‘It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me’

The other night we sat down to watch “What Happened, Miss Simone,” a new documentary on Netflix about the life and career of the great Nina Simone. It’s a powerful film, showcasing Simone’s unique talent and complicated life, and I highly recommend it. Those who may have been too young back in the ’60s to fully grasp the racial tensions and contradictions of that era — far more profound and unsettling than our own — may find it particularly eye-opening.

But most of all, it’s about the music. The volcanic emotions churning inside Simone — born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, N.C. — find unique and gut-busting expression in her classical piano training and her immense vocal instrument. She really was something to see and hear.

Here’s a song written by Simone in one of her all-too-rare moments of optimism, and even that is tinged with a sense of impending doom and sadness:

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Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Does Breitbart.com support Donald for president.  Inquiring minds.  Bwah hahahahaha!

breckenridge
breckenridge

"Religious conservatives should put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public obsession with sex. Put aside a culture war that, at least over the near term, you are destined to lose.”  Conservative columnist David Brooks, 7-5-2015


Brooks, a real conservative and not one of the fake Christian born-again zeros, raises a good point. Many young people today associate Christianity with social conservatism, and want nothing to do with the radical activist right and their unconstitutional agenda.  It's certainly a factor in the huge decline in American Christianity over the past decade.

straker
straker

Down - "never said that you did"


Oh really?


Actually, you said "the left's", not some of the left's.



straker
straker

Down


Here's a tip.


Not all liberals and progressives support sanctuary cities.

Renteroo
Renteroo

You lost me at "breitbart."

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

@~moonbat_betty~ 

One of the best scenes ever-  well Johnny Ringo-  you look like someone just walked over your grave.  

elgrunir
elgrunir

Mary Elizabeth,


Are you still here?

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@TBS

I like Bruno, and I I don't have any problem with you.  I try to be nice to you most of the time, but it is rarely reciprocated.

However, Bruno is definitely not yo b!itch...


elgrunir
elgrunir

@TomMiddleton 


When you talk about "God," I'm not going to freeze up or freeze you out; I'm going to listen not just about "God," but also about your perspective.


I find it helpful to have a more open "definition" or "idea" of God, and it turns out that perspectives tend to overlap more.


You mention "getting out of the way" and "letting God do it / take over," and I embrace the idea because I think that we are part of God, and vice-versa.  When we're "getting out of the way," we're getting the junk out to let US come up with the right idea or solution or lyrics or whatever.  It's about letting experience, observation, intellect, emotion, and the soul mix things together--WITHOUT discoloration due to ego and tribalism.  We're actually "shutting up" parts of ourselves so that we can have a -conversation- with God/Spirit/Whatever.


When that happens, we are inspired--things are in spirit.

When we convert them, we are informed--things are in form.


The former guides the latter.


Where do we get inspiration?  Wherever we can shut out enough of the junk that's noising up the environment, literally and figuratively.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@elgrunir @TomMiddleton


"When that happens, we are inspired--things are in spirit.

When we convert them, we are informed--things are in form.


The former guides the latter."


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Elgrunir,


Your words above match so well with a poem I wrote when I was 28.  This is the one poem I have written in my life. This poem is who I am, beyond labels.  It is called, "Form and Substance."  I think you will know what I am and what I am saying.  No need for any response.  I just wanted to share.


Form guides and limits.

Form creates separateness.

Form is secure. This is mine.


Substance runs free and seeks.

What – Form?

Perhaps – or yet

Itself, expanded.


The river seeks not the bank –

But the ocean.

Do not negate the essence of the Soul.

Without the water, the bank hardens.


The Mind is Form, unfertilized.

Be fruitful and multiply said the Lord –

Of the Soul.

Form without Substance is barren.


TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@elgrunir @TomMiddleton 

Ok, if I say that the creation is the only way the infinite can experience itself, even though said creation is illusion, would that help? And since that means it's all God as both the manifest and absolute, would that give you what you need for my “definition.”

