Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday Night Soup for the Soul (10)

oday, Saturday, in a parody of some science fiction movie, I am making a flying leap to attempt to jump thru the gateway that leads back to a place I call "the zone".

"What is this place?" you ask. Well, it is a intangible state of being where I can both focus, and not focus. A place where I can be enough in the day to day world, so that I can successfully execute my career -- but not be of that world, so that I can devote my finest energy and concentration to personally strategic long range goals.  

This week was one where I was pulled many different directions at once, and I suffered a minor stress related fracture  due to the mutually exclusive concurrent demands being made upon me. Somewhere in all this bullsh*t I passed out, and then awoke finding myself on a fast track to nowhere... and that pissed me off, and scared me more than a little.  So...I am taking matters back into my own hands, and racing for "the zone" portal and leaping through, lest it snap shut trapping me in the bullsh*t zone.

I jumped in the river and what did I see?
Black-eyed angels swam with me
A moon full of stars and astral cars
All the things I used to see

All my lovers were there with me

All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

Recovering from the annual flu shot.  Seemed to have a bit of abad reaction to it this year.  Not sure why I was hit so hard. I normally enjoy good health.  That may have added to the feeling of discombobulation that I have.
Hurrah i awake from yesterday
Alive but the war is here to stay
So my love Catherina and me
Decide to take our last walk
Through the noise to the sea
Not to die but to be re-born
Away from a life so battered and torn....

There is a theme in this week's music, which is one of escaping back to submerged underwater worlds. Sort of a stand in for what I discussed at the beginning of this post. Will follow up this post with a Tony de Carlo painting from 1997 on the very same theme.

1. Bakif We start with classic Duke Ellington from his 1940's band.  Duke, the great American musical genius with a career that spanned that spanned six decades. He never rested on his laurels, instead choosing to perpetual reinvention by reworking his vast repertoire finding the things in the old, and by continually adding new compositional gems up until the end.

This band (the “The Blanton-Webster Band”) is seriously stunning. The composition is exotic, latinesque and complex. The violin solo that winds thru this number is out of this world. Someday I will write about his musical alter ego – the shy and very gay Billy Strayhorn, who became his most trusted musical confidant. One of those great straight man gay man pairings that are so wonderful and unique (I know all about these pairings)

2. Pyramid Song By Radiohead and from from their 2001 Amnesiac CD. I included two RELATED YouTube vids above. The first is a live performance from La Belle France, and the other is the "official" video. It portrays a scuba diver examining the remains of a submerged life and its artifacts. This topic has been on my mind a lot this winter and is is something I will be writing about in my next “Road Trip Diary” post. Go here to learn more about Pyramid Song.

3. 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) Damn I love this song which is from the great Electric Ladyland by Seattle's own Jimi Hendrix. I have some wonderful LSD memories of thsi song and the hullicinations that occurred while listening to it. 

The title track asks the musical question "Have you ever been to Electric LadyLand?" and then Jimi supplies his own answer "Well I have!" . Ditto for me.   The picture above is the original UK LP gate fold, which was banned in the US. Yes, I added a few tweaks.

BTW: while I am here, "Hillary for President in 2016".   Despite the collage, she is a remarkable woman and her husband Bill is a remarkable man.  Would LOVE to see them back in the White House after the Obama second term.

4. You Haven't Done Nothing by Stevie Wonder from his 1974 LP Fullfillingness' First Finale

This song is the finishing garnish that completes this week’s Soup recipe. Click here to read the lyrics and start the guessing game as to why it is an ingredient.

All of this makes it's way into this week's soup. You can strat your first serving of Saturday Night Soup for the Soul by clicking the jukebox.


David Child said...

It has been awhile since Ive written to you. You would know me as David Child. I have read your writings as much as I can.

Pyramid Song has been the piece that settles my soul when there is great unrest. I listen to it to calm me at the most tense, and seemingly earth shattering times. When I sing along I am carried on a wave of such peace that my whole being sways to it's unique timing and melody set far above the pantheon of the music we call modern.

I am taken aback that you find this song connecting with you. And so we speak again, connected by songs and events that continue to bring me to where you are to comment.

I have a great fear of writing like I used to. I really burned out from the non stop 60 or so entries of very long expositions of poetry and what else on my space. It's left with me with a pain associated with blogging my feelings. I guess that's what happens when you feel so unlistened to and unappreciated for so long that you write what's been in your heart for 24 - 25 years.

I will be brave. I will try to write again and soon. Wish me strength.

I want to say I am pleased to see the evolving expressions you create and the graceful way in which you find the next best way to present them.

May all good things be yours. Friend.

The Thunderbird said...

David, I left my good sentiments for you at your site. Will speak to you again, soon.

Cheers, Will