Monday, July 13, 2009
Today I watched another movie that I have seen before but watched again, THE DOORS and of course it brings up lots of thoughts about creativity, beauty, genius, and excess. Jim Morrison was intelligent but broken. The DOORS were amazing in concert when Jim was not drunk or tripping but when he was out of it they were a disaster. Living within The Doors became like living in an alcoholic household where you never knew if it was safe! The sixties were a critical time in our culture with a whole generation of youth longing for more, knowing that much needed to be changed. The journey for expression was at times miraculous producing a golden age of music and art and at other times it was misguided and excessive. Jim Morrison sang about the beauty of the time but the hypocrisy as well, foreseeing that we may become a part of what we despise as we get older.
The old get old
And the young get stronger
May take a week
And it may take longer
They got the guns
But we got the numbers
Gonna win, yeah
We're takin' over Come on!
Your ballroom days are over, baby
Night is drawing near
Shadows of the evening crawl across the years
Ya walk across the floor with a flower in your hand
Trying to tell me no one understands
Trade in your hours for a handful dimes
Gonna' make it, baby, in our prime
Anyhow, (remember this is stream of conciousness writing) back to the movie! Jim's love interest is Pamela Courson played by Meg Ryan and at one point he calls her his Muse and yes she did encourage him to write his poetry. Well of course I had to do some research about Muse and yes it fits the theme of my blog with lots of syncronicity. Of course my blog emphasizes the the importance of the arts expressing meaning. I found the following excerpt from the book, The Muse of Greek Mythology, The muse phenomenon... its myth status by A.O. Kime...
According to Greek mythology there are nine muse, goddesses who inspire artists, musicians, writers and poets and that these immortal beings are the daughters of the titaness Mnemosyne who were fathered by Zeus.
For over 2,500 years and throughout western civilization, it is largely acknowledged by artists of every sort that their inspirations, creativity and incredible talent come from these muse. Yet, in this day and age of scientific thought, one would think this would be a preposterous concept for intelligent people to believe yet it remains the case. One reason, there isn’t much about the subconscious that science can explain and nothing at all about the spirit world. No matter, intuitiveness always gravitates towards the most heartfelt reason.
More endearingly, it is said the goddesses Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania represent this incredible phenomenon. Although consisting of nine, a plurality, people more commonly refer to them as simply 'the muse' rather than the plural 'muses'. However, being a transcendental matter in which few people are willing to discuss, mention of the muse is rare.
So, are the muse real? Well, whether the muse are real or just effectively real makes little difference. After all, their effects are real and their 'substance' is no less than life itself. In other words, life has no substance either, yet, in effect, it's real. For those who hear them, they're considered either 'helpers' (unaffiliated) or 'angels' representing the voice of God.
However, in forever demanding perfection they're also hard-driving taskmasters. As such, it should serve as proof they speak for God. After all, beauty is the hallmark of divineness and 'perfection' is how it is achieved. Both incredible and heartwarming, the act of 'inspiring artistic genius through emanation' means a direct hard-wired connection.
I think that music, poetry and art are evidence of the vibrations that reverberate throughout the cosmos and connect is to the infinite. Art and music help to move us beyond our cultural tendency to rely only on facts just as A.O. Kime suggests in his book! Emerson said the poet turns the world to glass and is one step nearer to things! We can all be poets to our own experience and perhaps we could all be open to the Muse that lives in and around us and brings beauty, sensuality, creativity, spontaneity, melody, rhythm......aesthetic and physical pleasure.....................! I know the Muse exists in my existence!
Here is the song Jim wrote about Pamela..his Muse.....LOVE STREET...
And this song is for my Muse to hopefully continue to light a fire in me to be creative and aware of the mystery in my life. That I can see and appreciate beauty and that I can experience a natural HIGH in life!