Strange Occurrences at Black Sabbath’s Performance (2004)

Being a child raised on heavy metal, the opportunity to see Black Sabbath in their full original form was extraordinary. They resurrected their magic and musico-chemical components specially for Ozzfest in 2004. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and of course, Ozzy Osbourne, all took the stage to play some of the greatest songs ever made in the history of rock.

The band was infamous in the 70’s for dealing with occult themes and black magick. The (solo) Ozzy Osbourne song, “Mr. Crowley,” was an ode to one of the most notorious dark mystics in history, Aleister Crowley. Crowley was thought to be a Satanist by some, and he outwardly expressed allegiance to the devil multiple times. The Black Sabbath song “N.I.B.” includes the infamous line, “my name is Lucifer/please take my hand.” The album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath includes images of 666, demonic figures, and death. (We must mention that this album cover was created by Drew Struzan, famous for movie posters that include E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, Blade Runner, the Goonies,  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and dozens more.)

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It’s no secret that Black Sabbath indulged in the folklore of witchcraft and dark magic. What happened on July 14, however, went way beyond rock and roll contrivances.

Ozzfest took place at Jones Beach Auditorium in Wantagh, NY. This is an open venue with no walls, ceiling or dome. It’s a beautiful auditorium that sits on the Long Island Sound coast. The forecast for the day was clear skies and 0% chance precipitation.

The crowd was a heterogeneous mixture of old classic rock hippies, young metal-heads, 80’s-era headbangers then losing their hair, and Gothic misfits. Some fans were seriously devoted to the art of witchcraft, wearing amulets and exhibiting mudras (cosmic hand signals) while on the line for the bathroom. Inside the bathroom, stoned eccentrics were tattooed with pentagrams. Many dismissed this as signs of crazy burnouts who took enthusiasm for metal a little too far.

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As Black Sabbath took to the stage, the scent of cannabis filled the air. They played fan favorites including “Sweet Leaf,” and “Fairies Wear Boots.” Then came the time for one of the darkest compositions in their catalog, the self-titled song “Black Sabbath.”

The song “Black Sabbath” functions on a repeating diminished chord. The diminished chord is built by stacking two tritones (diminished perfect fifths). The tritone is also known as the “devil’s chord,” and thought to summon the image of Baphomet (Satan) himself. The lyrics of the song deal with a individual performing a black magick ritual, summoning the devil, and damning his own soul. The composition is saturated with tension and dissonance.

As the band broke into this number, something odd happened. Drops of rain began to fall all around us. The sky was already dark by the coming of nightfall. The crack of thunder broke out above the bay. A light storm formed directly over Jones Beach Auditorium.

Ozzy seemed unfazed by this, as if it were an expected part of the performance routine. He did acknowledge it, however, as a way to get the crowd going wild. The rainfall never progressed to anything other than a mild shower. The song ended, concluding its lyrical screams and hard-hitting guitar solos. The crowd jeered in amazement.

It’s at this point that some of you may say, “Okay it rained. So what?” If you don’t believe in dark magic or witchcraft, here’s why it’s significant: no other band would have made this a memory. It can rain at any concert, and the typical reaction would be “oh shit, it’s raining.” But Black Sabbath is strikingly unique and evocative. The allure of horror and magical occurrences are both elements that affect nearly all human beings. Black Sabbath harnessed this in a way that is unspeakable and ineffable. When it storms at the exact same time the song “Black Sabbath” begins to sound, you are taken in to a rock and roll experience that may never be re-created.

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Click the photo be taken to one if the greatest Crowley biographies available.

Some may actually believe that this was the pleasing of a dark master who controls all weather and elements. Maybe the ink pentagrams and sun adorations caused a cosmic force to alter the events of July 14, 2004. Some attendees did seem to defy the laws of typical consciousness.

Whatever you believe in, the point stands that this was a remarkable experience. Black Sabbath is broken up now, and I am not putting odds on Ozzy Osbourne living much longer of a life (though he’s defied all expectations so far). If there ever is the chance to see them perform again, be sure to recite an incantation directed at the ancient Egyptian deities to summon you some money for a ticket.

