Six Word Story (Happy Birthday John Lennon)

 

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Cosmically conscious troubadour, gone too soon.

 

 

 

 

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Jingle Jangle Morning

 

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“Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship
My senses have been stripped…聽my hands can’t feel to grip
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
To be wandering.
I’m ready to go anywhere, I’m ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way
I promise to go under it.

Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you.”

First of all,聽jangle聽really is a word! 聽I had my doubts, but Merriam-Webster defines it as such:

(verb)

  1. 1:聽 to make a harsh or discordant often ringing sound聽keys聽jangling聽in my pocket

  2. 2:聽 to quarrel verbally

  3. 3:聽 to talk idly

(noun)

  1. 1:聽 a discordant often ringing sound聽the聽jangle聽of spurs

  2. 2:聽 noisy quarreling

  3. 3:聽 idle talk

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French聽jangler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch聽jangelen聽to grumble. First Known Use: 14th century

Second of all, Mister Tambourine Man! 馃檪 聽 Dylan is technically using ‘jangle’ as an adjective here, but no matter. You do not have to understand all of Dylan’s poetry to appreciate him. (Rumor has it he planned it that way.)

But ah, the jingle-jangle morning! 聽“I’ll come following you.” 聽Doesn’t it sound terribly romantic?

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Here is Bob Dylan performing Mister Tambourine Man at the Newport Festival, 1964. Hope you like it!

School’s Out!

 

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Here in Chicago, kids are winding down for their last week of school. As we get ready for beaches, barbeques, rising temps and rowdiness, I could not resist this classic from the fantastic Alice Cooper!

Taking the Wayback 聽Machine way back to 1972 for this one — although I would argue the song is just as relevant today as it ever was. 聽“We got no class and we got no principles.” Puns intended.

I have always loved the Coop (maybe because his name is Alice, hehe). They share a penchant for top hats, animals and other-worldliness.

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At any rate, turn up the聽volume, grab the sandals, shades and lemonade. 聽Get ready for a long, carefree summer, my favorite time of year 馃檪

School’s Out!!

 

 

 

Jesus Christ Superstar, Female Apostles and the 1%

 

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In honor of Good Friday, I am paying tribute to my favorite rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar! 聽Fresh out of The Netherlands comes this聽timely聽and creative interpretation, featuring female Disciples, a very young Jesus and a Roman government which is akin to Wall Street elites. 聽A lot of effort went into it — careful casting and two years rehearsal. 聽The play was first performed in 2016 at Candea College in Duiven. 聽The cast includes Tijmen Steg as Jesus, Don Voogt as Judas and Anne Baars as Mary Magdalene.

In the house of Lazarus, Mary 聽tries to anoint Jesus with precious oil, only to be reprimanded by Judas Iscariot. 聽“Woman, your fine ointment, brand new and expensive, could have been saved for the poor. Why has it been wasted? We could have raised maybe, three hundred silver pieces or more.”

Jesus, looking at the big picture and knowing he is not long for this world, answers: “Surely you’re not saying we have the resources to save the poor from their lot? There will be poor always, pathetically struggling; look at the good things you’ve got.”

(For more on Jesus’ anointing see my previous post Lazarus and the Pink Moon)

These very talented performers may come as a bit of a juxtapose and聽surprise. 聽I think they are fantastic! 聽Hope you enjoy it and have a happy Good Friday 馃檪

Here, Anne Baars as Magdalene performs the ballad “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”.

Intrigued? Watch the whole opera here: (Running time about 1 hour 30 minutes.)

 

 

P贸g mo th贸in

 

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The river is green, the Guinness flows freely, the leprechauns are out and about. You never know what may be at the end of their rainbow. 聽However, it would not be Saint Patrick’s Day without music from the FABULOUS POGUES!!!!

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This Celtic punk band was formed in 1982 by front man Shane MacGowan (aka Shane Hooligan), a rabble rousing displaced Irishman who had plenty to say about politics, prejudice and poetry.

The band was originally named ‘Pogue Mahone’, which is the phonetic pronunciation of the Irish phrase P贸g mo th贸in. Translated to English it apparently means “Kiss my ass.” 聽馃檪

Shane chose the name as a joke and figured no one in English speaking countries would be able to figure out the meaning, but au contraire. 聽The name caused a massive聽uproar. 聽The BBC banned performances by Pogue Mahone and they could not get a record deal, so they shortened their name to ‘Pogues’. (This was acceptable, the Irish word聽p贸g meaning ‘kiss’.)

Shane had the last laugh though, when the Pogues released an album called ‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’. Reportedly the title was a quote by Winston Churchill. When asked about the state of the British Navy during World War 2, Churchill allegedly replied “Don’t talk to me about naval tradition! 聽It’s nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash!”

 

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At any rate, you won’t find a better band to celebrate Paddy’s Day. Here are two of their classics, ‘If I Should Fall From Grace of God’ and ‘Waxie’s Dargle’. 聽Break out the whiskey, kick up your heels and have a listen!

L谩 Shona Fh茅ile P谩draig! (or Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!)

If I Should Fall From Grace With God — an Irish patriot grapples with his own sins and mortality. “Let me go down in the mud where the rivers all run dry.” 聽Worth listening just to hear Shane’s banshee scream mid song. I dare you not to dance, or at least toe tap!

 

‘Waxie’s Dargle’ is a traditional folk song, made punk by the Pogues. 聽A Waxie (candle maker) wants to go to the party (dargle). 聽Sadly she is so poor she cannot raise the money to go, not even by selling her husband’s suspenders. 聽“When food is scarce and you see the hearse you know you died of hunger!”

For such a morbid song, this version is hilarious! Sorry about the poor quality of this video, but nonetheless — 聽you can’t beat their loopy energy. 聽Sl谩inte!

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday George Harrison!

 

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He was the youngest of the Beatles, reportedly ‘the quietest’ and also perhaps the most spiritual.

George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943 to working class parents in Liverpool England. He was the baby聽brother of three siblings. According to legend, he fell in love with rock & roll after hearing Elvis Presley’s song ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ playing from a neighbor’s window. In 1958, at the tender age of fifteen, George auditioned for a band called The Quarrymen, led by two lads named John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Because he was so young, John thought it best he not join the band, but George wormed his way in, hanging around rehearsals and making himself so available they could not refuse him. That band, of course, was eventually renamed The Beatles. George’s age came back to haunt him when the Beatles played their first gigs in Hamburg. George was too young to legally work in Germany and got deported back to England. He rejoined the band after his eighteenth birthday and the rest is history!

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Raised as a Roman Catholic, George sent himself on a spiritual search that lasted his entire lifetime. 聽As the excesses of materialism and the rock & roll lifestyle mounted, George became desperate to fill the hole of the soul with more substantial things. He explored Hinduism, Buddhism and transcendental meditation. He, along with the other band members, 聽traveled to Rishikesh India and studied under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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George also became interested in Indian music and culture. He learned to play the sitar under the tutelage of Ravi Shankar. 聽This influence changed his western perspective and reshaped his life.

George Harrison died of lung cancer on November 29, 2001. 聽His last words on his death bed were “Love one another.”

Ironically, whatever afterlife George found himself in, he still lives on in this physical world. The astronomer Brian A. Skiff, working out of the Anderson Mesa Station, located in the arid聽fields of聽Flagstaff Arizona, happened to discover an asteroid. He named that asteroid after George, the 4149 Harrison!

This interview, recorded in 1997 for VH1 was George’s last public appearance. He speaks wise words of life, death and spirituality.

 

Give Me Love – a song that I feel must sum up George’s philosophy. Hope you like it!