Disclaimer: In no way am I a thanksgiving expert, dietitian or health coach, the following is information I have cultivated as an observer of this fabulous, food based holiday.
“The reason that you’re cool
Is ’cause you’re from the old school and they know it
All the critics love you in New York”
“All The Critics Love U In New York” by Prince
Last week, I took a trip to New York, you know, the city that never sleeps. Flying from sunny LA into a significantly colder whirlwind of hustle bustle, I stepped off the plane and took a deep breath.
As you probably know, New Yorkers aren’t shy about much. Walking through the West Village I was instantly greeted by people who are unique, loud, and free of inhibition. It was a gentle reminder to myself to be comfortable in my own skin and just to be who I am.
I entered the subway at Herald Square and I heard powerful, rock music that I was instantly drawn to.
I found myself compelled by the tunes and general buzz and atmosphere of what was happening. “This is what music is all about, uplifting people, creating energy, and making people’s days that little bit better”!
The next day, at a completely different station, I hopped on the train and waited patiently amongst the other travellers until it was my turn to get off. About three stops into my journey, I heard a voice- a beautiful singing voice. It was coming from the most unsuspecting of people; a bearded, oldish man, who was struggling to stand amidst the large number of passengers. His voice was an extraordinary pleasantry in an otherwise manic surrounding… and yet again, I thought to myself ‘what a wonderful world’.
Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time, all you have to do is open your eyes… and your ears!
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
Digital, digital get down (get down) just you and me / (You may be) Twenty thousand miles away, but I can see ya / And baby, baby you can see me
Let’s go on a journey to the year 2000, when *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached album dropped and became an absolute smash hit. This song, “Digital Get Down” was one of their hit singles (though, not as popular as the infamous “Bye Bye Bye”). It’s crazy to think about the differences between the “digital get downs” of the 2000s and today.
Admittedly, my first thought went straight to Tinder. I mean, what could be more relevant to the “digital get down” of 2016 than a mobile app meant for gettin’ down…if you know what I mean. 😉
In the year 2000, the “digital get down” in question was probably more in line with communication on flip phones, via call or text. Remember when we had those tiny monthly text limits?! There’s no doubt that we would pass those tenfold today.
In addition to archaic cell phones being the newest in mobile technology, the way we listen to music was on the brink of an extraordinary revolution. 2001 was a big year for music technology—iTunes was introduced at the start of the New Year, and the iPod was introduced 8 months later.
During that time, I was a music-obsessed Dublin teen collecting CDs and writing songs in my bedroom. Yes, I had this *NSYNC disc. I had seen the evolution of technology speed up right before my eyes, being born into a world with no World Wide Web. And now, we are all experiencing the digital age, a globe that is more interconnected than ever before. Social media has become a new public sphere for the global community. We exchange ideas, express our creativity, and share our feelings. We swipe right, we double tap, and we scroll endlessly.
My song, “Say Something,” was written with all of this in mind. We are so connected in our digital spaces, that we are not connected in the flesh. The line, “Say something that’s real” represents my longing for honest communication and real-life connection.
So, let’s try to put away the Snapchat at dinner, and let’s make a call instead of sending a text. These are little things that can make the often isolating and judgmental world of social media feel less real and less tied into our inherent value. Let’s transform our 24/7 digital get downs to digital special occasions.
The Irish, A Nation obsessed with Tea and here’s why…
- Not only does tea warm up the body, it heats up the soul. It makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside. No matter what kind of a day you’re having, taking a sip of a good cup of Irish tea can make almost anything better.
- Tea is the greatest “chat” enabler. Go to any house in Ireland and you’ll instantly be offered a cup of the hot stuff, next thing you know, you’re five cups in and mid-discussion about the meaning of life.
- Tea is a social event. People get together just to drink tea, sitting down and drinking cup after cup and talking for days is a regular occurrence. No matter what your problem might be, tea can solve it, Irish people believe that tea has magical healing powers.
- It makes eating a whole packet of biscuits seem like a perfectly good thing to do. You can’t really have a cup of tea without having a few biscuits, or a few more than a few.
