...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

GONZO WEEKLY NEW YEAR SPECIAL

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 

AGE ENTERS (SLOWLY)
walks (gently
your ears miss too much-
even hearing aids require volume levels
your eyes(even with glasses.blur
You are becoming an operation/ for spare parts
are running out(you cannot../Think wheelchair
Are you ambulatory?Can you see my hand?How many fingers?
i got this gift of years from my ancestors
first great grand then grand then father /mother
now i carry their DNA in strains that also age.
It is not so much the weight of years
more the gravity.Weight slips slim thin.
A gauze between the world and skin.
If i fall,a broken.Bone brittle/asking
how long will you carry this flesh

when it cannot carry itself?

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ding Dong, Ding Dong - George Harrison

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

PHOENIX AMERICANA SUPERGROUP THE ODD BYRDS PAYS TRIBUTE TO A COUNTRY ROCK CLASSIC

Phoenix Americana supergroup the Odd Byrds pays tribute to a country rock classic.

In 1968, the Byrds released Sweetheart of the Rodeo, an LP built on the band's new commitment to traditional American country music. The record was spearheaded by a new Byrd, Gram Parsons, a trust fund dropout who'd fallen for Merle Haggard while studying theology at Harvard, and its devotion to twang shocked the band's folk rock fans. Its birth was marked by power struggles between Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and Parsons, and legal strife between Parsons and Lee Hazlewood, who'd signed Parsons' previous band, the International Submarine Band, to his LHI label and fought to have Parsons' vocals removed from the Byrds' album.

But when the finished record was finally released — with many of Parsons' vocal contributions muted — it would become a foundational pillar of the country rock scene. Along with Parsons' subsequent work with the Flying Burrito Brothers, as a solo act, and with Emmylou Harris, it helped spark a wave of country rock through the '70s and the "alt-country" movement of the late '80s and early '90s, when bands like Uncle Tupelo, the Bottle Rockets, Freakwater, the Waco Brothers, and Tempe's The Grievous Angels (named for a Parsons' song, "Return of the Grievous Angel") began playing a brand of country rock which incorporated punk rock and DIY ethos.

Grievous Angels' pedal steel guitarist Jon Rauhouse — who's gone on to play with Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Billy Bob Thorton, the Old 97s, and dozens more since the Angels disbanded in 2000 — calls Sweetheart of the Rodeo "musical comfort food," and its songs reside deep within his musical DNA. On Wednesday, December 16, he'll pay tribute to Sweetheart of the Rodeo— as well as songs from the greater Byrds/Parsons repertoire — as part of the Americana supergroup The Odd Byrds, assembled by vocalist/guitarist Matthew John Arnold, featuring guitarists Tommy Connell and Michael Krassner of Boxhead Ensemble, Robin Vining of Sweetbleeders on piano, vocalists Taylor Upsahl and Kelly Ehley, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra's Lukas Mathers on bass, violinist Carolyn Camp of Pick and Holler, and drummer Don Windham. The band takes the stage with Tierra Del Fuego, playing the music of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and KJZZ's Steve Conrad, who'll teach a brief class in the art of western swing dancing, all benefitting Rauhouse's wife Jennifer Rauhouse's suicide prevention charity, Peer Solutions.


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The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Celtic Christmas 3- Lament

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 

DO NOT NEED TO SEE HER (TO FEEL HER-
This spinning rock in space
pulling our tides like blankets
Lunatics feel her grip
She slips from our attention when
we refuse to look UP!
@any possibility of Heavens
Moon skin skyclad ancestors
their pale luminescences glimmering
softer than starshine/reminding us
we are part of this-every source of Light reflecting
upon Seasons,emotions,Responses,Reactions
Litanies of Praise for Yule and Solstices
Ancient Forevers change names for Festivals

We Meditate into the New /when the Olde will never do..

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

THOM THE WORLD POET: Commander Brock speaks on Lemmy.

Commander Brock speaks on Lemmy.

