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Drowning (Avicii Remix)

Not sure if any of you guys like electronic music, but even if you don’t, songs like this one just frees the mind! Its such a positive and free-spirited beat that lifts you up ūüėÄ

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Stop and Hear the Music

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. 

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. 

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. 

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. 

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. 

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. 

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100. 

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? 

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: 

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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The Story of Bob Marley

Image¬†He was born in the village of Nine Mile, in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica¬†In 1945 His mum was 18years old when a white Marine officer aged 55years impregnated her and left her in poverty with little Marley in a small slum house. Due to poverty she took Marley to his Matrimonial grandfather. They had no money to take Marley to school so Marley hustled and became a bicycle welder to make ends meet but satan could push away the ends anytime they almost met. When Bob Met The Wailers, he fell in love with music and was determined to make it. Atfirst Producers ate all the Wailers money so Bob’s poverty couldnt end even with music. One day he went to his rich white family to ask for a living place and money tohelp his music but they chased him awayand immediately he sang, “THE STONETHAT THE BUILDER REFUSED, SHALL BE THECORNER STONE, THE THINGS PEOPLE REFUSE ARETHE THINGS THEY SHOULD USE.” Bob never gaveup and in 1970, Bob had changedhis management and he conquered the world of music better than the Wailers who left him.
Today, Bob isarguably the father of Reggae because he brought it to theworld. He is the 1st internationalsu perstar from 3rd World. Ironically, Bob became more famous and richer than his white relatives who rejected him. Bob was so rich that when asked by journalists how rich he was, hereplied wisely, “Having Money isn’tbeing rich, but having life is richness”. Bob is the 6th richest Legend today earning around,3,600,00 0,000 dollars per year with the music he made and his family gets the money. The money he got, he used to donate to poor people in Kingston. Imagine an artiste organising a free concert then he pays the fans. Bob was not educated in anyschool buthe said that he’d ratherget inspiration than education. Indeed inspiration is greater than just being educated. Now for you, you might be the stone that the builder/ richness¬†refused, you might have done odd jobs to make ends meet, you might have met greedy producers, your friends might have left you. But when you stay focused with an aim to eliminate your poverty in the name of God, you shall make it and your next generations wont surfer like you.

Remember, poverty ain’t the end, the end is the destination of your hard work.

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Electric Heaven!

The Story of 50 Cent

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50 Cent.

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The rapper known as 50 Cent is living proof that hip-hop is as much a lifestyle as it is a type of music. He was a star in the underground mix-tape circuit for several years, but the rest of the world did not hear about him until 2002, when his first single, “Wanksta,” appeared on the soundtrack of the film¬†8 Mile.¬†In 2003, 50 Cent’s debut album¬†Get Rich or Die Tryin’,¬†topped the charts and broke sales records. As a result, the young rapper was constantly in the press, and his life became an open book. This was not a “studio gangsta,” meaning a musician who makes up stories about drugs, violence, and murder in order to sell records; 50 Cent was the real deal. He grew up on the streets of New York, survived being shot at nine times, and used those experiences to fuel his songs. As a result, critics noted that his music had a gritty edge, and they predicted that 50 Cent would be the next hip-hop heavyweight.

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