Theater of the Mind

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Theater of the Mind

Nothing is as vivid as our “theater of the mind”. Society moves at such a rapid pace that it’s almost impossible to just think. Many people could sit back and really listen to music back in the 60’s (and into the early 70’s). Many times, these recordings had a loosely-based theme that could be molded by the minds of anyone listening. It was a slower, yet still turbulent time.

Typically, today’s music is shoveled out in rigid formats that leave no place for imagination. There’s a reason for that… Populations are easier to manipulate if they’re kept ignorant and rewarded for it. There is generally the same homogenized sound on many songs, depending on the “genre”. Don’t stray! Form a marketing funnel. Play the game. Above all, don’t think!

Other Factors

Other factors exist for the the decline of critical listening. For one, the sheer speed of our lives leaves little quality time left. Popular music, for the most part, seems to be repetitious, lowest-common denominator-appealing garbage. Younger listeners many times don’t know know what they don’t know due to lack of school music curriculum.

The second is economic. People have to make a living, so with multiple jobs and families to support, many no time to research the daily news, let alone purchase and critically listen to music. I remember finding albums that sold two for the price of one back in the day. I was more apt to try one of these and found some real gems that way; future buying based on the initial choice. (Chicago comes to mind). YouTube has tons of stuff to hear, so it’s all-of-a-sudden affordable. Please support those you enjoy when you can though!

Third is the (lack of) culture. Instant gratification rules the day (for now, anyway). Loud, live, lit-up crowds provide that false sense of sophistication and belonging. But, you don’t need anyone else’s approval. You only need your own. Take the first step out of the sheeple… Listen boldly!

Critical Listening

Critical listening can take you to the theater of your mind. Remember, you are an individual, not a demographic. Since you might be socially isolating right now, think about using your powers to step outside the box and see what else (besides the mainstream slop being peddled) is out there. I guarantee rich audio rewards!

Question the origin of all you hear. Listen to it in that perspective. Make it personal.

Since you can’t go out right now, bring the real concert to you. The fancy lasers, etc. aren’t there. They’re in the theater of the mind!

Oh, I might add:

2020- The Great Awakening album by Skyypilot is out now. It’s almost two hours of theater for the mind. Wherever you get music… Thanks!

2020-The Great Awakening/Skyypilot

© 2020 J. Mark Witters Skyypilot Media Skyypilot.com

When I Was a Boy

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When I Was a Boy

When I was a boy, I grew up in a rural Illinois community where there was a strong sense of community and personal responsibility. My brother and I shared a paper route, played Little League baseball/basketball, and pickup football games. We could walk to the corner for an ice cream cone or to the nearby grade school to play basketball. We built a “fort” in our back yard with scraps provided by our carpenter neighbor right down our alley; camp out there in a tent in summer if we chose. As long as we checked in, we could ride our bicycles all over our little town of 10,000. Schools taught cursive writing. Legal immigrants from all over the world assimilated into our society. There were taught values.

Culture was rich in the 1960’s. I listened to the top 40 countdown from Chicago’s WLS radio. I spent some of my paper route money for 45 rpm singles. There were new sounds emerging as never before. Record album covers were works of art with lots of information inside and out. Often there were uplifting songs that would inspire us to go beyond our base inclinations to a promising future.Songs on those albums often were diverse from song to song- The Beatles (my favorite band) led the way.

The Beatles’ run was effectively ended when they deemed themselves independent from outside (corporate/government) influence. This made them politically and economically dangerous. Since that time, no other band could survive without touring. It keeps them too busy to cause a problem for the “machine”. They spent their time recording-real recording artists.

Times Have Changed

Indeed, times have changed. Postmodernism took over. Everything has been turned on its ear. Rationality is out. No cursive writing taught-too individualistic. Mob mentality. Hysteria. Fear-mongering. Herded like sheep. Central Bank Ponzi schemes. Lying, thieving politicians, businessmen, and media surround us. No one assumes personal responsibility. Chaos ensues because the globalist elite find us easier to control by division.

Sheep No More

The good news is WE ARE SHEEP NO MORE. People are waking up to the lies that are being fed to us by the fake media. We see how dishonest these politicians are by the impeachment spectacle perpetrated on America by those who clearly chose their power over any concern for problems their very policies have caused. Many actors, writers, academics, business people, musicians, artists, etc. provide aid and comfort to the true enemy-deception.

Peter Schweizer’s Profiles In Corruption details only part of this decades-old orchestrated scheme of theft and betrayal. We will soon learn of things that will boggle your mind. The boomerang turns. Stay tuned…

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Two Words- Leonard Cohen

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Two Words- Leonard Cohen

As a recording artist, for me, there are two words- Leonard Cohen.

I just listened (twice) to Cohen’s beautiful posthumous “Thanks For The Dance”. The album was started while what everyone assumed would be his final album (“You Want It Darker”) was produced, three weeks before his death in 2016. Adam Cohen took his father’s narration of beautiful lyrics and wove it into a masterpiece. Well done!

Setting the Stage

Setting the stage, Leonard Cohen was born in 1934. He grew up in Jewish middle-class Montreal; lost his father at nine years of age. He became immersed in poetry while attending McGill University. “Let Us Compare Mythologies”was his first (of many) book(s) of poetry, published in 1956.

In 1966, Leonard Cohen announced to a Montreal television producer, “I want to write songs. He wrote and recorded his debut album, Leonard Cohen, in 1967. He went on to release fifteen studio and eight live albums in his amazing career.

Songs of Leonard Cohen

The songs of Leonard Cohen were essentially poetry. There was actual communication taking place, instead of meaningless image pimping. His words have all emotions on many levels.

Here are but a few of Leonard Cohen’s masterpieces:

  • Suzanne
  • So Long, Marianne
  • Bird on a Wire
  • Hallelujah
  • Famous Blue Raincoat

As I said, there are many, many more great songs in the Leonard Cohen library. Here is a video on the first song on the posthumous “Thanks For The Dance”-“What Happens to the Heart”:

Start Over

At 71, Leonard Cohen was forced to start over. In 2005, he discovered much of his his money taken and song rights sold by his long-time manager. He went back to touring and produced some of his finest work- three studio albums in the last five of his eighty-two years.

My point, simply, is this: Leonard Cohen chose to “die with his boots on”. He created up to (even beyond) his departure from this earth in 2016- a true artist and example for us all.

© 2019 J. Mark Witters Skyypilot Media Skyypilot.com