What It’s Like to Meet Paul McCartney!

I love contests. I love the feeling of thrill that comes with imagining yourself as the winner. Whether it’s buying a lottery ticket, trying to win a Gibson guitar (which is only $739 on Amazon by the way), or getting the chance to meet someone remarkable, the fantasy that comes along with entering is invigorating.

Earlier in the month, Omaze ran a campaign to fund the David Lynch Foundation, which we happily contributed to by donating 50% of site revenue. The prize was one of the most remarkable experiences any music fan could ever dream of: perform a soundcheck with Sir Paul McCartney.

Gregg Anderson from British Columbia, Canada was the lucky winner, and after speaking to him, I can tell you he fully deserved it. Omaze flew him out all the way from Spokane, put him up in a Brooklyn hotel, and gave him the experience of a lifetime. Did Gregg confront Sir Paul about Yoko Ono or demand a lock of hair as a keepsake? No. Instead, he genuinely thanked McCartney for the music that helped him through mourning and emotional stress.

I, on the other hand, would have had a prepared list of 20+ questions to direct at Sir McCartney, and then use the information selfishly to promote this site. Being that Gregg won, he was the one who has to endure my questioning and self-promotion.

Here’s what it’s like to meet Paul McCartney, the man who changed the course of music for centuries to come…

Steve/HMPYG: You had a hell of a week.

Gregg: It’s been crazy. It’s been absolutely crazy. I wasn’t prepared for the media attention afterwards.

Steve/HMPYG: Who’s been talking to you?

Gregg: A lot of local Canadian media (I’m from Canada). CTV, Major networks, the 60s radio…it’s been crazy.

Steve/HMPYG: Did they track you down on Facebook like I did?

Gregg: Yeah, you were one of the first guys, and then after you, it just exploded. I really like your blog by the way.

Steve/HMPYG: Thank you!

Gregg: I used to have a blog, I actually reposted one of my posts the day before I left to go see Paul McCartney in NY. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it. I just reposted an old blog posting. There’s a British singer, Billy Bragg. Behind Paul McCartney, he’s my favorite singer. I actually got to meet him. He’s the only guy (I’ve met quite a few people) that I choked up and lost it with. I just started mumbling (laughs).

  He just went, “Yeah..um..ok..well thanks.” I think I came up with the words “pop sensibility.” To this day, my brother never lets me forget it, he’ll just say “pop sensibilities.”

Steve/HMPYG: (laughs) So you did this contest, and I forget, it’s one chance per dollar?

Gregg: I think it’s 50 entries per $10 or something like that.

Steve/HMPYG: Yeah, I forget how it breaks down, but did you donate thousands of dollars to get a higher chance or did you just get a lucky break?

Gregg: No! (laughs) I got the lucky break. I donated $50, and I was only going to do 20. I read about the foundation. I suffer from anxiety a little bit, so what they’re doing sounded really cool. David Lynch is cool, so I upped it to 50 and I’m glad I did.

Steve/HMPYG: Yeah it resonated with me because I’m a therapist, and I feel meditation is one of the most effect therapeutic tools one can use. I was all about that cause. You were flown out to Brooklyn right?

Gregg: Yeah, they flew us out on a Wednesday morning. We had a car meet us. It was awesome, the car had a piece of paper taped to the side with my name on it. They drove us out to Brooklyn and we spent two nights there. That’s when I first talked to you. The day of the concert, they had a whole itinerary made out for us. The itinerary said we’d meet a girl Emily at 3:30 in the lobby, so the first half of the day is all for you to travel around Brooklyn. I found a cool little record shop, and Brooklyn’s really, really cool.

Steve/HMPYG: Yeah it is!

Gregg: I wasn’t prepared for the density of New York City. I knew it was big, but you don’t realize how dense it is. It just spreads forever.

