I Only Own My Mind

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In 1637 they had Descartes - " I think therefore I am".  From the 1990's on - We had PEARL JAM. "I only own my mind" 

O.k Admittedly I was a late bloomer when it came to the alternative or grunge movement of the 90's where bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden all spawned from the Seattle Music scene where having a massive impact on youth culture and how we identified ourselves then and to a larger extent some of the influences on how we view ourselves now.

To an outsider at the time - the music may have seemed to have been nothing more than teenage angst.  However there was an underlying core shift in philosophy and even poetry in a large majority of the lyrics and musicianship. 

The lyrics "I only own my mind"  - from the Pearl Jam song "I am mine" which was released in 2002 showcase perfectly the depth of meaning music that came out of the 90's music movement. 

"The selfish, they're all standing in line
Faithing and hoping to buy themselves time
Me, I figure as each breath goes by
I only own my mind
North is to South what the clock is to time  
There's east and there's west and there's everywhere life
I know I was born and I know that I'll die
In between is mine
I am mine"

As Adults now in our late 30's or 40's the majority of us now have moved through the phases of Careers, Marriage, Family and there is still something fundamentally impactful about this music. Potentially because of the time of our lives that this music came out but just as likely it is the fundamental philosophy and vibe that this music spoke to both then and now.


In 1995 I was an exchange student in Brazil having my horizons expanded far beyond the borders of life in New Zealand.  During that same time my husband John was well and truly in trenched in the alternative music scene.  It was March 25th and PEARL JAM where on Tour : 

If you can't see the video on screen click here to view it on YouTube

Thanks for sharing our walk down memory lane.  "I only own my mind" - So very powerful. Thanks again for staying tuned.  Feel free to comment below and share your experiences of music and it's influence in your life.

As an extra treat, we managed to dig up a video on YouTube from that very concert, showing Tim and Neil Finn coming out on stage and playing with Pearl Jam. Enjoy.