A Safer Way

With thanks to the Apple Music app on this seven year old desktop iMac I am able to enjoy a wide range of music. As of recent, I have binge listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Natalie Grant.

The two could not be more of a contrast. Natalie Grant comes from the Contemporary Christian Music scene and the Red Hot Chili Peppers come from a rock, punk, funk, alternative scene.

I feel guilty when I listen to music other than the CCM genre. It would seem that since I am a Christian I should listen exclusively to CCM or gospel. But, I haven’t found much of that scene refreshing or uplifting in many years. Of course, there are exceptions to that statement.

I started listening to the RHCP after my first wife left. In my rebellion I bought the Californication CD. I found many of the song refreshing to a torn soul, especially :

  • Parallel Universe
  • Scar Tissue
  • Californication

My second wife shared a taste for the RHCP. That was good.

A quick peek at the RHCP wiki page, I discover that Anthony Kiedis is the same age as myself (58 years at this writing). Interesting how his life has evolve in comparison to mine. Obviously, he was creative, expressive, made things happen with his band, stuck with things through thick and thin, overcome addition. Most importantly, at least to me, even in his late fifties, he is still creating new music for the world to enjoy.

On the other hand, I’ve been a worker drone, hardly creating anything of value to share with the world. At least I’ve stuck with the same employer for the last 29 years, if that says anything of value. I long to create something that will last, that people can be refreshed by and wonder over, much like Anthony Kiedis has contributed to the world. Yet, I do nothing but prostitute myself to the Man for a few dollars to get myself by.

It is the safe way to go. Of course, I know nothing about Anthony Kiedis and his world, his life, other than what I read on the Wiki. But, I can, maybe safely, assume his world wasn’t without hardship or oppression or tough times, maybe bleak at times? I choose the safer way.

A mural on the Canal in downtown Indianapolis. Nikon D600 photo taken by Dave O on October 28, 2016.
A mural on the Canal in downtown Indianapolis. Nikon D600 photo taken by Dave O on October 28, 2016.

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