Steve/HMPYG: There’s no place like it. So you got to Brooklyn, and the big day comes…

Gregg: Yeah, when we got there–getting there was actually pretty cool–we just walked up and it literally said “VIP DOOR.” We just walked right through. Emily, the Omaze girl, who was awesome, dropped some name, and boom, it was like the doors of Oz opened up for us. And then we got to meet Paul’s stage manager, his road manager, and they were all great. Basically, they were all kind of winging it, because they just said “we’ll come and get you when Paul’s here.”

  Paul was late because Justin Trudeau was at the UN that day, which shut down the roads. So, my own prime minister almost caused me to miss meeting Paul McCartney (laughs).

  They had the VIP section, where people get the open bar, they get a meal, and they get to watch the soundcheck. You’re quite a ways away from the soundcheck. So, all these people paid to do that, but I got all that, and I had all of Paul McCartney’s guys coming to me.

  They said, “Okay, when we bring you into the soundcheck, you’re going to stand over to the far left, and when he starts playing ‘Lady Madonna,’ we’re going to come get you.”

  Then, a guy came up to me, a British guy with a camera, he goes, “Hey, I’m with Paul’s team, I wanna bring you over here and interview you.”

  So during the soundcheck I was interviewed by this guy. He talked to me for quite a while actually. He led me back to the sound check, and I’m standing there watching it, and there were some deep cuts on that soundcheck man. He played “Ram On” from my favorite Paul McCartney album Ram. He played some obscure ones.

Steve/HMPYG: Did he mess up at all?

Gregg: No! No, no, no. Those guys are amazing.

  So they were taking pictures of us, the cameras were following me around, he’s getting different shots of us watching the soundcheck. And then boom, “Lady Madonna” kicks in. I said to myself I should be a lot more nervous than I am.

  And Bob Ross, the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, puts his hand on my shoulder, and says, “No Greg, don’t be nervous. You know why? Because you’re a good person. And you do good things, and you’re going to be awesome up there.” Not that I was super nervous, but I was even more relaxed after he did that.

  I can see the stage manager walking down, this burly Scottish guy. I think his name was Charlie. He says, “Alright Gregg, it’s time. Let’s go.” [Editors note: Gregg pulled off a killer Scottish accent telling this story]

  He asked me, “How ya feelin’?”

  And I go, “I’m okay!”

  He says, “You’ll be great, you’ll be great.”

  He takes me up there, to the side of the stage. They had a huge mixing board on the side of the stage. The stage manager goes to the sound guy at the board and asks, “Do you know exactly what we’re doing?” (laughs)

  The sound guy goes, “I don’t know. I don’t know what we’re doing. Let’s rock and roll.”

  And at that point, Paul McCartney starts talking about me on stage.

  I don’t know exactly what he said, because I was talking to these two guys, but I realized he mentioned my name. They call me out, and Paul says, “Let’s hear it for Gregg!”

  I walk out there, and they say, “When Paul sings ‘get back,’ you say ‘get back.’ You just repeat what he says in the chorus.”

  Charlie, the Scottish stage manager moves to the side and just points to Paul.

  So I walk out there, I walk all the way to the middle of the stage, and there’s Paul. He shakes my hand, thanks me for my donation, and that’s where it gets a little blurry for me. I’m not sure what I said, or what he was saying. I know I talked to Brian, the guitarist. Paul asked me questions, like “where are you from?” on the mic, things like that. It comes into focus for me more when the music started.

  “Get Back” starts. (Gregg imitates the opening guitar line)

  As soon as “Jojo was a man” (the first line) kicked in, I started singing with Paul. And Paul looked a little taken aback that I was singing with him. You could see it on my face, I went Ohh shitI just screwed up. 

Steve/HMPYG: (laughs)

Gregg: I think he just expected me to sing along for the chorus. He saw my reaction, just shook his head, and his eyes just go keep going, keep going! And I did. I sounded like I was yelling, but everyone said I sounded okay. I sang it all with him, and he was right there, kept pulling me in, like get a little closer to me.

