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  • hardie karges 5:32 am on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Middle Way, pop music,   

    Love Pictures Meditation Buddhism… 

    img_1935Falling in love is probably the closest we’ll ever get to magic in this life, that unexplainable attraction, the eyes the mouth the hair the touch the smell, irreducible to rationality, or math, or the silly logic of syllogisms, so this is reason enough to be suspicious already, correct? BUT—this is the goldfield that Christianity tries to mine—the swoon and the swearing and the general lack of sobriety, and stopping just short of climax, over and over, the better to forestall final payment, in order to accrue interest…

    We Westerners are love junkies, but almost any emotion will do, the crazier the better, any reason or rationality thoroughly rejected from the outset as antithetical to the mood. But I don’t think it’s any accident that it’s mostly the West that is in love with love, as this is the air we breathe, the pheromones and the physicality, the sexiness and the six-packs, whether abs or IPA, any drug will do. And that’s fine, if that’s what you want, as long as you consider all your options, as long as you are free to make an informed decision, BUT… (More …)

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  • hardie karges 8:19 am on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , photographic memory, pop music   

    Buddhism, Meditation, False Narratives, Pop Music and Crazy Love… 

    IMG_1559What is the goal of meditation, anyway, if not to remove those pesky little thought loops and dangling participles, half-baked ideas and non sequiturs, random musings and assorted misgivings? Notice that these are all verbal manifestations of consciousness, as if that were the only kind, or maybe the worst kind. It’s not…

    Sounds are the stickiest mental apparitions to which we (I, anyway) must periodically apply mental floss and chrome dome cleaner, Drano for clogged pipes and Janitor in a Drum for those hard-to-get-to corners where lint just loves to build up unnoticed—until your most important client shows up unexpectedly to discuss next year’s product line and drops his stylo next to that hard-to-reach corner by the sofa, uh-oh… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 3:48 pm on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , pop music, Prince, SNL   

    The Year the Music Died: Bowie and Prince Forever, Kantner Lost in the Frey… 

    If there’s anything sadder than the deaths of our pop music heroes, it’s our attachment to them in the first place.  If we are truly such a brilliant species to have created such popular paeans to ordinary pleasures, then we are truly pathetic to imagine that this is the be-all and end-all of our short little existences.  But we are MTV kids, back from when MTV actually meant something, not just our own absurd realities exposed ad nauseam on TV.

    Funny, I don’t remember all the bobby-soxers mourning Frank Sinatra for months on end, or even Elvis or Lennon, for that matter, all hugely popular, so maybe all this weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth is cause and/or effect of our modern Warholian ‘social’ (anti-social?) media culture, in which everyone is famous for fifteen minutes—in their own minds, at least, and those of anybody willing to ‘like’, ‘follow’ or ‘share’ them.  Modern progress: now we are all teeny-boppers, slaves to fashion and followers of fallen idols. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 9:46 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    R.I.P. David Bowie: Starman, Gay Man, Hero, etc… 

    Oh well, no need to check Facebook today, I guess, just put David Bowie on auto-loop and sit back and enjoy the star-man, waiting in the sky.  In addition to some ground-breaking music, he also helped break down some social roadblocks, too, especially for LGBTQA’s, etc…

    First, I guess I should ‘come out’: I’m not gay. I’m philosophical. There, I said it: I’m a straight white male, which, according to one recent Facebook post, makes me (and I quote) a ‘coward and a bully’, sight unseen—ouch. There’s a word for that in my language—prejudice. But I prefer no rush to judgments, as I’d like to think I can do better than that, even in this era of self-styled rank and rancor that passes for social media, hopefully put the ‘A’, if no longer the ‘Q’, back in LGBTQA. Are we good now? (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 4:58 am on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amen to your final sentence. Seem to recall Bob singing something about ‘don’t follow leaders’ … and I’m not a big fan of the word ‘iconic’ as used nowadays … Bowie was a cultural influence, no doubt, but musically a bit retrograde … maybe I’m still mourning the death of 60s ideals, though.

    • hardie karges 8:46 am on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Dylan WAS my fave, back in the day, as they say… to see what I listen to now, please check out my other other other blog: http://thailand-to-timbuktu.blogspot.com/….. 🙂

  • hardie karges 11:07 am on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acid rock, Jefferson Airplane, jefferson Starship, pop music,   

    Jefferson Starship: When a Band Becomes a Tribute to Itself, but not sloppy dead… 

    It was with some lack of luster that I signed on to the concept of seeing (and hearing) Jefferson Starship in concert at the Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Beach the other night. In fact I probably wouldn’t have, but for the beach itself, and my wife’s love of it. I mean, I’m no huge fan of their biggest commercial hits: “We Built this City,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” etc., and a much much bigger fan of their earlier incarnation as the Jefferson Airplane…

    Of course much of the problem is their third incarnation, or rather ‘spin-off’, as plain white ‘Starship’, which has more in common with Foreigner and Aha! than the Airplane, which pretty much defined ‘acid rock’. Still I showed up, hoping for the best—and was rewarded. Now I’m also no great fan of dino-rock in general, BUT… the Airplane was pretty special, and political, which seems very appropriate in this day and age. The current tour pays ample homage to the old days and ways and plays, while delivering quite acceptable renditions of the tunes themselves. (More …)

     
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