My interest in music has always been all over the place: As a person who really doesn’t play any traditional instrument, I never felt that I had to stick to one style or genre. However I listen to music and play that music on two turntables and a mixer since 1993 and I’m no expert at that but I do enjoy it, I’ve also been writing poems, poetry, verses, lyrics and short stories since I was in middle school:
A huge influence on me has and always will be the Beastie Boys..since it is fast approaching the sad anniversary of MCA parting from us I would like to share with you all some cool Beastie Boy memories and websites/links:
I first heard of the Beastie Boys because of the Krush Groove movie soundtrack, around that time of the 80’s, I was break dancing with my friends in Elementary School to this tape among other tapes in 84. Jump ahead to 1986, I’m in Middle School and what seems like forever License to Ill is released and without hesitation I’m buying License to Ill. Since that release all I wanted was to see them live and it would take many more years till I had that chance. I’d learn to drive a car, graduate High School and drop out of college and absorbed four releases of theirs before seeing them live, which was at Lalapallooza 1994. I was also going to see them with Rage Against the Machine but that show got cancelled. I witnessed one other live show in Worcester, so for me the experience with the Beastie Boys was one of driving in my car, playing vinyl on turntables and seeking remixes of Beastie Boys into rave tunes, partying with friends, reading the stories and most of all eating up every damn video they put out. MCA (Nathanial Hornblower)was pivotal in me wanting to make video’s. With all this said, I know that I’m not the biggest fan of the Beastie Boys or MCA’s crazy stalker but there are not many people, musicians and or things that make me smile and laugh so hard today. The experience of watching the Beastie Boys grow up with the world watching has had to be difficult at times for them but the strength of these boy’s to stand up and take a fight at all things important to them is one thing any fan can cheer at many stages of ones life, the right to fight to party, the right to put down the guns, fighting for the rights of others in the world suffering, the right for musicians to collaborate from many genre’s, the right to make art, the right to speak up, the right to sample music and they just did it unlike any other act.
Currently my twin nephews are growing up and learning to enjoy the Beastie Boys. As an uncle I’m moved by how at such a young age they bounce along, learn lyrics, copy moves and laugh with the video’s. I know deep down inside that some lyrics are going over their head and some words maybe they shouldn’t hear but I know that while they experience the Beastie Boys as they grow up they will grow up to be even better young people because the Beastie Boy’s have shown us that this can happen.
My most recent experience with the Beastie Boys came last weekend, I was able to stay in Brooklyn for a few days and as Micha Scaia put on the Beastie Boys I was overwhelmed with emotions, it felt foreign to listen to them in Brooklyn and I felt like this state of NY got quieter as we listened, it got real, it got serious, it for the first time in my Beastie Boy listening experience made me sad, a good sad. I was allowed into a world they lived no longer was I pretending to be one of them, I was listening to a story of three bad brothers who will go down in history like very few ever will. We are lucky they exist and lived is how I feel.
I know I’m super saddened by Adams death because (and I know it’s selfish) that means I will never see the three of them live ever again and that maybe the music they make may never be the same and that the Beastie Boy video’s will not have Nathanial to direct them. It is sad to a person like me and I know for many others. Although I know only what I’ve read, listened to or watched I have to admit I don’t know these three guy’s personally but am ever grateful that they did what they did.
I dream of hearing on the next Beastie Boy album “yo this time it’s MCA and I’m back from the dead, I’ve been ever flowing in the Chi of the Buddah and been lost in mediation my friends”
Peace to Adam (MCA)
This guy does a great and fun job at explaining The Greatest Beastie Boys video’s
If you really want to read some great insight into the Beastie Boys check out this website and make a donation to keep it going for others to enjoy: http://www.beastieboysannotated.com
Why MCA can make us all laugh:
Now let me go cry, turn of some video’s and breath before I send my next long post on another friend and brother we lost at the same time last year, Joshua Raine.