  There’s that one little point if you know the song where he sings “Get back, get back, get ba-aa-aack.” The little Paul McCartney thing. I did that out on stage, and he looked at me, gave me the big eyebrows, and went Yeah man! Yeah! (laughs)

  It was at that point we started the second verse, and I just started singing it, and he smiled, and he walked away and let me sing it all by myself.

Steve/HMPYG: Man, I would’ve fainted at “Lady Madonna.” I probably would’ve just passed out.

Gregg: Yeah, I don’t know why I wasn’t more nervous. I don’t know. I should’ve been, but I wasn’t. The day before I was tense, but it wasn’t a bad tense. It was a real amped-up, ready to go kind of thing.

  But yeah, we finished the song. Everybody applauded. That’s when I got to thank him.

  I said, “Thank you so much Paul. Thank you for all the great music.” Stuff he’s heard probably a million times. He probably heard it 50 times that day alone.

  I said, “I want to thank you for all the great music. You got me through some really bad times.”

  I had a really bad year, my dad passed away a few months ago. A really bad year. I didn’t mention that to him, but I told him it was a bad year, and that he got me through  some really tough times.

  “I can’t thank you enough.”

  And for a guy that’s heard this a billion times, he was humbled. He was genuinely thankful that I felt that way. And that’s when he shakes my hand and gives me a big hug.

Steve/HMPYG: That’s powerful.

Gregg: Yeah. And then I asked if I could touch his bass. The Hofner bass. And he just throws it on me. Gives me the strap and just tells me to put it on.

Steve/HMPYG: That’s amazing!

Gregg: Yeah. That thing is insured for something like four million dollars. And he just throws it on me like it was nothing! He’s used that since 1964. It’s not the original one he had, that was stolen. But he’s used this one on tour since 1964.

Steve/HMPYG: Well here’s a question: Are you sure that this is the real Paul, and not an imposter that took the place of Paul back in Abbey Road years?

Gregg: (laughs) Yes, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is indeed not–what’s his name? William Campbell? This is the real Paul McCartney.

Steve/HMPYG: And he’s 75 years old. Did he show it?

Gregg: No. I definitely got the grandfather-ly vibe from him, but my dad was 75 and he didn’t look half as young as Paul McCartney. He put on a three-and-a-half hour show almost. No intermission. He goes flat out. It’s impressive. Really impressive.

Steve/HMPYG: When you have a catalog like that, there are 50 must-plays.

Gregg: You got so many songs, you’re not going to play all of them. I actually got to see him before in 2012. I actually used my rent money. I paid a whole month’s rent for my ticket in Vancouver.

Steve/HMPYG: Whoa! Did he play “Oh Darling!” at this show?

Gregg: No, he didn’t do “Oh Darling!” He did do my all-time favorite Paul McCartney song, “Maybe I’m Amazed.” He also did “I Gotta Feeling.” Another all-time favorite of mine.

Steve/HMPYG: So was it mostly Wings songs or was it a mix?

Gregg: No, he does a really good mix. I’d say it was a 60-40 mix Beatles/solo songs. Maybe even closer to 50-50. He hits the highlights, “Hey Jude,” and wraps up the show with “The End.” They do the whole drum solo/guitar battle.

Steve/HMPYG: Were there any surprises?

Gregg: The surprise for me was how much contact I had. I didn’t know he was going to be so personable. “Fantastic” and “amazing” are the only two words I could use to describe the whole experience.

   I don’t hold stars up on a pedestal. I don’t think they’re better than us, they’re just talented people. But, Paul McCartney, I will say he has some sort of–aura is the wrong word–but he just has a calming influence. It made you chill. He’s just a great man, comes off as down-to-earth.

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Gregg hasn’t been contacted for the next tour yet. But who knows?

