by Sean
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Iraq, 1932

Busta Rhymes - "Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water On Em)" [buy]

When I blow out birthday candles later today I will wish for two things:

  1. Wisdom; and
  2. To be alive in the way that Busta Rhymes' words are alive in his throat & mouth; to be alive in the same way as those slipping, spinning, diving words, too fast to be pinned down in ink; to be too fast for painters, watercolourists, charcoalers, caricaturists, peeping typewriter-tappers; to be too fast for anyone to draw, sketch or name; no I'm loose, I'm alive, I'm 27 and wait until you get a load of this.

[photo is from Iraq, 1932; photographer unknown]

Posted by Sean at January 5, 2009 12:05 AM

happy birthday mate. poignant pic on many levels.

-black dominoes kellen

Posted by blackdominoes at January 5, 2009 5:55 AM

Happy Birthday, Sean. May the year be filled with all kinds of new adventures and experiences for you.

Posted by Jim at January 5, 2009 6:51 AM

Happy Birthday Sean !

Posted by Chryde at January 5, 2009 11:38 AM

Birthdays are the most important holidays Sean and I wish you the very best on yours.


Posted by BMR at January 5, 2009 11:41 AM

A joyous (ok, tolerable) birthday to you! You're already pretty wise for yr age, kid.

Posted by Amy at January 5, 2009 3:41 PM

bonne fete a toi, sean. I hope someone makes you a cake that looks like a castle (blue jello is gross, but it makes a great moat!)


Posted by karin at January 5, 2009 5:34 PM

whoa, where the hell was I when this jam came out??? holy smokes. Busta's still got it.

happy birthday!

Posted by Andy at January 5, 2009 9:59 PM

Happy birthday!
this song has "made it big" since.. ahem... "so you think you can dance".
it's still tight, though.
...but happy birthday! hope it's a good one!

Posted by Jen at January 7, 2009 12:20 AM

whoop! happy birthday sean.

Posted by shane at January 8, 2009 4:38 PM

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