Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Why Three Burials - Redux

I'm happy to be writing now on this new site with my buddies. I may not be able to transfer my previous posts here, but I'll provide this link: Three Burials, and repost my first post plus the comments, including the fabulous rap by ganesh, as I continue my explorations here.

Originally Posted December 14, 2006

I chose Three Burials because I decided I would try to keep a blog around the time I saw the Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, the movie by Tommy Lee Jones. This blog is not a tribute to that film but I found the title to be an apt metaphor on which to choose a title.

That being said, I did find the movie to be well done. Some friends had good but not glowing reviews. I admired it as a testament to one man's devotion to a promise made to a friend and his own sense of justice.

For me, Three Burials represent the three times in my life in which I have faced major or near major depressive episodes. At least these were the three most identifiable times. Before the first time, which was a couple of years out of school, it is possible I had some minor shocks or episodes but I did not recognize it as such. The second time was two years into my marriage, and the third was earlier this year.

In this metaphor, each episode is akin to a death. Hence the Three Burials. But from those deaths, there is creation. And that is what I hope this blog will serve as - a forum for creative expression and thought, and observations about politcs, society, and life. That is being very broad, I know. But that's how I see it now.

So a burial need not be an endpoint, but a doorway to another realm. Some call it reincarnation, others see it as a resurrection, but in either form, it is creation. This blog is not meant to glorify or romanticize death by any means, particularly the notion of death as taking one's life. Rather, I am trying to look at how depressive times can be like one being in a cocoon, and as the time passes, something beautiful emerges.

Well, anyway, I may just go ahead and change the title if this whole thing gets too morbid.

Since this is my first post, I thank Ganesh at Brooklyn Masala and PJAddict for encouraging me to write, even if it is a few sentences. I hope I will continue to keep posting and not be one of those blogs (who have taken all the cool names) where the posts have stopped a few years ago, but the damn cool names are still taken.

See ya later.


Ganesh said...
right on, buddy! this is great, and you express yourself really well!
December 14, 2006 5:55 PM

lbc said...
you're the man. i've bookmarked your site and am now going to check it 20 times a day, like i do with brooklynmasala. it's nice to have talented brothers. . . .
December 14, 2006 8:29 PM

Ganesh said...
ok, i'll admit that i live on this site now. i've stopped eating and spend my days in prayer for more blog posts. keep 'em coming, big guy! ok, i'm ordering take-out now.
December 15, 2006 9:41 AM

Ganesh said...
take-out was tasty but not as tasty as more posts. yummm....D-lish, baby!
December 15, 2006 9:58 AM

Ganesh said...
This is what I wrote on the way to work this morning:

Yo, yo! One, two, one two.
Yeah, I'm a blogger.
I'm hip to that fact.
I can't paint worth shit,
and don't ask me to act.

I just write words
to make the ladies swoon,
profound thoughts
to make your mind go BOOM!

Now there're two fly gents
I'd be happy to see
Enter the Blogosphere

Yo, yo! One, two, one two.
Yo, yo! One, two, one two.

Hold it, man! What's that sound?
It's the new beat rhythms
of lostandfound!

My boy's tearing up
the blogosphere
Shoutin' out in Queens

But what the fuck's up
with that motherfuckin' name?
He ain't lost for shit!
My boy's in his game

with eloquent words
to express his day.
Instead of mere black and white,
he shows us the gray!

Respect the gray...Respect the gray...

Yo, man, spit out the ground
you just fuckin' licked'
cause sauntering over
is smooth PJAddict!

He gets his name from a Seattle band
that he followed 'cross the States,
singing notes in every land.

When my boy starts his blog,
he'll school us soon on songs.
Fuck that art and law shit, man...
Let's go right us some wrongs!

So these are my boys
in the GetFreshFunBunch.
We always meet for dinner
'cause we ain't got time for lunch!

Yo, i said we always meet for dinner
'cause we ain't got time for lunch!

December 15, 2006 11:50 AM

lostandfound said...
ganesh,that was awesome. i didn't know you wrote such amazing rap, but of course, rap is nothing but poetry put to beats, and poetry flows out of ganesh like honey out of a bee.

rap on! rock on!

lostandfound, maybe i'll switch to lnf
December 15, 2006 4:20 PM

Ganesh said...
post today, bro, even if it's just a few sentences.
December 18, 2006 9:27 AM

tamasha said...
OK, I just almost died laughing reading these comments.

The elephant-man is right - keep them coming!
January 1, 2007 10:03 PM

lostandfound said...
thanks tamasha, the elephant man (i like that name) has mad skills, an inspiration to us all.
January 2, 2007 12:50 PM

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