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Rockin’ in Nashville TN

If you are a music fan at all, Nashville is a must-visit. Here’s why:

  • It’s home to the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Cathy’s Clown by the Everly Brothers and dozens of other classic records were recorded at RCA’s Studio B.
  • You may be blown away by the immense amount of talent in the famed Bluebird Cafe.
  • You may be blown away by the immense amount of talent found in any other bar in town.
  • Roy Orbison spent extensive time in the area building up the “Nashville sound.”
  • The Music Mile, an agglomeration of various musical attractions, can keep you busy all day.
  • You can stand on the stage of The Ryman, a legendary venue that has hosted the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Foo Fighters, James Brown, and countless others.

When my buddy and I ventured to Nashville in the summer of 2011, we saw amazing things. Amazing, both in the great and negative sense. One notable memory is a rockabilly band playing Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in an old beaten-down dive bar. What was also amazing was the junkie that locked herself in our motel bathroom for a couple of hours. She left without explanation at about 3:10 p.m.

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A view inside of one of Nashville’s most notable venues, the Ryman.

You see a town that’s filled with music, legends, love, labor, and the spirit of a nation that once held harmony as a high priority.

In Nashville, you also see an aged, weary sunset that throws tarnish on the economic depression that spans below.

Nashville is both excitement and despair. It’s a town that has notes upon chords to offer, but can also be cacophonous. People are desperate and may rob you if you get into some shady shit. They will also treat you with Southern hospitality that makes you feel incredibly warm and welcome.

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The Bluebird Cafe hosts some of the most talented songwriters on the East coast.

Bottom line: Nashville rocks. Keep the term “rock and roll” in mind when you visit. It’s not just a reminder about the incredible music, but also a way to know your limits. If you’re fine with getting into drunken fights in the parking lot with strange-looking people, you’ll be fine. If you wanna take it easy, throw on some Eagles and peruse around town. Be mindful that this isn’t a glamorous town, it’s a rock and roll town.

What to bring:

Shades

I’m really excited to announce that there is an exclusive code just for HMPYG readers to get a huge discount on sunglasses. Our partner, SunglassWarehouse, has just created the code “HMPYG20” to give YOU 20% off sunglasses. You’re welcome. Just click the picture below and put in the code at checkout.

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Rockin’ the “Desert” aviators I recently acquired.

Wantdo Men’s Leather Jacket

Check out this leather jacket made by Wantdo. The style will look good in a rock and roll town. It’s very affordable ($61) and comes with a removable hood. It’s faux leather, but pretty high quality and water-resistant.

This makes an awesome gift!

Wantdo Men’s Leather Jacket

Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster

Maple fingerboard, vintage pickups, and the Nashville sound. Over in Nashville, you can bring this bad boy to many bars and plug in. The musicians are very accommodating to visiting guitar players. Just be sure to understand the etiquette, tips go to the player that’s booked.

The link above brings you to Amazon, where you can get the guitar for $769.99. That’s $30 cheaper than Guitar Center’s price. It has 100% 5-star reviews, probably because of the superb noiseless pickups.

Bonus Attraction

Little did I know when visiting, Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens. This is because the city was dubbed the “Athens of the South.” It’s pretty amazing, as all of the details of the original can be seen in the Nashville version.

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It even includes a 42 foot high statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. It was built for the 1897 Centennial, and is now an art museum.

If you have rock, blues, or country in your blood, plan your trip now!

Musica a Palazzo

Musica a Palazzo is essentially a way to see intimate operatic performances for less than opera prices. Not only is it affordable and abounding with insane talent from the performers, it takes place in a Venetian palace.

The performances occur in various rooms of the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. This aristocratic residence of the past is tucked away canal-side within the San Marco neighborhood of Venice. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, you should plan on arriving early just to find the right building. This may be your only signal:

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But once you step inside, you step into a beautiful Baroque scene of antiquity…

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The Wedding Therapist and I came here for a special abridged performance of La Traviata. (This is another added benefit of Musica a Palazzo by the way: the fact that performances are shorter than conventional opera). Each act takes place in a separate room. Our performance consisted of approximately 25 audience members, 3 singers, 3 strings players, and a pianist. Despite the small gathering, the performance had almost all the power and emotion of the original work. The overture led straight into Libbiamo dei calici, followed by a wealth of unbelievable vocal solos and arias. The singers brought about a cyclone of cathartic misery and drama in the most beautiful tones. We experienced La Traviata as we never have before (we’ve only studied it in music school and casually listened to recordings). It was a perfect event for getting to know Venice at its core.

