Certain songs have a poetic rhythm of Earthly dialogue. A language which is experienced and felt by those who are sensitive to the hidden patterns and syncopations of Earth’s dances. Dances, celebrating her heartbeat. It is nourishing, nutritional, intimate, and a temple of secrecy. With this conversation, hardened, emotional barriers must be shattered. You must be sensitive and vulnerable. Emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, you become nude. And, when you bring this nudity to a musical and artistic level, you are restored. Bare. Exposed. Embracing perfections and imperfections of the flesh and its Spiritual illumination. Truth becomes a beautiful painting. And, you are embraced in the wholeness of your existence in Earth’s decor.
The song, “Way Gone,” (one of the treasures from his latest album) is a restoration for masculinity and intimacy. It is catered to and supported by the fluidity of the guitar; whose rhythm, acoustics, and texture creates a flowing dynamic, catered to water’s ripples. Closing your eyes, you can imagine the silkened movement of water’s artistry. Healing, caressing, and nourishing those life forms, wishing to engage with her. The texture of the song are the passions of harmony and peace. An elegance of man’s release and ability to be guided into Earth’s vegetation, while relaxing next to her waters. Rotimi’s vocal artistry is representative of the orator. Symbolic of those men, who are willing to let go. Surrendering their minds, bodies, and Spirits to the nurture of an authentic, feminine presence. Willing to release control, the ego, and being open to a healing intimacy. A therapy, where men have decided to gain a higher version of self. Once men become involved in that space, and place, of being healed with feminine ecstasy, they are liberated and free from the constraints of pseudo-masculinity. That form of manhood which denies them their natural right to taste her waters, lay in the comforts of her soiling, and eat of her fruits.
One of the beautiful aesthetics of this song, and Rotimi’s presence in it, are the lyrics. The articulation of a man, in love with a woman, being attuned to the sensory, and using that to partake in adventures and wonders with a woman in feminine aesthetics. In harmony with the complementation of feminine and masculine principles, true love arises.
The authenticity of “Way Gone,” is a jeweled ballad for man, to go bare. No secrets. No lies. No other personas. No coverings of one’s bareness. Laying there. Nude. Being healed in one’s mental, emotional, and spiritual nudity. There is nothing to hide because you cannot hide what has been revealed. And, it is the exposure, that leads to liberation and celebration. Its beautiful. Its poetic. Its love. Self-love. A selfless love. And, in turn, running into the naturalness of it all; aligning with truth’s salacious nectar.
If we really want to, go there, we can also interpret “Way Gone,” as a poetic lullaby to love. A lullaby in going to that hidden place. A place and space few have journeyed to, but one that becomes “visible,” when a man finds a woman, who has already connected to. . .that place. That area of elevation (artistically, spiritually, and mentally), only spoken about in fairytales. Only this time, that fiction is housed in the worlds of reality.
Another auspicious insight into “Way Gone,” relates to the R&B energy and genre-heard in Rotimi’s voice. One of the perfumes found in the Blackened gardens of US soiling. A scent of having gone into blackened glitter, as it is sprinkled across bluish-green waters, with hints of golden yellows. Rotimi’s Nigerian, Igbo, and Yoruba spatial patterns of having gone into such watery gardens, leaving his footprints in Black American soiling, is evident in “Way Gone.” And yet, he too, comes from cultural gardens of waters. Lathered between these two worlds, balance whispers. Healing takes place and this masculine being is. . .re-born.
In today’s fast-paced, globalized world, it is highly crucial for men to go through a spiritual re-birth with women. And, vice versa, of course! We can articulate that men’s removal from the natural connection, balance, and healthy stimulation to the feminine is one of the causes of stress, mental health disorders, and unhealthy lifestyles for men. Men are not living as long as women. Overworked and distressed. There has to be another way for men to be. And, of course, love and intimacy is the key!
For men to be re-born in a new understanding of intimacy, and how they connect with the feminine. . .is revolutionary. Its nutritious and brings a healthier image to the masculine form. Singer, actor, songwriter, and businessman, Rotimi, makes this very evident. “Way Gone” is just one of the therapies in highlighting such. Going to that special place, lyrically in his song, has illuminated this part of his persona. It is a gift and challenge for other men to partake in this adventure, with that special feminine persona of water. Drinking of Earth’s nectar, and allowing one to be guided to that world of spiritual nudity in this every day phenomenon, called. . .life. Because after we have gone into that place, we are way in. . .with Love!