Saturday, July 12, 2008

the madman is a waking dreamer

Thoughts on dreams, borrowed from James Hughes' Altered States:

The Greeks built temples to Hypnos, the god of sleep, where sick people would sleep, hoping to be cured by dreams.

The Romantics fed on the irrational dreamworld for their art, preferring it to the certain rationality of the Enlightenment. Some used drugs such as laudanum, opium, and hashish to bring them to these places when their rational minds could not.

Freud said that dreams are our repressed sexual and aggressive urges. In most of us, the ego censors these urges during conscious states. Since the ego loses much of its control during sleep and thus cannot block these urges, it must make them “acceptable” by disguising and distorting them.

Carl Jung saw parallels between psychotic delusions and ancient myth and theorized that below the personal unconscious in all of us lies a collective unconscious, shared by all of humanity. This could explain why many of the same dreams and mythological themes appear in otherwise unconnected cultures. He viewed dreams as gateways to this collective unconscious.

Shamans and yogis act consciously in “dream bodies” which can take them to other locations and other worlds.

Dutch physician Frederik van Eeden was one of the first in the Western world to record an account of lucid dreaming, noting that the dream worlds in which he traveled “cleverly imitated” the real world but with “small failures.” Like shamans, he described being able to slip into his “dreaming body” and believed that flying in a dream often indicated the onset of a lucid dream.

While for most people, dreams are considered an altered state of consciousness that is different from a normal conscious state, in some people the line is blurred. Psychotics do not appear to need to dream during sleep to the extent that non-psychotics do. It is believed that this is because psychotics dream while being awake.

Circle on a Bus in San Francisco

Best guys, on and off stage.

tonight I listened patiently to broadcasted silence on the radio

Elbow-Toe in Impose Magazine.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Son House - Death Letter Blues

reverence in the songs, reverence in the numbers

Blue notes: flat third, flat fifth, flat seventh.

The number 3: The perfect divine number, the holiest of all numbers. Golden Triangle. The highest deities are in threes: Babylon had Anu, Bel and Ena; India had Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; Greco-Roman Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, and the Christian Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Carl Jung said it represented the merging of the will with the heart and the soul. The ancient Babylonians and Celts said it represented creation being born out of the union of the number 2. It is associated with Hecate, the Goddess of the Crossroads.

The number 5: Pythagoras said 5 represented man in perfect balance with the universe and contained the sum of the male and female elements. The five symbolizes the individual (one who defies the natural order). Five fingers on the hand. Pentagram. Four elements of earth, air, fire, and water surmounted or united by spirit. The Chinese believe the number represents the 5 elements that are used in the divination oracle The I Ching: earth, air, water, fire and metal. Consists of two unequal parts, 2 and 3, two obtuse and one acute golden triangle. The diversity supposedly brings evil and misfortune.

The number 7: Spiritual perfection, completeness. Age of reason. Renewal. Seven levels of hell, seven evil spirits, seven capital sins, seven virtues, seven sacraments. The apocalypse consists of seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls. Babylonian Ziggurats had seven steps (Tower of Babel), as did the Temple of Solomon. The angle of the Great Pyramid is that of a seven-sided polygon. A heptagon (7-sided polygon) cannot fit evenly into a circle - the angles are an infinite number. Rome was built on seven hills. Buddha seeks salvation for 7 years before achieving enlightenment. 7 days in a week, seventh day is holy and for rest. Fields were to be left fallow every seventh year as a means of allowing the earth to regenerate itself. The number 7 is God's number.

Bill Monroe - Wayfaring Stranger

Gives me chills.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Talking Drums

The Yoruba , the Akan, and many other African peoples speak pitch-tone languages in which a single syllable or word has several meanings, and one indicates the desired meaning by speaking at an appropriate pitch level, usually high, middle, or low. Among these people, speech has melodic properties, and the melodies found in music suggest words and sentences. By using generally understood correspondences between pitch configurations in speech and in music, musicians can make their instruments talk. This is the secret of the celebrated West African talking drums, which literally drum up trade for merchants by announcing wares and prices and can also send messages, announce visitors, and flatter or revile public figures.

- Robert Palmer, Deep Blues

New York City Breakers

Mr. Wave is my hero.


From the animated cartoon "Samson og Sally" by Jannik Hastrup.