- Tea is appropriate in any situation. Take this for example; a friend arrives at your house after some sort of incident and they’re clearly “in a tizzy” What’s the first thing you say? “Have a cup of tea, it’ll help calm the nerves.”
- Unlike drinking coffee, tea has a much lower caffeine content so it’s basically, more or less, in a roundabout way, pretty good for you.
- Tea brings a positive outlook to any gathering. The only thing you have to worry about is whether the person who’s making the tea will use a “Barry’s” or a “Lyons” tea bag, a well known heated discussion in many households.
- It encourages dunking biscuit competitions, this involves dipping your biscuit in your tea and seeing who can keep theirs in there the longest without it breaking, always fun.
- It also enables drinkers to try the “Twirl Experience” a life changing experience which can be done with most chocolate bars. All you have to do is bite off the top and bottom of the twirl and suck the tea up through the middle, it gets all gooey and moist (HEAVEN)
- It would be rude not to!! In Ireland, saying no to a cup of tea is almost a rude gesture. The art of tea drinking has been passed on through the generations, it’s the responsibility of Irish people and anyone else who wants to get involved to keep this tradition alive.
Decisions. We can think about things, turn them over in our minds a million times, play out possible scenarios, but really when it comes down to it, you have to go with your heart and move forward. Maybe things will go to plan . Maybe life itself will lead you down a different path and doors will open where you least expect it. Every decision brings Action. The only thing that’s for sure is that indecision steals many years from many people who wind up wishing they’d just had the courage to leap.”
5 years ago , I finally found the courage to leap. And boy was it a big one. I jumped from a very stable, comfortable and safe position in the business world right into oblivion. Although I was more or less diving into the unknown, it felt like I was hopping on a train to visit a destination which was etched in my heart from the moment I was born.
In the words of others I had been very successful in business for the previous 10 years, but I knew music was what I was destined to do and so, I simply decided to go for it.
Ever since then, there has been no looking back.
Whenever I meet people now, they ask about my time in business, “was it worth it?” “was it just a distraction from what I really wanted to do?” Of course not. I learned some irreplaceable skills, skills I use every day, made life long friends and learned very quickly how the inner workings of “Keith” could be used to create something special as opposed to just digits in a bank account
“The more you know, the more powerful you become.”
Although it may seem it, my journey has not been all easy, there have been many ups and downs but when it comes to the end of the day and I’m lying in bed, I can always go to sleep with a happy heart knowing that I’m fulfilling a life long dream.
This blog should give you a brief insight into my background and my life choices but I hope it inspires someone else to be brave and take a chance in life; Challenge yourself, do what you love and most importantly, don’t be afraid to
“TAKE THE LEAP.”
You may or may not know me. For those, who do allow me to reintroduce myself. For those who don’t, you will — so kick your feet up and get comfortable.
My name is Keith Cullen, I’m a Dublin born singer/ songwriter and an all round life enthusiast. Just as my music represents who I am and what I stand for, this blog will do the same. I want this to be a place where readers can feel inspired, motivated and leave with a fresh view and a positive outlook.
“Behind every favorite song, there is an untold story”. I’m here to tell you mine.
I see this as an opportunity for growth for you and I. Where I can share my thoughts and interests and where you guys can keep up to date with my life and what’s going on around me.
“Spiritual growth is like learning to walk. We stand up, fall, stand up, fall, take a step, fall, take a couple of steps, fall, walk a little bit, wobble a bit, walk, run and finally, eventually fly.”
This blog is an extension of ‘The Kove’. It’s a safe place for my fans to engage in outward expression and inner discovery, where they can re-enter the world rejuvenated, powerful and ready to take on everything and anything. The Kove represent all that is me, from my serene state of mind to my legion of fans who connect with my artistic expression. It’s all connected.
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”
This is the beginning of something special and I want you to come on this journey with me.
By reading my blog, you’re stepping into my world and hopping onto this roller-coaster that I call life. So hold tight and let’s begin this adventure — together.
The Kove is a place where people who share a deep affinity and connection to my music and message can read about my experiences, dreams, aspirations and the odd random thought or story.
Please have a look around and feel free to #SaySomething if you like what you read!