Sunday, April 9, 2017

Trumpage

TRUMPAGE
MESSIAN DREAD COLUMN APRIL 9 2017

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WWW,  April 9 2017 - Just a few months after he was selected to be the next American president, Donald Trump proves once again how those that look at their preferential candidate as if he is the Messiah will turn out fooled.

Just a few days after the Americans announce that regime change in Syria was no longer top priority, there is an attack with chemical weapons and the blame is put on the Syrian president Assad. Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor of president Trump and close friend to Chelsea Clinton (indeed, the daughter of) tweets the following:

Heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of Syria following the atrocious chemical attack yesterday. (LINK)

That's a true challenge for daddy Trump. Will he let his daughter continue to feel bad over something that happens or will he defend her, grant her her wish, or will he do what people elected him to do? In the mean time, we know the answer. Here's the next tweet:

The times we are living in call for difficult decisions - Proud of my father for refusing to accept these horrendous crimes against humanity. (LINK)

Yes, it happened. Donald Trump went to war in Syria, applauded by warmongers like John Mc Cain and Hillary Clinton. A big lesson to those that have put their trust in men by thinking they would basically elect the Messiah into the White House. Others went before them... Much more important is the fact that Trump's decision to is directly supporting the Muslim terrorists in their Islamic State and brings the world closer to WW3.

Click for larger viewA coalition of Russian, Syrian and Iranian forces have been dealing blow after blow to ISIS. They're heading to Raqqaa, the proclaimed capital of the Caliphate. How convenient or strategically was an attack with chemical weapons on a civilian population for the Islamists? As I heard it state: "Whenever ISIS need air support, they just have to drop chemical weapons".

In the mean time, Russian president Vladimir Putin said he would strike back next time the USA will bomb Syrian airfields. After all, Russia and Syria are allies and the Syrian airfields are vital infrastructure in the fight against the Mohammedan Caliphate.

Now, back to Trump's flip-flop.

He was elected partly because he wanted to stay out of Syria. No more neo-conservative or neo-liberal if you will regime change games. No more backing up ISIS forces and other Islamists. All of this as opposed to Hillary Clinton, of whom everybody knows she is a hawk and wants to start wars wherever she can.

Trump vehemently opposed Obama's warmongering policies (Tweet left) and so do the people who voted for him. Well known radio talk show host Alex Jones, for example. He basically sold out completely to Trump and surely inspired many to vote for the guy with the funny hair. Now he's trying to find a way out.

Others still "keep the faith". It is very interesting to see how Trump supporters now try to defend something they used to vote against. I've seen a comment by someone who said something to the effect of "Better that Trump start war, because I wouldn't want Hillary to do it". Yes, that is how blind people can follow a leader, trying to excuse him for doing the very same thing that he judged his predecessor for. 

Where this will all lead? We'll surely see it as things develop.

In the meantime: let's keep in touch.

One Love,
Messian Dread

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

All Things Work For Good

ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD
MESSIAN DREAD UPDATE MARCH 29 2017

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WWW,  March 29 2017 - Over two years since the last update. Apart from a few postings on the Dubroom Message Boards and Google+ as well as some interesting discussions on YouTube, nothing has come out from yours truly. So what has been going on?

Was it a coincidence that I had to get to the hospital just a few days before I would do my first performance of the year? This question has been running through my mind several times. Of course, it had to come one day, that's for sure. A thing that might illustrate my condition was the fact that my weight was a mere 53 kilo (116 pound). I thought I was 65 (143 pound). I was seriously underfed, which obviously had a consequence. So yes, it was a matter of time before I would end up in hospital. No doubt about it.

After my initial revalidation process, I gradually regained some strength. At first I couldn't walk for more than 5 minutes without having to rest. Currently I am driving my bicycle almost daily and I make trips of 40 kilometers (25 miles) on average. Takes me two, two and a half hour. While I'm riding, I'm listening to things. Debates, interviews, lectures, audio books. I'm catching up, that's a fact. It wouldn't have happened without me having to change my lifestyle significantly.

