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born on June 30, 1979,
Matthew Paul Miller, known by his Hebrew and stage name Matisyahu, is Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician... (wikipedia)
I think there is a tendency for people to get rigid and caught up in their beliefs of what is right and wrong, and they lose sight of humanity. Being human has to come first before right or wrong.
When there's light shining on a tree, that tree takes on different meaning. If there's no light at all it just looks dead. If you look at light as godly meaning, the world comes alive in a certain way.
When people feel a certain religion claims to have all the answers, that's what turns them off.
The idea that God's mercy is connected to whether or not I shave is ludicrous, and I need to just trust myself, and that, you know, if I'm deserving of God's mercy, I'll get it, regardless of, you know, my beard.
Music has always been such an amazing tool for me to access self and emotion.