Masada Sunrise: Swinging between Hopes and Fears

Alpha Blondy – Masada

Lyrics of Alpha Blondy’s Masada

Sleep by the Dead Sea
And rise up with the birds from the hills
And clean up my sins while the birds sing

I’m gonna walk up to the top of the rock of sacrifice
‘Cause I know now life ain’t no dice
Yes, I know now life is a sacrifice
And I know now life is a sacrifice

Witness the rising sun from Masada
Witness Jah rising sun now from Masada
I’m gonna witness the rising sun from Masada
Witness Jah rising sun now from Masada

Sleep by the Dead Sea
And rise up with the birds from the hills
And clean up my sins while the birds sing

I’m gonna climb up to the top of the rock of sacrifice
‘Cause I know now the Lord had comforted His people
Yes, the Lord had comforted His people
Yes, the Lord had comforted His people

Witness the rising sun from Masada

Witness Jah rising sun now from Masada
I’m gonna witness the rising sun from Masada
Witness Jah rising sun now from Masada
Yes, from Masada, song from Masada

Elohim yevarech ete Masada
Yevarech, elohim ete Masada
Elohim yevarech ete Masada
Yevarech, elohim ete Masada
Elohim yevarech ete Masada
Yevarech, elohim ete Masada

Witness the rising sun from Masada
Witness Jah rising sun now from Masada
I’m gonna witness the rising sun from Masada
Witness Jah rising sun now from Masada

God bless Masada, God bless Masada
God bless Masada, God bless Masada
God bless Masada

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First of all, I shared the lyrics of that beautiful song from Ivorian reggae singer Alpha Blondy. It was one of my favorite African artists of all time, whom I discovered in 1992 through another beautiful song, “Rendez-Vous”. When I heard “Masada”, at first I wasn’t very interested to know more about it, since I was mostly interested with the song only. But then, in 2014, I saw a wonderful short movie on David Guetta’s concert held in Masada in 2013, at minus 424 meters under the Dead Sea! Here is the video below, a must-seen to watch before I explain you my personal point of view about David’s experience in Masada:

David Guetta rocks Masada in new video

At the beginning of the video, we see David Guetta making some researches on his personal laptop regarding the wonderful site of Masada. Then, while walking on the site, David explains us about the history of Masada, which was described as a symbol of resistance and a refuge for the Jewish people against the Roman invasion. But according to Wikipedia, before the conflict between the Jews and the Romans, it was captured by Herod the Great, and Masada was used as a refuge against the enemy as well.

As long as the video goes on, David Guetta is preparing his concert, and at the same time, tickets are sold to millions of Israeli youngsters, who were rejoicing and jubilating to see David Guetta in concert in such a wonderful place. As well as they were yelling with joy on their way from Jerusalem to Masada, David Guetta expressed some fears during the preparation of his concert. He feared about any incidents which could occur during the concert, such as altercations with his fans, some technical problems which could occur in such a desert place, etc. But finally, the concert became a huge success, the contact David had with his fans and with his team was magic, and that concert became one of the biggest successes of all time among all the concerts performed by David Guetta worldwide during his whole career.

David Guetta himself descends from a Jewish father, though born in France. That experience in Masada, though he doesn’t mention it in any of his interviews, was a way for him to reconnect with his native roots as a descendant from Israel, as a Jew. David Guetta experienced the human warmth of that young and generous mass of fans who connected completely with him during his concert. We may say that this concert was also a way for David to rejuvenate and to make a return on himself.

Before that concert, an incident happened, as per an article published in July 2013, regarding a wrong manipulation from David Guetta during a concert. On that day, he pressed the wrong button, in which instead of one of his songs, there was a recorded CD where he related a story regarding his problems with chorophobia, which is a fear of dancing. He had then to apologise for that incident, but the story became viral and even attracted mostly his haters. By the same way, David Guetta had to face another demon during that same period: His divorce with his long-term wife Cathy Guetta, which was mostly caused by quarantine crisis he was facing and which brought tensions in their marriage life after 25 years spent together. Despite that separation, Cathy mentioned in an interview that despite all she had been living a wonderful story together with him and that she gave him everything. The reason behind that brutal separation though was about David, who was facing, at 46 years old, the quarantine crisis and moments of huge fears in his life, as per another interview David personally gave to give the reason of their separation.

After some difficult moments like those ones, David found the courage to rise again, and he expressed it through the lyrics of one of his latest singles entitled “Bang My Head“, from his new album “Listen” released in November 2015. Some lyrics may have a link with his separation with Cathy, since they mention, I quote:

“The romance plot of the video runs slightly counter to the song’s original lyrics, which describe the process of finding the courage within yourself to get up after being knocked down: “Thought I lost my fight / Couldn’t find my way back home / And I found the light stepping out of me.” For Guetta in the video, though, his light comes in the form of a scrappy, yet insanely beautiful and glamorous woman.