Still, I find it hard to simply ignore the timing of everything. 

The Bible says that "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28). Not hard to imagine how can see my hospitalization and subsequent change of lifestyle in this very same context. You see, while I was doing all these musical things I did not have time to actually to an in-depth study of the Book of Books. To examine and deepen my faith, the most important thing in my life.

It begged the question: "What is more important, to entertain people or to grow in knowledge and therefore in fruit?" Asking the question is actually answering it. Sure there is a time and place for everything. A time to rejoice, a time to mourn. A time to be angry, a time to forgive. A time to share, for example my musical productions, and a time to just take and gain, in this case: knowledge and hopefully some more wisdom.

Recently I watched an interview with the very well known hard rock artist Alice Cooper. Turned out he gave his life to Jesus. He said something like: "You know, God said to me, now you've seen enough and now I want you for myself", something to that effect. I can see a bit of a parallel, even though I'm a born again Christian since 1985. Not being part of any Christian Industrial complex, just out there "in the world", as it is called. Performing at places where you average Christian doesn't go, just to share Jah Light. Sharing, giving.

A few days before I would perform, God at least put me out of action. I had nothing more to give.

In hindsight, I can see that this did not came out of nowhere, even though it seemed so at the time. I read updates from before. I think about the enormous fatigues I had while still feeling compelled to "trod on" as the saying goes. Even Christians were more interested in the music than anything else. For me it was no question, even though I did develop a view of myself being the band that plays the music while the Titanic is sinking about 5 years or so ago. No, there was no way for me or others to start realizing I was not the well that never runs dry.

My collapse two years ago changed all of that.

Because it's already two years, I can say that I think I am in a new phase in my life. Having made hundreds of tracks of which 95% are free to download, is that not enough? Do I need to produce more of the same, just for the sake of having a flow? It costs a lot of money, time and health to do so. 

I think the time is there for me to continue studying, learning, deepening my faith and staying reasonable healthy.

Let's keep in touch.

One Love,
Messian Dread

Friday, June 5, 2015

Discomix Danger: Kojak, Seamus Ikonya, Clifton Yeates, U Roy, Prince Jazzbo

VARIOUS ARTISTS - DISCOMIX DANGER (EP)
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WWW, June 2015 - Five traditional Roots Reggae discomixes: it's a showcase EP. Five extended tracks, with the first half carrying the original Reggae riddim with full length lyrical content, followed by it's Dub version. Hence: Discomix Danger! Experience how Dub is actually transforming a Reggae track into a spaced-out piece of ear candy.

When the B-sides of Jamaican singles gradually changed from a mere instrumental version to a complete DUB work-out by ones like King Tubby's, all of this paved the way for the maxi-singles or twelve inch vinyl records: the extended mix containing both vocal and DUB version in one long stop mix, often called discomixes. This EP honors the tradition with five traditional discomixes, all created by Messian Dread in the Dubroom studio. Some material was pre-recorded in studio's like ARIWA, (most of) the vocals were licensed from Don Goliath but everything was completely re-arranged and fit into original Dubroom riddims.

TRACKS

1. Kojak - Prevail (Discomix) 7:24 (320 KBPS MP3)
2. Seamus Ikonya - Babylon System (Discomix) 6:24 (320 KBPS MP3)
3. Clifton Yeates - Come Hail The Lord (Discomix) 6:38 (320 KBPS MP3)
4. U Roy - Mash Down Satan (Discomix) 7:49 (320 KBPS MP3)
5. Prince Jazzbo - Natty Walk (Discomix) 8:22 (320 KBPS MP3)

Please do not re-publish the actual music, because unlike Dubroom releases before 2014, this release is © Messian Dread/Dubroom. Available for free: 128 Kbps/320 Kbps MP3 Files, CD Quality Wave Audio.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Release Announcement: Discomix Danger EP on June 5th 2015

VARIOUS ARTISTS - DISCOMIX DANGER
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Three Weeks On The Edge Of Physical Life (Messian Dread Report February 19 2015)

THREE WEEKS ON THE EDGE OF PHYSICAL LIFE
MESSIAN DREAD REPORT FEBRUARY 19 2015

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WWW, February 19 2015 - There I was, just a couple of days before what would be my first live performance in this year, just a couple of days after an initial positive outlook and update I wrote about this 2015. There I was, in an ambulance on my way to the hospital where I found out I would have to undergo a life-saving surgery in yet another hospital. After three weeks of absence, I returned home yesterday and wrote the following report. 

