Hog Blog- Jan. 3, 2016

Inspiration.

 

Where do we get it? How do we continue to stay inspired to do the big and small things in life? Do we need inspiration for all new goals we set or challenges we encounter? Doesn’t it seem like these blogs are me asking a butt-load of questions and never really having any definite answers? I mean, shit, even that was a friggin’ question!

 

It’s just something I’ve wondered today. This blog on the rezhogs.com site for example. What do I get from blogging? I don’t see myself as a “blogger”. So why do it? I don’t know. Something or someone must have inspired me along the way to document different thoughts and ideas for anyone to read and agree or disagree with. I’m not exactly sure who or when I was inspired, but it had to have happened some time.

 

Inspiration. Inspiration to work. Inspiration to play. Inspiration to parent, to love, to hate, to live. Negative and positive forms of influence that inspire us to do and say the things we do and say in life. I should have looked up the actual definition of “inspire”. Hold up, “I’ll be bock” (Terminator voice)…

in┬Ěspire
in?sp?(?)r/
verb
1.
fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
“his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing”
synonyms: stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, galvanize, incite;

 

There it is. See, no mention of forms of negative inspiration. But then, I guess folks have their differences of opinion on negative and positive motives as well.

 

Shit, I don’t know. Who inspires you? My parents inspire me to be a father. I brought two of my younger kids to a basketball tournament a couple hours from home. We got a room at the Holiday Inn with a pool and hot tub. I sat in that hot tub and watch my 11 year old daughter and 3 of her friends laugh and play and splash and laugh some more. I don’t even think they noticed me 10 feet away watching them have a great time. I just sat and stayed quiet. I wasn’t on any mobile device, I wasn’t talking to anyone. I just sat and watched. I thought to myself, “these girls will always remember how great of a time they had this weekend”.

And no one can take that away from them. Or me. Inspiration. That half hour spent in a slimy, stinky hot tub with no one in the world worried or caring about anything I had going on, yet I was exactly where I wanted and needed to be in life. Inspiration right there. Inspiration to be the best dad I can be for the rest of my life.

 

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs

Hog Blog- Jan. 2, 2016

I wanna talk about the time spent pursuing and chasing and working toward a goal. The Rezhogs, the rap label or group of artists, I feel have tremendous talent. I don’t say that to be arrogant or conceited, I honestly feel like we have the talent to be a mainstream success. From N8 Winishut to Sean One to Crispy to myself. Even more affiliated artists from Big B to Nate Vicious, we have some artists in our camp I know could be on TV screens and known on a national level.

 

So why aren’t we?? I’m not exactly sure. If I knew, shit, I’d do what I needed to not be out of the national spotlight. I’m really intrigued by a Native artist named Frank Waln. The way he’s found national success and acclaim amazes me. First off, all respect to the man. As a man and artist. I haven’t really had the opportunity to hear and study his work. I know he works to present himself as a Native artist who can bring who we as Native people are to the masses and show our pride and intelligence in a positive way. And I’m all for that. He’s created a buzz the Rezhogs have never been able to gain. And I give the man his props! So.. with that said, I don’t feel like he’s any better than the Rezhogs. I don’t feel like the Rezhogs are any better than him either. I guess I see us as equals. But for whatever reason he’s caught on and gained a large following that may see him blow up on a national level. And why him and not other artists is what I’m wondering out loud? Why do certain artists somehow find ways to appeal and reach millions while others just as, if not more talented, only reach a fraction of the audience?

 

I don’t expect anyone to know the exact answer. I’m not even sure if I want one. You know what I just got done doing? Putting Drano in the clogged tub drain and cleaning out the tub with an SOS pad after that. It took me about a good half hour. It was somewhat disgusting and humbling all at the same time. What does this matter to anyone? Well, I’ll tell you. If that day ever comes that Ryan Craig, or any Rezhog can blow up on a national or worldwide level for that matter, I’m gonna remember the struggle. The days spent with no vehicle, the days spent fearing I’d overdrawn on my checking account with 3 days to go until pay day or precapitas come out. I’ll remember the hard times. The times I doubted myself, then a day later received some form of inspiration from an old class mate quoting a rhyme I thought no one had ever taken the time to hear and dissect. I’ll remember the nights in my 30’s spent on couches wishing for a bed of my own.

I’ll remember…

I still believe the Rezhogs have what it takes, and I know one day we’ll get “there”. But no matter where “there” may be, or how great it’s going to feel, I’ll never forget how it felt working to get there.

 

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs

Hog Blog- Jan. 1, 2016

Well, it’s here. 2016. No matter how hard a person tries to stay away from nostalgia or giving any thought whatsoever to resolutions, it’s too damn hard to not at least reflect and goal-set just a little.

 

With that said, here’s to a new year! I said this earlier on the radio at the end of my shift, if it makes you feel better to set realistic and positive goals for yourself, I’m all for it and all for you! I’ll cheer you on and encourage you every step of the way. Why not? Even if your resolution only lasts a few days or weeks, at least you tried something new and positive right? Go for it. As for me, I hope to continue pursuing peace of mind and inner-peace and love for myself and this life each and every day. It’s a challenge, we all know all too well. Life can be so humbling some days can’t it??

 

I have 5 and half years sobriety. No alcohol, no drugs. I’m not bragging, only sharing. If I can do it anyone can. Granted, my support from my parents and siblings and community are the best I could ever ask for. And I know not all can say that. I will never judge or ridicule those who struggle with addiction. I’m no better than you. I’m not guaranteed any secret prize or unfound love those who choose to use drugs or alcohol will be denied. I only hope to keep a clear mind and strive for peace and love each day I’m living here on Earth as a man.

 

My role as father, son, brother and friend continues to be one I strive to succeed in each day. I can only hope you will find peace and love and positive goals to pursue in this new year as well.

The Rezhogs music is still being molded and evolving and improving and changing each time we record and gather to share ideas, goals and dreams. Yes, dreams… We haven’t given up yet. We’re still here. Striving for success and holding on to that lottery ticket in hopes to gain national success in the music business.

 

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs

Hi Resolution Episode 2

Welcome to Episode two of the new series ‘Hi Resolution’. One this edition, Ryan Craig of the Rezhogs receives a tour from Yakama Nation Higher Education Program manager, E. Arlen Washines. Ryan also visits with Helena Jim, the current Miss Yakama Nation. Follow Adams View Media on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on future episodes of ‘Hi Resolution’.

 

Hi Resolution Debut Episode

Ryan Craig of the Rezhogs hosts the very first episode of the new web-series ‘Hi Resolution’ or ‘Hi Res’ for short.

Hi Res looks to celebrate the culture and lives of our Indian people from all walks of life in all parts of Indian Country.


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