Baluja IX: The System, consists of 9 tracks that were written, recorded, and produced at my home studio in West Tampa during the year 2011. Please listen in, and if you hear something you like, share it with a friend.
Here's a brief summary of each song:
The title track touches on a common theme: the loss of identity that we encounter when we become entrenched in "The System". Pick a number...stand in line...join the crowd...follow the leader. The isolation and alienation that overwhelm us at times is an unavoidable byproduct of growing up in an advanced technological society, one that stresses conformity over individuality, and these problems become more prevalent with each successive generation.
"Invisible" is about those who suffer as a result of the blinders that we walk around with to avoid dealing with the world's problems. Poverty, homelessness, crime, mental illness... they continue to fester under a cloak of indifference.
"Monsters in the Closet" addresses the weaknesses and imperfections that we must all learn to live with in our society, as well as in our own homes. Monsters don't discriminate. Rich or poor, black or white, Catholic or Islamic...they find their way into our lives, and once they do, they are very difficult to get rid of.
"Hello My Amigo" is about the fortitude of the human spirit in the face of mind boggling changes. Set to a friendly reunion, the narrator reflects on his hometown, which has undergone a major facelift. His sense of alienation is offset by the bond of friendship that he and his guest share.
Also included on the CD are several songs that are the result of new and/or renewed relationships established on Facebook. Among those entries is "I Remember Tampa", which was inspired by the many treasured stories that were being shared during the first season of The Tampa Natives Show, a local live call-in program that focuses on preserving the city's history by sharing memories of growing up in Tampa. It would ultimately become the show's theme song.
"Victim2Survivor" was written after I was introduced to a wonderful organization, Victims2Survivors, which strives to create awareness and support for those who are affected by sexual abuse and domestic violence.
"Lisa's Song" was written for a close, childhood friend who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I wanted to create an uplifting testament to her warm and vibrant personality. It focuses on the healing power of love and friendship.
Finally, the two lighter tracks: Picnic Island, which stresses the benefits of taking time out to relax and bond with your family...and "Our Last Credit Card Christmas", which pokes fun at the debt crisis most of us are experiencing these days.
Hopefully, you will enjoy some of these tracks. If so, please feel free to share them on the web. Also, there is a pictorial video for most of these songs on YouTube, under Baluja123.
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