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  Stevie King: Re: <ljfyffe posts intelligent and comprehensive analysis of lyrics...[and] cogent observations on a whole range of other subjects> Yeah, but does he have heart?
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  Stevie King: Every time I go on facebook, someone posts something from a page called "I F---king Love Science", which bills itself as showcasing "the lighter side of science". I can't get past the name--it's too harsh, the profane title turns me away, nothing about the name, to me anyway, encourages one to come check out "the lighter side of science".
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  harrylime: Here's

Buddy Holly


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  harrylime: <Travis Bickle: <harrylime> Yo HarryFab, I liked that Iggy tune you played the other day called Nightclubbing! ; P Nightclubbing - Iggy Pop

Yo <Mr DEEJAY> !

I bow down to you ...

May-24-15  cormier: (Adds fire on tanker extinguished, risk of oil spill, details). SIRTE, Libya May 24 (Reuters) - Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire,
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  harrylime: <Travis Bickle: Sweet Jane - Lou Reed

Pretty cool !

Love this !

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  waustad: <harrylime: Here's Buddy Holly EVERYDAY> Harry, you're starting to think like me. Next you'll be doing cuts from Parsifal!
May-25-15  HeMateMe: Art Garfunkel has new, angry words to say about Paul Simon.

"--The pair split in 1970 after enjoying wild success as a 1960s musical duo Garfunkel, 73, has now claimed his former partner was an 'idiot' for 'walking away from this lucky place on top of the world'

--Claimed that former Beatle George Harrison once came up to him at a party and said 'my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you' in a dig at McCartney"


Without Paul Simon Artie would have been a high school history teacher with a good singing voice. In Simon's auto bio he mentions that "Artie had gotten increasingly belligerent when I sang a portion of our concerts as a solo artist."

It went downhill from there. According to Paul Simon, it was Art who actually walked away from the duo. Maybe Artie thought he was going to become a movie star because he was in carnal knowledge with Jack Nicholson. Simon thought he had taken the pairing as far as he could, and had to go solo.

Pretty funny about George Harrison. In George's world I guess McCartney was holding him back, because George wasn't getting his own songwriting on Beatles albums. In his 1979 book With These Ears, Beatles producer George Martin said that "Paul McCartney and John Lennon are *exceptional* talents. George Harrison and Ringo Starr are capable musicians." Ouch. But, that's really how it was.

May-25-15  ljfyffe: Before Christian Existentialism was even formalized, its philosophical perspective presents itself informally through the poetic lyrics of the Romantic poets who were reacting against the assertion that reason and science surely be the means to a better world. The Romantics believed within the material world can be sensed a spiritual one that humans can tap into, and come to an understanding that existence has meaning. For a number of these so-called transcendental poets, Christ, conceived as half-man and half-god, represents this particular viewpoint. Samuel Coleridge's poetry of yore and Iron Maiden's present-day hard-rock music, despite both being thought otherwise by the unknowing, promote the perspective known as Christian existentialism.
May-25-15  ljfyffe: <Iron Maiden> actually quotes Coleridge in a song named after the famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: <Day after day, day after day/ we struck nor breath nor motion/
as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean/
Water, water everywhere and/
all the boards did shrink/
Water everywhere nor any drop to drink>

The Coleridge poem, inspired by the seafaring explorers of the British Empire, provides an analogy of an individual confronting a great universe all alone:
<The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,/ The furrow followed free;/
We were the first that ever burst
Into the silent sea,>

The mariner shoots an albatross, terrible things happen thereafter, the crew is cast out of Eden, so to speak, but the mariner survives and realizes: "For the dear God whom loveth He made and loveth all".>
Iron Maiden also concludes: <That we must love all things that God made.> Keeping with Christian existentialism, however, the mariner's realization only comes after a long struggle with his own conscience. Choices are not always clear-cut; both the poem and the song are parables. The answer is blowing in the wind, not in organized religion.
May-25-15  ljfyffe: God who loveth
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  OhioChessFan: B.B. King-Just a Little Love