Not only did Musica a Palazzo enculture us and leave me full of tears, they hooked us up with sparkling wine as well.

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Some tips for experiencing Musica a Palazzo

  • As with all travel experiences, try to book well in advance. You gain access by buying a membership card (pictured as the cover photo). Right now it is 85 euro per person. This is pretty reasonable since tickets to an opera at La Fenice may cost upwards of 280 euro. 
  • Dress up, but remember it’s still not the opera. You don’t need the ball gown or tuxedo. Even the tie isn’t fully necessary, but encouraged. The dress code was semi-formal overall. A nice cocktail dress, button-down dress shirt, formal sweater, khakis, sweater-dress, casual blazer, etc.; all of these would suffice. 
  • As previously mentioned, allow yourself ample time to locate the venue.
  • If you want seats close to the performers, arrive early. Seats are not numbered.
  • Don’t bring children. Children under the age of 15 can get in for a reduced price of 30 euro. Unless they are one of those genius kids that appreciates opera and Italian lyrics, however, they will probably get fidgety. There’s not really a way to excuse yourself from the performance without calling attention to yourself.
  • If you will be out all day, consider picking up a portable phone charger. This myCharge is a great one:

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A Final Romantic Note

Venice is saturated with historical architecture and design. Every street is picturesque and visually stunning, regardless of the time of day. Between the seafood lunches and our peaceful gondola ride, I contemplated our privileges and the relativity of beauty. What I witness with my eyes, another tastes from a spring. 

As our time in Venezia came to a close, we drank our final vin brulé. I listened to music on the train and remembered watching stars in Sedona (Arizona). I recalled the experiences that led to my life with my wife, and imagined what will follow. I visualized her hands, old and aged, and thought of how beautiful she will always be to me. 

John Coltrane Was the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

If you ever want to commune with God, listen to A Love Supreme with complete and undisturbed attention.

The shrill passion, intensity, resolve, and grandiosity may take your spirit to celestial heights. “Acknowledgement,” the first part, orients us to the common blue-ness found within every being of humankind. The nebula of harmony. “Resolution,” the second movement, is the fusion of stellar nuclei throughout the cosmos. “Pursuance,” the third part, an urgent call to divine consciousness. “Psalm” is a final, ineffable musical interpretation of spiritual text.

Call me a romantic, but I must say that John Coltrane is the closest figure we’ll ever have to Jesus Christ in the modern world.

Upon one interview, Coltrane identified the calling of every man and woman as growing into the “best good you can be.” Self-actualization, the uppermost piece of Maslow’s hierarchy. What Coltrane did, however, was live this experience through music. He certainly didn’t live the ultimate righteous life, but he produced music that’s a miracle every time it’s played.

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After Coltrane’s death, a congregation called the Yardbird Temple in San Francisco began worshiping him as God incarnate.

A Love Supreme, a divine response to LSD

A Love Supreme was released in January of 1965. At this time, LSD use was on the rise. In 1966, Timothy Leary stated that LSD could be of benefit to mankind, and could even cure homosexual “perversions.” Counterculturists were turning to the experimental substance to find God. A behavior that Buddha himself advised against.

John Coltrane created A Love Supreme to connect with the mysterious and divine through a way that doesn’t require chemical alteration: through harmony.

Again, Coltrane wasn’t the emanation of righteousness. God knows he did his share of heroin and LSD. But Coltrane was a savior in times of spiritual confusion. He provided the medium that was there all along, but needing the right arrangement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No musician (since Beethoven) ever presented harmony in such a way that evokes universal brotherhood so resonantly. The music from A Love Supreme was purely inspiring. It was what the entire world was needing in order to advance existentially. But, like the Gospels, many will go through an entire lifetime with experiencing a single exposure.

