A Simple, Elegant Victory

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” -Charles Darwin

Two years ago I felt the world’s people could have victory; today I feel not.  The observation asks so much a complicated mire that I wonder if it will ever be resolved, and I’m not sure about it.

I remember being young, making decisions, feeling that the future would be cheery. books_aug_12_14_8116 Experiencing some maturity, if in short bursts, solving mysteries that confronted me and remaining interested in famous literature, music, and art were all part of the journey.

It is such a wearying experience to think about time lost and that the best of what could be termed intellectual is lost to time.  But there remain others who do the contemplating.

The machination of insight doth crumble.

A number of famous persons for whom I held enormous respect were celebrated certainly in their own right.  There was for many the very strong pull of events connected to ongoing victories which steered people in the direction of victory.  These aren’t forgotten to history, but for the individual who lacks focus:  likewise, some of the vision of the past has dimmed to a haze.

It no longer seems the times were defined by what interprets a victory, whether a top-selling album’s reissue with new songs, a recording artist’s return to form, or a novel’s adaptation for film.  I suspect, honestly, they weren’t, but my doubts could be daftness in me that has come on with age.  I remain unsure.

The times were at least signified by what had been done some dear, favorite pop icons, I think.  You will have your own.  Thank you for reading.

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Shield Your Eyes and Dissolve the Most Troubling Condition that Plagues You

I was very humbled last night by a comment on the post I wrote and published yesterday, found at pity-for-loss-and-unfulfilled-expectations/

You see, I was speculating that were I to choose a favorite poet of the past, I would choose Percy Bysshe Shelley for his brilliant repute. It was kindly explained to me many things about the death of the renowned poet with which I was barely acquainted. It is possible I should be apologetic for saying so much about the lettered man of two hundred years ago. You can find a recent post by William Pierce who provided assistance to me at https://walkwithgod.blog/2017/07/23/pray-to-be-one/ William blogs regularly, publishing passages of text from The Bible along with his devotional poems and with prayer. I am grateful for this emotional support of my efforts and am considering repenting more often such that the work I do is not in vain.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word Trance. As you must know, the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, which is I understand is visible across North America, must be treated as the dangerous phenomenon it is but also recognized as an important occasion that will mark the days for a long time to come. I think of trance as something in Black Magic that brings the dead back from the grave or as a hypnotic state induced in order to remember the distant past or to cope with a problem that troubles one’s self-conscious. For the most part, though, the thing that occurs to me the most is the underground trance music of clubbers that I think was characteristic of dance music in the 1990s. I don’t mean the radio-friendly pop music, I mean the beats and the electronica, like Orb or other people doing music like that. I probably know as much about it as I do about Shelley, but those ideas are what the word suggests to me. Naturally enough, I am sure there will be many entering a trance state at some point today and tomorrow, as the solar eclipse is widely held to be an important twenty-first-century event. However the state of mind that is trance is accessed, if you see this it may be of benefit to you to reflect on events which happened on and about the time of the 2017 Solar Eclipse.  Planets Mercury Mars Venus and Earth blank

It is a difficult decision whether to blog, but I am in favor of it as I feel it is a regular part life and has been years now, and I am going with this blog post, as it doesn’t have a very large readership and it is unlikely to be scrutinized too closely. I do recognize, especially with the help of William Pierce, who has been gracious enough to respond to several of my blog posts in the past, and who seems positively in favor of gentle guidance onto the path of The Lord. It may ultimately be the path I tread, as I feel there is much comfort to be had in the arms of Jesus Christ, and with all of the rewards that accompany a life in Christ.files

If you are okay with this post, click like, follow, and/or subscribe. I’ll see you soon. Good luck to you, and don’t forget too soon what has come August 21, 2017. It’s the Dark Side of the Moon. I believe you are owed the freedom that accompanies the decision to recognize 2017’s Solar Eclipse. Change can happen and is real.

Unofficial Church Army

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is, oddly enough, about your personal moments of distraction when you are about practicing your self-discipline (i.e., when you are working).  I help a little with operations at a small cemetery in Ontario, in the city where I live.  We care for the grounds, etc. (you can find us on the Internet here).  However, to be totally honest, but it could be therapeutic, I am completely distractible by my own thoughts, which typically drift to my activities on the Internet, not so much Internet dating or the like, but being active on the Internet, and, more often, accessing music on the Internet.

 

It distracts me to no end and I begin to wish for it.

 

It is a terrible practice when I am expected to be solemn.  I regret this and try to conceal it.

 

However, for example… there is a church in front of the cemetery which disbanded in 2006 (you can find Louth United on Facebook here).  One of the thing that preoccupies is music by a band that was classic in the 1980s, The Church (see the similarity?  There’s a church.  I think about the song Under the Milky Way).  Even my mother has encouraged me to stop that.  However, I feel I am nearly part of what’s known as Church Army.  In fact, the other day I saw the band’s tweet announcing their North America tour of 2017.  Even though there is only one stop in Canada, and it is far west, in Vancouver, I thought I would put this in place because if you are in the United States, in a major center, here is when The Church is back in your town.

