Music and Art

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Harvey

The Village News & Views August 30, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 223 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

Due to circumstances, today’s post is going to be a shell of its former self, but please enjoy your morning beverage, chat with your friends, discuss politics if it suits you, and keep the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 222: Concealed.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Omens

The Village News & Views August 23, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 216 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

Banner photo courtesy NASA, though I don’t think it is from this week’s eclipse. But you get the idea. Banner caption should be, “Is this a hint or something?”

This week… I got nothing. So today’s theme is Pause and Re-Group.

However I reserve the right to throw some random stuff out here and… oh, but you’re used to that by now, right?

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 115: Principled Realism

Join the Battle for Net Neutrality – If you haven’t done this, we are going to run out of time to comment rather shortly.

DK: While Pres. Trump took to TV to talk about War, Rev. Barber II came to Topeka to talk about Hope

Music after the break – WARNING! NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Oh the Humanity

The Village News & Views August 16, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 209 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread.

The banner picture is a crowd shot from the original (my favorite) 1967 movie The Producers. This is the crowd’s reaction during the first few minutes of Springtime for Hitler, before they start laughing. My mental caption for it is, White Men in Horror! If you haven’t seen the movie, I don’t know you.

Oh alright, I know you. You dear sweet innocent young thing!

Mel Brooks said in an interview in 2001, “If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win…That’s what they do so well: they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter, they can’t win. You show how crazy they are.”

When our waking hours become so inundated with shock, and entirely appropriate horror, what can we do?

We’re already #Resisting with all our might. Are we really supposed to be able to laugh?

For now, it may be too soon. So don’t worry about laughing, yet. But we can acknowledge just how pathetically cartoonish the man occupying the White House is become.

Dangerous? Oh yes. But nevertheless, a nasty, evil, pathetic cartoon.

WTFJH Yesterday – Day 208: Retweet rampage.

TechCrunch.com – FCC adds 2 weeks to comment period for the proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Mixtape

The Village News & Views August 9, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 202 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. Today the subject is music as political activism.

Music is ephemeral. For many of us, it expresses emotions that are sometimes hard to capture any other way. The right song can make us cry, help us laugh, give us courage to fight, show us the way to compassion.

Music and politics have been uneasy, but inevitable bedfellows for as long as both have existed. I’ve linked some articles below that offer some takes on pop music and modern politics, but today I am going to focus on two songs and their music videos in particular.

I’m going to start with something that remains to me one of the all time most significant acts of musical Resistance from the modern age.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Cartomancy Edition

The Village News & Views March 29, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village People!

It’s day 69 of the Resistance to the regime of Trump and the Republican majority. The sheer level of tension and intensity is affecting everyone except those who are insulated by ignorance or devotion to bigotry.

One way to process situations and events which threaten to overwhelm us is to look for our own hidden perceptions through the use of symbols.

I’ve been fascinated by one such method of seeking understanding, Tarot cards, for many years. I don’t read often and I don’t read for others but I love the cards, love the deep layers of symbolism and love the way these things can coax out of a receptive consciousness new aspects of understanding about things we already know.

I have half a dozen decks or so, but like most people, the first exposure I had was via the Rider-Waite deck.

The cards were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith from the instructions of academic and mystic A. E. Waite, and published by the Rider Company.

Some imagery remains similar to that found in earlier decks, but overall the Waite-Smith card designs represent a substantial departure from their predecessors. The Christian imagery of previous decks cards was toned down, for instance the “Pope” card became the “Hierophant”, the “Papess” became the “High Priestess”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider-Waite_tarot_deck

Nevertheless, there is still a lot of Christian imagery in the illustrations, which appear to be set roughly in a medieval European environment.

Which brings me to something I ended up doodling with in Photoshop, and then before I knew it things had gone a little bit beyond doodling. I don’t really have a good excuse for this. Nevertheless I wanted to bring it out, in spite of the fact that it’s one of the rather craziest things I’ve done in a while, and coming from me, well, let’s just say that’s an interesting proposition.

Ready?

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Disjointed Gathering

The Village News & Views March 22, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Howdy friendly Village people!

I wasn’t sure how long it would take for events to converge in such a way as to render me without a coherent theme or idea for my Wednesday blog posting here at Moose Pond, but it didn’t take that long. That day is here. It may return. We can only hope for the best.

