Michael Franti and Spearhead

October 20, 2019

Not a surprise to people in my life, I am a HUGE Michael Franti and Spearhead fan, I may even fit into the “groupie” category 😁

Well, the STAY HUMAN HARVEST BALL, a full day of festivities that began at 3pm and went into their first show ever at the brand new mission ballroom in Denver… This was certainly my happy place..

Getting to hear Michael Franti on a panel about climate change with former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, do yoga and then hear a free concert with friends, even got a picture with J Bowman TOTAL JOY!

This prompted me to listen to their music and read their lyrics all weekend and thought what would be better wisdom than some Franti! For those of you who don’t know who Michael Franti is https://michaelfranti.com/ here is a bit about him from good ol’ wikipedia

Michael Franti — is an American rapper, musician, poet, activist, documentarian, and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti is known for having participated in many musical projects (most of them with a political and social emphasis), including the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. He is the creator and lead vocalist of his current independent project, Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues, and he is especially an advocate for peace in the Middle East.

Billboard magazine says, “Franti’s mission, musical and otherwise, is convincing people they can.” and I believe that is true…

For today’s wisdom, I thought their song “Good To Be Alive Today” (which he played) would be both great wisdom and a good reminder at least for me 😉

It’s a long road, oh
Everyday I wake up and turn my phone on
I read the news of the day, just as it’s coming down
I do my best not to let it get me down
I try to keep my head up, but this is Babylon
This world’s in crisis, we try to fight it, this changing climate
With scientists and with politicians divided by it
So many ways we could solve it but they would never sign it
This mountain’s tumbling down, but still we try to climb it
It’s in the Torah, Koran and in the Bible
Love is the message but somehow we turned to rivals
It’s come to people always picking up their rifles
Another school getting shot up; homicidal

Some people tryna look fly, some people tryna get high
Some people losing their mind, some people tryna get by
And when you look in my eyes, you’ll see the sign of the times
We all looking for the same thing

But what if this song was number one?
Would it mean that love had won?
Would it mean that the world was saved?
And no guns were being drawn today?
What if everybody had a job?
And nobody had to break a law?
What if everyone could say
That it’s good to be alive today?
Oh, oh, oh, oh
It’s good to be alive today
Oh, oh, oh
Yes it’s good to be alive today
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Yes it’s good to be alive today
Oh, oh, oh
No matter what nobody say

People used to feel safer when they would hear a siren
Like help is on its way but now they only think of violence
Another youth in the streets and police is in a conflict
And now they hear the guns click, yo
Ebola crisis and ISIS is taking heads off
A drone is bombing a village and now the kids all
Signing up to be soldiers, but they all willing now
To do the killing now, but are you willing now?
Some politicians out there making up some problems
And tryna tell the people that they can solve them
With TV shows and soundbites and quotes
But everybody knows that it’s all about the cash flow
They’re telling you and me they’re making progress
But tell it to the millions of jobless
It’s like a players club with billions of dollars
To get the votes you got to make it rain in congress

But what if this song was number one?
Would it mean that love had won?
Would it mean that the world was saved?
And no guns were being drawn today?
What if everybody had a job?
And nobody had to break a law?
What if everyone could say
That it’s good to be alive today?
Oh, oh, oh, oh
It’s good to be alive today
Oh, oh, oh
Yes it’s good to be alive today
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Yes it’s good to be alive today
Oh, oh, oh
And we all say

One day, one day
One day, one day
One day, we all will say
That it’s good to be alive today
One day, one day
One day, one day
One day, we all will say
That it’s good to be alive today

Thank you for walking within THIS wisdom with me today… Until soon when we walk again…