sure shot* by beastie boys. i was actually going to take a detour from musicality monday today and do something different. however, when i heard the very sad news on friday of the untimely death of adam yauch (a member of the beastie boys, also known as MCA), i knew i had to feature a song by the beastie boys today. yauch passed away on friday at the very young age of 47. Cause of death hasn't been officially declared, but yauch had been battling cancer since 2009.
the beastie boys defined a genre and generation. i remember every senior in high school pumping paul revere out of their supped up volkswagon bugs or lowered honda accords. bass so thumping you could no longer hear the words to the song, but you knew it was a song by the beastie boys. the group's earlier albums were all about the party anthem, just as their young fans liked it. but, as the beastie boys and their fan base aged, their music took on heavier messages; no doubt influenced by yauch's spirituality. in 1994, yauch discovered buddhism and "was vocal about the role spiritually had played in his recovery efforts."
in an interview, yauch had this to say about his spirituality, "everything we do affects other people…every way that we interact with other people, even if it's like, you're at the store and buying something, and it's the way that you interact with the clerk at the store. EVERY action that we take has some motivation of either being selfish or altruistic. all that adds up. i've heard the dalai lama talk about how it's important to watch your thoughts. thoughts are what lead to actions. if you are striving to have more happiness in your life, it helps to guide your mind towards starting to recognize what are selfish motivations and what are constructive motivations…"
i only bring all of this up because we have talked about the power of thought and perspective many times in this space and i thought yauch's words were very fitting. rest in peace, MCA.
*going out to happenstance today! / quote source: huffington post