Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Good morning, good people. Today I am taking the advise of a friend and firing up the scanner again for today’s art entry. Here’s another piece, obviously done with the same pots of paint as the 6/5/09-Take the World in a Love Embrace entry. I choose this piece because I am sending Scot’s healing art energy to Korea. When people start acting against their own best self-interest, it becomes hard to predict what they might do.
Scot and I have always stood in support of a free and open media, believing STRONGLY that journalists should not be sentenced to twelve years hard labor for doing their jobs. Heading off toward Korea are a beautiful little angel, people (?) with power to the rescue, and the growing edge of art-power.
As for today’s music—sorry about the poor audio quality. Today’s song, “The Rule of the Devastated Man” is a demo made for Folklore in the late 1980’s. Once again Scot is roughing out his tracks, creating musical parts and blocking out the lyric structure. Because the audio quality is so poor, I’m going to toss out a few tidbits:
Tragic—freedom qualities gone.
I want the rule of a devastated man.
Don’t wear that face, when you cut with that knife.
I smell the blood of an english man.
I’ll do my time, if the sandman does me.
Rubber Man, stealin’ the land.
In a nutshell, this is a song about colonialism and the ravages that system loosed upon the world. What I think Scot was trying to point to in this song, is the growing gap between the haves and the have nots in today’s world. I think the rule of the devastated man, points to a desire for rule by those who have suffered and survived. The devastated man is I think, a humble man. ‘The Rubber Man’ on the other hand, sucks the juice out of things, or blows stuff up to get at what he wants. I smell the blood of an english man. An easily enough recognizable scenario. I do my time, if the sandman does me—blessed sleep--escape.
Scot went on to record this song this song with “Folklore.” In that arrangement (which I will play down the line) Scot modulated the song up a half note, three or four times during the song, creating a steady gradual build up, to a drum-smashing conclusion. Listening threw head phones is a good way to get in more on the lyrics—and DEFINITELY—blow this one up!!!