A while back I saw the performer Watsky on his “All You Can Do” tour. That night was the closest thing to church I had experienced in probably 17 years. It was empowering and uplifting and I felt like I was part of something important.
C’est la vie. Better pay my fee.
Watsky is a rap artist with a background in spoken word poetry. He is from San Francisco. He has tremendous energy and travels/performs with an amazing group of guys.
I’m picking apart the muscle when I’m thinking about the hustle but I’m nice. Nice!
The moment that stood out to me most was his performance of “Whoa Whoa Whoa” from his latest album, All You Can Do. According to its Wikipedia page, the song is about people who don’t feel like they are getting enough respect and are trying to prove their doubters wrong.
I’ll jump the freeway median, I’m savage
‘Cause my mode is that I’m meaner than the average.
During the performance of this song, Watsky instructed the audience to, during the chorus, put up both middle fingers and sing along. We were to direct our gestures and sounds at those who underestimate us or who do not treat us fairly, be it people at work, at school, or in our family. So there we all were, this big group, simultaneously flipping off our haters while singing/screaming, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, what do you take us for?”
Like my teacher taught me when I heard the crowd applaud,
I thought I was an atheist until I realized I’m a God.
Not only was it amazing to feel a part of this, but it was incredibly cathartic for me. I had been feeling like I’d been struggling against certain people (even against myself). I believe that this event actually changed me. It changed my thinking about what I could do and it changed my outlook on life and on the future. And now whenever I feel let down or overwhelmed or not good enough, I just put this song on and sing my lungs out.
And if you really wonder what I think about the competition, they were not not not tight.
I been reading my scripture.
Watsky has other inspiring songs on this and other albums. I encourage you to check his work out, even if you aren’t particularly into rap music. He’s really a poet and that comes through his lyrics. He has been, and continues to be, a positive influence in my life. He is part of why I am able to write this blog and take improv and writing classes and chase my dreams.
(Lyrics are from “Whoa Whoa Whoa” by George Watsky)
P.S. I’ve also been studying my scripture…