How Facebook Saved My Life Once

Nov 20, 2018

This post was inspired by a real-life event that happened in 2009/2010. I chose the song “Focus On Sight” by Thievery Corporation because the key is focus.

It was 2009 and we were going fast in the year 2010. The days were long but I knew I had to make a small effort before exploding like a supernova. I jumped all over the stage that day.

I was working in the banking industry in the city of lights: Paris, France. The spirit of Voltaire was still haunting the city: how come we always end up in a fight and why are we fighting for? The word is out and big money was on the line.

I was growing tired of the banking business but it was Paris that was getting on my nerves. So instead of resigning, I focused on Facebook and my friends. Of course, they didn’t know what I was going through.

A Nice Shelter From Espionage

The Mirror Conspiracy is the second studio album by American electronic music duo Thievery Corporation. All songs on the album were written, recorded and produced by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, although Pam Bricker contributed vocals to “Air Batucada”, “The Mirror Conspiracy” and “Lebanese Blonde”.

The Mirror Conspiracy is the duo’s best-selling album in the United States, selling over 224,000 units. It’s mainly mid-tempo trip-hop and made a big impression on owners of small bars and coffee shops, even though one might argue that it’s a mix of “acid jazz and disco, with bossa nova inflections”.

The song “Focus on Sight” is the 5th track on the album and, even though everybody knows “Lebanese Blonde”, the song I chose is interesting for its climate and its simple lyrics. We get the message very easily and kind of enter into an easy meditation.

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are professed admirers of Brazilian music, and they’re determined to inject as much warmth into electronic music as possible. If music is about problem-solving, then the song exposes cleverly the tension and proposes a simple solution by focusing.

Music Is Your Only Friend

Jim Morrison used to sing that music is your only friend. That might be true but, like all treasures, we need to share it with a small group. Hope nobody will run with my music collection.

With Facebook, I was able to notice 2 friends in Lebanon that had opened a vinyl bar. With New Year’s eve starting to shine its light, I decided to spend 1 week of holidays in Lebanon to discover their business and spent 1 week there every night.

I was getting in touch with old friends and acquaintances. It was a magical moment. The bar closed because of a rent problem but I will always remember how Facebook allowed me effortlessly to be in touch with people. Who knows if, without Facebook, I would still talk to some people or know about their lives.

First Step Of The Cure Is Focus

Another time where Facebook saved my life was 1 year ago where I was in Lebanon and looking for a musical endeavor. I noticed 2 friends going to a concert in Sioufi, Achrafieh and was intrigued by that place called Onomatopoeia Music Hub. Needless to say, that was all I needed: a place where I could focus on music.

Now I spend most of my days there even though some days are better than others. It’s like a marriage even though one could argue there is no contract signed. There might be an implicit contract where people would rely on each other to spread good music and forget about bad music even though I was thinking even bad music could be interesting.

For example, I wrote a song where I would play on the guitar with muted notes the famous chorus of K7 (Come Baby Come). At first, I thought let’s give it a try and now I think it sounds good (even though I wouldn’t brag openly about that plagiarism).

To Win: Stay Average And Have Luck

What I like in Facebook is the chat system that replaced ICQ and other chat application we used to be fond of. When I was young, sometimes I was wondering why I couldn’t find words. And I felt it was a privilege to express yourself correctly.

The thing about words is that sometimes you don’t need action with them. And lately, I thought it was so important that I thought we needed a new language that would allow humanity to get rid of bad diseases. But I dismissed that idea finally because with music you don’t have to have words all the time.

I like to chat like many of us do. Once I read a book on the importance of small talk. And I can confirm sometimes you don’t have to say a lot to be understood. I was drunk at a party once and ended up laughing for hours with 2 friends for no obvious reason.

Hate Is All We’ve Seen Lately

As a conclusion, I remember reading that Facebook has been used to spread hate speeches in Burma (aka Myanmar). I had lots of traffic from Myanmar recently and it allowed me to discover their great country without traveling. A cheap trip like music for those who can’t or won’t travel at the moment.

I also remember reading people saying that it’s time to quit Facebook. Like any products or psychotropic substance, it’s in the way you use it. One should not abuse it: friends and acquaintances are here as a testimonial of your ability to inspire respect. Lately, I thought that’s what the world needs: respect and a horizon.

I started that blog one year ago and like all small businesses, it can take 2 or 3 years to become profitable. Competition is fierce (several million posts are written daily on the internet). But Facebook allows you to reach so much people. It’s so gratifying to witness people from everywhere in the world reading your blog.

One can meditate if Facebook is not like a classroom. Teachers should leave them kids alone or maybe children could focus on what’s important for them like philosophy and music in my case. They say a philosopher talks to everybody: government and industry included.

Your social skills can save your life; that’s a lesson I remember fondly. I like to think of the limbic brain in that case which means we also should have animality (reptilian brain) and conscience that God might have favoured humans over other animals (neocortex brain).

Line up the targets, focus on sight
Straight to the center, infrared light

Line up the targets, focus on sight
Straight to the center, infrared light

Line up the targets, focus on sight
Straight to the center, infrared light

Line up the targets, focus on sight
Straight to the center, infrared light

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!