Music Monday: Can’t Stop — Addicted to the Shindig

Photo by Mohsen Masoumi

Do you have any songs that define your personality or the way you view and live life? I’m sure some of us have a few, but Can’t Stop by the Chili Peppers — or at least my interpretation of it — is the big one for me.

A few of the lyrics that stick out are…

“Choose not a life of imitation”

“This life is more than just a read thru”

“Complete the motion if you stumble”

“Knock out but boy you better come to
Don’t die you know the truth is some do
Go write your message on the pavement
Burnin’ so bright I wonder what the wave meant”

“The world I love
The tears I drop
To be part of
The wave can’t stop
Ever wonder if it’s all for you
The world I love
The trains I hop
To be part of
The wave can’t stop
Come and tell me when it’s time to”

I’m not a huge fan of music videos because of the way they replace my own mental images for a song. But I love the Can’t Stop video by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a display of who they are to the core: passionate people who dive into life but don’t take it too seriously. At all.

The visuals — the use of light, color, contrast, and movement — are amazing. They are all based on the One Minute Sculptures by Erwin Wurm.

What song resonates with the way you feel about life in general, or your life specifically?

One thought on “Music Monday: Can’t Stop — Addicted to the Shindig”

  1. Don’t laugh. I love RHCP, but had never seen a video by them (haven’t watched videos since the ’80s — WOW!). LOVE the video and they seem even cooler (if that’s possible) than before! Thanks for the share!

    =) Liz

    PS: I’m not sure her songs resonate with the way I feel about life, but I love Regina Spektor (just about everything I listen to right now). A favorite is Wallet (, another is The Genius Next Door, and I like Machine, too. They are great stories (fiction and non).

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