As I was beginning to write this post the guitar riff from "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" popped into my head...
The Rolling Stones had a huge hit record called "Satisfaction". It was a rock'n'roll record but the songwriting in it, to me, is the epitome of the blues (and, I know, obviously rock'n'roll comes from the blues but whatever). Mick Jagger sung a whole song about how he was unsatisfied with things he thought could and should satisfy him, but failed to.
I wouldn't say I was inspired by this song at all actually with creating the song "Bliss of Satisfaction" but I do think the songs come from similar places. To me the "Satisfaction" song by the Rolling Stones is written from the perspective of an average Joe living life the way we are taught or modeled to live and being unsatisfied with it.
The song "Bliss of Satisfaction" takes the opposite approach. It is strictly from the perspective of being satisfied, and dealing or coming in contact with unfulfilled/unsatisfied/unhappy people. This also plays into the "Freezing In Hell" theme as well from the aspect of chillin', coolin', or positively relaxing, keeping your couth, etc.
I probably was walking around with the "Bliss of Satisfaction" song in my head for at least 6 months before I ever recorded it, as weird as that is to say.
I usually try to get songs out and recorded if I have them in my head once I feel they are finished and ready to go… However there was a structural conflict I had with the way the beat was arranged. Luckily I did figure it out with no changes needing to be made to the beat which was also beautifully produced by Grim Delarosa.
I got the beat off a beat tape I had from Grim Delarosa. The beat that I used for "Bliss of Satisfaction" stood out to me immediately because it was different from all the other beats on the tape. It was relaxing; smooth yet still had the 808 trap sound in the beat, which I usually shy away from, but was highly enticing in this situation.
The idea behind the song anchors from the phrase "Ignorance is Bliss". Over the last few years I've had an extreme change of mind about this phrase. I originally did not believe ignorance was blissful, but I've found that indeed it is. In fact, I'll take it a step further and say that I agree more with the phrase "Ignorance is power".
There is a lot of comfort to be had in not knowing. Information can be burdensome…information comes with responsibility. To not know information is to be free of that.
Let's use art in general as an example. If an artist of any kind is ignorant to a particular style of art, he can freely create without the laws or rules that may be commonly pressed upon artists who know and acknowledge these rules. Lacking understanding of something as simple as why a style may have been created allows an artist to create without this particular burden….
As another example, let's say a person has little to no idea or concept of global warming nor do they care to know anything about global warming. They are free from the burden of thinking about the effects of global warming in their own actions as well as others' actions in and around the environment.
Whereas someone who is well informed about global warming receives the stress of it to some degree when they acknowledge the weather may be different or acting crazy; they now have knowledge about these effects. A person ignorant of global warming would probably see crazy weather simply as crazy weather that will pass…like weather normally does.
This song also plays into the idea that we tend to look outside of ourselves for validation, appreciation, and value which all sums up to having what we think is happiness for ourselves.
In this society today I feel we are groomed to not be content with our own selves in this world. Which easily allows us to have voids in our lives that need to be filled and will never fully be filled because nothing will ever be enough.
You always want more until you don't have anything left to be grateful for, and find yourself at the mercy of your pride. You let yourself become greedy, even for things which may have no value at all, because you're feeding into what you believe makes you "happy".
I personally don't think there is anything wrong with wanting more in life. The problem occurs when you're not thankful and appreciative for what you have. Not so much in the material sense alone, but as yourself. who you are.
By not doing this I believe you can actually cheat yourself out of your own joy because you're seeking things outside of yourself to fulfill happiness, instead of using the power within yourself of yourself to make your own happiness, which is all the fulfillment you ever really need in life.
Since I've been putting out projects, being content is something I've had to learn to be for many reasons. Putting together a project in general from a producer aspect has its stresses.
There are things you are constantly trying to achieve and being unhappy at any time during this process never works in your favor. It's equivalent to working against yourself. Not being able to be content in songwriting for me would most likely kill the entire process. I want to write and record as many songs as possible, but by being happy or satisfied with all the work I have done, including my flaws, helps me do everything I plan on doing and having a better plan of doing it.
I can learn from the things I know I need improvement in and knowing that I gave my best effort gives me energy to improve for the future.
I haven't always believed this, but I now believe that every person is responsible for their own happiness. Right now, being focused on my goals is what makes me happy; anything or anyone who interferes with that is something I choose to block out, ‘cause bullshit ain't making me happy. Simple.
Doing what you want to do and doing what makes you happy helps with being content because even when you are engaged in things you want to do, you still are not free from the rough patches that come with them. It's a lot easier to deal with the rough patches in something you want to do versus something you don't. I've also found that you are personally able to use your past accomplishments as a support system when everything isn't sunshine and roses.
To be content with what you were able to accomplish pushes you forward. If you are doing something you don't want to do obviously there is no future with it.
Being content means that I want to do productive things with my artwork, but that I'm okay with being small time at the moment. In the meantime I am constantly working out the kinks to improve for my future projects as well as advancing in skill.
Learning to be grateful for everything, especially if you practice a craft, helps you grow and be better as an artist and a person. Being grateful also runs with appreciation. Appreciate your art as well as art from other artist.
Finding the good in every artist and art style is positive reinforcement. All art may not be your cup of tea, but to just spot the bad things or state your dislike in and about art is comparable to finding the worst in yourself.
In this song I use the "Bliss of Satisfaction" kind of like selling a drug...in fact it's a very bad sales pitch from the aspect of "I'll let you experience it one time but you can't have it"
No amount of money could allow you to buy this. Happiness is a drug and everyone needs their hits. Some people take dirty hits finding satisfaction at the cost of others' expense, while some like clean hits.
Satisfaction is something that is also obtainable yet unobtainable. I believe everyone naturally has the ability to be happy. It's a matter of choice; you have to choose to be happy. Choosing to be happy is to be happy for yourself and by yourself, not through other means such as people or things. In a consumer world we are taught happiness can be bought.
To continue the random-ness, I never thought of it but when you have to actually type out "The Rolling Stones" a couple times it made me wonder why the name? Thanks to Google I just found out they named their band after the Muddy Waters Song "Rollin Stone" kind of having a "Duh" moment right now…so yea…about that blues reference earlier… and that's the bliss of satisfaction.