Sunday, March 13, 2011

!The Bohemian Lifestyle!

 The Bohemian Lifestyle: A Modern Gypsy

The mysterious bohemian, also known as the gypsy people, are often misunderstood or looked at in a bad light because of their unconventional lifestyle and refusal to settle down and completely assimilate into mainstream culture. As fast as the bohemian is here he is gone and gone with the wind for it "...blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going". (John 3:8) We do not  know why the mysterious bohemian never stays in one spot, never remains the same and never settles down. They always have to be moving whether to or away from something, whether in fear or hopeful expectation. As they move into different cultures and lands the bohemian takes on many forms and shades of black and yellow, white and orange, tan and red. As colorful as their ethnicity is so is their music ranging from Rajahsthani sounds from India to melodies and rhythms from Brazil. The bohemian are "traveling people" that bring with them the songs of their heart and like a sponge they absorb the musical riches and gems of the surrounding culture so that just as their background has evolved over time so has their music and ultimately their identity. Who is the bohemian of today, the modern gypsy?

The bohemian is "somebody who leads an alternative lifestyle...". They "...have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature, etc...". "...They are usually very creative people. They are above all optimists." The bohemian is "someone who tries to live by the ideals of truth, freedom, love, ..." and etc. The bohemians are a "movement of artists and poets". "Bohemians live in alternative spaces, these are places that are not normally considered suitable for living in." "...They believed in living outside of the conventional middle class." They "...believed that art and literature should be radical"!  The "...bohemians were politically radical"! The bohemian is " individual looked upon in society as strange and different". Often times "imagination controls a Bohemian's life...". "Bohemians care very little for money and (some) stay secluded spending their lives creating art, music and literature." "They don't make wealth their priority. Money is only a means of survival, so they can live for their arts, crafts, music and literature" and because of this "they are the coolest people out there"! (Urban Dictionary)

If you haven't noticed there has been a rising tide of interest in traveling the world among people. The world is becoming more "nomadic" as transportation allows. The world is becoming more assimilated. We are becoming a mixed breed of people more than ever so much so that the definition of race has been ripped to shreds and the delineation between black and white has been eradicated.  The world is birthing and creating new sounds of music and with its hands reaches down into the cauldron of society and brings up a "entirely different creature": the modern gypsy.

Who is the bohemian of today, the modern gypsy


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