The name “Waves” came way before I found the song “Waves” by the incredible Aussie artist Japanese Wallpaper. I was reading about Jackson Sonnanfeld-Arden’s philosophy (introduced to me by Deru) about these Nine Pure Tones, or waves, that serve as the basis of all life and existence. It was a riveting read that has since been taken down from the Internet, and it was just crazy enough to sort of blow my mind and maybe influence my entire life.
You hear about how we’re the most informed generation, but how much of that information are we actually implementing in our behavior? Are we constantly having our behaviors and ideas reaffirmed by seeking comfort in niche sections of the Internet, which monitor our searches to customize the ads we see–only further reaffirming our behaviors? Or are we seeking and interpreting new ideas and incorporating them into our ever-changing social dynamics?
So these have been my thoughts and questions the past two months. You can see how “waves” could work as a metaphor for the ebb and flow of life. And the philosophy takes it like a zillion steps further by defining all science and behaviors in nine different waves. So yeah, um, that was the idea for the mixtape. Also, I just wanted to make your soundtrack for the beginning of summer.
She wears my favorite color, everyday in her eyes…
*Not including track 16 (“Berlin” by Highlands) and track 20 (“Mad at Me” by Sage The Gemini).
Some days you just need something to slow you down. Slow your heart rate, slow your breathing, slow your thoughts. Today is one of those days for me, and frankly this whole week has been one of those times for me. I’ve been hesitant to seek out new music because I’ve been craving the calmness that can come with familiarity. I did myself a favor today and allowed myself to listen to one song on SoundCloud this morning, and it happened to be “Breathe In” by Japanese Wallpaper (and featuring Wafia). It seems to be an act of luck that I picked this song, because I honestly didn’t listen to any other songs, and I’ve never even heard of Japanese Wallpaper or Wafia before. Though after doing a tiny bit of reading, I found out that Japanese Wallpaper is a 16 year old from Melbourne. I think the trick to being successful today is to be 16 years old.
If you’re in my boat today, or have been recently, here’s a reminder to breathe in. Life’s all about perspective. Take a breath and think about it.