59 mins ·
So very sad to wake to the news that we have lost Lemmy.
He was a character, a gentleman and a friend. I’ll miss him and especially our eccentric text conversations of recent years…

We had a magical bond when we played together. He had a style all of his own and his legendary bass playing will live on forever…..We’ll miss you man, you’ll not be forgotten. DB

Thom remembers Lemmy

WHEN LEMMY CAME TO AUSTIN
The show had to be cancelled
His health was always endangered
(That was his chosen lifestyle..
but we all grew up with Lemmy
when he was part of Hawkwind
and the loss of Lemmy resonates
across too many generations
Of course he was an alpha male
Each band has room for only one ego on stage
But Brock remembers Lemmy with a smile
And we knew him as punk and wild
His bass lines ring within our Silver Machines

7x7 -tonight-dream of Lemmy-in Heavy Metal Heaven!

What Lemmy meant to me - Jeremy Smith

I’ve never forgotten my teenage years, even though some parts are a bit blurry, but one day that really stands out was arriving at Windsor festival in 1973, pitching our tent, wandering off amazed at the people there and then finding Hawkwind playing on the main stage in the middle of a sunny afternoon.  No lights, not a huge crowd, but a driving numbing, rumbling noise that I can still hear to this day.  Hawkwind that afternoon were all over the place but driven by Lemmy’s bass, they played a blinding set and when I listen to their first albums, I can still see Lemmy looking cool in his black shades with a huge bass at the back of the stage.

Fast forward a few years and I’d just bought the 12’’ single of Motorhead and City Kids and again, I’d never heard anything quite like it, I must have played it hundreds of times (sorry flatmates).  It was rock, metal and punk all rolled into one with with lyrics that seems to justify all the gum chewing weekends we had at the time.  You couldn’t dance to it, but you could sing along and boy we did!!  And then watching the Young Ones in 1982 and seeing Motorhead take over the show with Ace of Spades, Lemmy with the microphone set too high and Philthy Animal drumming up a storm.  It blew the rest of the show out of the water.

Some years later, I read Lemmy’s Autobiography, White Line Fever.  The story that still makes me chuckle to this day is that he got bored singing Ace of Spades so changed it to Eight of Spades for a couple of years and no-one noticed.  And that’s the great thing about Lemmy, he didn’t need to embellish his life in any way, he just lived it to the full.  And he made it to seventy and that was that. There will never be another bass player like him and looking at today’s pop stars, I doubt there will ever be a singer who looks like him.  RIP Lemmy, you made a teenage boy stare in wonderment and a grown man weep today!

THOM THE WORLD POET: THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE MOON

1.Make impossible New Year Resolutions
2.Use the Olde Year ones again(still unresolved)
3.Eliminate SHOULD &OUGHT from normative vocabularies
4.Affirm intrinsic purpose/intentions for continuance(breathing,living,walking,talking etc
5.Release them-(bird on wing)so they,too,may embrace freedom
6."Link to those of common dreams"
7."Add your Light to the Sum of Light"
8.Be inclusive of Darkness,Blues,Grays-and all shades,shapes  &cultures in between
9.Expect nothing.Expect EVERYthing.Embrace all "apparent contradictions"
10.Love the lilt of music,magic,language as it sings "Into The New..

 

MOTORHEAD LEMMY KILMISTER DEAD AT 70 FROM CANCER

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 

HOW TRACE NEW STEPS
WHEN ALL LEAD TO (K)NOW?
Days unplugged,nights dreaming boats aflame
Viking marks on stones to show others came before
we who were only once now multi-dimensional
silence a salve/sifting ,shredding,strangling sounds
until that last bubble diver releases to the deep,and joins
those before he and her who sleep in oxygen embrace.Take
time to lose time.Let it go like ashes/bones.Shades and shapes
that otherwise would cling and sing of sailors passed and deep.
Stay shallow,intimate.Release all that was-to better enter this Temple of (K)Now
Even when you cease,or slow,or stop-your breath continues on.Until it stops..
Then you must learn New Words..to Olde Songs..

