Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wakening the Soul!

The art on this blog was created by ME! The black and white is a poster paint project using shades of gray for an art project in college circa 1981. I took a digital photo of it in a glass frame so you can see some blue reflections that are not part of the painting! The second is an oil painting that I did in 1979.

I have been told I have a lot of diversity in my musical taste and I suppose there could be truth to that statement. Every person I meet and every situation I have encountered in life seems to have a sound to absorb and I held onto those sounds and each has become a page in my life! Music certainly represents the diversity of our world and the infinite ways ideas and feelings can be expressed! This may be my strangest post, but it is still me! Get ready for some different music. But first a quote!

The arts have the power to waken the dormant soul, and there can be no doubt that the chief malady in our time is "sleeping soul sickness. When you sit and listen to music or watch a play or follow a dance, your active life gos into eclipse and your soul life takes wing. Mercury, the spirit of art, self-expression, language, and form, brings soul to situations that are otherwise considered only practical. --Thomas Moore

Ahhh....that is what kept me alive as a kid and as a young man...MUSIC and it's power to keep my soul awake. It would have been so easy to withdraw into a practical world of sleep and meaninglessness! I am in the same place today in this moment...with soul life taking wing!

First, a song by King Crimson! A progressive rock bad that was formed in 1969 with founding member Robert Fripp. He is a virtuoso guitarist, and the group had many lineup changes that included Greg Lake. This Cd from 1984 includes Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Bill Buford on drums! Belew does vocals and his singing was often compared to David Byrne of the Talking Heads, and in fact he was a session musician for the Heads at times! The CD is Three of a Perfect Pair and the song is Sleepless!

Next a song by Depeche Mode, the quintessential electro-pop group and their biggest hit, Personal Jesus! This song was ranked number 368 of 500 in Rolling Stone's all-time 500 greatest song issue! The song was inspired by the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley. According to songwriter Martin Gore: It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody's heart is like a god in some way, and that's not a very balanced view of someone, is it?

D.M. reminds me of my days working as a counselor at North Adams State College, now MCLA! This is a great live performance and it makes you wish you were there cause everyone is having so much fun!

Up next, The Tubes, arch satirists of popular culture whose outrageous performance-art concepts, which swung wildly from soft-core pornography to suit-and-tie conservatism,frequently eclipsed their elusive musical identity. The song I am playing is from the CD called, The Completion Backwards Principal. The song, Amnesia reminds me of college and my best friend Tom! The D.J. named Steve Binder had the best sound system ever and filled the gym with great sound! I partied responsibly and had the best time during those years! Vicki listened to the Tubes last summer on my MP3 player! She always liked them too and was with me at many of those dances! Music and memory.......

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