Dexter Penn: London Shoot

26 Jun

I just wanted to share something. Here is footage of me doing a photoshoot in London. Very cool! http://www.dexterpenn.com

Life: All things to all people…

25 Jun

Lesson learned…Trying to be all things to all people, makes you become nothing to yourself.

What kind of selfish, self-serving, self-affirming statement is this? It is not a disclaimer for bad behaviour or a rationalisation for one’s lack of personality. I suppose this is well…the truth. The thought came to me while driving, as many of my thoughts come.

We have been socialized to be agreeable, cooperative and to play by the rules; all going against man’s innately selfish nature. This realisation has made me believe that most bad, often successful, people are not really bad, just selfish, give or take the odd sociopath.

Furthermore, as good as society-building strategies like the golden rule may be they somehow diminish the sense of self required to reach one’s full potential. I know this sounds crazy, selfishness as a means of reaching enlightenment. But think about it for a bit. How will one ever know what one truly enjoys and excels at if this is never explored?

In real terms, I can use the example of my life. I was a community oriented honour student that always played by rules set by others. It is surprisingly easy to follow a path already set out for you. But that path began to seem less fulfilling when my mind was opened to my potential greatness. In hindsight I think a greater challenge to develop a stronger sense of self, not captive by a fear of disappointing others, would have added a new dimension of strength to my character.

But I suppose one cannot be effectively challenged when one is being advised by people completely paralysed by Fear.

Which leads me to quote none other than Ms. Lily Rose Allen.

“The Fear”

“I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore

And I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore

When do you think it will all become clear?

Cause I’m being taken over by the fear “

Clever and insightful eh? Lily really needs to get more credit for her insightful lyrics and me I need another drink! 😉

Here is Lily performing “The Fear” live! Support her music and purchase her fantastic album It’s Not Me, It’s You on iTunes today!

Hello from Barbados

25 Jun

Well this is just a little good day mate post!

I happen to live in Barbados and just wanted to say hello y’all! 😀 Here are some photos I took.

Check me out @ http://www.dexterpenn.com.

Cheers!

Video: Robyn “Dancing On My Own”

24 Jun

Single off Boddy Talk Pt. 1 “Dancing On My Own” I think most people can relate to this song. Watching the one you really like dancing and kissing someone else and no matter what you do you end up dancing on your own. “So far away but yet so near But you don’t see me standing here.” I think the video is great! I can feel myself in the party. Another fantastic electro-pop tune from one of my absolute favourites. Robyn!

Stuff I Like…Janelle Monáe

24 Jun

Janelle Monáe (1st December, 1985 – Present)

She is the ultimate artist totally immersed in her art from its inception. I fell in love with her work after Suite I of her Metropolis project came out in 2007 and was re-relased by Bad Boy Records in 2008. Janelle Monáe transcends genre as her unique mix of soul, hip hop, classical and pop creates an addictive confection for the ears.

I love the aesthetic and concept. Robots in the future controlled by humans as soulless mind controlled slaves. However, Cindy Mayweather, an android, falls in love with a human, Anthony. This is not allowed and she has to escape immediate disassembly. While on the run she discovers something about herself, not only does she have a soul, but she is ONE, The ArchAndroid. The one who will bring the truth that will break the  constraints of society and allow the mind controlled masses to be delivered to true enlightenment.

I know sounds a bit heavy but this is incredible musical artistry and Janelle’s voice is amazing!  The story telling and social commentary make this a powerful album.

Nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist 2009 Monáe is poised to change the world of music with her passionate vocals and awe inspiring performances.

For your viewing pleasure here is “Tightrope” the lead single from Metropolis Suites II and II: The ArchAndroid. Buy the Album on iTunes now!

Rainy London

13 Nov

 

Rainy night in London

 

 

Halloween in London!

1 Nov

So we went out to a really cool party in East London which was pretty much like this music video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFlSYezzxU4 🙂 It was amazing! Really cool music in a basement. They played eletropop, dancehall, zouk and house. Imagine I danced to the Dutty Wine dressed as a sailor in London! lol

I am a sailor boy!

Photos from our Halloween romp!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexpenn/sets/72157622708747414/