michael egon schiele

Poetry: "your love is the meaning."

looking for meaning in
meaningless poetry
or 140 character statements of intent.
if meaning could be distilled like spirits
into something more valuable
than the combination of electricity and matter
would it (matter)?

do our symbols have some value
beyond their inherent vessel?
that if we arrange them in some secret manner
they will become incantations
of some ancient order --- so great and powerful
history itself forgot to remember ---
except lover, sister, father, mother,
they're all just words, like any other:
meaning made to fit our patterns
which we ourselves control and inhabit
with our tears and our laughter

life begets itself - and don't you forget it -
even when we take our own broken lives as fragments
and try to rearrange them, looking for magic,
magnets of time place everything in order;
the miracle of existence asserts its physics
and we are witness,
we see, yet deny it
blind before battle.

father tries to fix his spirit
while mother mixes the batter
sister reads and dreams with merit
learning to understand why and how life matters
the words she reads excites her soul
are in the bible and coyote calls of the wild
and mild air of the Mediterranean horizon
"open sesame" says  Ali Baba in writing
 Hallelujah, Hare Krishna, I love you, the sheep and the lion,
what does it mean our guttural implying?
consonants to vowels, phrases for rhyming
the chiming of our words like bird song in the evening,
beautiful as itself, elemental and needed,
if communication is existence, your love is the meaning.

...m.e.s. .jan.23.2012... 

Poetry: "the front door"

the song of wind chimes
color the background,
conversations detail the fore
while December winds
whisper their chills, settling down on the floor

then the stillness returns
only for a moment, before
phonecalls and laughter
resume their chorus
i add my lines:
what is this weight that troubles me?
why is life such a bore?
trees claw at the breeze
that is opening and slamming
the front door

m.e.s. .dec.21.2012... 

Poetry: "epochs of time"

 

 

poems come
and poets go
art is always modern
these towns keep changing their names
but the mountains
and the seas
steadfastly remain
they have seen the world created
will see its demise
do our queries unspoken
really go deaf and unanswered
to the wind's unconscious replies?
an echo resounding
proof the world is providing
it's our duty
to navigate the tide.
the mountains will tell you
their rocks have a wisdom
built upon epochs of time.

 

...m.e.s. .aug.16.2012...

Permanent Record: Music Reviews | The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends | Lovely Sorts of Death / Warner Bros | 2012   Record Store Day started out as way to raise awareness and appreciation to our local and independently owned record stores and has quickly turned into a hysteria. Part of that hysteria is always The Flaming Lips, whom always make something for the flurry of Record Store Day only releases - the sure to sell-out collectibles and completely unnecessary one-offs.

   This year, The Flaming Lips are culminating a series of collaborations they begun in 2011, when they released EPs with Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, and Lightning Bolt (check out my previous reviews of the Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, and Neon Indian EPs following the link). An extension of that program, The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends includes a track of each of those EPs and ten other tracks with collaborators as far ranging as Nick Cave to Ke$ha. Heady Fwends also maintains the graphic design elements of the earlier EPs: beautiful marbled vinyl and record sleeves printed with psychedelic details of sound waves. 

   Heady Fwends is a double LP and as I excitedly opened the packaging, I realized that instead of a nice gatefold sleeve as I was anticipating, the album is merely two LP jackets cellophaned into one package. No matter, but with the exorbitant $49.99 price tag I was expecting a bit more for my money. After admiring the beautiful marbled vinyl (Disc 1 a beautiful marigold, Disc 2 a psychedelic sunburst) and decoding which side was what I laid the record on the platter and gave it a spin.Disc 2 of The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends

   All of the songs on Heady Fwends contain an outer-space fuzz and highlight The Flaming Lips at their weirdest. Most all everyone can do is try and keep up as best as they can, lending a real surprising fun to when unexpected collaborations like opening track "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)" with Ke$ha and Biz Markie work out so well. And it's The Flaming Lips ability to push everyone out of their comfort level that makes this record so successful. In the next track "Ashes In The Air" The Flaming Lips have Bon Iver singing the strangest lyrics to be uttered out of the Wisconsin singer-songwriter's mouth ("we thought we could outrun them/but they had robot dogs").

   Bands like Nick Cave and Lightning Bolt who are already on the weirder side of things seem to relish the chance to be so strange and bring forth some of the strongest cuts from the album. "You, Man? Human???" the Nick Cave track will make you wonder why these two artists haven't gotten together sooner - "I haven't been human for years, but you can touch me, if you can." Heady Fwends alternates between aggressive, ridiculous, slow and brooding, atmospheric, and whatever exists in the space between it all. Wayne Coyne capitalizes on what their collaborators bring to the table as musicians and then Flaming Lips the fuck out of it.

   What really makes this record a joy is the attention to detail. Apart from my previous complaint about not being packaged as a gatefold LP, everything is considered. The collars of each record has a bizarre or hilarious message scrawled into the wax and, my favorite, each side ends with a repeating sample - Ke$ha endlessly looping, "Shit" on the end of side 1 for example. Heady Fwends has a wonderful pacing and sounds incredibly cohesive for a collaboration record. If you're a The Flaming Lips fan The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is fantastic addition to the collection, but, unless you already have a penchant for weird music, might not be worth the high price tag.