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2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

I’ve thought about the possibility that I am doing a disservice to the religious, by speaking of The Church, who clearly utilize ideas about space and time in their music, which is somewhat heretical in the sense that ideas of that kind typically preclude a normal interest in God.  It really isn’t like that.  Steve Kilbey, who sings Under the Milky Way, knows quite a bit about Christian history, as I’ve observed in the blogging he’s done on his website The Time Being.  Other than that, he’s a major recording artist who has a classic song of the 1980s and he’s thoroughly cool.  I have that interest in him that I can’t shake, and it’s been years (feels like my whole life) that I’ve been feeling happy when I remember to play songs by his band The Church.  I realize that this is a far cry from what’s hip in my stretch of the sea, but I am consistently wowed by all the intellect, talent, and creativity that goes into Kilbey’s music, with and without The Church.  For example, Starfish from 1988, which includes Under the Milky Way, is full of great music that betrays that it’s a staple of the 1980s, but also a little more removed from stylistic touches that dominate most music of its day.  There was tons of tacky music in the 1980s.

 

Take a look at the tour poster for The Church in 2017 in North America.  You can find The Church on Twitter here.  If you are interested in any of this, feel free to ‘like,” “follow,” and/or “comment.”  Thank you for visiting and good luck this autumn.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What Alger Wrote about Silence

By the time he died in 1899, Horatio Alger Jr. was the author of about a hundred volumes.1   His popularity had dwindled, although his writing received favourable comments and a resurgence following his death.  Walter Sherwood’s Probation says, “There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.”2  All of Alger’s novels rework the same plot:  a boy struggles to escape poverty.3

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It’s not the age of silence.  It’s only with a lack of luck that a forthcoming individual lacks a voice by which he’s known.  If one has any luck, he has a voice, with which to speak.  The Internet intertwines individual voices, and at times the roar is as one and other times it is dissident and singular sentiments are spoken.

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We should not shy away from our opportunities to speak. Humility’s not always to our advantage, and we should come forward with something we have in mind to say. The adjoining of human lives is extremely advantageous as the like-minded can and do join in solidarity to reside among the voice of the collective. When the human voice is silenced, it is the sound of silence, but not nearly as golden a silence as the failing Horatio Alger Jr. posited.

If you’re already proudly speaking, and your words are from the heart, let them sound aloud and share your true sentiments with those who are supportive. Don’t be inhibited by what is unkind luck and, therefore, misfortune. Reading this is the opportunity to come forward with speech, so avail yourself of this possibility that your words are worth it and reach home. Never hesitate when the iron is hot to be forward with this venture, and have a heart and be true. Feel welcome with your words.

If you’re of the mind to “like” this post or “follow” my blog, that’s great. You’re welcome to comment as well. This is my chance to say a little with my own voice.

 

Works Cited:

1www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Horatio%20Alger,%20Jr.&item_type=topic

2en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Alger

3dictionary.sensagent.com/horatio%20alger%20jr/en-en/

Intriguing overseas interview with sly music blogger @toomanyblogs

An articulate and favourite blog site of mine belongs to Manchester, England’s James Hughes, on Twitter as @toomanyblogs and I follow him. James chiefly reviews gigs and artists, and is a student pursuing music in academia.

With @toomanyblogs Manchester, England’s James Hughes takes photos and writes posts which are quite interesting. I had an opportunity to interview him by e-mail Wednesday and Thursday.manchester pinned map

My interest in @toomanyblogs arises from a passing interest in Manchester, England’s James Hughes’ topic of discussion. James clearly takes more than just a passing interest.

Here goes:

1. Who designs your site’s layout? As much as I’d love for the site to be fine tuned to my liking, it’s actually just a wordpress theme. There’s a lot that I’d like to change about it but for now, it’ll do.

2. Did you know starting your blog that you would thrive? How has your reception been? I started the blog as a means of trying to get a foot into the door of the music world. I wasn’t enjoying my career in retail and wanted to try and follow my passion. It was something I was going to try for a year and see what became of it. Reception wise, I mean, I don’t get much feedback what so ever. I’m happy that I’ve managed to avoid any kind of negative feedback but I appreciate any kind of feedback, however it comes. I strive to become better and write in a way that people want to read. I don’t enjoy a lot of music journalism because I feel it focuses too much on trying to sound like an English Literature essay, rather than actually tell me about the band/show/record. Views and visitors are continuously growing though but with no others to compare them to, I’m not sure if it’s in a good place or not.

3. Would you say you’re showcasing UK artists, or artists from your specific region, or are you more simply trusting in the strength of your personal tastes? Region doesn’t come into the question for me. If I like it, I’ll write about it, go and see it and listen to it. If they’re from the UK or from Manchester, well then that’s just a bonus.

4. Are you pleased with the response you get from artists at gigs? Do you mean from if I manage to get to speak to them at a show? I’ve only spoken to three artists so far (in an interview sense) and all three were lovely. Getting time with these people is hard work though, especially as nobody within the online world. Artists that I get to speak to for a couple of moments generally seem interested when I mention I run a blog, but I cant exactly be asking them questions off the bat in that situation. The smaller bands are always really nice. The Barr Brothers come to mind as Brad Barr (the vocalist) agreed right there and then to sit down with me when they’re back in January. I liked that.

5. Is there a specific reason you gave up informing in your site’s “Forgotten Hits” page? Forgotten Hits was ditched because it wasn’t really getting many views from people. I did begin the feature right at the start of the blogs life though and that is possibly why. I won’t remove it just yet because people do sometimes still click through and I’m not sure if I’ll ever bring it back.

6. What do you think the rest of the year holds for @toomanyblogs? The rest of the year is actually going to be a little quiet I guess, we only have two months left and other than a few gigs I don’t have much else planned. I’m actually in university now, studying Music Business, so that will be taking up more and more of my time. Just keep on doing what I’m doing for now I guess. There won’t be any drastic changes just yet.

toomanyblogs_websitethemeManchester, England’s James Hughes: http://toomanyblogs.co.uk/contact-me/