Adrienne Rich on writing, freedom, and how silence fertilizes the imagination
“The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence.”
brainpickings.org|By Maria Popova

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

Folk legends Fairport Convention to play Barnard Castle gig - See more at: http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/folk-legends-fairport-convention-to-play-barnard-castle-gig#sthash.DBzI4RU1.CjzoX7qS.dpuf

LEGENDARY folk band Fairport Convention will perform in Barnard Castle next year.
The group, which has been delighting fans for almost 50 years, will play at The Witham in June.
The current line-up of the band consists of founder member Simon Nichol, Dave Pegg, who joined in 1969, Ric Sanders, who has been playing with the group for the last 30 years, Chris Leslie, who joined in 1996, and drummer Gerry Conway, who has been be with the band since 1998.
The group’s performance is one of the highlights of The Witham programme for the first half of next year.

The new programme is out this week and available from the The Witham box office, showcasing a wealth of arts entertainment. With theatre, film, dance, comedy, craft markets and the Teesdale Business Awards, the range of entertainment available at The Witham over the next five months is the best yet, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Kicking off the season is The Castle Player’s touring performance of Pride and Prejudice on January 8.



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Monday, 28 December 2015

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Percy Jones & MJ 12 Nuclear Burn 5 3



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Tunnels/Propeller Music
2CD - £9.99

Tunnels
CD - £9.99

Cape Catastrophe
CD - £9.99

THOM THE WORLD POET SENT THIS: Eno

Roxy Music keyboardist who coined the term Ambient presents the BBC's 2015 John Peel Lecture.
radio.abc.net.au|By Australian Broadcasting Corporation

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 

RETURN TO RETRO
TO REAL OVER VIRTUAL
To books you can hold in your hand
that were held in the hands of others
passed down like a chain of command
Some of these are annotated well
revealing tracks and traces of previous readings
See the rust color of ages in pages past
Hold them like a child of information
Treasure the covers,the binding,art and design
as well as the stories within.You have two hands 
to hold,value,treasure and cherish as you turn
through your seasons and pages of life..
One will always be your second hand!

 shared a link.

As the pendulum swings back to print, used bookstores are thriving, with new…
washingtonpost.com|By Mike Rosenwald

DBA LAUNCH VANITY PROMO



Exclusive: View video for track lifted from Downes Braide Association's 2nd album Suburban Ghosts

Downes Braide Association are premiering a video for their track Vanity via Prog.

It's taken from DBA's second album Suburban Ghosts, released last month via Cherry Red Records. DBA features the duo of Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes and songwriter Chris Braide.

On the writing process, Downes previously said: “Chris never ceases to amaze with his application to the finest detail. And as on our previous collaboration, Pictures Of You, I provided him with the musical fabric and raw materials, and from that point he has manufactured and polished our latest gem with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.”


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Union
DVD - £10.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
DVD - £7.99

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99

Rock of the 70s
DVD - £7.99


Sunday, 27 December 2015

Music review: Dweezil Zappa - ’Via Zammata’

Music review: Dweezil Zappa - ’Via Zammata’

Because my oldest brother was a Frank Zappa fan, I naturally became a fan as well.

After borrowing my brother’s copy of 1976’s “Zoot Allures” featuring bizarre selections like “Wind Up Workin’ in a Gas Station,” “The Torture Never Stops” and “Disco Boy,” I was hooked and would spend the following years listening to every new Zappa album my brother would bring home.

Dweezil Zappa follows in his legendary father’s innovative footsteps with a new release that captures the creative lunacy that fueled his father while also flashing moments of infectious pop stylings. Named for the Sicilian street where the Zappa family originated, “Via Zammata’” is Zappa’s first new solo album of original material since 2006’s “Go With What You Know.”

For the new album, Zappa was able to put into practice what he has absorbed from studying and performing his father’s music over the last 10 years. The 46-year-old guitarist comes into his own both musically and lyrically with the creation of the new material.

