“If I had to choose one image to condense and aggrandize the rock ‘n’ roll mythos, it would be this: a schizophrenic man fresh out of the loony bin, exultant astride his gleaming new hog—wheels aimed south, gaze narrowed, hands steady, pajamas whipping in the wind.”
Dan Piepenbring on Skip Spence’s “music from the other side.”
What a sad story. Carol and I were watching TV last night and there was a ad for a local Music Festival Spenser’s by a local radio station . To me the music playing in the ad sounded insane.
CHRIST OF ST JOHN OF THE CROSS
It is not of this world, and yet it is,
And that is how it should be.
Strong light hits back and the arms
Coming from where we cannot see,
Ought not to see, another dimension
For another time. At this time, we
Share the life of bay and boat
With simply painted fishermen
Who give no Amen
Even if clouds both apocalyptic and real
Made them look up and feel
What they had to feel
Of shattering amazement, fear,
Protection, and a wash of glory.
Was it an end coming near?
Was it a beginning coming near?
What happened to the thorns and blood and sweat?
What happened to the hands like claws the whipcord muscles?
Has the artist never seen Grünewald?
'I have to tell you John of the cross called,
Said to remind you light and death once met.’
Edwin Morgan | from A Book of Lives (Manchester: Carcanet, 2007)
Art | Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí, 1951 (at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow)
I remember my father bringing home a reproduction of this painting years ago. A prisoner at the prison where my dad was warden had painted it reproducing Dali.
How Stupid I was all those years to believe that all the Stations of the Cross would be found in the Bible- the WORD of GOD- How stupid i was not to read my Bible when i was a kid. 1 Timothy 3:15 “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” The Church of God needs to tell the truth from God’s Word and not add anything to it claiming it is from GOD-
With what many churches call Good Friday coming this week. Did you know that Word of God , the Bible does not record the fact that Jesus even fell once, much less three times? Check it out if you doubt it. I was stunned when I looked for his falling in the Bible.
I was also stunned that Bible believing Churches sing songs that Jesus fell beneath the load.