A Moral Decline

Coltrane later went on to produce the album Om and other bouts of cacophony. With his increasing drug use, his sense of beauty deteriorated. He died in 1967. The 1980s came later, and it seemed that the general population of America lost sight of what is beautiful and transcendent as well.

What do we have now? Crack cocaine, the grave of Leonard Bernstein, Scientology, methamphetamines, bro-country, and Rob Kardashian.

What do we have to get through it? A Love Supreme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the epic spiritual poem from the album (performed musically in “Psalm”), both in visual and text format:

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A Love Supreme

I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee, O Lord. It all has to do with it. Thank You God.

Peace. There is none other. God is. It is so beautiful. Thank You God.

God is all. Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.In you all things are possible.Thank you God.
We know. God made us so.Keep your eye on God.God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what… it is God.He is gracious and merciful.It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, throughts,fears and emotions–time–all related…all made from one… all made in one.
Blessed be his name. Thought waves–heat waves–all vibrations–all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way… it is so lovely… it is gracious.It is merciful–Thank you God.One thought can produce millions of vibrations and they all go back to God… everything does.
Thank you God.Have no fear… believe… Thank you God.The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way… it is so wonderful.Thoughts–deeds–vibrations,all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful… Thank you God.Glory to God… God is so alive.God is.God loves.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement of Thee, O Lord.Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears…He always has…He always will.
Seek him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.Let us sing all songs to God.To whom all praise is due… praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all go back to God.
With all we share God.It is all with God.It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.Blessed is He.
We are all from one thing… the will of God…Thank you God.
–I have seen ungodly–none can be greater–none can compare Thank you God.
He will remake… He always has and He always will.It’s true–blessed be His name–Thank you God.
God breathes through us so completely…so gently we hardly feel it… yet,it is our everything.
Thank you God.
ELATION–ELEGANCE–EXALTATION–All from God.
Thank you God.

 

Amen.

                                                
John William Coltrane
 (1923-1967)

Three-Word Reviews of 51 Performers

1. Jane’s Addiction 

Phenomenally wild time.

2. with NiN

Poor show outdoors.


3. Iron Maiden

Best metal show.


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Alice Cooper

4. Alice Cooper

Classic and wonderful.

5. with Warrant,

Not really recommended.

6. Slaughter,

Not very memorable.

7. and Dokken

Very good performance.


8. The Decemberists

Incredible Heart cover.


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9. Stanley Jordan

Mesmerizing guitar tapping.


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Ron Carter

10. Ron Carter

A classy time.

11. Deep Purple

Rocked socks off.

12. with Dio

Band was tight.

13. and Motorhead

Amped my testosterone.


13. Judas Priest

Had crowd going!

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Rob Halford of Judas Priest.


14. Talib Kweli

Not too shabby.


15. KISS

Gimmicky but rocked.


16. Neutral Milk Hotel

Dream come true.


17. The Black Crowes

Could’ve been better.

18. Ms. Lauryn Hill

Late but great.

19. with Common

Freestyle was amazing.

20. B.B. King

An entertaining night.

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A legend, R.I.P. (1925-2015)


21. Sigur Ros

Pre-recorded tracks distracted.

22. Katy Perry

Sexy pop extravaganza.

23. with Tegan and Sara

Not that entertaining.


24. Reverend Horton Heat

Guitar on point 👌


25. Santana

A Hippie Indulgence.


 


26. Colbie Caillat

Pleased the wife.


27. Stone Temple Pilots

Full of energy.


28. José González

Very well-rehearsed.

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The gifted performer, José González


29. Motley Crue

Fun and depraved.


30. Barry Manilow

Not too bad.


31. Cage the Elephant

Singer went nuts.


32. Black Sabbath (original line-up)

Surreal and unbelievable.


33. Jeff Mangum

(In 2015) Better than ever.


34. TransSiberian Orchestra

Dragged on sometimes.

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The Pixies performing in 2004


35. The Pixies

Best reunion ever.


36. Queensryche

Kind of embarrassing.


