One Minute Silence – I wear my skin (Leaping Ahead #76)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #76: 160316

[A song with a good video (2)]

I wear my skin like it’s not a problem
Or is it a problem for you?
My past writes the page I walk on

This is a perfect match of video to song. The lyrics, vocalist’s stoic ‘turning of face to the wind’, the vibrant, ethereal power of the tune, the dark brooding mass as Yap struggles against a suited crowd.

Read want you want into what’s being said here – I’m sure there are many variations. But to me, this is about having a voice and not being afraid to use it. It’s about being proud of who you are as an individual and not giving a toss about what anyone else thinks; it’s what’s inside that really matters, not outward appearance and, when all is said and done, that alone will hold up as the single truth.

Suffice to say, this is a favourite song of mine.

And now the 90s #1 – 1990

Jemtunes has worked its way through the 70s and the 80s and today starts with the 90s. Over the next ten days or so, I’ll be featuring a track from an album released in each year of the decade. Some days there’ll be some narrative behind the album; other days behind the track; others behind both; and sometimes just a vid of the track on its own.


And to kick things off we have “Pornograffiti”, the second studio album from the Boston-based group ‘Extreme’. Track choice is ‘Get the Funk Out’.

Back in 1990 I ran a church-based youth group called ‘Fusion’. Every summer we had a four-day camping retreat at a Christian conference centre with its own extensive grounds in East Sussex called ‘Ashburnham’. And every camp had its own theme song – something that was making the charts or just plain popular. Usually my choice and certainly in 1990. “Get the Funk Out” was played at as loud a volume as we could get away with many times that weekend.