So when I say the “void of God,” I'm talking about the absolute, of course, of which there is only one, meaning what it all is together, which is what it all is and infinitely more.

In other words, the same God that's in me is in you and everyone else as well, which makes everything we become, we become through focus and effort, and for the religious, that focus is God.

So when I open to God, which I do almost all the time anymore, and let God do it, I am simply moving beyond my self-centered consciousness, to become one with the consciousness of God, as Jesus put it.

I know this sounds radical, but it's logical to the core, if one believes what Jesus taught. It's just that most who say they believe in Jesus, won't do anything he said, so how can they understand what I'm talking about when I say, “Let God do it”?

Kind of heavy, elgrunir, but how can I explain without saying what I just wrote? Like I said, there's no other way, and, no, you don't have to respond, but thanks for listening for sure!

elgrunir
elgrunir

@TomMiddleton @elgrunir 


Dude,


You said it beautifully.


It's a more eloquent version of what I was saying.  It's -absolutely- logical to the core.


(more very soon)

elgrunir
elgrunir

@TomMiddleton @elgrunir 


I remember a book by Dorothy Gilman, one of my favorite authors--A Nun in the Closet.


In it, there's a part about a guru having a conversation with some folks, and they ask him about God.


"Where would He put his essence?  At the top of the highest mountain?  Man will reach it.  At the depths of the deepest ocean?  Man will get there, too."


"He will put the Godhead in the most inaccessible place of all--in mankind itself."

elgrunir
elgrunir

@TomMiddleton @elgrunir 


Speaking of limericks, here's the Cortex one you'd missed before:



VISUAL CORTEX’S FIRST LIMERICK


Finally, I see Visual Cortex

In an argument, drawn into vortex

Here and there, a dropped quip

But the salient tip:

He likes to wrap his enemies in Gore-tex




Bruno2
Bruno2

elgrunir: Habitually and professionally, I'm a linguist.  I've always had fun with word roots, cutting and pasting to make interesting changes.

Out of curiosity,  el, as a linguist, would you say that the following pairs of posts were made by the same person, or by different people??


TBS Oct 1, 2014

@gotalife 

Now we know the Paul Harvey.  That part seems to get left out



Nobody_Knows Oct 2, 2014

@WoodstockMike 

Now tell us the Paul Harvey which is what their increase in revenue will be so that their projected tax bill goes up.

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Nobody_Knows Sep 27, 2014

@Soothsayer2 

You keep clicking your hills together and buying into that conspiracy but there will be no cutting off of oil and natural gas to Ukraine or other parts of Europe this winter.

They could do it now but you keep believing as you wish.

TBS Oct 3, 2014

@LeninTime @TBS 

You would be fired as a sales guy if they were paying you to promote communism.

Your beloved Putin is so awash with big oil cronies and other oligarchs he would fit right in with the folks of Wall St, London and Abu Dhabi. 

But you keep clicking your heels.................

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Nobody_Knows Sep 30, 2014

Criberious in the form of Captain Obtuse has made it to Bookman's blog again. 



Guess it is slow going over at Wingfield's place.

Now that is funny.  


TBS Oct 1, 2014

Tiberious has "blessed" us with his presence. 



Must be sad times next door. With all that talk about Jay and most of the bloggers here who would have thought he would come back?



And the new name?

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Nobody_Knows Oct 1, 2014

Tibs / Captain Obvious

Remember your manners here at Bookman's.  No need to repeat your old and tired mistakes.

TBS Oct 1, 2014

Tibs

Unlike your last foray on this blog make sure you keep it in line so you don't get punted out of the stadium again.

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Nobody_Knows Sep 29, 2014

@ThulsaDoom @Nobody_Knows 

The thin skinned one has assertions he can't back up. No one is surprised. 

Nothing new in his world.

He just yaps and yaps like a chihuahua.  No substance but he likes to be noticed.  

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TBS 3 days ago

The guilty chihuahua went to yapping

lol


elgrunir
elgrunir

@Bruno2 


The expressions make an interesting case, so does the linguistic pattern.  The former could have been borrowed, but the styles are very similar.


