Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Under Appreciated Bob Dylan

Now you may look at the title of this post and say, "you are crazy". I hear him everywhere. This may-be true. But the question is have you completely investigated Bob Dylan?

I doubt this. Under all the trite songs await a complex discography. With soul, blues and the evolution of a man comes to front an image of a man who did not want to symbolize a nation. A man nominated for the nobel, in poetry. Considered one of Americas greatest accomplishments. All from a man who wrote the songs for himself, who confesses to not always knowing what his songs were about. Quite often he is more mysterious then revealing.

Bob has come to mean something very personal to me, a man that talks of a past that I have. A weary voice quite often with a guitar. His touch of creation and beauty are so direct with the most blunt of instruments. I often go through my day with Bob on all the time. I do not feel alone, I feel a beauty akin to tragedy. Something has been lost in some of us and all we can do is look back. We try to move on, we do and we are better for it. Yet I see the sun in a way, or I hear a song and I know that my past will forever keep me here, never there.

Quite often this is done in jest, as we will see here.

I'm looking for a place that will collect, clip, bath and return my dog. Kn1 7727, cigarettes and tobacco. Animals and birds bought or sold on commission. animals and birds bought or sold on commission. I want a dog that's gonna collect and clean my bath, return my cigarette, and, and give tobacco to my animals, and give my birds a commission. I want- I'm looking for somebody to sell my dog, collect my clip, buy my animal and straighten out my bird. I'm looking for a place to bathe my bird, buy my dog, collect my clip, sell me cigarrets and comission my bath. I'm looking for a place that's gonna collect my commission, sell my dog, burn my bird, and sell me to the cigarette. Going to bird my buy, collect my will, and bathe my comission. I'm looking for a place that's going to animal my soul, knit my return, bathe my foot and collect my dog. Comission me to sell my animals to the bird to clip and buy my bath and return me back to the cigarettes. -From No Direction Home

He turns the most plain of things into a point were we are lost in a beautiful tragedy, we want but dont have. So we play with what we have, words, action.

Often I will put on Bob in the cafe an people say 'who is this?'. You hear this from the customer either because they cant place it or because they like it. Quite often Bob accomplishes both of these with the most adept of ways. They often respond 'really? this is dylan? sounds like (arcade fire, decemberists)' etc...

Nope, just Bob.

So take a walk or drink a beer or cup o joe and plug in.

Top suggested songs;
Changing of the Guards
Tomorrow is a Long Time
I Dream I Saw St. Augustine
Desolation Row

"If only if she was lying by me, I'd lie in my bed once again. I can't speak to show no signs of pain, as beauty in that silver signin river, as beauty in that rainbow in the sky, but none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty the beauty that i remember in my true loves eyes"

Monday, October 10, 2011

A good speech to hear on the subject...

Also please note this whole situation shows the public complete stupidity and lack of ethical understanding.

From Mr. ZIZEK!

Part One

…2008 financial crash more hard earned private property was destroyed than if all of us here were to be destroying it night and day for weeks. They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are awakening from a dream which is tuning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know the classic scenes from cartoons. The cart reaches a precipice. But it goes on walking. Ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath. Only when it looks down and notices it, it falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street – Hey, look down! (cheering).
In April 2011, the Chinese government prohibited on TV and films and in novels all stories that contain alternate reality or time travel. This is a good sign for China. It means that people still dream about alternatives, so you have to prohibit this dream. Here we don’t think of prohibition. Because the ruling system has even suppressed our capacity to dream. Look at the movies that we see all the time. It’s easy to imagine the end of the world. An asteroid destroying all life and so on. But you cannot imagine the end of capitalism. So what are we doing here? Let me tell you a wonderful old joke from communist times.
A guy was sent from East Germany to work in Siberia. He knew his mail would be read by censors. So he told his friends: Let’s establish a code. If the letter you get from me is written in blue ink ,it is true what I said. If it is written in red ink, it is false. After a month his friends get a first letter. Everything is in blue. It says, this letter: everything is wonderful here. Stores are full of good food. Movie theaters show good films from the West. Apartments are large and luxurious. The only thing you cannot buy is red ink.
This is how we live. We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink. The language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom war and terrorism and so on falsifies freedom. And this is what you are doing here: You are giving all of us red ink.
There is a danger. Don’t fall in love with yourselves. We have a nice time here. But remember: carnivals come cheap. What matters is the day after. When we will have to return to normal life. Will there be any changes then. I don’t want you to remember these days, you know, like - oh, we were young, it was beautiful. Remember that our basic message is: We are allowed to think about alternatives. The rule is broken. We do not live in the best possible world. But there is a long road ahead. There are truly difficult questions that confront us. We know what we do not want. But what do we want? What social organization can replace capitalism? What type of new leaders do we want?
Remember: the problem is not corruption or greed. The problem is the system that pushes you to give up. Beware not only of the enemies. But also of false friends who are already working to dilute this process. In the same way you get coffee without caffeine, beer without alcohol, ice cream without fat. They will try to make this into a harmless moral protest. They think (??? unintelligible). But the reason we are here is that we have enough of the world where to recycle coke cans…

