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[livejournal.com profile] aldersprig is now hosting her crowd-funded, micro-fiction Giraffe Call and the theme is SPOOKS, CREEPS, GHOSTS AND GHOULS! 

Veddy sceddy, kids!   <-(Done in my best Count Floyd voice.)



And if you haven't got a clue who Count Floyd is, just watch below...



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Guess what day it be today!   (P-{D=


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... it is good to see that there are still average, everyday people who WILL take a stand against injustice:

 

 

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My favourite cult film and why? I'll let ol' Jack Burton explain:




What? You actually expected me to pass up an opportunity to play "Light Coming Out Of His Mouth" again?

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Proudly displaying some of my favourite moments of Canadianity:

First, the CLASSIC Molson Canadian commercial:



Second, a commercial broadcast during the 2010 Winter Olympics (TEAM  C A N A D A  ROCKS!!!) that really stirred me (and still does):



And, finally, 'O Canada', the Canadian National Anthem, as sung by several thousand hockey fans because no singular musical artist can really compare:



It took living in a foreign land for a number of years
, to be apart from everything Canadian, for me to really understand what 'home' meant to me. In all its diversity and its vast distances, with all that it shares with the rest of the world, there is still something beyond description, but immensely powerful, that unites all of us who live here, that makes us CANADIAN. It is something you will find nowhere else on this planet.

This is the nation of my birth. This is the country of a thousand journeys. This is the land where my dreams take shape and soar. This is where my spirit calls home. This is the best place on earth and its name is
CANADA!
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Gotta love lyrics such as the following:

:D

At sunrise we'll all dance the hempen jig
So raise up your pint of rum and take another swig
The curse of Captain Morgan has led us to this fate
So have no fear, and don't look back, the afterlife awaits
 



I dunno... There's just something about Pirate Metal that appeals to me in some weird, hard core, geeky fashion...  :p
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] fayanora  ...


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Starring Jack Black... as JESUS CHRIST!!!

 

 

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

A big thanks to [profile] dancingwriter for spreading the word!
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Raising my voice alongside [livejournal.com profile] fayanora, [profile] dancingwriterand many, many others:

Keith Olbermann Speaks Out On Prop 8
 
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Courtesy o' [profile] ain9el ...

Don't worry, this one's, um, office safe.  :-)




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Fallen Angel, by Robbie Robertson (with Peter Gabriel)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQZhSNHCRC4

This is a hauntingly beautiful and emotional song that has captured my attention for quite some time.

On the surface, it appears to be a conversation between the angels Gabriel and Lucifer, after the Fall. In it, both sides seem to express regret and desire to restore a lost friendship. On that level alone, it is achingly eloquent. However, it is apparent that it also speaks of those, separated on differing sides of  conflict, who desire reconciliation. I present the lyrics on the left and my thoughts on the right.


Are you out there
Can you hear me
Can you see me in the dark

I don't believe it's all for nothing
It's not just written in the sand
Sometimes i thought you felt too much
And you crossed into the shadowland

And the river was overflowing
And the sky was fiery red
You gotta play the hand that's dealt ya
That's what the old man always said

Fallen angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

In my dream the pipes were playing
In my dream i lost a friend
Come down gabriel and blow your horn
'cause some day we will meet again

Fallen angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin', fallin' down
Fallin', fallin' down

Fallen angel
Casts a shadow up against the sun
If my eyes could see
The spirit of the chosen one

All the tears
All the rage
All the blues in the night
If my eyes could see
You kneeling in the silver light

If you're out there can you touch me
Can you see me i don't know
If you're out there can you reach me
Lay a flower in the snow
Lucifer seems to be calling out to Gabriel. This stanza paints a picture of loneliness.


Gabriel seems to rail against the notion that conflict is meaningless, and that the loss of Lucifer must have some greater purpose. He shows some sympathy for the fallen angel.

The horrors of conflict are illustrated here, but this is something that must be accepted as inescapable.



The chorus illustrates the contrast of a single defiant spirit against an overwhelming, oppressive force. (Compare the Chinese demonstrator vs. the tank at Tiananmen Square.)

Here, Lucifer expresses his regret over the loss of Gabriel's friendship, but introduces an element of hope with the certainty that they will be reunited.


The chorus also speaks of Lucifer as a necessary, if painful, sacrifice for the greater good. In a way, this symbolizes lives lost to preserve an ideal.


Here, the author reiterates the cost of conflict in sorrow and rage, but also shows that the only way a major conflict can end is if one side abandons pride (Lucifer) and yields (kneeling) to the other. The use of Lucifer illustrates the limited likelihood of such things occurring.

This gentle stanza actually suggests that the Fall is still happening, repeated through our own actions.



