Monday, June 20, 2011

Music At The Garden’s Edge

Something like two thousand years ago, when the status quo of Roman occupation became unbearable to early Christians they were able to leave the Middle East and re-locate to the fringes of the Roman empire in Europe.

Something like five hundred years ago, when the status quo of Roman Catholicism and secular nationalism became unbearable to Europe’s Protestants they were able to leave Europe and re-locate to colonies in the ‘New World’ here in North America.

Today, when the status quo of consumerism and global corporatism becomes unbearable to Christians—or anyone else—where can anyone go?

NUMBER TWO: I am definitely an optimist. That’s why it doesn’t matter who Number One is. It doesn’t matter which side runs the Village.

NUMBER SIX: It’s run by one side or the other?

NUMBER TWO: Oh certainly. But both sides are becoming identical. What in fact has been created is an international community—a perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other suddenly realize that they’re looking into a mirror, they will see that this is the pattern for the future.

NUMBER SIX: The whole Earth as the Village?

NUMBER TWO: That is my hope. What’s yours?

NUMBER SIX: I’d like to be the first man on the Moon.

In Ken Russell’s story of the White Worm
there is no witch to reveal the secret
to a brave knight of how to kill the Worm.

And technology—that is, dynamite,
in the Bram Stoker version of the tale—
doesn’t make everything right in the end.

In Ken Russell’s story of the White Worm
the most beautiful woman is a snake.
And even if this beautiful woman
wants to murder you, music can charm her.

Music charms her. A song usurps her will
and she can only dance to the music.
This doesn’t make her happy. When music
stops, the musician often gets murdered.

But how long can a musician perform?

And how long can a recording play back?

Even nuclear power plants melt-down.
And then not only does the power stop
but the core melts through the containment site.
So recordings can’t play without power.
And the musician dies from the fallout.

The White Worm is a very old story.

A woman’s dancing at the garden’s edge.

How far away can a musician run?

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