The newly added Fetty Wap verse is perhaps the most striking feature of both the song and the video because of its possible connection to Guetta’s recent divorce from Cathy Lobé. Fetty Wap raps about the all the stress that comes with “the fans and the cameras / Different places and adventures,” noting that it all makes him “wonder if it’s worth it.” Yet despite these doubts, he (and by extension Guetta) is able to take comfort in his children, to whom he gives his “life with no thought.””

By coincidence, David Guetta has exactly the same name as King David in the Old Testament from the Holy Bible, and what is incredible is how those two Davids’ destiny look alike each other’s destinies. See that article about King David, who had everything to reign as a King, but who sinned against the Lord. He fell down, begging for God’s forgiveness, and when God accepted to forgive David and give him a second chance, David rose again and changed. That was exactly what happened to David Guetta, but in another way… And who knows whether the Massada experience was beneficial to him in the same purpose?

I wanted to use David Guetta’s example as a metaphor regarding everyone’s ascension to success. So many people keep on going upper and upper on the stairway to success, but very few fear about anything wrong which could happen to them during their ascension, and that’s why so many people fall down and very few rise again. I myself faced that situation so many times in education, material comfort and family life in general, and I fell down very badly. Today my life changed, not as brilliant as before, but with stronger steps to climb again the stairs of my life. From being a rich girl coming from a high promising school with a promising educational and professional career, I became a poor unemployed housewife totally depending on her husband’s financial situation, whereas her husband comes from a poor family but increased thanks to the effort of his hard labour. The reason behind that was that my parents always underestimated poor people, and all the mockeries they did against poor people turned against me, since I had to pay for their mockeries. But despite my descent, I am rising again little by little since I know I can count on God’s support fully, as well as for my husband a very few but sincere people in my surrounding on which I can lean on.

That’s why at times, it’s important to isolate oneself to come back on our achievements and to question ourselves again. Canadian singer Garou’s lyrics mention that “On a beau tout avoir, l’argent, l’amour, la gloire, il y a toujours un soir, ou l’on se retrouve seul, seul au point de depart” (We may have it all, money, love, fame, but there is always a night where you retrieve yourself all alone from the start line). In the video clip of his song “Seul” (Alone), Garou supports and encourages a boxing champion, who was very famous and rich, and whose life got suddenly shattered when his girlfriend suddenly decided to get away from his life. He was completely shattered, and on that day he had an important championship to take part in. But Garou encouraged and supported him thoroughly, and thanks to Garou’s support, the boxing champion won the competition with flying colors.

A maid of mine once related me the story of the eagle. The eagle, while training its baby to fly, will carry its baby for a time, and suddenly leave the baby on its own to manage flying alone. The baby will panic while trying to fly alone, until its mother will grab him again to help him. That’s how God teaches us about second chance. When we obtain a first chance in life, we always think that everything is easy until something makes us falling down and going under. It’s a test that God makes to all humans to test their faith in God in difficult moments, but very few succeed that test since their faith in God is weak. But those who believe in God firmly always rise again.

On that final note, if I chose to write that post it’s because myself I meditate a lot about myself and especially if one day, I have the chance to become a successful blogger and writer. I have tasted the bitterness of sudden failure, since I had been borrowing the wrong pathway to ascendancy, since my educational, social, cultural and family basics were not good. Due to that failure, I am forced, in real life due to the past and present circumstance, to bend under my in-laws’ and husband’s authority as I have embraced Hinduism and got married in a conservative and traditional Hindu Mauritian family. But Ekasringa Avatar, this is my own fruit. This is the real me like no one has known me before. Since the Ekasringa Avatar adventure started with creation of that blog, the sub blogs linked to it, the Google+ account I created to link it with them, I felt that something was changing and that I could finally obtain the only chance given to me to be me and to fight for making my dream of being me coming true as a freelance writer and blogger. I don’t know whether I will have the chance to become successful again after such a big failure, but I don’t lose hope nor faith. However, I remain calm and cold-minded because I don’t want to commit the same mistake again. I prefer climbing the stairs slowly but surely, and I chose to very often put myself in question. Because even though I am full of hopes and dreams in one hand, I am also full of fear in another hand since I failed.

That’s why, at the example of all those people who failed and who rose again, take them as examples in life, because as one of my friends told me once, “Those who succeeded the best in life were those who wonderfully failed in the past”. And to this, I also add that even though you become extremely successful in life, never forget from time to time, and very often if possible, to stop everything for a while to question yourself back before continuing the journey. Because every traveller has his or her moments of rest. They don’t walk endlessly. At times they stop to take some rest, to feed themselves and to relax before continuing their journey and since they know that the destination is there waiting for them and will never go away when it’s a concrete destination.

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Author: ekasringavatar

Always be yourself unless you can be a Unicorn. Then, always be a Unicorn.

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