Fred Hostetler

Music

You Don't Know What You Don't Know

by Fred Hostetler

Released 2019
Mukthiland Records
Released 2019
Mukthiland Records
A funky bluesy rocker with 'get down' bass and guitars alongside an evocative lyric and stirring vocal creates a biting commentary on 'me first' culture.
NOTES
Lyric writing can be very tedious, but this was one of those rare moments when it was really fun and emerged mostly spontaneously over a simple guitar line. It was like going back to the source, a refreshing experience on the barren wastelands of present day galloping individualism, which oddly enough is the inspiration for penning this piece. We live in a world of 'I and mine'. We have blind spots in the way we see things and ourselves that damage society and endanger the earth herself. We are unaware of our own ignorance.
We don't know what we don't know. In fact, we cannot know because of the confusion and control caused by corporate greed, political powers, and just downright selfishness. Screens, devices, and modern urban life are confusing and distracting us, separating us from our own nature. In danger of losing our way, we are trying to drive a broken machine down a pot-holed road to nowhere (or worse). That sentence reminds me of AC/DC's song 'Highway to Hell'.
Who are we and where are we going? "The trouble is… you don't know. You don't know what you don’t know. We might all be swept away." So pay attention. Be aware. There is inner and outer work to be done. Pay attention to what you say, what you do. Be mindful. Peace. (Fred Hostetler)