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  Stevie King: George Ezra, "Budapest":
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  Stevie King: King Crimson, "Starless":
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  Karposian: <HeMateMe: In his 1979 book With These Ears, Beatles producer George Martin said that "Paul McCartney and John Lennon are *exceptional* talents. George Harrison and Ringo Starr are capable musicians." Ouch. But, that's really how it was.>

George Harrison was an exceptional talent too, and he was indeed held back, particularly by McCartney and Martin. He was lucky if he got at least <one> of his own songs on a Beatles album. Eventually they gave him a little more space, and with masterpieces such as "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" he showed what a world-class songwriter he was.

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  Karposian: <ljfyffe: Samuel Coleridge's poetry of yore and Iron Maiden's present-day hard-rock music, despite both being thought otherwise by the unknowing, promote the perspective known as Christian existentialism.>

Interesting. I have never considered Coleridge an existentialist. A trancendentalist, certainly (Emerson was clearly influenced by him), but an interesting viewpoint. I wonder if he had any influence on Kierkegaard who is "the Godfather" of Christian existentialism.

And yes, I agree with Iron Maiden being Christian existentialists, I can see that. Funnily enough (and predictably enough), they have been labelled "Satanists" by some ignoramuses. Poppycock, of course, particularly given that some of the members are born again Christians.

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  Travis Bickle: You Won't See Me - The Beatles
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  Travis Bickle: Think For Yourself - Beatles
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  Karposian: <Travis Bickle> "Think For Yourself" is a great example of George's songwriting talent, that had not yet completely flourished. That song is from Rubber Soul, so it's as early as 1965.

Cheers from your favorite screwhead :)

May-25-15  ljfyffe: <Karposian>I see Coleridge's as a proto-existentialist; that is, the Rime can be viewed as an anology of mankind's aloneless in the world. In other words, forming within Romanticism were the seeds of individual subjectivism. Transcendentalism de-objectified God, and left it up to the individual to connect with the force which that through the green fuse drives the flower. But the nascent seeds of existentialism contained therein fell upon fertile fields, ploughed up by the horrors of modern war.
May-25-15  ljfyffe: force which through
May-25-15  cormier: Days after the Islamic State (IS) secured twin victories by capturing Ramadi in Iraq and the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has offered to send more troops to Iraq to bolster the anti-IS campaign.
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  MissScarlett: I've gone right off that Emma Watson:
May-25-15  cormier: A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.

Tahar Ben Jelloun

May-25-15  ljfyffe: The dehumanizing conditions of large cities, found in countries like America, finds in the lyrics of the hard-rock group Motley Crue containing more the nihilistic aspects of Nietzsche than the righteous stand of Kierkegaard: <Don't look to Jesus to change your seasons/ It's the American dream/
Souls of the gypsies, road of stone/
Can't seem to find no peace, so head out,

And I just can't seem to break the shackles of the city boy blues.>

The perspective is a darkened one:
<You got to stick to your guns/ What's right for you, isn't right for everyone/
Ain't right for everyone/
You got to stick to your guns,>

The existential imperative to make a decision and keep to it is even more chilly if the guns are not taken as simply metaphor.
Welcome to Los Angeles:
<So come right in/
Cause everybody sins/
Welcome to the scene of the crime/
You want it? Believe it/
We got it if you need it/
The devil is a friend if mine.>

The American Dream, tinged with a sense of irony, viewed from the perspective of a motley crew. The vision, much darker than that of the Grateul Dead: <Set out runnin', but I take my time/ A friend of the devil is a friend of mine.>

The messages delivered by Motley Crue are not all negative, however. Because lots of people are in the same situation of despair, there are calls for reformation in America: <Be strong and laugh and

Shout at the devil.>

<Martin Luthor/
Brought the truth/
The colour of our blood's the same.

So break the chains/
And sole the pains/
And we will become one race.>

Rousseau again: "We are born free, but everywhere we are in chains.>



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