David Okangba | We Share This World

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We Share This World

by David Okangba

EMO (Emotional Hardcore PLUS) and Autobiographical, based on Social Observation and Life Experiences...
Genre: Avant Garde: FilmBaby
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lurking in the Shadows: Rohypnol
5:21 $1.50
2. Please Don't Abuse Me: Stop It Now!
9:59 $1.50
3. We Share This World: Earth Day (Remixed)
3:38 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
My Debut Triple A-Side EP:
Track 1
'Lurking In The Shadows: ROHYPNOL!'

I wrote this song in the year 2000, but due to feeling it a bit too severe it was dropped from the subsequent album. Having had three previous partners who spoke out about being raped in the past, and one gang-raped after being drugged, I've always felt passionate about wanting to represent their situation somehow. It's a tricky subject to get right, and I could have been much more graphic, but there's a balance I think to making the subject and song impactful, but also not to try and titillate. The song preceded the narrated passages by about five years and came from a recording session I was overseeing about a sketch for Date Rape. That was a session some very pleasant young ladies at the Camborne College in Cornwall, England, were putting together for rape awareness, and kindly gave me permission to lift segments for this song.

Lyrically I know there are pointers here which if one were thinking about making a prosecution (which I hope they do), wouldn't serve well, like bathing after the event which is a no-no until one had been professionally inspected... But I chose to follow the experiences of some of those who spoke to me about their hellish ordeal, and how they responded at that time. 

I'm sure this song will draw contrary debate, but I no longer make apology for it, on a subject which all too often, gets the usual clichéd responses without the law actually changing, or treatment of the victims being improved a whole lot. And this does need to change! I am also aware that men get raped too, so I am pleased to step forward on both sides and hopefully, even if this attempt only offers discussion, then my mission will bear fruit I hope!

I have much more to say about this within the autobiography of course, and this was to have been - and still might be - part of a free audio insert at the rear of the completed book. It would be interesting to see how somebody else might interpret this subject matter musically? But for my payback, I've settled on an afterlife kind of resolution for the perpetrators, and wishing them to "Hell" as a riposte to their ill deeds... As an additional note, I'm also the Mr Limpopo who wrote the review as seen in the footage elsewhere.

My Debut Triple A-Side EP:
Track 2
'Please Don't Abuse Me: STOP IT NOW!'

Again I wrote this song around the year 2000, but although along with 'Lurking In The Shadows', never quite had the courage to include it on the later set lists, is probably one of the most visceral compositions I've so far put together. I'd always intended this to be the very first single, but after being venomously savaged about this song by a veteran counsellor who worked for a well-known mental health charity, shelved it and took to my bed for the following three days. I was in a serious state of crisis myself at the time, and to others who also knew me, it would have been obvious that my very appearance was a shriek for help! However, all of these years on I still find it as pertinent as ever (unfortunately), so decided to dust it off and do a full re-record. Coming in at almost ten minutes long I still could have added twenty more verses to include gender issues, cruelty to animals and many other areas of abuse, but I'm sure one could add their own verse as appropriate.
Again this song also had to be carefully balanced so that points are made, but not diluted with a disco beat or anything which hinted at trying to be overly catchy, which never was the remit of these songs. Instead it's a full blown spilling out of the "Pain" I've felt for most of my life actually, and for those whom I've been intimate with. And contrary to that verbal attack I mentioned earlier, I now no longer make apology for a song which has always had my most honourable of empathetic intentions! I was a little wary for a while of adding the narration of a pleasant young man, who was the son of a couple who'd let me live with them whilst trying to sort myself out. But in the end, felt it supported the song OK enough, and came five years after it had originally been recorded.

Abuse does happen, and for the victim can seem totally inescapable and loaded with despair, and these story's need to be told! I'm sick to death of people pretending certain things don't happen, or that one can't say what is true for fear of being un-PC, disliked, or it jeopardizing their careers. One only has to think back to that despicable Jimmy Sir-Vile for proof of what silence achieves in the longer term. And the failure of those who also know that something very wrong has gone on, yet stay silent about it, I deplore them! When in their silence, they actually help such despicable individuals to evade "Justice". And that includes Mothers, Fathers and other family members and certain "Friends", for their misguided loyalty...
This was another song I'd intended to be a free audio insert at the rear of the completed autobiography: 'My Road To Katharsis, Where Depression Became A Friend'! I've also recently noticed that it seems almost "Hip" for a "Celebrity" to be dealing with "Depression", but like issues around rape, for us mere mortals at street level it's been going on since the dawn of time. Yet few have cared to listen because our stock isn't considered high enough to be even remotely bothered about. But with social media and better access to self-help information, that can change...
Many years ago I heard a quote in a TV documentary, and I can't repeat it often enough in the scheme of social injustice. It really could span all three of these recordings I think, and was written I believe by Primo Levi and reads:

"If you know how to relieve torment, and do nothing,
then you join the ranks of the tormentors!”

My Debut Triple A-Side EP:
Track 3
'We Share This World: EARTH DAY!' (remixed)

This song is the only one of the three which actually made the album, and is included on the debut EP more as a kind of pacifier I guess. It takes it away maybe from being a soundtrack for 'News At Ten', and hopefully adds balance to the other more deeper issues. That said, it still yells out for us to be more considerate again, this time not only of our neighbours, but for the only place we know so far, that is habitable for humankind. Planet Earth!

This song came together around 2013, and sums up the album and completes the journey from ‘Life On Lonely Street’ the opening track, right through various experiences to this finale. I also wanted to show that in spite of some of the more emotionally torrid events I've experienced, that there’s still enough left in the vault to be able to find and appreciate a love of life. And with it, still some hopefulness for the better judgement of humankind kicking in before it's all too late...

I slightly reworked this song from the album version, as I wanted a bit more harmony on the verses. I would have like to have added a children's choir along with female harmonies throughout this one, but had to settle for my own vocals which I've blended the best I can. In the end though, I’m reasonably happy with this as a final statement to both the EP and double CD, as it calls out to planet Earth and weeps into the cosmos. And with it, serves notice of my first humble, but heartfelt debut collection of songs. It may be no coincidence either that it's going to be 'Earth Day' 2018 this Sunday 22nd. And it also happens to be my 60th birthday, and never did I think I'd make it this far. From that scared little 11-year-old who was sparked into life after seeing Marc Bolan and T-Rex on Top of the Pops in 1970, and making a promise to myself that I'd be a musician when I grew up and release a single. That day has finally arrived. How joyous then! And yes, with dedication, it can be done...

Sincerely Yours

David Okangba



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