I'd say, "Probably."




breckenridge
breckenridge

July 11th - Fox News must not be happy about the Confederate flag coming down in South Carolina, at least judging from the extremely scant coverage on the front page of FoxNews.com. In fact, you could easily get the impression the “fair and balanced” network was deliberately ignoring this historic event. 

They probably meant to provide more coverage, but they simply forgot.  Yeah, that's it.



SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@TBS  It should be after 3 consecutive insults.Heck one is all it takes even for me.  LOL

elgrunir
elgrunir

This past week had felt rather dark

Seemingly everything wide of the mark

Friend Matt was groovy

And showed me a movie

Kenny’s “The Man” on South Park

TBS
TBS

The U.S. Parakeet has landed

elgrunir
elgrunir

On this Tom is not in the Middle

America--we should no longer diddle

All in the dance

All get a chance

Let’s not burn while Republicans fiddle

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@elgrunir 

In my opinion, your best ever.  ***** and one more - * - just plain because.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@elgrunir @TomMiddleton 

Didn't see. I just know yours is better than anything I've ever done. Do you write songs? Poetry? Where did you learn to rhyme?

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@elgrunir @TomMiddleton 

Wow and look at me, I had to look up “fungible”...lol. But I've been songwriting since the mid-70s, ever since the first one fell out of the air one Sunday after meditation. And when I learned that the creative process was much more getting out of the way than trying to direct it, I've had a ball.

When my you-know-whats get big enough, I may post something I've done and let the critics have at it (if they listen). LOL

elgrunir
elgrunir

@TomMiddleton @elgrunir 


I dig, man.


You're right; there's a good deal of "getting out of the way," maybe with a little feel.  To me it's like driving a vehicle or playing a pinball game or something... "feel" the machine and its capabilities and enjoy...

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@elgrunir @TomMiddleton 

I think everyone who's creative develops a meditative technique of sorts that works for them. I have a nephew who goes out driving by himself till it comes to him and he knows what to say.

But we have to somehow move beyond the blankity blank ego, so the spirit can do what it does best – create. It's like getting to the void of God to me and just sitting there and letting God do it. The only time it doesn't work is when I consciously try to take control, always a mistake.

Now how do you teach someone else to do that without them thinking you're crazy as Hell? It's impossible, but to someone like yourself, you know it from your own personal experience. Man it's great to talk to someone who knows what I'm talking about, for most just stop listening as soon as I use the word “God.”

elgrunir
elgrunir

@TomMiddleton @elgrunir 


Habitually and professionally, I'm a linguist.  I've always had fun with word roots, cutting and pasting to make interesting changes. 


Later, I ended up with a master's in Romance Language Development, Spanish concentration.  During that process and after, it just added fuel to the fire.  My thesis, in fact, was about using music toward language acquisition.  There's fun stuff that really, really works.  I didn't know a lick of Spanish until my mid-30's, but for years I've been able to blend with native speakers.


I took a poetry course and later, when I was working as a Spanish teacher, found that making things rhyme was easier than ever.  The whole rhythm-tone-accentuation thing gets ingrained. 


As for the limericks, I focus on a primary word that'll rhyme easily and a secondary word where I just need one more.  The choices are still fungible, though, and I make a few changes, work on the stressed syllables, and make it linguistically fit.


*Musically, I can't play anything worth a damn, but I can sing and write lyrics.



Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@TomMiddleton @elgrunir 

You don't know me from a bale of hay - of course - but if you want my opinion, post it.


I'm thoroughly enjoying Mr. elG's  stuff - a break from all the back and forth insults that usually fill this blog.

TBS
TBS

Tom

On my phone. For some reason I can only reply to the initial comment then I can't go any further so I have to start over with the comments

With that said , you do bring a somewhat even hand when I'm just blasting away

Appreciate that

Keep doing what you do

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@TBS 

Well that makes three of us who think I have a right to post, and thank you again, my friend.