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MCMI Report: Jason Spirit – You Make Me Shine (Video) Directed by Jarrett Robertson

Jason Spirit - You Make Me Shine

MCMI Report: Jason Spirit – You Make Me Shine – debut single and video


Although I usually write about Hip Hop music, like most Hip Hop heads its not the only type of music I listen to. As a musician myself, who grew up on Folk, Classical, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Blues and Classic Rock, I have very eclectic musical tastes. As a producer and songwriter, I know a great song, regardless of genre. As a flautist (oh, you didn’t know? … check me on this track Freedom, with Chordz Cordero), I also can appreciate a good melody. Well Jason Spirit, a singer / songwriter of incredible talent and passion, embodies all of the above.

MCMI Report: Jason Spirit - You Make Me ShineI guess I decided to write about Jason Spirit, because of his unique style, the likes of which you don’t come across often. His songs are incredibly soulful, yet universal. The Brooklyn native’s lyrics are honest and real. And he has the guts to break out a flute solo in the middle of what could potentially be a pop record! There are very few popular singers who also play an instrument and take extended solo breaks on the middle of a song. In a performance? Sure. But on the record? We used to hear it all the time. That’s something we are missing these days and its a sound for sore ears.MCMI Report: Jason Spirit - You Make Me Shine

As is his flute. His playing falls somewhere between Ian Anderson and Hubert Laws. His music has a Jamiroqui meets The Police feel to it, soul-stirring and danceable at the same time. His singing – all Jason. Although he has done some writing, producing and playing for various bands and on some dance records in the past, this is his solo debut. It’s also his first music video, directed by Jarrett Robinson (RhythmandBleu), who really brings out Jason’s cool spirit (pun intended), with breathtaking outdoor visuals.

You can hear this song plus three others he is previewing, on his website jasonspiritmusic.com and catch him live at the world famous Blue Note jazz club in NYC, on January 29th, at 12-midnight. Advance tickets only $10, more the day of the show.

- GMS (@GMS_MCMI – IG & TW)

MCMI Report: Jason Spirit – You Make Me Shine

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute

This is not new, but I had an interesting conversation with a friend about Buddhism recently (a religion and philosophy I have felt connected to since a boy and recently have began living my life by), which made me want to post about it. This is a video of “Buddhist Monks” performing Hip Hop dance/B-boying as a tribute to musician & humanitarian Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who himself was a devout Buddhist who fought for Tibetan independence.

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute - The words “Buddhist Monks” are in quotes because they are not actually monks, but are dancers who are performing a routine choreographed by Pavan Thimmaiah, styled by Maria Palmeri. However, if you read comments on Youtube or Facebook (a reliable source of intellectual thinking, I know), you will surely find people commenting that those “buddhists” are being sacrilegious, not being devout, because they are dancing to Hip Hop.   Others will argue over whether or not those are “real” buddhist monks, whether or not they would really be doing that, or whether it is disrespectful to portray the monks like that.

Adam-Yauch-Dalai-LamaAlthough it is probably not the case in this video, it actually isn’t that far-fetched for monks to have learned how to “break“. Buddhist monks spend time working on improving the body and mind. This includes meditation, study, prayer and yes, physical exercise. This has led to martial arts being practiced by buddhist monks, for physical, mental and spiritual health. There are even styles of kung fu developed by monks, the “Lion’s Roar” of which there are variations from Lama Pai, to Tibetan White Crane, to Hop Gar and other lineages. These styles bear influences of martial arts from China, Tibet and India, but regardless of where they originated from, they have been practiced by monks from Shaolin to Tibet since at least the 1400′s.

Hip Hop MonksThe monks practice martial arts to push your body to the limits of physical possibilities, to discipline your mind and body, to achieve great strength, flexibility and balance, mastering the mind by mastering the body, for longevity, health and a sense of well being. Well, if you think about it, serious dancers also combine rigorous training, exercise, and self-discipline to put on incredible displays of strength, beauty and balance. Combined with music, this is extremely artistic and spiritual. As strong as most breakers are, and with the kicks, lunges, windmills and other acrobatics, there is certainly an aspect of self-defense involved as well.  Not to mention, BBoys have incorporated martial arts moves into their dance routines since the beginning. They even perform ritualized simulations of combat (‘battles‘) in competition.

Hip Hop is everywhere. Asian youth have embraced the music, art, dance forms and fashion for years. Besides, exiled from their homeland, the Tibetan Lamas now live here in New York City. Is it farfetched to imagine a day in the near future where some buddhist monks, immersed in Hip Hop culture growing up, take to practicing Hip Hop dance, as part of their daily routine? After all, Hip Hop is Universal and so is Buddhism. Namaste. Buddha Bless. Peace Out.

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FRESH DAILY: ASTRALDANCE

This one is definitely for the dance heads. Part Hip Hop, part RnB, High Water Music unleashes this Electronic dance inspired Fresh Daily track that didn’t make the Mothership/LAND album. Stay tuned for upcoming Fresh Daily releases including the Stone Horses project alongside Quelle Chris and Cavalier, and the follow up to Mothership/LAND.

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