Something a little contemplative at week’s end

Here’s something more than a little different, both musically and visually as well.

Ibeyi — Yoruban for “twins” — features twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, daughters of the late Afro-Cuban percussionist Anga Díaz. The two were raised in France, draw heavily from Yoruba tribal chants and traditions, and as you’ll hear from “River,” the mix of influences often results in something sounding much like an Afro-American spiritual.

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dbm1
dbm1

@TomMiddleton 

At one extreme, very few people are suicidal enough to practice the altruist morality with full consistency.  At the other, some people pay it lip service without practicing it at all.  John Lennon had plenty of money to not practice it with.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@dbm1 @TomMiddleton .

In other words, you agree that Lennon was the "phony" that Mark David Chapman said he was, right? Dude, to say that Lennon was rich enough not to practice what he preached misses the point: He died too soon!

dbm1
dbm1

@TomMiddleton @dbm1 

You almost sound like you're saying we need more phoniness.  Can you clarify?

dbm1
dbm1

@TomMiddleton @dbm1 

Not so much that he was rich enough not to practice what he preached.  Rather, he was rich enough to make a big difference between the results of not practicing it and practicing it, and to give him a broad spectrum of options in between.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@TomMiddleton 

I recall a BBC (?) program about Lennon where a stalker was hanging around his house.  He invited the kid in, and he and Yoko tried to explain that he (Lennon) was just this guy, and that the kid should look for his own answers.

Lennon stops, truly looks at the kid for the first time, and asks, "Have you eaten recently?"  He feeds the kid, and sends him on his way.

I don't know what the sequence of events means, but it stuck with me.  A complicated man, indeed.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Nick_Danger 

Those who fail to see with complexity, instead of seeing in simple, easy labels, will never understand John Lennon.  Here is a revealing quote of his which may interest a few readers:

"In one way, I was hip.  I was hip in kindergarten -  I was different from the others. . .there was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things people didn't see.  I always saw things in a hallucinatory way."


John Lennon had consciousness at age 5.  That is rare. Why must we expect our artistic geniuses to be confined to a mere label of orthodox thinking - either good or bad, saint or sinner?  It is their very unorthodox minds which break barriers of consciousness, just as scientists break barriers of sound.


TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@dbm1 @TomMiddleton 

Lord, Dude, you are an Ayn Randian for sure. With Lennon claiming his "Imagine" was "just a bloody song," and you defending his right to have had "a broad spectrum of options," including be as "phony" as he wanted, I really have no more to say. 

Unfortunately for Lennon, he didn't try very hard to live up to what he said he believed, and what a terrible shame for him that turned out to be.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@MaryElizabethSings @Nick_Danger 

If you still haven't figure out that the Kingdom of God is right here and now waiting on you to learn to see and be it, I'm not sure you'll ever understand, which, to me, is a very sad thing indeed. Sometimes I think you're as phony as John Lennon, and the problem with that is you should know better by far.

You can't memorize your way to enlightenment, ME, and your flat-earth mentality is devoid of the real depth you need to see all things as alike. In other words, only in God is there the egalitarian world you seek, yet you cling to your individuality like you think maybe if you pretend hard enough, somehow it will become true.

You must learn to transcend yourself through love of God first and then one another, just like Jesus said. And until you put your books away and learn to read the spirit God every second of every day like he taught, I'm afraid you're going end this cycle of life without becoming the Mary Elizabeth you've dreamed you could be and already say you are

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@TomMiddleton 

I simply wrote that John Lennon was an artist with an unorthodox mind, which most artists have. 

Just because Lennon stated, "It's only a song," does not mean that he did not also believe the words and music in his song "Imagine."

You do a lot of judging, Tom.  Both of Lennon and of me.

"Judge not that ye be not judged." 


Please do not respond to this.  Enough has been written already.



dbm1
dbm1

@TomMiddleton @dbm1 

I was not defending him.  While he has a right to be phony as long as he does not commit fraud, I don't approve of his being phony.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@MaryElizabethSings @TomMiddleton 

"Judging" in the way Jesus used it, and in the context of his Golden Rule, is about punishment not just the perception we all must have and use to be even able to tell right from wrong in the first place.

So before you go accusing someone else of doing what you do all the time on this blog anyway, please learn that as Jesus used the word, "judging” means punishment or action. Mary Elizabeth, I just tell the truth!

Oh, and since Jesus taught us that “by their fruits ye shall know them,” I'm pretty sure that Lennon did not believe his words in “Imagine.” And you're OK with that? Why?

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@MaryElizabethSings @TomMiddleton 

When you can prove that you are actively moving toward God by what you know and say, I will believe that you are on the spiritual path, but so far it's just your spirituality by rote. This was also Lennon's problem, meaning how ironic you defend him so. With him is was all drugs and other temporary fixes which didn't take him anywhere but down, and what a shame.

There is only one God, thus only one Kingdom of God, and it's within each and everyone of us. And if you can't understand this, then nothing else he taught will ever make sense about the real spiritual path and what is to come.

Remember when I posted my words to “Eternity” almost four years ago? You liked them and even posted some of the lines back to me in agreement. What happened to that Mary Elizabeth?

I wish we'd never met or at least that I'd never taken you as seriously as I did. I mistakenly thought you also wanted to learn – what it would have taken for our friendship to have worked, one with the real spirit of God in charge, not you!!!

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@MaryElizabethSings

But if you're not showing your spiritually [sic] to others, then you're not proving it to God, right? Don't give up, Mary Elizabeth: You can get "there" from here! :-)

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TomMiddleton 

Holy crap, no.

It's cold, damp and dreary up here in the mountains with at least another 2 days forecast of this nastiness.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@honested 

From the terrific album "Before and After Science," as I recall (I would have preferred "Judy With", but inspired choice, nonetheless).

Kamchak
Kamchak

I'm just a notch in your bedpost
But you're just a line in a song
(A notch in your bedpost, but you're just a line in a song)

Drop a heart, break a name
We're always sleeping in, and sleeping for the wrong team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhG-vLZrb-g

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

My latest Subaru came with satellite radio.

go with that a bit-   Subaru drivers are insanely loyal Why?  What model do you drive?

 

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

It's been a crazy week for me. My latest Subaru came with satellite radio. I'm addicted. Heard Long John Baldry doing the Faces song Flying written by Ronnie Wood. I'd post a link but I took Latin in high school. Happy Friday.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Strange video and music.  But to each his own.


Your friendly neighborhood Heathen had a very stressful week dealing with regulators in a personal and professional capacity.  Glad to see Friday night come.

Speaking of rivers, the Appalachian Mountain rivers are going to be juking this weekend.

https://youtu.be/-vVQaZumI2Q

straker
straker

"the two were raised in France, draw heavily from Yoruba tribal chants"


Did they absorb much French culture while growing up?

Mick11
Mick11

Loneliness, ever felt completely alone?  A lot of love in my life...yet...I've felt the pain.  Now, does every unfortunate soul try to go out one upping the other with murder?

A very sad reality with all the beauty that surrounds us..

This song captures it-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_P-v1BVQn8