music autobiography

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

I was asked to share the backstory of my username “nonsensetwice” by a friend on Instagram. And how can I possibly begin to describe the whole concept of this tag that has followed me through the past several years?

Through a wild collage and my love of all things Wonderland, of course 😉

To say I’m a little obsessed with Alice in Wonderland would be to put it lightly. I have various editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; a myriad of Alice in Wonderland related coffee mugs (of course 😏); a buttload of Alice in Wonderland Disney pins; and a sleeve on my left arm consisting of a friend’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland that is in progress, among other odd memorabilia.

And why Alice in Wonderland?

Because of the nonsense, you see?!

“Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”

If you read through even a fraction of what I write about, you’ll soon realize that there’s a running theme of possibility. My favorite retort when someone says “I can’t” is “not with THAT attitude.” While the nature of Lewis Carroll’s work is disputed as far as its underlying meaning is concerned, this is for sure: the work is both ridiculous and memorable. Whether or not he meant it as an exposé on imagination, a great many readers have taken it as such - myself included - and thanks to post-structuralist thought, it is our prerogative as readers to do so. Spare me your trivial manifestos on Lewis Carroll and mathematics, I’m more interested in the wordplay, the imagery, and all of the insensibility.

It is, after all, a perfectly candid portrait of the world we create for ourselves.

Furthermore, its just plain fun! It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the things we’re bombarded with day after day after day. And in the end, I’m not interested in living a life full of stress, anxiety, and fear. Though these things affect me from time to time, they are not what I choose to identify myself with.

I want to lift people up.

I want to share my successes.

I want to look forward to each day, not in fear of it.

And I want to laugh. Oh god, I love to laugh! (Seriously, the laughing emoji is my most commonly used emoji - it holds the number one spot on my “recent” list 😂)

And so, I surround myself with the things that make me feel good:

♠️ On the very left of the collage is the Om symbol to represent my love of yoga

♠️ To the very right and upper right corner lies @bassnectarofficial’s symbol and a burst of musical notes to express my first (and always) love.

♠️ In the bottom right corner is the character Peacock from an ambitiously cheeky game called Skullgirls I’ve recently allowed to suck me in.

♠️ And of course, strewn all over and across my self-adopted symbol are allusions to my favorite book of all time.

Nonsensetwice, then: because all of the nonsense all of the time is so nice, I have to do it twice 😉

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Gucci Mane has an extensive resume. As a founding father of trap music, Mane’s been carving out the rap genre since 2001, when he put out his first underground release. Since then, he has amassed a long list of musical achievements: dozens of mixtapes, singles, collaborations and eight studio albums. And now, he’s also written a book. The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane touches on his hustle growing up and how that shaped his image as a rapper, plus the transformations that led him to where he is today.

‘The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane’: A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

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