Tonight I’m going to be doing something unexpected and fun, going to a concert. Duran Duran. I’ve seen them before, it was a number of years ago. I’ll let you know my thoughts afterwards if I have any. In the meantime, here’s a semi-random collection of Things I hope you may enjoy or at least not be too bored by.

He’s sinking faster than a drowning man
He’ll grab a hold of anyone he can
Gun in his pocket and a heart of ham
Uncle Sam…

He’s dying faster than a rabid dog
Infect us all now he’s losing blood
Nose for trouble and a soul of rock
Smokey’s man…

Don’t drag me down
I don’t wanna drown
Your going down
(Hay) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

There’s not much flesh
Just skin and bone
Cheeks sunk deep
Eyes popping wide
Don’t put out a hand to help him
This drowning man will bite it right off
Right off , Right off , Right off..

He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen
He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen
He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen
He’s selling faster than a magazine
Infect us all with his TV screen

Don’t drag me down
I don’t wanna drown
Your going down
(Hay) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Ides of March Edition

The Village News & Views March 15, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Good morning fellow Village people!

It’s Day 55 of the Resistance and the election is far, far behind us. Perception is a weird thing, and in this new America it often feels like one day is a week and every week is a month. So much tension, so many assaults on our sensibilities, Muslim bans, destruction of health care, Russian collaboration… the list unfortunately goes on.

So I realize I should “be over it”. However, it seems I may not be. In fact, my mind wants to argue that there is some illogic to “being over it”, that something valuable and important may be lost if I just give in and get over it.

I haven’t.

March 15th is of course the Ides of March. I remember as a little girl demanding to know what Ides were and why Ceasar was supposed to fear them. Shakespeare has never been my particular thing but I always did love Marc Antony’s speech in Act 3, Scene 2, and have parodied it a time or two, however badly.

It appears I haven’t quite gotten that out of my system yet either.

Patient friends, I promise tweets and a cat meme or two at the end. Meanwhile…

Yo, Village – blank verse by momentarygrace

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday The Prisoner Resistance Primer

The Village News & Views March 8, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

In 1967 a television program aired called The Prisoner. Staring and in many ways the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who was directly off a 4 year stint on the espionage thriller Danger Man (seen in the US as Secret Agent), the show aired 17 episodes and became very possibly the literal prototype of the television cult classic.

Yes, there was a remake in 2009, but we are going to pretend that didn’t happen, because, well, it might as well not have.

There’s a massive amount of opinion and fan discussion both on the web and in published media about the original series and I will be shocked if very many Meeses are entirely unaware of it. It has been on my mind of late, for a number of reasons not the least of which was the name change that occurred in our original community over on the Daily K from the Village Under the Bus to simply, The Village. That renaming was an elegant effort on the part of one of our bedrock members to preserve the group in that location, however it struck me as both poetic and ironic that our fellowship should eventually end up with a name associate with one of the most extreme, and effective Resistors in all of fiction.

It was only a matter of time before I brought up the subject for consideration by my fellows and that is how we come to today’s post…

The Prisoner: A Resistance Primer

“If I could do it again, I would. As long as people feel something, that’s the great thing. It’s when they are walking around not thinking and not feeling, that’s tough. When you get a mob like that, you can turn them into the sort of gang that Hitler had.”

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday What Cats Can Teach Us About Resistance

The Village News & Views
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Did you #BLACKOUTTRUMP last night? Since I’m writing this before the actual speech, I’m sure there will be a number of blogs and news stories about it by Wednesday morning, however I’m going to give you the fun of finding them yourself and talk about something else.

What Can Cats Teach Us About Resistance:

“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Not everyone loves cats. Since I respect everyone’s freedom to their own preferences, I suggest that if you aren’t a fan of the cat, when reading this diary, every time you see the word “cat”, you insert the name of your favorite animal.

It Takes A Village: VNV 2-22-17 Persist, Resist, & The Next Thing I Knew

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With Love from the Land of the Absurd:

It’s all DoReMI’s fault. Tuesday’s post was a wonderful collection of political cartoons, including a very appropriate one from none other than Theodor Seuss Geisel, the one and only Dr. Seuss. I learned to read on Seuss books and always loved the good doctor’s gentle absurdity.

And lo and behold, as I pondered what to do for today’s Hump Day Free For All, my brain churned, coughed and sputtered and produced this. I offer it with love, with all props and respect to the Master, and with the blessing of Eris. And now…