Saturday, March 31, 2007

Return to Innocence

Enigma Return to Innocence

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before ....
Eagles: Hotel California

And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

When a person becomes "stuck," it may be helpful for them to back up to an earlier period of their lives, and find the things that moved them strongly. You may find yourself reliving childish and unrealistic dreams. Or you may find the motive power you need right now, to get on with things.

There is power in the purity of the innocent mind. It is still in there somewhere.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Third and Final Rooftop Vid--So Long Boys

Like a time machine--put it up on the big screen, lean back with a Guiness, and smile.

"What's that, lad? The girls? Laddy, if you're living right, the girls just seem to show up, sooner or later."

I wouldn't want to be the Bobby to pull the plug on that gig. I remember some late night gigs of my own that got closed down hours earlier than they would have ended on their own. Vive le music!

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Beatles Rooftop Concert 2

Imagine how London or New York would react if the Beatles could magically re-unite for one afternoon, and put on a rooftop concert. How many people would complain about the "imposition?" Show me the constable who would want to put a stop to the disruption of the daily routine?

What would be a comparable phenomenon today? Paris Hilton? 50 cent? Popular culture seems to have fallen out of the hands of visionary artists and into the hands of money-grubbing, soulless, "youth culture industry" ghouls. Most kids growing up in the '00s are probably not capable of understanding what the Beatles represented to their generation, since big money interests have smothered most of the music and entertainment scene.

One can only hope that the de-centralised technologies offered by the internet will breed a new generation of genuine musical and cultural revolutionaries.

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