It's a lesson which I never seem to learn: writing updates, sharing plans, finding out that things went different. You could do a research project analyzing updates and factual progress on this website. No difference about that when it comes to this report. This time, though, it's truly serious. Yesterday I arrived back home in a taxi after a three week absence and with the prospect of five weeks of recovery and an even longer revalidation process. Yes, indeed: a medical situation. A serious medical situation which -without intervention- would have caused my physical death. The direct reason I'm still here is the fact Jah used some magnificent surgeon and staff, intensive care personnel and a whole lot more medical people to keep this body alive.

In short: I'm out of the hospital, my body is recovering from surgery and situation. I'm unable to do most things I'm used to do, stuff like lifting things and working hours and hours in a row. I've got some serious fractures and wounds that need healing before they will turn into scars during the next weeks and only after that initial recovery will I have to go through a rather intense revalidation process. Yes, it's rather serious even though I'm not in any direct life danger anymore and with some adjustments I can, to quote the surgeon under whose knife I was for many hours, "get old".

At this moment, I can spend some time writing and I'll have to take short walks, but not too much. I get physically tired quite easy, can't do simple things like lifting a thing and even sleeping at night isn't giving the comfort it should give. I'm taking paracetamol 4 times a day to keep the worst pains away which is working wonders. Fortunately I'm a reluctant medicine taker so my body does respond very well whenever I do take a painkiller or whatever.

Exactly a week ago my wife got a phone call from the surgeon, that everything went well and I would soon wake up in the Intensive Care unit in the hospital, surrounded by all kinds of tubes and drains. During the surgery several vital organs went off-line and a machine kept me alive. Quite serious, especially when you're -like me- not used to all these things first hand. I only had a few medical situations in my life and they were all in the previous century. A broken arm, stuff like that.

In the two weeks before I could undergo the surgery, I was in the local hospital where I got the best care I could possibly get. The first week was one full of uncertainty, full of friends and family visiting and encouraging me with moral and practical support. In the second, things worsened and the seriousness of my condition became painfully clear. I had to focus on keeping my body alive and only my wife and father could visit me. I had to reserve every milligram of my mental strength to maintain my own condition, something completely new to me. In the same time I had to accept that I was taken care of, for that very same reason. This was all to keep my body from passing away...

At February 11 I was driven to a larger hospital where I spent the night, woke up at 6 am the next day and went "under the knife" about 90 minutes later. Some 24+ hours further on I was taken from the Intensive Care unit and was driven back to my hometown by ambulance the next Monday, February 16. Jah had blessed me with a quicker-than-average recovery and so I was released yesterday, February 18.

All of this leaves me in this current situation. Truly a time wherein the words "He Maketh Me To Lay Down" translate directly to my current condition, especially where it relates to this work on the Dubroom and "Planet Reggae". I still have to give most of my strength and energy to recovering. I know what I have to do, I have a very strong support base and some of the best and finest medical people to assist me in this process. This is a process, a project in which my body has to get fit so that my soul and spirit can do the things I'm supposed to do.

I'm not afraid for physical death. I've seen death in the face before. In fact, I know for a fact that the only reason I am not with Him in Zion already is because He wants to use me in this physical realm. For what, I don't know. That's not my business. It is my business to keep this body alive in every way possible. This rest and blessing is my drive to stay alive, not the fear of death itself. I wish that very same rest and blessing to you too, whoever you are and in whatever situation you are. 

