Lenovo ThinkPad W530
Before getting into the subject of this post, I would like to say something: As of late, I haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I wanted. The reason is because I been very busy taking care of some personal stuff, along with career-related stuff (in fact, it took me a while to finish the material that I made for this post). There have been a lot of things going on in my personal life since the beginning of the year that have made a huge impact – and for the better. This has been a big year for me so far and lets just say that what has happened to me as of late marks the beginning of something new. Something that has been missing my whole life, which took me until this year to find, and that has profoundly affected me. (I might just have to post something at the end of the year about this.) Things are starting to calm down but there is still some work to be done.
So with that out of the way, and before getting to the material that’s at the center of this post, I’m gong to talk about the lyrics a bit. First of all, this song will be on my Lenovo-related, mixtape project called “The Lenovo Album“. The song is about/for – you guessed it – the ThinkPad W530. What inspired me to write the material that’s in the song was the issue/controversy over the new layout of the ThinkPad keyboards. I personified (by using the anthropomorphism technique) the W530 to let everyone know how it would feel about the (senseless) criticism its been getting over the new keyboard layout, if it were a human being. This is also a reflection of me and how I feel about this issue (you’re going to see that I feel quite strongly about the rejection of the new keyboard layout by some ThinkPad fans – mostly “old-school” ThinkPadders).
I realize that this song may be a bit controversial to some, just because of the controversy surrounding the new keyboard layout, and I accept that. I know that there some people that are going to have mixed feelings about it, but it needs to be said. This song is also something that I’ve never done before: In the past, when I would write songs about ThinkPads/Lenovo PCs, it would talk about the specs (most notably on “ThinkPad W510” and “ThinkPad L Series“, the latter which I’m going to re-make for “The Lenovo Album”) or the stuff they can do (most notably on “ThinkPad W520“). But for this song, I decided to use anthropomorphism to bring the W530 to ‘life’ and let it do the talking. So as a result, this is more like a personal (rap) song, with me using an alter-ego to tell my story (and this song definitely felt more personal).
Lastly, I attempted to use a more complex rhyme-scheme than in my previous lyric, “ThinkPad W520“. I have really been attempting to improve my rap skills as of late and I am making good progress, but I still have some way to go before I truly master the skill, as I am still new to this – so don’t expect ‘perfection’ (but I can guarantee you that I’m working on it and am fully committed to further improving). All I can say is, I tried my best, and I’ll keep writing to improve.
Overall, this song tells the story of a young man who’s on the rise and as a result of this he now has greater opportunities, which he is using to do bigger and better things. He is really enjoying these new opportunities and worked hard for them. But along the way, he has to deal rejection and (senseless) criticism from some people that he’s known for a long time, who think that his newfound fame and fortune are going to his head, just because of the ‘bigger and better’ things that he’s doing (i.e. the new keyboard layout). In reality, this isn’t true and doesn’t tell the whole story (it doesn’t even tell the real story!) – those folks are either jealous or slow to accept change, but the thing they all have in common is that they’re all being ignorant. He makes it loud and clear that he’s not going to get bogged down by their dogma, pessimism, ignorance, and jealousy – he’s going to do what he feels is right for him, since only he knows what’s best for him. He’s going to use his haters to keep doing what he’s doing.
So now that I have gotten that over with, here are the lyrics to my song, “ThinkPad W530”:
by Eli Turner
The W series is back with a bang
It’s the W530 all up in this track
The People’s champ, aiming for the cup, never having a doubt
Just cruisin’ along, movin’ and groovin’, but never slacking off
It’s all been good lately, been livin’ the high life
Been getting’ attention that I’d never thought I would get but deserved
I’ve been feelin’ grateful and thankful for what I have
But lately I”ve been feelin’ some resentment towards some people
Ever since I got this big, I’ve been able to go out and about
Upgraded to some new swag, namely a new keyboard with a new layout
But not everyone gets what I’m doing and they seem to be stuck in a box
So lately I been gettin’ some lame hate mail in my inbox
I’ve must’ve had really messed up this time
‘Cause people keep tellin’ me that I’ve destroyed my heritage
They’re tellin’ me that I”ve changed, that I’m not the same guy from last year
But despite this I feel alright, they’ve got nothin’ on me, I’ll make them dissapear
I’m the undisputed king of my kingdom, there’s no doubt about it
Just ask my acquaintances, they’ll tell you the same, so don’t fool with me
Your hatred and senseless words have nothing on me
So think twice before you say something and say it right
Recently, some knucklehead had the decency to to diss on me
Accuin’ me of abandoning my heritage
They be sayin’ that I’m killing everything I’ve earned and worked for
That the fame and the power are changin’ me for the worse
Look, I’m a visionary, I don’t need to listen to your nonsense
I’m all about my business, so mind your own, nosey
Your jealousy will get you nowhere and your ignorance makes you dumb
So if I were you I would back off before bitting my thumb
Just sit back and witness a superstar in the making
I’m about to leave you in the dust, baking and aching
So if you ain’t gonna be a part of this then just disapear
‘Cause I’m about to vanish you into the clear