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Nahko and Medicine for the People: Aloha Ke Akua

This is another song that I've been listening to a lot lately. It resonated with me in a significant way the first time I heard it and after many listens, it's just as significant.

Unlike my previous post, the visuals in this video are truly stunning. Unfortunately, I don't feel they fit the song very well and can actually detract from it. Because these visuals are so brilliant, I think they would have been better accompanied by an instrumental track without such an overt message. So I would recommend not watching the video the first time through if you can. Just listen.

I especially appreciate the lyrics, which is interesting given their spiritural overtones. As a deconverted christian, I no longer put much stock in spiritual matters or deities of any kind. But Nahko clearly does value spirituality - at least at some level. But what resonates with me is the tone of apprehension.

Time-based prophesies have kept me from living. In the moment I'm struggling to trust the divinity of all the gods, and what the hell they have planned for us.

I don't struggle with this any longer, but I can still identify with the feelings I had. My deconversion wasn't easy - it took years. I'm convinced I should write about it at some point. I'm pretty sure it's not your typical deconversion story.

I go back and forth every single day. The clarity it comes to me in choppy waves. The feelings and the places and the seasons change. The galaxies remain.

There is also something very physical about this song. It's grounded in the real world, while also being self-reflective and philosophical.

We know what we are for. And how we became so informed. Bodies of info perfoming such miracles. I am a miracle made up of particles. And in this existence. I'll stay persistent. And I'll make a difference. And I will have lived it.

I completely recognize and accept that I am applying my own biases to the lyrics and meaning of the song. The ability to make it my own is likey why it resonates with me so much. Just beautiful.

Don Smith

Don Smith

Progressive. Global citizen. Seeker of balance and harmony. Patient. Intolerant of suffering, greed and exploitation. Educator. Imperfect. Forgiving. Software developer. Vulnerable. Loves people.

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