Saturday, February 27, 2010

There Is The Love

Where Is The Love - Black Eyed Peas (Rap 1):
What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

Verse 1
People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Verse 2
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

Taboo (Rap 2):
It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

Repeat Verse 1
Repeat Verse 2

Repeat Chorus 3):
I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why something I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why something I'm feelin' down
That's the reason why something I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Now ask yourself

Repeat Chorus
Repeat Bridge 2

Sing wit me y'all:
One world, one world (We only got)
One world, one world (That's all we got)
One world, one world
And something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That's all we got
(One world, one world)

Verizon recently gave me a little bit of love in response to my complaint. It happened a little faster than I expected. I received an email a few weeks back from one of managers that work under Thomas "T.J." Fox. It was in response to a letter I wrote in regards to the rudeness I experienced at a local Verizon store. He basically was apologizing for the experience and wanted to call me to talk about it. So he called and pretty much was apologetic again. He was being kind of repetitive in the apologies and even apologized for that. For my troubles gave me one month of free service and told me that I would also get another call from another manager. That never happened. Maybe I should email him to let him know. But Hemingway.

Eugene also found the love last night. I mentioned a while back that Eugene was helping out a young homeless guy get his life together. He helped him get financial aid to take classes at the college Eugene teaches at. He even was able to get enough to cover room and board. So about a month ago YHG told Eugene that his cousin is of the Black Eyed Peas. Eugene didn't believe it at first. YHG also said that would give him two backstage VIP passes to an upcoming show they were having in Boston and wanted to invite Eugene to go with him.

So the concert was last night and was promptly reviewed by Boston Herald. Eugene always plays the "I'm too cool for school" card and not being overly impressed by things. But he was like a gushing schoolboy describing his time last night. As part of the backstage VIP experience, YHG and Eugene were escorted by security away from the other peons (some who paid $200 for the show) into a back door and once given a security band was allowed backstage. They first encountered Fergie, who Eugene described as being too flirtatious. He mentioned that she was flirting with them before even knowing who they were. They then met who he described as really down to earth. Eugene mentioned that told YHG that he would help him out financially. YHG is into football and has dreams of being a football player. mentioned having a cousin that's a football coach out in Los Angeles and having YHG spend his summer up there to be trained by this coach. It was a pretty cool exchange.

Eugene also got to meet Taboo and He thought both of them were cool and he said he especially bonded with Taboo. They shared a couple jokes and stuff like that.

There was a catered section with lamb, chicken, shrimp, smoked salmon, and all the fixings. Apparently they went all out in ordering food. There were a lot of people backstage too and it was hard for Eugene to tell who were guest, dancers, friends of the act, etc. They ate and drank a bit (okay a lot) before the actual show started. They were able to watch the show from the basketball court area (literally where the players would shoot baskets) and they were able to go back and forth backstage to get more food and drinks and back to the court.

Overall they had a nice time. Eugene did relay a tense moment between them after the concert. On their way back, they were discussing the options mentioned. YHG seemed resistant to want to spend his summer in LA. Eugene was pointing out to YHG that it would be a very good opportunity for him to take. But YHG wasn't feeling the idea. YHG even muttered a comment that it would be 'good riddance for Eugene'. In other words, Eugene wanted him to go to LA so he wouldn't have to worry about helping him.

From what Eugene told me, YHG grew up in an abusive environment and basically a lot of folks turned their back on him. Eugene turned out to be a positive influence in his life and I guess he was there when others turned their back on him. So he feared losing that. At least that's the conclusion Eugene drew from the incident after thinking it over.

They will work it out I'm sure.

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