Another great example of a necessary sacrifice explored in a Biblical theme is the exploration of Judas in the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.





The song ends as it begins, with Lucifer railing against his loneliness and abandonment. But here, he asks the other side to show a measure of compassion and reach out ot him. However, in asking for a miracle, he demonstrates the limited likelihood of a superior foe to show such. Thus the song shows criticism and sympathy for both sides of this, and every conflict.

Of course, this is just my interpretation. What are your thoughts?
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Found courtesy of [personal profile] thebitterguy  's blog ....




And flowing through [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith 's blog, a website showing how anti-Conservative Canadians can vote to minimize the environmental damage that Stephen Harpy can cause (whilst boosting seats for all other parties):

http://www.voteforenvironment.ca/


Here's another amusing YouTube video (a must see for all fans of Big Trouble In Little China) I discovered, thanks to [personal profile] thebitterguy :




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I adore Spiral Dance's Woman of the Earth. It is a beautiful and powerful accounting of every woman's spiritual connection to the Mother Goddess. But, sadly, to really feel the fullness of its magic, one would have to be a member of the gender it is written for, specifically, a woman. (Not that this has stopped me from regarding this as the most spiritually song to have ever Drawn Down the Moon to, but I digress...)

Since first hearing that song, I have always kept an ear out for a similar sort of song that would suitably connect men to the pagan heart. Sadly, for the longest time, the closest I've ever found is Creature of the Wood  by Heather A
lexander (as performed by Phoenyx), which depicts a Pan-like (and very masculine) figure from the first person perspective. However, while it embraces some elements of a masculine and pagan God-figure, it just doesn't suit the purpose, nor does it resonate strongly enough, especially as it is performed by a female vocalist.

However, I think I've finally found a song that works. Ironically, instead of discovering a new source of pagan folk music, I've rediscovered pagan meaning in a song that probably was not intended for such purposes, especially given the quite mainstream performing artists. I've actually had this song in my collection for quite some time, but never really listened to the meaning behind the lyrics until recently. It might not be so obvious, but this song speaks of all that men are about, good and bad, and their eternal connection to each other and the universe as whole. Indeed, the song clearly describes the concept of the Wheel of Life, though not naming it directly.

To sing about a man's connection to the spiritual realm, I present Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Johhny Cash, The Highwaymen, singing a cover of Jimmy Webb's The Highwayman:



The Highwayman
Jimmy Webb

I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads I did ride
With sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five
But I am still alive.

I was a sailor. I was born upon the tide
And with the sea I did abide.
I sailed a schooner round the Horn to Mexico
I went aloft and furled the mainsail in a blow
And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed
But I am living still.

I was a dam builder across the river deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound
But I am still around..I'll always be around..and around and around and
around and around

I fly a starship across the Universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I'll be back again, and again and again and again and again..


For the purposes of comparison, Spiral Dance's Woman of the Earth:


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Nelly Furtado - Forca  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChGxIvWscA

It is the passion flowing right on through your veins
And it's the feeling that you're oh so glad you came
It is the moment you remember you're alive
It is the air you breathe, the element, the fire
It is that flower that you took the time to smell
It is the power that you know you got as well
It is the fear inside that you can overcome
This is the orchestra, the rhythm and the drum

Com uma forca, com uma forca
Com uma forca que ninguem pode parar
Com uma forca, com uma forca
Com uma fome que ninguem pode matar

It is the soundtrack of your ever-flowing life
It is the wind beneath your feet that makes you fly
It is the beautiful game that you choose to play
When you step out into the world to start your day
You show your face and take it in and scream and pray
You're gonna win it for yourself and us today
It is the gold, the green, the yellow and the grey
The red and sweat and tears, the love you go. Hey!

Com uma forca, com uma forca
Com uma forca que ninguem pode parar
Com uma forca, com uma forca
Com uma fome que ninguem pode matar

forca, forca, forca, forca, forca

Closer to the sky, closer, way up high, mais perto do ceu, mais perto do ceu

Com uma forca, com uma forca
Com uma forca que ninguem pode parar
Com uma forca, com uma forca
Com uma fome que ninguem pode matar

forca (oh), forca (oh), forca, forca, forca

come on

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This astounding short fan film, produced by the Ho Brothers, features a mix of light sabers, Hong Kong martial arts film action, great cinematography and a haunting soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. Prologued by the reading of an authentic Civil War letter, the story takes place in the deep woods of a nameless planet, where a young jedi confronts his destiny in the form of a Sith warrior.  

This is among the most amazing six minutes of film footage you will ever see!  

See it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OPtXtHcc 2o

(It gives me goosebumps everytime I watch it!)

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