“A Poem of Apocalyptic Emancipation” – An autobiographical explanation of the meaning

New Earth

A little over fifteen years ago I composed “A Poem of Apocalyptic Emancipation” which I decided to post on this blog a few weeks ago. It was the narration of a struggle I had been having for some time as I wrestled with the clash of two worldviews that seemed to be colliding in my conscience. The struggle is epitomized in the title/subtitle of the poem:

“…And the things of earth will grow strangely dim.” 

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“Monkey on a Wire” by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson – An alt-country post-industrial updating of “Sixteen Tons”

monkey on wire

A great song and interesting video with animation that on the surface seems to speak of the “workaday” life of many of us in the modern world. The Kinks sang “All life we work but work is a bore, if life’s for livin’ what’s livin’ for?” This song portrays that “work” as something of much greater potential for disillusionment and dehumanization than mere boredom presents. Continue reading

Bruce Cockburn’s “Burden of the Angel/Beast” & Blaise Pascal’s “Monster”

Burden of

In this post I present some thoughts on a great song from Bruce Cockburn, a favorite musical artist of mine since the late 1970’s. The song is called “Burden of the Angel/Beast.”

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