Have you heard the news? The Jo Bros are at it once more.
Mar 01 by Kalafia Montes
For those of you who have not heard this track, it can be found on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAFOI3HodKI.
Warning: This track has language that most individuals may define as “profane”, this post is not to critique or judge the choice of words used throughout the song, but to instead find the therapeutic value in its message.
What I find most interesting about this track is how open and honest the artist has allowed his listeners to view his understanding of the struggle to “fit in with the popular." Now this song, Ii believe expresses one major theme of recognizing one's limits. Obviously, the connection of limits to how much one drinks/uses is a given, but another more important limit is the limit on how we as humans allow our boundaries to be controlled by others. He expresses that his biggest issue was one of trying to fit in, so he was coerced (easily) to expand his limits as they relate to his ability to “hold his liquor”. The imagery of comparing drinking to swimming in a pool creates on one hand an image of lounging and relaxing while on the other one of drowning. This track ends with an interlude scene describing some of the acts these young men do when they are high/drunk, which in this instance leads to ones death by gunshot. Now it goes without saying that I do not blame drugs and alcohol more so our understanding of what these substances (the ones that are legal anyway) are really for. This song does a great job of setting up the images that many of us can relate to (trying to fit in) while contrasting it with a culture that also has its own set of rituals (gangs). The idea of doing anything to fit in can be deadly in many ways, but this track does an amazing job of illustrating just how it happens for thousands of young men and women living in the poorest of conditions this country has within it.
Feb 22 by Jordyn Bishop
Song of the week is Juice by Lizzo! This song was released at the start of this year and I can't tell you how much all of us at the station are feeling it! This song has an awesome 80’s funk to it, drawing in people of all tastes. But that's not the only hit by Lizzo! From what I've seen of Lizzo so far I can already tell she's going to be big and loved by many! Her tunes are catchy and her lyrics are pretty great too! Another song we have been talking ‘bout is her tune “Cuz I Love You”. Which I gotta admit, this genre isn't my typical cup of tea but man does Lizzo absolutely intrigue me! Her voice is astounding, and has kind of stolen my itty bitty heart. Now get on whatever music app you got whether it be spotify or apple music or something else I dont know about...and give her a little listen.
Feb 05 by Adam Thorp
I lived on 3 continents and in 7 cities before I was 20 years old.
That’s something not a lot of people can say, especially at that age.
And while I’m beyond grateful for the opportunities that those experiences have given me, there are some bleaker sides of leading a nomadic life that not many people talk about. Maybe it’s because we always put our best foot forward on social media, maybe it’s because we don’t want to admit that we’re struggling, maybe it’s because we don’t want people to worry about us back home. I don’t know.
But what I do know is that globetrotting comes with some of the highest highs and lowest lows that I’ve experienced. Happiness that burns brighter than the Dubai sun and darkness that feels colder than a Canadian winter. It’s kind of a chaotic lifestyle to lead. But amidst all of that chaos, so many lessons are learned. So many lessons that I will never forget. And I wanted to share some of those with you.
So here are a few things that the nomad life has taught me.
I was born in South Africa and lived there until I was about 13 years old. While I was there I moved around a bunch because of my dad’s work. We lived in Johannesburg, Durban, Queenstown and Cape Town. I was young at the time but still picked up a few things along the way.
I learned that family is important and that I always had people to fall back on no matter where we were. I also learned that the world is way bigger than I could ever imagine and that there was so much out there to see and experience. That definitely made me more comfortable with the idea of moving around. I liked the idea of being able to start again and again if you ever wanted to. Looking back now, maybe that subconsciously lead to me moving around as much as I did in the future. If so, I’m glad it did.
I moved to Dubai in the summer of 2012 where I spent all my high school years. Getting on that plane to move to Dubai was the first time I had ever left South Africa. I was excited and nervous and kind of terrified, but at least I had my family with me. I remember driving out of the airport and seeing huge signs written in Arabic and the reality of the situation setting in. I wasn’t in Africa anymore.
I learned that moving is not always as fun as it seems and that it takes a long time to settle in somewhere new sometimes. I think the blow of leaving everything behind was a bit harder than before because of the great distance between where I was in Dubai and the place I knew as home in South Africa. Not to mention the massive culture shock I experienced just being in the United Arab Emirates. I learned a lot about patience with both myself and my family. We all struggled in the beginning, but we got through it and started thriving in an environment so unfamiliar to us because of support we had from our friends and each other. I was also exposed to a lot of different cultures that I hadn’t been in contact with before. I loved learning about other people's stories and where they had come from and why. Dubai was a really bittersweet time for me, but it made me who I am. So I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.
After graduating high school, I went to York University in Toronto to pursue Theatre. I felt like I needed a new story and was really excited to start again with a fresh clean slate. I was ready to meet new people and dig deep to become the person I’d always wanted to be. I did experience culture shock during that move, but nothing compared to Dubai. I was anxious about moving by myself, especially because I was going to be literally continents away from my family, but I settled in (eventually) and started living life by my own rules. It was pretty liberating.
I learned so much about friendship and what it means to be there for someone you care about. Toronto was all about finding people who loved me for who I was, which kickstarted my wild ride to self acceptance. I had to spend holidays like Thanksgiving alone, which was obviously not much fun, but I figured that was the price I had to pay for being able to study abroad. I fell out of contact with most people from high school and was able to filter through the “lifelong” friends I thought I had made. I picked the weeds and kept the flowers. It was kind of devastating, but kind of beautiful too.
After my first year at York University and realizing that that was definitely not where I wanted to be, I hopped on another plane (as I tend to do) and headed West. I came to Vancouver! Moving here was the easiest move that I made, probably because I had already been in Canada for a year. I started studying general arts in university, but quickly realized that that was not what I wanted to do either. I was very lost and felt really fragile for a long time while finding my feet and deciding what I wanted to do and who I actually wanted to be. It was rough, but flowers grow in the rain. And boy, did I grow.
I learned that I have to live for me and do things that made me happy. I’m quite a selfless person and always have been, so putting myself first was hard! But I realized that I’m all I’ve really got in the end and I wanted to be happy with the person that I saw in the mirror. I’ve been working on myself nonstop since I got here and have met some of the most incredible people on the planet. They have helped me more than words can describe and I’m so grateful to be here.
And here we are! I’m still growing and still learning. I don’t have any big upcoming moves planned, but life works in mysterious ways. You never really know what’s around the corner until you bump into it. Things can change so quickly, so you just kind of have to hold on tight and ride the wave.
Thanks for reading about some of my adventures. I hope you learned something or related to something I’ve experienced. I hope it helped in some way and encouraged you to keep growing, even when things get a bit dark.
Feb 01 by Emma Grewar
We all have favourite songs, those that you listen to once and instantly want to hear again. It plays on repeat over and over again until you finally shut it off from hating it too many times. But then we have songs that never get old, because they made such an impact on our lives we will never hate it. It’s music that changed our lives.
Jan 18 by Karishma Chera
You might have seen them around. The Invisibobble otherwise known as “The traceless hair ring.” They are a plastic rubber band that come in different colors, styles, and smells! When I saw them on social media and in stores I knew they existed but I had no desire to put them in my shopping cart. I already had a bunch of hair elastics at home so there was no reason to buy more of them.
Jan 11 by Chanpreet Kaur Purewal