37. The Strokes

Pretty damn good.

38. with Elvis Costello

Not as good.


39. Kid Rock

Suprisingly amazing show.


40. Ted Nugent

Greatness despite arrogance.

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41. Edgar Winter Band

Jaw-dropping solos.


42. Saves the Day

A mediocre show.


43. Mindless Self Indulgence

Raucous and superb.


44. Foo Fighters

They killed it.


45. Girl Talk

A total blast.

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Reel Big Fish in Santa Cruz


46. Reel Big Fish

Many good covers.


47. Sublime (with Rome)

Sounded like original.


48. Brand New

Pretty disappointing time.


49. Far East Movement

Glad that’s over.

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Far East Movement a.k.a. “Overhype”

50. Bright Eyes

He was drunk.

51. Dropkick Murphy’s

Exciting and interactive.



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Music Feature: Narkatta

“Consciousness in contemporary music is expanding exponentially. The number of artists in my musical family that help critique each others’ works of art and support each other has been steadily increasing since we started creating. Same with the number of musicians in my scene with the environmental positivity.” – Narkatta, IDM artist

Our generation is defined by a melding of diverse influences, styles, cultures, and concepts. Take, for example, the world of American cinema. The top grossing films of 2013 included an animated musical drama set in Scandinavia (Frozen), a Marvel comic-book hero installment (Iron Man 3), and a dystopian novel (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) brought to life with the help of a pseudo-rock icon (Lenny Kravitz). It’s cliché to point out effects of globalization and the internet, but necessary.

There are instances when this cultural agglomeration is highly embraceable. Mix a dance track that features David Bowie and Indian raga themes, and I will swing like a gibbon. The blending of great music is a refreshing gift, a shaking of proverbial dust off old records.

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I remember being at house parties early in the night with Narkatta spinning. Good music came along with every flawless transition. Recognizable Notorious B.I.G. tunes would blend easily into Dead Prez. Jimi Hendrix would meet Wu-Tang within carefully planned beat parameters.

Narkatta deviates from conventions, but still manages to make you dance. His wide range of styles bring about a special groove and charisma. His most recent work has aimed to incorporate deeper relevance to his productions. MalLabel Music describes the latest EP, Cosmic Currency – EP, as follows:

His newest EP, Cosmic Currency is a shining example of how that light illuminates each of his pieces as an artistic expression of the divine. ‘Divine DNA’ opens the EP with a glitchy exploration within ourselves while ‘Genoeconomics’ explores a multi-faceted journey of Eastern tones. ‘Decommodification of the Modified’ guides us through various elements of consciousness and finally, ‘Chrematophobia’ closes the EP with an almost confusing amalgamation of textures over a subtle Eastern rhythm meant to reflect the idea that the existence of money in society only confuses our purpose.

This would ordinarily evoke critiques that the music is pretentious. However, when you listen to the tracks, you can tell that a lot of effort and thought went into each creation.

I sat listening to the track “Invocation of Lakshmi,” trying to figure out who would be a good comparison to Narkatta’s work. The truth is, I couldn’t do it. This is a good thing. There are times when artists are so blatantly imitating or contriving, it’s a noticeable distraction. Such is the case with the band Jet (that’s a whole other argument). Narkatta is pure and idiosyncratic. The music draws from unique concepts and great sampling work. In “Funkraum” (labelled Dispatch 003 mix), Lauryn Hill precedes “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. This is a combination that’s polar yet intuitive. Two powerful feminine souls from two very different generations. His blending and melding is an aptitude that can keep your attention for hours.


On a final note, Narkatta gives his Zarathrustrian take on artistic endeavor.

“There are two massive forces of darkness and light that are consistently at odds with each other, and the stronger the darkness may be right now, the light is just a strong and equal. It’s all about which side one chooses to perpetuate.”

Narkatta can be found on SoundCloud, Facebook, Bandcamp, and more. His Cosmic Currency – EP can be found on Amazon.com as well.

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Some tracks have now been featured on the #HMPYG Spotify playlist.

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