More about ‘It’s Not A Trend, It’s A Necessity’ plus a #specialoffer for my followers

In my last blog post I shared a spoken word poem I’d written recently, It’s Not A Trend, It’s A Necessity #spokenword, inspired by a comment I heard on the BBC TV programme ‘The Kardashian Effect’, in reference to having eyebrows styled. “It’s not a trend, it’s a necessity,” was the phrase that stuck in my mind because that says to me such a person has lost sight of reality. It is trend, and it most certainly is not a necessity. Clean water, food and shelter are necessities. The programme went on to show how people are having ‘butt implants’ and other forms of plastic surgery. On the one hand this is an extreme example of privilege-having the money and resources to fulfil such superficial desires, but underneath it is an even more sinister implication-that those who live in this culture are in a sense no more free than those who live in oppressed and war torn societies. The capitalist system is a prison that gives the illusion of freedom. Freedom to slavishly follow someone else’s idea of beauty, to the extent of mutilating your own body. Not only that, but the desperate pursuit of material goals by those who can afford it maintains the imbalance of wealth inequality and injustice across the world. There are many layers of meaning, significance and connection I can see in this scenario, so I think a poem carries the layers much better than any amount of explanation. Even better, let’s put it with some music for added impact. I’ve taken some of the poem to use as rap lyrics, a sample of which you can listen to above on the SoundCloud link. The full track is available to buy as a high quality download or unlimited streaming on my bandcamp site, which you can get to by clicking ‘buy’ under the SoundCloud track or to go directly to the bandcamp page, click here, where you can listen to the track in full before deciding to buy. I released this track yesterday, which happened to be my birthday, so as a birthday treat I’m offering my followers a 50% discount on this track up until midnight on Sunday 18th March. To get the discount, use the code ‘happybirthday’ at the checkout. This means the track will cost a bargain 60p including VAT. If you would like to pay more to support my work, then just enter the amount you wish to pay, for which I would be supremely grateful.

©Janey Colbourne 2018

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Stupid Girl: #metoo poem now as spoken word with music

Preview of my new song to be released hard techno track with spoken word poem intro about sexual harassment.

This is a poem I recently shared here in a blog post. I’ve been working on putting it to music. Trigger warning: sexual abuse and swearing.

Here’s a link to the original blog post with the poem in written format:

https://heartseer.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/stupid-girl-a-poem/

©️Janey Colbourne 2018

‘Trapped In Wealth’ my single now available on Bandcamp

BUY THIS TRACK HERE

I wrote and recorded this piece last year and published it on YouTube in response to journalist Charles Moore’s comment that David Cameron was “trapped in wealth”. I have now released it as a single track on Bandcamp and it is available to buy as a high quality digital download from my bandcamp site here.

Trapped In Wealth (The Poor Rich)

I am beyond enraged
I am in the cold steely frost on the other side
Trapped in wealth?
Unfortunate fate has bestowed a burden so great
The super rich.

The poor, poor rich engineer destiny
For the poor poor, so undeserving.

A burden so great
The super rich
engineer destiny.
The poor, poor rich.

I am beyond enraged
I am in the cold steely frost on the other side
Trapped in wealth?

The poor, poor rich engineer destiny
For the poor poor, so undeserving.

I am beyond enraged.
The super rich.
Trapped in wealth.
A burden so great.

I am beyond enraged
I am in the cold steely frost on the other side.

©️Janey Colbourne 2017

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My New Album ‘Take Your Power Back’

At last I have finished my album ‘Take Your Power Back’, which I have been working on over the past year. It is an album of electronic music with spoken word and song, of various genres and tempos, from dance to ambient. My intention is to create music that’s enjoyable to listen and dance to, whilst also having something worthwhile, outspoken and inspiring to say. The lyrics are an important part of the music and have a pretty strong message, challenging the dominant neoliberal cultural narrative and creating a new narrative of hope, personal empowerment, freedom, community and re-connection with the earth.

It is available to buy as a digital download from my bandcamp site here, either as the full album for £5 or as individual tracks, priced at either 80p or 60p each. Prices are plus VAT. You can listen to all the tracks before purchasing, and if you purchase you can choose unlimited streaming or high quality download. Enjoy!

Listen to my album here

This Is Capitalism

We live in a society in which peasants used to be paid in beer,
to keep them happy in their mundane lives,
To numb them from the reality of their poverty and enslavement.
Now we are paid in money,
and are expected to buy our own beer, wine, coffee, cake, toothpaste, perfume
(consumer goods for your satisfaction & distraction)
and this is capitalism.

The illusion of choice for the profit of the few;
Cars, houses, holidays you can spend your life paying for
(consumer lifestyle for satisfaction and distraction).
Advertisements advising on the meaning of our lives:
Do remind us how to fulfill our individuality through purchasing of mass produced goods, sold to the masses.

Do remind us;
Money is the new drug.
This is capitalism:
How you control our lives.

They dazzle your eyes and capitalize on your blindness.
Semantical tactics: Using language to define your reality.
“Consumer goods. Consumerism. We are consumers.”

Money is the new drug.
This is capitalism.
This is a prison.

Semantical tactics: Using language to define your reality.
“Consumer goods. Consumerism. We are consumers.”
The illusion of choice for the profit of the few.
They dazzle your eyes and capitalize on your blindness.

This is capitalism.

Define your reality.

Below the Skin

Below the skin

Red is my blood,
green is your sap.
Yet below the skin,
we are kin.
Complementary;
breathing each other in,
mutually
nourishing,
eternally
flourishing.

The iron that dwells
In the heart of her
The iron that flows
In my veins
Are one and the same

The heart of Suns
In the wood
And the cell
I am ocean
but for a membrane

When I die,
And the ocean leaves my body,
My spirit returns to the sea.
I am ocean but for a membrane.
The part of me that is earth,
My bones I will leave behind.
Under the skin, we are kin.

© Janey Colbourne 2017 all content
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