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#1 2010-09-16 03:57:41

Moran from Planet X
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For the birds

LISTEN TO THE BIRDS.

That's where all the music comes from.

Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from.

And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.


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#2 2010-09-16 07:52:13

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Re: For the birds

Pure genius. Do you think that maybe different kinds of music came from different animals... Like, is Japanese music from birds too? Are there any stories about that like there is with Gregor, the first guy who notated Western music? Japanese music seems kind of fox-like to me.


"Now birds record new harmonie, And trees do whistle melodies;
Now everything that nature breeds, Doth clad itself in pleasant weeds."
~ Thomas Watson - England's Helicon ca 1580

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#3 2010-09-16 09:26:52

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Re: For the birds

Birds use circular breathing naturally and are anatomically built for it.  This makes them very nice to listen to, and like many musicians, many are pleasing to the eye from a certain distance.  Don't get close enough to touch them, though, as they are really very dirty and covered in lice. ;>


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#4 2010-09-16 23:26:20

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Re: For the birds

I never knew that, but I guess Mr. Anderson did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5QxOm5t … p;index=22

Circular Breathing By Ian Anderson Lyrics

Pick up my wings and fly into a constable sky
Look down on the world and try to make you out
On the distant ground Lonely toy in a lost toy town
Suspended in spiral sounds, sounds of circular breathing

I'm a kite on a silver thread, daring lightning to strike me dead
Harsh echoes of things you said banished me to a thinner space
With unholy ghosts of your bedroom face
Hands cupped to my ears to place the sound of circular breathing

Matchbox cityscape below
I watch Lowry matchstick figures go
Caught in the timeless flow of discreet silence

Matchbox cityscape below
I watch Lowry matchstick figures go
Caught in the timeless flow of discreet silence

Pick up my wings and fly into a constable sky
Look down on the world and try to make you out
On the distant ground Lonely toy in a lost toy town
Suspended in spiral sounds, sounds of circular breathing


"Now birds record new harmonie, And trees do whistle melodies;
Now everything that nature breeds, Doth clad itself in pleasant weeds."
~ Thomas Watson - England's Helicon ca 1580

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#5 2010-10-25 15:10:39

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"Now birds record new harmonie, And trees do whistle melodies;
Now everything that nature breeds, Doth clad itself in pleasant weeds."
~ Thomas Watson - England's Helicon ca 1580

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#6 2010-10-25 16:09:32

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Re: For the birds

kinda gay, but I guess it takes some ability to pull off.  They should just play shakuhachi instead


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#7 2010-10-25 18:36:50

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Re: For the birds

Lorka wrote:

kinda gay ...

Hahahahaha!

So a bunch of guys dressed in striped silk pajamas playing long phallic bamboo, aren't?????


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#8 2010-10-25 20:04:20

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Re: For the birds

Moran from Planet X wrote:

Lorka wrote:

kinda gay ...

Hahahahaha!

So a bunch of guys dressed in striped silk pajamas playing long phallic bamboo, aren't?????

Perhaps he means the 'happy' sort of gay....


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It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?
Bupkes.

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#9 2010-10-25 20:53:53

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Re: For the birds

edosan wrote:

Moran from Planet X wrote:

Lorka wrote:

kinda gay ...

Hahahahaha!

So a bunch of guys dressed in striped silk pajamas playing long phallic bamboo, aren't?????

Perhaps he means the 'happy' sort of gay....

Excuse me, I meant to say:

So a bunch of guys dressed in striped silk pajamas blowing long phallic bamboo, aren't?????

Thanks for catching that.


"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum." Rowdy Piper, They Live!

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#10 2010-10-26 08:34:41

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I knew I would get nabbed for using that word.  I was going to use "lame" instead, but that too could of opened up a can-o-worms.   I just found the video a little silly really, that's all.

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#11 2010-10-26 16:11:38

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Re: For the birds

Moran from Planet X wrote:

LISTEN TO THE BIRDS.

That's where all the music comes from.

Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from.

And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.


Captain Beefheart

I know all I can think of are bird's songs every time I listen to "Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee". wink


"Shakuhachi music stirs up both gods and demons." -- Ikkyu.

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#12 2010-10-27 09:54:33

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Re: For the birds

lol,

I heard a Robin singing "Too Drunk to F***" just this morning ... really.


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#13 2010-12-17 19:10:43

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Re: For the birds

Someone just told me that the Captain passed away today.

