Have you ever turned to music to hear someone who gets it? A voice that totally understands what you’re feeling and puts it into words better than you ever could? Don’t we all? But sometimes, don’t you just wish an artist would sing it how it is without all the abstract, vague references to unspoken feelings?
AJJ (Formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is one of those artists who just gets it. He blatantly sings about issues that everyone can relate to. He touches on everything from how much growing up sucks, to how much your ex sucks, to how much the world sucks.
1. The world sucks sometimes and so do humans, but that’s normal.
“How is the world so small when the world is so large. And who made the world, could I please speak to who’s in charge.” – “People II: The Reckoning”
This song sums it all up. People are flawed and the world is flawed. AJJ lets us know that yeah, we’re all a little messed up, but it’s okay. It’s okay to be messed up and it’s okay to be angry sometimes because we’re all human. I respect this message. Listening to this song also makes me feel better about some of my bad habits… like eating an obscene amount of cheese balls every time I get stressed out.
2. Growing up really f***ing sucks.
“Growing up really f***ing sucks. I want to fall in love but I don’t love anybody. But I’m afraid I don’t care.” – “Growing Up”
I don’t know a single soul who hasn’t identified with that statement at one point or another in their life. Personally, I identify with that statement right now. Growing up sucks. You keep getting older and you have all these responsibilities and your family wants you to be in love – but what if you aren’t? It’s enough to make you want to lay on the floor and reevaluate your life, because sometimes that’s just what it comes to.
3. Life is too short to be sad all the time.
“Let’s make the most of it, ’cause life’s too short to f**k with.” – Jesus Saves
In this song, AJJ recognizes that we all get sad sometimes. As much as it would be easy to sit and cry about it, life is simply too short for that. Yes, we all get sad or get down on ourselves. But so what? We can’t waste our time being upset or feeling hopeless or else we’ll “rot away” without really living our lives. Pick yourself up, get over it and move on. Also, eat chocolate and watch sitcoms. Do whatever it is that is good for your soul.
“People are people regardless of anything. I have faith in my fellow man, and I only hope that he has faith in me.” – “People”
People are people regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, income, background or ANYTHING for that matter. AJJ recognizes that people can be hateful, inconsiderate and unfair. But you’re special, I’m special, we are all special. We need to believe in one another. We are, essentially, all the same in our differences. Now go hug someone.
5. Everyone on this earth is a family. ❤️
“We are all one big band across this land and we should sing in tune.” – “No More Tears”
This one doesn’t need an explanation. We all need to recognize we are one big happy family. Love wins.
If you identified with any of these reasons why AJJ just gets it, then you’ll enjoy listening to them at Rose Music Hall tonight.
This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.