NEEDS A LITTLE MAGIC
OF PIRACY AND PLUNDER
OF A CLOWN
opening theme, CACTUS
JUICE fades in
with a Mahavishnu Orchestra
inspired 15/8 strain
yields to a 4/4 shuffle more akin to Little Feat
some slightly off kilter southern rock
aggregation in both structure and mood.
lighthearted affair merely raises the glass and toasts merriment
2nd track, EVERYBODY
NEEDS A LITTLE MAGIC,
is an ode to Captain Beefheart and
his Magic Band.
attempted to recreate the style of the good capt. in the verses,
refer to some of his work lyrically as well.
Dark and me" for instance, refers to the song Dr
magic is of course the Magic Band.
Make a shamanistic gleeful
noise! Alchemy! Music!
the next number on the albumm,
the musical question "what if you woke up in an
in which you found yourself in a Sergio Leone film shoot
location was possibly in an unknown galaxy?
in which you were the same but everything around
"Hurrah! Hurrah for the Confederacy! HURRAH!
with General Grant!
Hurrah for General... What's his name? Lee! LEE! Ha ha.
is with us
because he hates the Yanks too. HURRAH!"
[spits]" God is not on our side because he hates idiots also".
4th tune, TO
draws some inspiration, guitar wise, from Pete Townshend's
general, the album is a collection of songs that share two traits,
one is they were done in the same time period of roughly
The other is a duality of some kind.
Possessing opposing qualities in some sense.
and dark. Yin and Yang, Joy and Melancholia.
is the 1st law of art as they say.
the 5th dirge of Collapsed Light's repertoire.
is simply about one of the seminal conflicts in American
labor's struggle against economic tyranny.
the appalacian dulcimer!
6th threnody to appear on the album is entitled SO
Vonnegut readers may recall this was a phrase he used
when someone died.
this case, it was beloved guitarist/inventor Les Paul.
wrote this upon hearing of his death, but it is not a weepy sad song.
is a celebration of the man and his music. Lyrics refer to
titles of songs that he recorded.
world is so much richer for his having been here.
as pioneer on electric guitar, and inventor of
life as I have experienced it, would not have been possible without
number 7, The title cut, COLLAPSED
LIGHT takes some uneasy comfort
mixing metaphysics with quantum mechanics and finds them
Warren Zevon said..."enjoy every sandwich".
drumming of Benjamin C. New (my son) is featured here.
8th aria, THE SOMNAMBULIST, tells the hypnotic tale
a sleepwalker who starts a dance craze inadvertently.
funk outing with musical guest Slap Johnson on Trombone.
9th musical composition is called THE
CENTURY OF PIRACY AND PLUNDER.
is simply an observation of millennial history.
try to compare it's musical style with existing music...perhaps
you can see, this idea of duality and contrast is omnipresent
synthesis. Convergent Digression. Panaramic myopia.
the 10th serenade; was written in the 1990s but never recorded.
here with additional lyrics.
11th hymn on this disk is called DEATH
OF A CLOWN.
main feature is snips of political leader's voices pieced together
in such a way
to give new meaning to their words.
the next ballad on the album uses a major key to express
gray cheerless despair of a rainy cold day.
the tearless sonority of the mode betrays the worldweary gloom of
are not as they appear...or sound.
nor should they be.
13th song, CONDO
LISA, is a bit
of a curiosity.
is a stylized bit of anthropocentricity.
is to say, reality is experienced in human terms.
this a step further, the universe's existance depends upon it
wave of reality collapses at the point of conciousness.
human spirit persists.
live, die, love, hate, embrace, reject, laugh, or mourn
or without the mechanisms of grace watching over us.
Don Van Vliet said "The universe is matter, but it doesn't matter".
triggers a memory. which unfolds in some subjective manner.
in some substitute verdical domain.
became this song.
fact, it became this entire CD.
Fripp says "sometimes music chooses unlikely people to give it
would concur. In terms of creation, my experience is that as a
composer or musician,
train yourself to be ready and capable to recieve music.
reveals itself to you if you are acceptably prepared and the
channels are open.
you deliver it to those who have ears.
14th lullaby on the CD is titled DUCK
ode to the days of my youth,
indeed, we could be found hiding under our desks in kindergarten
protect us from atomic bombs.
told us this was important.
as a child I knew this procedure was unlikely to be sucessful. I
have been wary of authorrity ever since.
final requium on Collapsed Light is OSIRIS
it is indeed a requium, it is hardly forlorn or mournful.
's voice graces the piece in an ethereal almost ambient blanket
words are from what most people call the Egyptian Book Of The Dead.
proper title is actually The Book Of Coming Forth By Day.
is we who awake.
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