So really the whole genre of music that has inspired me the most for working on the groovement series is electronic. The kind of music that makes you want to do so much at once and all you body can manage to do is the robot. It’s the genre that makes me feel alive when driving home at night. The urban night feeling. The youthfulness. The adventure. Don’t get me wrong, you can feel that with rock, country, rap, whatever. But the beat of the music seems to flow together with the beat that so many of us try to live our lives.
Below is a video that I want to use during the series…it is amazing. The song is by Daft Punk, a British electronic rock band that is one of my top inspirations for the series. This boy, those are not girl hands, did something really neat to this song.
Daft Punk Hands
Daft Punk Hands on Ellen
Daft Punk Bodies
Now, you can’t tell me that your body didn’t start to move, right? Hey, even the song was a part of Ellen’s vision of dancing to life. Here are the lyrics:
Work It Harder Make It Better
Do It Faster, Makes Us stronger
More Than Ever Hour After
Our Work Is Never Over
Now analyzing the lyrics and just reading makes it seem dull. Read it aloud and it sounds like what most of today’s youth and young adults thing life is, repetition. Wake up. Go to school. Go to work. Come home. Go to Bed. But throw in a little groove and add your own mix to it and you are now unique. Your life isn’t just like a machine or robot, but you have added more to your mix and made life better. Once our grove is added suddenly the lyrics stand out more, we want to be Better, Faster, and Stronger. Kanye West even took a spin (no pun intended) on the song. He took it and added his groove to it (a negative one at that) and it resounded for millions. Why? Just feel the beat and feel his emotion. Watch what images pop up, and what is happening to him. Sex, hate, violence, drinking. The video does have profanity, most is bleeped out, I would not post this unless it really had an impact.
Pretty much most of what he said faded away and what stood out was:
“N-n-now th-that that don’t kill me
Can only make me stronger
I need you to hurry up now
Cause I can’t wait much longer
I know I got to be right now
Cause I can’t get much wronger
Man I been waitin’ all night now
That’s how long I’ve been on ya”
Mix that with all the visual, instrumental emotion going on and you’ve got a resounding feeling that connects. This is Kanye’s groovement, not yours and not mine. However we can think that his groovement is the same as ours. How can we introduce people to their own groovement? How can we show them Kanye’s groovement, Britney’s groovement, Justin’s groovement is their own and not ours? This is just one little piece I want to focus on in the Groovement series. What we are talking about is:
1.Joining the Groove
2.Find Your Groove
3.Get Your Groove On
4.Get Others to Join in on the Groove
The Groove can be an allusion to anything, rhythm, reality, skills, gifts, talents. But the whole idea of “groove” just resounds with the emotions and feelings of today’s youth. They long to be a part of something. They want purpose. They want to connect. I hope to help them connect this with the whole groovement idea.