“Hi, Ren” (The Full Series)
An Overview, A Look at Reaction Videos, and The Psychological and Spiritual Dimensions of the Genius Song “Hi, Ren”
Note: This is all three parts of my three-part series on musician Ren Gill, his musical and visual masterpiece “Hi, Ren” and the impact he is having on people. Part I is an overview, Part II is focused on the Reaction Videos to “Hi, Ren,” and Part III, examines the deeper psychological and spiritual meaning of “Hi, Ren” through the Native American concept of Wetiko (and as if that wasn’t all enough, I wrote a poem about Wetiko). There is nothing new here, this is just meant to put all three posts together for easier reading of the full series.
“Hi, Ren” Examined (Pt. 1: The Overview)
The Many Lessons of a Modern Musical Masterpiece
Introducing Ren: A Galaxy-Heart, Empathetic Genius
When I was in high school in the late 1980s and obsessed with horror fiction, especially Stephen King, I remember browsing the horror section of a bookstore and seeing a blurb on a book that read: “I have seen the future of horror and its name is Clive Barker.”
Over-the-top? Indeed. But I did buy that book, Hellraiser, and Barker was, indeed, a supremely talented writer with an extraordinary imagination.
Well, as a music connoisseur, today I’m aping that blurb to say, “I have seen the future of music and its name is Ren.”
Specifically, Ren Gill. He’s the following and so much more: a British singer-songwriter and rapper; a phenomenal guitarist; a writer of ingenious rhymes, perfectly-timed beats, and theatrical lyrics; a musical bard and a storytelling genius; a deep Soul diver and Lyme’s Disease survivor who has been through the wringer; and a singer of emotional range from the highest joys to the most crushing pains.
In some of the online worlds I inhabit, there is the concept of “galaxy-brain thinkers” such as Daniel Schmachtenberger and Jamie Wheal who are doing important work to help us make sense of our world mostly through the intellect.