we are the people

Well Iggy Pop has done it again.   Like Bowie and Dylan he just keeps surprising us and gets better and better.   His newest album (2019), FREE, is a real breakaway from previous efforts – jazz textures abound.   His primary collaborators are soundscape guitarist Noveller and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas.   Pop only co-wrote 3 of the 10 tracks.    As he wrote in the liner notes he “…wanted an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice.”  And what a voice it is.   In addition to the three tracks he co-wrote he sings/speaks the words of Leron Thomas, Lou Reed and Dylan Thomas.

I find myself repeatedly listening to this album.  I find it deeply moving. Here are a quartet of tracks.

Starting with the title track FREE which Pop co-wrote with Leron Thomas

Next is the poem WE ARE THE PEOPLE, written by Lou Reed and was published post-humously.

We are the people without land
We are the people without tradition
We are the people
Who do not know how to die peacefully and at ease
We are the thoughts of sorrows
Endings of tomorrows
We are the wisps of rulers
And the jokers of kings
We are the people without right
We are the people who have known only lies and desperation
We are the people without a country, a voice, or a mirror
We are the crystal gaze
Returned through the density and immensity of a berserk nation
We are the victims of the untold manifesto of the lack of depth
Of full and heavy emptiness
We are the people without sorrow
Who have moved beyond national pride and indifference
To a parody of instinct
We are the people who are desperate
Beyond emotion because it defies thought
We are the people
Who conceive our destruction and carry it out lawfully
We are the insects of someone else’s thought
A casualty of daytime, nighttime, space, and God
Without race, nationality, or religion
We are the people, and the people, the people

And now for something a little lighter – JAMES BOND, written by Leron Thomas. I nominate Iggy to do the theme song for the next James Bond film. What do you think?

And to round out this post here is a classic poem by Dylan Thomas,
DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT.

And do not go gentle into that good night
Old age should burn and rave at close of day
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
Though wise men at their end know dark is right
Because their words had forked no lightning
They do not go gentle into that good night
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight
And learn too late, they grieved it on its way
Do not go gentle into that good night
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
And you, my father, there on the sad height
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray
Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Music for Sundays Child

Phil Keaggy – SUNDAY’S CHILD

The Velvet Underground & Nico – SUNDAY MORNING

Iggy Pop – SUNDAY

U2 – SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY

Blur – SUNDAY SUNDAY

Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s – SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN

Queen – LAZING ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON

BONUS TRACK (Mellow to a little “shoegaze” for your Sunday)
The Sundays – HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS

God’s Nail Clipping

I have no idea when this started – probably in college – but every time I see a crescent moon I think of god clipping “his” nails and those nail clippings flung out into space. LOL
Gods Nail Clipping

5 Tracks For Friday(s)

The Easybeats – FRIDAY ON MY MIND

Nancy Sinatra – FRIDAY’S CHILD

The Cure – FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE

Steely Dan – BLACK FRIDAY

The Specials – FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING

BONUS TRACK (Get ready for the weekend if you’re able)
Gavin Friday – ABLE

Oblivion Hymns #9

I’ve added a new page to this site called Abstract Photography. This photo is one of many featured on that page. You may click on “Abstract Photography” above or use this link https://onbeingbecoming.com/abstract-photographs/
Oblivion Hymn #9

Oblivion Hymns #5

This image is one single image taken on the same level. I was enthralled with the various light fixtures mixing Tungsten and Fluorescent and the colors. Obviously sitting in my car and shooting out the drivers side window. This was on the lowest level of the underground parking deck. Level 5 or maybe Dante’s 5th level of hell.

Oblivion Hymn #5

Oblivion Hymns (a new series)

I’ve gone to one of my favorite haunts (an underground car park) All new images ,but one or two of them are re-shoots including this first one, in the series.

This series is inspired by the album OBLIVION HYMNS by the band Hammock.  One image a day for each of the 10 original songs + 3 bonus images for the deluxe edition of the album.  Total 13 images in 13 days (13 has always been a lucky number for me).
I love Hammock’s moody work and it has been a perfect soundtrack for my current state of mind. So here we go…..

Oblivion Hymn #1

R.I.P. Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk)

Florian Schneider-Esleben (7 April 1947 – 30 April 2020) an highly influential German musician best known as a founding member of the band Kraftwerk with co-founder Ralf Hütter.   Kraftwerk has inspired countless electronica musicians over the years.    Florian continued with the band until November 2008.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kraftwerk since 1974.  I was in high school and heard for the first time AUTOBAHN from Kraftwerk’s album of the same name.   While the band continues to create and perform with Ralf Hütter, Florian will always be remembered and loved for his part in pioneering electronic music making it accessible and even popular.