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Jason is clearly a better singer that cats like Neyo and Studdard. I have one major issue with this record: Why do the robot thing to Jason's voice on 'Always'. Lame, lame, lame. There should be a law against using Auto Tune for anything other than minor fixes. T-Pain and Terrace Howard, are you listening? Another minor gripe is that this record is slightly over-produced.
Those familiar with Jason's previous work know that he can rip it up vocally, but he's clearly laying off, probably by the producers decision. Lowfat gospel music without the grease, if you will. Still, Jason is singing his face off.
While this isn't a traditional gospel record, its not an over the top Hip Hop thing either. Jason's voice is the star here, and that's fine by me. Working with Kirk Franklin put Jason back in the public eye, thanks Kirk. While I won't get too deep into a review of the tracks, I'll say they are not vulgar, controversial, or over sung. Just buy the record for the inpirational singing, and Jason Champion is definitely bringing that.
My family and I enjoyed listening to "Always" played on the radio for weeks before deciding to research the artist. Once we found the name of the artist, we decided to research him. Jason Champion is a former lead singer of the duo "Men at Large" from the 90s. His voice is as smooth and pure now as it was then.
The cd, "Reflections", is uplifting and inspirational with a mixture of mid and up-tempo beats. I highly recommend this CD to individuals looking for gospel with an a new flavor. I can almost promise that you will be dancing and singing and praising along with Jason Champion before you finish the first listening session. This is an absolutely amazing CD! When we can finally "crucify the ego" and " leave this place so negative and blind and cynical," we can find that "we are all one mind" and create a more perfect, peaceful, loving society.
To start, I would have to say that it's important to realize that Tool produces music that is so artistic and open to interpretation I think the band wants to have the listener use his or her own mind to find meaning in it. I think this song is based on reflecting on our basic egotistic, selfish tendencies as human beings.
We live in our own little worlds, clinging to things that have no solid foundation, because we spend all our energy on things that we can never find any real meaning in. We can only find real meaning by realizing that this life we are living is part of something much bigger, that we are a part of the whole, which you may or may not want to refer to as "god. He uses the moon to draw an analogy to ourselves. The moon only appears full and bright because of the light that shines on it.
It does not produce its own light. We are full and bright because we are a part of the greater whole of this universe, and that light is not "ours" but a part of a greater whole.
We all exist together, we are all part of the whole. I think this song represents maynard reflecting on this. I happen to think everyone's answers have some relation. Obviously he thinks as a CULTURE we have forgotten how to be humble and humane because we've evolved into a culture where material possessions and emotions are blinding us.
He wrote this song in the wake of Layne Staley the lead singer of Alice in Chains and also Maynards best friend whom died because of a lifestyle that he couldn't get away from. Maynard's stated that he knew that Layne's death was coming and unfortunately Maynard couldn't stop it. Maynard has never had a substance problem, but is an alcoholic and saved his life from going down that road by going to A.
A meetings. This song saved my life. If you think about it, the song is actually very universal. As crazy as the lyrics are everyone can find something in the song that they can relate to or resonate with. It's art, its supposed to make you think. There's someone out there who feels the same.
And when I feel like I should give up, if I "pull my head out" I can find hope again and I shouldn't take advantage of it. We all have second chances and we need to individually take responsibilitiy for our own lives.
Have any of you ever realized the spiritualism in Tool. He has a song called third eye. To me all his music relates back to finding meaning in everything. I think this song is about DMT and the truths that he got from it. At the end he wants to spread the message that he got and says "So crucify the ego, before it's far too late To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical, And you will come to find that we are all one mind Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable.
Just let the light touch you And let the words spill through And let them pass right through Bringing out our hope and reason Thus the title "reflection" he saw the truth and that our universe is a reflection and not real.
I've never smoked DMT but i've heard from people who did and their description is close to this song. The band is obviously close to the psychedelic world and i think also to DMT. I hope i've helped and i wait from others to comment on this. This song is about a person, this person is locked in a "pitiful hole". This person talks to the moon "my confidant" who tells this person "as full and bright as i am this light is not my own". In an interview, Maynard said this is about information.
No matter how full with knowledge we are, this knowledge is not our own, it's just a reflection. The person is saying "don't wanna be down here soothing my narcissim, i must crucify the ego before it's far too late. I would take some time to read the Tebetan book of the dead to find your answers.
Basically it teaches you self liberation through a peaceful concept of self detachement from the material or physical world.
This helps in situations when people are having bad trip or they are actually dying. After reading it more and more it seems to emphasize detaching predomintaely from a sexual nature to find eternal bliss. Reminds me of Maynards thinking somewhat I think the song may indirectly refernce hallucinogens in some ways. Not that I think the entire song is about it, but "crucify the ego" is essentially what happens when you consume a dose of hallucinogens.
You realize when tripping life beyond self, how everything is connected and you are a part of the whole, you are not the whole yourself. Another meaning in this song, as partially related to destroying and rebuilding the ego, is how everything interacts with everything else. In that sense it is all one, we are all one, one mind, one existence, one life, one. Without other physical things people, celestial bodies, light we have no point of reference to gauge our own existence.
We must look beyond ourselves to understand ourselves, and we must also look within to understand everything else. By the way, I've always interpreted the line with the moon as saying, "The moon tells me a secret, be confidant. Maybe it's just me but I like it that way better, even if Maynard really does say "my". Reflection is just one part of the story, or the "Triad". Next time you can, listen to Disposition, Reflection, and Traid nonstop in order. The meaning of the sotry can not be put into words, but rather felt because the conclusion of the story, "Triad", has no lyrics.
Pure art. Reflection, to me, means achieving enlightenment only through reflection of ones life. In my opinon, the greatest album yet. This is by far my favorit song on the album. In order to get the meaning of this song, you must listen to the traid made up of the 3 songs, Disposition, Reflection, and Traid in order.
It seems to create a psychological space that encourages internal conversation. And external ones actually—people seem to enjoy it as the background to their conversations". He considers the work the most sophisticated of all his ambient releases, and that the physical editions are a mere static excerpt of the "full" piece contained in the iOS app. On 1 January , an album listening event was held at several Rough Trade shops worldwide. During the event, an edition of Reflection limited to copies was available on CD, where each disc contained a "uniquely generated, one-of-a-kind" version of the piece inside of an autographed case sleeve.
Subsequently, 1 April, 1 July, and 9 October saw Eno release a new excerpt of the generative piece to streaming services Apple Music and Spotify , with varying lengths the "autumn" iteration being in length.
Each of these seasonal excerpts took the place of the previous version to represent the album. The generative iOS app also received updates on these same days. Written, recorded, and produced by Brian Eno. Upon release, Reflection received positive reviews from critics. Writing for The Guardian , Kitty Empire wrote, "The overall effect is deeply, magnificently peaceful, meditative, even; ambient certainly monopolises certain sections of the thesaurus.
Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Reflection instrumental. Brian Eno. Retrieved 2 January Rough Trade. Warp Records. Apple Music. Also available as a digital download purchase from iTunes.
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