Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mystic Rhythms: Music, Magic & History (Part I)

The first sounds a child hears are the rhythms of his mother’s heart. At birth, he breathes deep and cries loud. To the child, all things are musical… and as we grow older, music often helps us return to that childlike fascination. … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Symphonie Fantastique (Music, Magic & History, Part II)

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach Civilizations grow to empires, and empires spread. Musical traditions blend with one another, sharing … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Ride the Lightning (Music, Magic & History, Part III)

Now we can hear the voices of the dead. Remark overheard at the premiere of Thomas Edison’s phonograph The spark bursting from electrical energy in the late 1800s ignites an explosion of technology. Innovations of sound recording – first on … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE ANDROGYNE (Part I)

See these eyes so red Red like jungle burning bright Those who feel me near Pull their blinds and change their minds –          David Bowie, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” Who else could portray the Goblin King? David Bowie’s status as the High … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE ANDROGYNE (Part II)

It is clear that I must find my other half. But is it a he or a she? What does this person look like? Identical to me? Or somehow complimentary? Does my other half have what I don’t? Did he … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE ANDROGYNE (Part III)

Don’t dream it Be it… –          Frank N. Furter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Torrey Stenmark rocking Bowie’s Goblin King – complete with trouser bulge.)  Hidden beauty seems forbidden as well. And because our Androgyne exists beyond conventional gender limitations, s/he appears … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE TEMPTRESS (Part I)

Everything that reminds me of her goes through me like a spear. — John Keats Some days, it must suck to be Angelina Jolie. To embody an archetype everybody wants but few people respect. To have photographic parasites crouched around … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE TEMPTRESS (Part II)

She bedecks herself with all kinds of jewelry Like an abhorrent prostitute posing on the corner to seduce men. The fool who approaches her, She grabs him and kisses him, Pours him wine from the dregs, from the venom of … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE TEMPTRESS (Part III)

You’re not too smart. I like that in a man. — Matty Walker, Body Heat Far beyond the Fertile Crescent, the Temptress and her kin bedeviled frail humanity. The Greek hills, forests and seas teemed with seductive nymphs, bloodthirsty maenads, voracious … Continue reading

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS: THE DEMON LOVER (Part I)

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e’er beneath a waning moon has haunted By woman wailing for her demon-lover! — Samuel Taylor … Continue reading

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