Let me conclude this little report by saying that I do not have any plans other than to do what I can when I can. There is always a lot to do, but I haven't got any idea when I'll be working on what. After all, when my body isn't able to function there's very little I can do anyway...

One Love,
Messian Dread

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Has Arrived...

2015 HAS ARRIVED
MESSIAN DREAD UPDATE JANUARY 6 2015

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WWW, January 2015 - After a turbulent year both personal and in the musical field, this brand new year 2015 started nice and quiet. A New Year's greeting and update from the Dubroom webmaster.

A year ago, I was and was not looking forward to the upcoming year. It was around this day, that we've entered into a legal procedure which we knew would take about a year before it's completion. A very necessary procedure that would provide us with a much more stable living situation. We knew we had to go all through that 2014 in order to reach 2015 wherein this stable situation would be a fact. And yes, it is a fact. Thanks to Jah.

For me, personally, this means that we here have reached a situation where I -and others- have been working to establish in a seven yearlong process. After seven years, I can finally testify that Jah is good and what He promises comes to pass. 

So yes, a happy new year every body!

I've been quite productive musically during that final year 2014, a thing which I hopefully will be continuating in the upcoming year. For sure is that I'm scheduled to play music January 31 during JAH SESSIONS in my local home town of Drachten in the Netherlands. Another thing in the planning is to purchase a reverb and delay for use in a new studio set up. 

Pretty soon I'll start up the diesel engines again and begin to release more music, mixes, reviews and tutorials.

For now, I'm enjoying the vibe in this first year of what could be called a newly found freedom, the freedom to live the life I love and love the life I live. 

Not alone, in case you wondered. 

One Love,
Messian Dread

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Messian Dread - Dub Whyze (Dubroom Net Label Release)

MESSIAN DREAD - DUB WHYZE
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WWW, November 2014 - The urban, futuristic atmosphere of this release is depicted in the art work that comes with it. Over ten minutes of deep Dub created from two brand new original Dubroom riddims: here is Dub Whyze!

In many ways, this release marks the beginning of yet another change in the Dubroom's studio. With the recent arrival of Propellerhead's Reason 8.0 music production software and the Dubroom's in-depth coverage of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) came changes for the way the music is actually produced. Those who follow the Dubroom recently will have noticed all this coverage as it was the sole focus of the Dubroom throughout the months October and November in this 2014. Several tracks have been created and put on You Tube as part of this coverage, but Dub Whyze is the first official release from the Dubroom's Net Label.

Both tracks have an effect on the vocals that is, to say the least, highly controversial. It works on the vocal and gives it a different melody. The effect is called "Auto Tune" and much is said about it. Some claim it can turn the worst voice into the best singer but that's not the way it's used in this release. As with everything in Dub, effects are there to be noticed and not to cover up anything. Love it or like it, but the effect does give a special vibe to the overall mix and in itself justifies the cover art.

No need for any further tech-know? Here's two tracks for your musical pleasure.

TRACK DESCRIPTIONS

Murderation YY

The tempo is slow, drum and bass lay down a heavy line: When You Hear This One It's Serious. From start to end, that is. In a cool and dreadly pace that should not be underestimated. Horns, guitars and other instruments drop in and out as they get totally transformed by the multitude of effects and detailed mixing work. A Dub with a deeper meaning for real. 

Urban Poison

The city without pity. For a dread it can be hard to dwell in it. Keeping your roots and culture where they should be is often made impossible by a multitude of rules, regulations and repression. That's what this track is all about. A steppers drum with a bassline that says a thing or two, instruments and echo's get splattered into a million pieces like breaking glass: another hard hitting Dub from the Dubroom studio and net label.

TRACKS

1. Messian Dread - Murderation YY (5:15) (320Kbps MP3)
2. Messian Dread - Urban Poison (5:14) (320Kbps MP3)

Please do not re-publish the actual music, because unlike Dubroom releases before 2014, this release is © Messian Dread/Dubroom. Available for free: 128 Kbps/320 Kbps MP3 Files, CD Quality Wave Audio.

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