Part Two

….Starbucks cappuccino. Where 1% goes to the world’s starving children. It is enough to make us feel good. After outsourcing work and torture. After the marriage agencies are now outsourcing even our love life, daily.
Mic check
We can see that for a long time we allowed our political engagement also to be outsourced. We want it back. We are not communists. If communism means the system which collapsed in 1990, remember that today those communists are the most efficient ruthless capitalists. In China today we have capitalism which is even more dynamic than your American capitalism but doesn’t need democracy. Which means when you criticize capitalism, don’t allow yourselves to be blackmailed that you are against democracy. The marriage between democracy and capitalism is over.
The change is possible. So, what do we consider today possible? Just follow the media. On the one hand in technology and sexuality everything seems to be possible. You can travel to the moon. You can become immortal by biogenetics. You can have sex with animals or whatever. But look at the fields of society and economy. There almost everything is considered impossible. You want to raise taxes a little bit for the rich, they tell you it’s impossible, we lose competitivitiy. You want more money for healthcare: they tell you impossible, this means a totalitarian state. There is something wrong in the world where you are promised to be immortal but cannot spend a little bit more for health care. Maybe that ??? set our priorities straight here. We don’t want higher standards of living. We want better standards of living. The only sense in which we are communists is that we care for the commons. The commons of nature. The commons of what is privatized by intellectual property. The commons of biogenetics. For this and only for this we should fight.
Communism failed absolutely. But the problems of the commons are here. They are telling you we are not Americans here. But the conservative fundamentalists who claim they are really American have to be reminded of something. What is Christianity? It’s the Holy Spirit. What’s the Holy Spirit? It’s an egalitarian community of believers who are linked by love for each other. And who only have their own freedom and responsibility to do it. In this sense the Holy Spirit is here now. And down there on Wall Street there are pagans who are worshipping blasphemous idols. So all we need is patience. The only thing I’m afraid of is that we will someday just go home and then we will meet once a year, drinking beer, and nostalgically remembering what a nice time we had here. Promise ourselves that this will not be the case.
We know that people often desire something but do not really want it. Don’t be afraid to really want what you desire. Thank you very much!

Protesting Wall Street

It is funny to think that people actually think two things, that not everyone deserves equitable lifestyles and that we all deserve to be rich. What if we all just had enough? A house a job, health insurance mansions etc.

Can we not be happy with a normal life?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Great Music

One way I have found to evoke the necessary emotions and feelings to rediscover this world is the following. The song seems the best expression I have found for a movement in ones soul to beauty. The idea of beauty.

Some of the strongest emotions one can feel are at moments of intense peace. Walking alone during a rain storm while the sun shines down. Exploring the snow covered streets as little more then a muffle reaches your ears. You are left alone to see what is in you, what is in the world. You will see a great many things hopefully. This reflective exercise is not something that comes to one instantly. One must constantly try. Moving from the particular moments of insight to an eventual understanding of the whole idea.

One example of this is the Hellenistic idea of poesis. While we later derived the notion of poetry from this, it originally contained within the idea of creation. A carpenter, writer, and mother all created something, which could be a beautiful thing. It is our job to rekindle this, to create that which is beautiful again and again. For beauty in the particular sense dies, the painting does not last, the flower dies, youth fades. But we still can make beauty, it is an ever flowing spring that is inside of us. And as we create beautiful things, as we hear sounds that touch this beauty within us, as we read words of such worth we will have not looked at a particular, but instead have glanced at that which is beautiful.

The Clouds that gather round the setting sun
 Do take a sober colouring from an eye
 That hath kept watch o'er man's mortality;
 Another race hath been, and other palms are won.
 Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
 Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
 To me the meanest flower that blows can give
 Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
William Wordsworth

The Start

Some looks for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.- Robert Kennedy

Quite often we find in our lives the absence of compassion. We see the cruelty of others in the conduct of our society. How may we learn from our experiences in this world and have a faith in the future amongst this? How does one see beauty in the world? How can we create the beauty? In our investigation for an answer we may create the answer, for it is not readily apparent to me now.