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#14 2010-12-17 20:32:20

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Re: For the birds

MikeL wrote:

Someone just told me that the Captain passed away today.

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2008/lookingatmusic/images/beefheart.jpg
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) (American, born 1941). Lick My Decals Off, Baby. 1972. Video (black and white, sound). Originally broadcast on Los Angeles Public Access Television. 1:36 min. This is considered one of the first (if not THE first) rock music videos and an early performance art video of importance. It is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.


Musician Captain Beefheart dies at age 69
By Basil Katz and Bob Tourtellotte, Reuters News Wire

LOS ANGELES Don Van Vliet, better known as pioneering blues and rock musician Captain Beefheart, has died in California from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 69, a representative for the artist said on Friday.

The Michael Werner Gallery in New York, which handles Vliet's paintings, made the announcement. "Don Van Vliet will be sorely missed," the gallery's statement said.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band's best known album is 1969's "TroutMask Replica," and while it was not a commercial hit, it won critical acclaim and is still considered among the most prominent art-rock albums ever made.

http://cdn2.mog.com/images/000465231181084469.jpeg

Vliet was born Jan. 15, 1941, in Glendale, Calif. As a teenager, he befriended Frank Zappa, whose own brand of experimental music became popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band released their first album, "Safe as Milk," in 1967, featuring songs with titles like "Zig Zag Wanderer" and "Abba Zaba." While band members would change over the years, the group continued to crank out music through the 1970s up to 1982's "Ice Cream for Crow."

Vliet retired from music after 1982 and turned to painting, enhancing his reputation as a member of the avant-garde.

Vliet is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Jan Van Vliet.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester/content/images/2008/12/16/captain_beefheart_colin_hill_body_250x297.jpg

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Three memorializing comments from a modern music news website today:

The guy's only formal education was a 1/2 day in kindergarten. Mike-428331

"It's the blimp Frank, it's the blimp!!!" Don Van V.

At last, he has escaped from frownland. DavesGoneBy
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69 is just too damn young.  -- x.
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http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/beefheartmagicband.jpg
...ran his band as a sort of hothouse commune/cult of domineering personality, one veteran later describing the experience as "my Vietnam". He communicated musical ideas via cassettes of his piano playing, singing and late night whistlings over the phone. The musicians were then expected to transcribe these fragments verbatim, and assemble them perfectly into 4-dimensional musical constructions.
By Rob Chalfen, A Don Van Vliet Atomizer Air-bulb Invention: Top 14 Reasons Why Captain Beefheart Was a True American Genius, LA WEEKLY blogs, http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsoun … _facts.php

Also see: http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsoun … rd_die.php

Captain Beefheart - Ice Cream for Crow (HIgh Resolution) YouTube

Last edited by Moran from Planet X (2010-12-20 23:47:55)


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#15 2010-12-17 22:00:46

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Re: For the birds

Bummer.


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#16 2010-12-18 12:51:00

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Re: For the birds

BIG Bummer
Thanks for posting MikeL and Chris.
Loved the Captain. Used to drive an hour and a half to Chapel Hill record store in the 60's  every time he released an lp so i could get it on the first day.So once brought back Mirror Man after the 3 hour round, trip put it on the stereo and it was Melanies candle in the rain,but the interior said it was Beefheart.Listened for a few minutes thinking the Captain had really changed direction.Wish i still had that copy,but i drove all the way back to trade it in for the actual thing.Worth the trip!Somebody please play a song of his on shakuhachi and post it.Reward offered!


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#17 2010-12-18 20:29:32

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Re: For the birds

Nice tribute on the radio locally today. I hope the link is ok.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2010 … heart-dies

I only got to see him and band live once, it was quite a show.

I've never seen an exhibit of his paintings, but would like to.

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#18 2010-12-20 20:57:50

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Re: For the birds

On Letterman, many moons ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQs8dka52H4


PRACTICE IN FRONT OF A BUSH
wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. if the bush doesn't shake, eat another piece of bread. d.v.v.

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#19 2010-12-20 21:28:35

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Re: For the birds

In remembrance of d.v.v. I am going to remove all the vowels from my name.

--  X


"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum." Rowdy Piper, They Live!

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#20 2010-12-20 22:47:33

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Re: For the birds

Mr. Moranski,  considering the absence of your usual multitude of posts, we thought you wuz goners, too....


" You know, it's been three years now, maybe a new teacher can help you? ...... " Sensei

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