The Pusher lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Steppenwolf – The Pusher (Live 1968): http://youtu.be/M6TvaItYu_M

REAL MUSICIANS MAKE YOU LAUGH< CRY AND SHOOT YOUR DOG IN THE BACK OF A CHEVY PICK_UP

And Steve made me remember that their was artists like …..

Flatt & Scruggs …

And damn it if that didn’t make me discover artist like The Dead South …

Frackers made me happy – knowing that in Hades I will be good company …

‘Nuff said, you already know.

Now, this lead to me thinking of angels, dark and light.

I was so BLESSED to be introduced to this L.A. born, South Bronx Angel, (who does not even overstand her talent), an Angel, a truth, a treasure who has yet to be raped by the music industry and never will cause she is too strong a person to allow such,

LeRuz La Rose

Here is a tiny piece of her talent …

I will not even start about Miss La Rose’s other contributions to our ears and eyes.

I wrote a blog about her because I had to let my feelings out!!!

https://lighthousedannverner.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/leruz-la-rose-you-need-to-know-her/

It has been many years since I fell in love with any female artist since Amy Winehouse and Shakira had affairs on me. I love LeRuz La Rose – not sexually, well, if I were forty years younger, NO!, I love her talent.

Then I have had the pleasure of knowing alternative rock artists …

In particular, RILEY HAWKINS, of The Riot Police, a minstrel. I could not believe this youths fingers dancing on the strings like a crack whore on her dealers package. This lad respects the guitar, and the guitar respects him.

Now, here he is being everyday Riley ….

Say no more.

Yet, where does my love for minstrels come from?

Maybe the 50″s

Maybe the 60″s

Maybe it was just living with music as a mainstay.

All I can really say is that in hell I will be good company!

Thanks to all the minstrels —- keep the art alive!

Old School HipHop Still Lives

One of the best tracks of this century right here. Makes me think of better days in a better world.
#pacewon #mrgreen #SobersEddwinn @Pace Won @Mr.Green

This drop makes you go all the way back to when music was music

Pace Won and Mr. Green “Who I Am” Official Video: http://youtu.be/JV6Wc6tSScU

And here’s proof that REAL HIP HOP still lives ….

Eamon knocks this out of the fracking ball park!!!! ♡

Jedi Mind Tricks “Fraudulent Cloth” feat. Eamon (…: http://youtu.be/xnXtY5_djjI

And right here is some homegrown talent. An “artist” – not a “performer”.

As every picture tells a story, every song should tell an emotion.

E-Sober has emotion.

Show some love to this minstrel … give a listen, like and share

As Time Runs By E-Sober produced by Rigid: http://youtu.be/4OKICaYYqwI

Mad About Her E-Sober featuring Pacewon produced …: http://youtu.be/faso2wX_zsQ

The Lord Makes A Way – E-Sober Produced by Jim Se…: http://youtu.be/5vBd0XJm_6I

You dunno they ain’t speaking about ‘money, weed snd hoes’ – they be SINGING songs that make you go ‘to and fro’

Comparison of My Life to the lyrics of Greg Holden’s “The Lost Boy”

As I have said many times, this song is so a mirror image of my early life.

The Lost Boy – Greg Holden”

First verse …

“I left my home still as a child
I walked a thousand sorry miles
To wait for my father, to gather up his tools

He said my boy you’ve got to run
Don’t wait for me, don’t wait for mum
We’ll come get you, when it’s safe for us to move”

When I was twelve I walked out of my then home and hitchhiked to Toronto to “find” my mother.

12 years old I managed to make it from Saint John, New Brunswick to Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario. Over a thousand miles.

So I waited many years,
Held back the pain behind my tears
For my father, to come find me like he said”

I waited all my childhood to discover if I had parents.

And in that time I was alone,
So many years without my home
I made brothers of a different kind instead”

Been out here on my own ever since. Never did get to know my brother or sister.

I made the “Brotherhood” my family instead.

And at the time I didn’t know,
Just how hard the wind could blow
Towards disaster, and the things that I would see”

I have seen some awful shit in my days. Disastrous and some wonderful.

I never found my father,
I never found my mother
Even would I know in my lifetime I will be

A hero into the masses,
To those born without chances

Spent most my days watching over and taking care of the underdogs and the throw aways.

There’s a freedom that everyone deserves

I know there’s greed and there’s corruption

I’ve seen too much death and caused too destruction.

I’ve seen death and mass destruction
But I’m telling you, and I hope that I’m heard

But, this chorus sums my life up ….

I will not be commanded,
I will not be controlled.
And I will not let my future go on,
Without the help of my soul

And I will not be commanded,
And I will not be controlled
And I will not let my future go on,
Without the help of my soul

And I will not be commanded,
And I will not be controlled
And I will not let my future go on,
Without the help of my soul

I will not be commanded,
I will not be controlled
And I will not let my future go on,
Without the help of my soul

Songwriters: Greg Holden

The Lost Boy lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

The Lost Boy – Original – Greg Holden

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