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Tag: The Beatles

A Sailor in Hamburg (1&2)

The quiet sailor watches the Beatles play in the Kaiserkeller bar in 1960.

He listens to a song in time out of sync

composed for the Abbey Road album

in 1969.

A song born for the future –

silently asleep

in the silence of crystal stars.

He listens above the open sea

climbing a ladder made of coal

rising from the depths –

dreaming itself

into a structure

aimed into the obsidian sky.

GIF Experiments: 9 (Variations in the Middle of the Night)

I woke up at 2:30 am and made coffee. No lights in any other windows.

Thoughts while creating 22 new images for Page 70, vignette #2 from Meme-Noir:

I heard a song that reminded me. Those of a certain age who participated in a counter-culture activity will remember ‘coming down’ after ‘peaking.’ Peaking was a moment when the absolute cosmic explanation for Why made itself known as you rushed straight up into it. Just as you grasped it (inside your head) it vanished. You tried to remember, wasn’t it only a second ago, but it was gone. And suddenly you were ‘coming down.’ Coming down in your body, through your body, was fraught. I started thinking about Theosophy-inspired landscapes and symbols. How those artists would depict peaking. I thought about young people with no tribal initiation or shamanic guidance thrown into powerful hallucinogenic experiences without protection.

Ten of the new images:

 

50th Anniversary of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

do this

The

black and white

television

flickers

reconfiguring

now

*

Flowers blooming

with

signs & symbols

reconfigure

a

flickering

*

My father

 on the sofa

refolding

the creased and worn

 shaking his head

new double

Step forward

sideways & back

in

physical education class

repeating the Fox Trot

with L

again Jingle Bell Rock

she quivers and laughs

flat feet she offers

we were rocking

no reason

to watch the clock

*

my friend

fingers aglow

 his urgent hand

Introducing The Beatles

I was torn

in steam the flowers were worn

*

C & L 

 exhaling

into the frosted black air

cloaking almost touching

one another

oceans of diamonds

rolling overhead

*

I couldn’t make out every word

the album cradled like an

illuminated manuscript

under his arm

*

My gloved finger

drawing in white snow

uncovering the dark metal

of a late model sedan

*

I Want to Hold Your Hand

roll on John

A dinner party ceremony for

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 

*

Cellophane flowers

dissolving

in crystal glasses

*

Comets curving

free fall

a sign

*

B, D & R asleep already

I walk beneath

into

awakening sparrow song

 tiny electric sitars flitter

through branches green & brown

*

Translucent animals bounding leap

*

The solstice pulsing in waves

a pushing tide

subsides

*

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in

to stop my mind from wandering 

years later

Aluminum & ink folio

jukebox affixed to the counter

Strawberry Fields Forever

*

T dressed in black

opening a black umbrella

hitchhiking after dark

*

Living is easy with eyes closed…

cometo

What a trip to travel

through space & time emotionally and imagistically

enhanced

by these Liverpool musician/storyteller

icons of the cultural landscape

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Introducing The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFWXBn2d1d8

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Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itcMLwMEeMQ

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYRSgbDw7xA

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Strawberry Fields Forever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nehRB1FTeTo

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I Want to Hold Your Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipADNlW7yBM

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Photo credit: CBS photo archives – Comet:  Visoki Decani Monastery, Metohia, Yugoslavia, 1330 (approx)

I do not own the copyright to these works have simply reconfigured for non commercial purposes of commentary

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Revolution 9 by The Beatles

9b

0:00 – 0:56

9g

0:56 – 1:12

9c

1:12 – 2:10

9a

2:10 – 3:06

9x copy

3:06 – 4:02

9r

4:02 – 4:58

9xy

4:58 – 5:54

9v

5:54 – 6:50

9u

6:50 – 7:46

violet

7:46 – 8:23

9detail 9

9detailc

9detaili

9detaili

9detaili

You can silently enjoy

the Beatle’s sound collage

Revolution 9

by  following the time code

between images

above

(a Dada/Fluxus action)

or

this link

to

the full

eight minutes +

of inspired mayhem

on their White Album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJeqOoc4HmI

Amazingly

within five years

The Beatles traveled artistically

and sonically

from I Want to Hold Your Hand

to

Dada / surreal poetry

and a psychedelia infused with literary and cinematic

overtones.

As 2014 begins

you may find yourself

beginning or ending

travel

into or out of

cyclical spheres.

Like

a comet.

Like

comet #9.

I don't know

opposite