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Welcome to Viva Nation! You might be wondering why we call ourselves Viva la Muerte. Is it just a nod to mystery or a reference to a surreal movie or another way of saying “Death is the mother of beauty,” as a poet once wrote? Maybe it’s more about what the Samurai say: "The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day, when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one's master. And every day, without fail, one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.” Maybe it’s some of that. But maybe we just mean it’s time to give everything you’ve got to what you love and, for us that means play music like there’s no tomorrow.

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