The Blues At The Source Of War

Oct 31, 2018

This post was inspired by Manic Depression from Jimi Hendrix. War is a frustrating mess and people might suffer from shell shock. A subconscious effort!

At first, I wanted to talk about sabotage in this post. Any unexplained adverse condition might be sabotage. But then I remembered many people still stuck here on Earth; you might call them sharks thinking other people are naive. And I decided to let go of the prejudices even though they are handy for an economic miracle.

Discipline is a very demanding thing and leaves you no room for error. If you can find a discipline where errors cost less then make sure to jump because at the moment I feel like a prophet looking for the next party in town.

So get used to it because that is the real reason you might suffer from a headache or heartache. When your soul is touched by people having problems with downward volatility, then you know you have to be careful.

You Sound Like A Bipolar Schizophrenic

This song from Jimi Hendrix was written because his manager Chas Chandler said at a press conference he sounded like a manic depressive person. Now it’s called bipolar disorder where you can have strange lows, even though the high is nice.

Music critic William Ruhlmann describes the lyrics as “more an expression of romantic frustration than the clinical definition of manic depression.” The song is performed in an uptempo triple metre (3/4 or 6/8), an unusual time signature for hard rock. It also features Mitch Mitchell’s jazz-influenced drumming.

A number of musicians covered this song including Jeff Beck with Seal, Ben Harper, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I guess a good song must have been covered several times; peer recognition is a powerful sign of a good song even though it didn’t have commercial success.

Introducing this song in concert, Jimi Hendrix said: “We’d like to do a frustrating kind of song for you. It’s called ‘Manic Depression’ – it’s a story ’bout a cat wishin’ he could make love to music, instead of the same old everyday woman.” The original Hendrix performance of “Manic Depression” was used in a climax of season 4 of 1980s TV series Moonlighting while Bruce Willis’s character violently destroys a BMW sports car, symbolic of his frustrations over co-star Cybill Shepherd’s character.

You Have The Skills And Control

They say that when a challenge is easy, you feel relaxed. And then when the challenge increases in difficulty, you stop by stages likes control and flow (aka finding partners). At the moment, I’m trying to relocate in Beirut after spending 20+ years in Paris and I’m trying to make a living writing a music blog.

But there’s a feeling I just can’t shake. As if I wanted to investigate love and its consequences like Adele Exarchopoulos: “I tried to remember how far you can love and how many states you can experience when you’re in love, especially the first love when you think you’re going to die”.

We have 3 reasons to be cheerful: we are not alone, love has a price and investigations are still ongoing. We have a lot of work ahead of us if we want a better humanity and a better respect of the Earth.

What Can You Say When It’s Over?

Revenge will surely come. It scares the hell out of me because it seems that you can check out but you can never leave. I used to work in investment banking and had to deal with a lot of troubles and pressure. It was the return of the space cowboy and maybe Jesus. I do feel a lot of people misread the meaning of the message from Jesus.

You know what: I got news for you. Jesus 2 tried to make fun of Buddha. The message I remember from Buddha was interesting but something was strange: “pleasure and pain are unavoidable and you should try to make sense”. I was thinking that if I am in a lot of pain every day, this is not normal.

What should I say or think or do when I discover I was the recipient of a chemical award (I took isotretinoin aka Roaccutane when I was 17, which is considered an atomic bomb against acne vulgaris).

I Know The Scene So Well

They say the real journey is within and I know Paris very well now. I know almost every district and I even ventured past the surrounding area like St Cloud, Chaville and St Mandé. I think it’s time for me to enjoy Lebanon and Beirut where you can go to the mountain in the morning, at the beach in the afternoon and listening to music in the evening.

I know Beirut also; I used to know Beirut because I’m seeing people less and less often. I do have social proof though, even though my Jewish neighbor thought the contrary. Living with me is easy if you can handle a nice conversation about music most of the time.

Words Are Trivial, Feelings Are Intense

As a conclusion, anyone suffering from shell shock or having questions about the subconscious mind should remember feelings should be kept in a habitable zone where liquid water is possible and your heart tolerates drinking 2 bottles of water a day.

I lost most of my hair trying to understand isotretinoin in the long run. That’s because it’s a chemical substance and following WW1, everybody agreed they should be discarded. I have no words to describe this chemotherapy except: “I ain’t faking this, shut up and let me go”.

It’s a frustrating mess meaning my emotions are excessive. I thought of going to drama school even though we might listen to music when words are meaningless. Early puberty should be monitored because it could be a sign of serious disease like heart failure, autoimmune disorder or cancer.

Thank God I have a proven solution to every complex problem. Because then I know the bug is not that normal. It’s not the usual Sunday with the flu because I can’t get over you. Maybe we can come up with other solutions and test them like waking up to get rid of that nightmare!

In the long run, everything is love (a feeling that’s hard to shake). It seems the first love you are going to die but this is where songs help with dedramatisation of even the worst nightmares: a frustrating mess!

[Verse 1]
Manic depression is touching my soul
I know what I want but I just don’t know
How to, go about getting it
Feeling, sweet feeling
Drops from my fingers, fingers
Manic depression is catching my soul

[Verse 2]
Woman so weary, the sweet cause in vain
You make love, you break love
It’s all the same
When it’s, when it’s over, mama

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

[Verse 3]
Well, I think I’ll go turn myself off
And go on down
All the way down
Really ain’t no use in me hanging around
In your kind of scene

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!