The album opens with a tantalizing instrumental that blends soaring orchestration with the cosmic edge of progressive rock on “Funky 15,” followed by an angelic chorus intro that quickly transitions into a rousing guitar-driven track on “Rat Race.” “What If” and “Just the Way She Is” freely flow with the pop sensibilities of Fountains of Wayne and “Truth” features more elegant string offers before gently yielding to Zappa’s beautiful guitar work on this instrumental that could easily be mistaken for a composition comprised from the brilliant mind of Brian Wilson for “Pet Sounds.”

The two major highlights of the album involve a pair of engaging collaborations. “Dragon Master” is a menacing heavy metal number first hatched by Zappa’s father in 1988 and displays some masterful guitar work and Judas Priest-like vocals, while “Malkovich” is a surreal opus that revolves around the narration of actor John Malkovich delivering portions of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.”


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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..

On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..


THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 

WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING
ALL TREES ARE BREATHING
transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen
When you awaken(to birdsong morning)
You see a clarity that has taken lifetimes
Trees became casualties when ignored
They want to be left in wilderness
We chop and clear/turn them into houses
Bodies of dead trees lay on lumber trucks
Perhaps you were a seed once
Maybe you grew like a sapling/thin ,tall
Perhaps you grew among elders(protected/protective)
In a family of multi-species,with orchestral birds as soundtracks
Rings let them know how old you were before tree murder
The desk ,this chair,once grew tall and higher
Let sleeping trees dream
Awaken to a forest dawning
Be tree.
 

The Night Life of Trees – gorgeous handmade art based on ancient Indian mythology
What ancient Indian mythology has to do with fair-trade entrepreneurship and the timeless love of books.
brainpickings.org|By Maria Popova


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Merry Christmas, Baby - The Beach Boys

Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) (medieval cover by Stary Olsa)

JON ANDERSON: Micky Dolenz & Other Music Stars Share Their Excitement About the New "Star Wars" Movie



The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters this week, causing an interstellar wave of excitement and anticipation to swell amongst lovers of sci-fi and adventure films around the world. A number of well-known music artists also are looking forward to the new movie, which sees the return of many of original Star Wars cast members, as well as a variety of new faces.

Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells ABC Radio that he loved the first two Star Warsmovies, but admits that the franchise “kind of lost me after a little while.”

He explains, “I went on to other things, but I was a huge, huge fan of the original, of course.” As for The Force Awakens, Micky notes, “We just had a massive premiere here in Los Angeles, in Hollywood, a couple of nights ago, and…I’m looking forward to seeing this one.”

Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson says he and his old band mates were such big fans of the original Star Wars movie that they jokingly began identifying with different characters from the flick.

“The joke in the Yes band was that [late bassist] Chris Squire was Darth Vader and I was Obi Wan Kenobi,” Anderson tells ABC Radio.

The singer also recalls that Yes’ members were treated to a special midnight screening of the first movie back in 1977 at a Pennsylvania theater while they were rehearsing for a U.S. tour.


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Saturday, 26 December 2015

ZAPPA'S LOST BROADCAST COMING TO DVD




1968 film, shot during 2nd European tour, to be released this month

A concert film recorded by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention during their second European tour is to be released on DVD for the first time.

The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club ’68 was shot in Germany on October 6 that year, during their first visit to the country and its iconic Bremen venue.

The DVD edition includes a band rehearsal alongside the full performance, which features Ian Underwood, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp and Motorhead Sherwood.

Gonzo Multimedia say: “Much of this material has never been legitimately released before now. Only the last 35 minutes were ever transmitted.

“The footage shows Frank’s use of his famous hand signals to great effect, conducting and controlling the direction of the music. Enjoy music being made, in the moment, for its own sake.”


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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..


THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Christmas Time is Here Again

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 


THE VIOLIN THAT BROKE MY HEART
THAT ANGELIC HARP THAT MENDED IT
More than horsehair strings and finger plucking
More than tangos and orchestral solos
The piano that ran away with the full moon
The classical guitar that trained itself
to heal via harmonies/among falling ,rising scales
Hours of coeans in a thimble of practice
And that flute that brought Shiva to Krishna's Gopis
That Russian bassoon.That French Matterhorn.
Boil that kettle drum!Bring a baton!All creature wide and slim
join circles when they seek to sing.She has a music all her own
Smiles ring in a New Note(not counterfeit!).
Cash in on a Melodious 2016 before 2015 runs out retrospectively
confusing what has happened with what is personally significant

You are more than a desk calendar.You are an Orchestra!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention 'The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club '68' to Be Released on DVD

For the first time ever, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention "The Lost Broadcast: The Beat Club '68" entire show will be released on DVD by Gonzo Multimedia in December 2015! This DVD contains a filmed rehearsal of Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention at the legendary Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, on 6th October 1968. It was part of the band's second European tour, the first having occurred a year before, although this was their first visit to Germany.

What can be observed during this event is a typical rehearsal scenario, where the band is eating, drinking, tuning up their instruments, enjoying some laughs, having cosmetics applied and gradually beginning to rehearse. The music is largely one long improvisatory continuous performance rather than a run-through of their greatest hits, but occasionally Zappa directs the band into the opening themes of some of his more well-known pieces. The ensemble performs interesting renditions of "King Kong", "A Pound For A Brown On The Bus", "Sleeping In A Jar" and "Uncle Meat", all of which would be included on the "Uncle Meat" album, which had already been recorded but would not be released for another six months. Also played was an instrumental version of "Let's Make The Water Turn Black", a version of "Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask", a stab at the "Prelude To Act 3 of Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner and a nod towards "Octandre" by Edgard Varese.

The footage shows Frank's use his famous hand signals to great effect, conducting and controlling the direction of the music, instructing the musicians when to start, stop, punctuate, slow down, speed up, improvise, play in different time signatures etc.



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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..

On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

THE DIGITISER 2000 CHRISTMAS PANT-OH: Chanderella


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Festive salutations! I am K-Max: the Christmas rascal.

As is tradition at this time of year, children throughout the world have retreated into their bakelite cocoons, awaiting my arrival with a mixture of consternation and conjecture. Upon my arrival, I will make some snow come out of my mouth, a bit of mistletoe emerge from my smelly navel, and a date slide out of my anti-bottom ("October 12th" - the day you were born).

Today I present to thee (you) the following: a seasonal Christmas vignette entitled Chanderella. It's behind you! What is? Your conviction for dogging and fit-ups.


THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 


IN EVERY STAR WARS HOME
Light sabers are clashing/masked stormtroopers  in costume
making bundles of boodle on merchandising.Roman legions resurrect
in this film that steals ideas and images from Kurosawa to John Ford.
"A Western in Space",with duels,shoot-outs,heroes and Flash Gordon villains.
EVERY BODY wants to see this.I prefer Yoko Ono's STAR PEACE.
IMAGINE if Art was not violence and conflict sold as children's fantasy
Fans of STAR TREK dismayed at the dumbed-down explosions sold as concepts
Hollywood,California has a lot to answer for-directing our fantasies towards
destruction  and desolation rather than solutions via science-fiction.
DUNE deserves better.2001 ,GRAVITY,INTERSTELLAR,THE MARTIAN all begin
our collective directed astral ancestral rocketry towards Moon and Mars exploration.

We do not need star WARS.We need STAR PEACE,please..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: In the Deep Midwinter

Thursday, 24 December 2015

A very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Happy 2016 with love from Prudence, Archie and the less important members of the Gonzo Weekly and Daily Team


THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?" 

MOON IN TUNE
RARE IT IS THAT CELESTIAL EVENTS
coincide with Calendar Celebrations
Once(you remember!)-we celebrated Seasons
via Almanacs and Harvests and Moon Cycles
Our health and hale happiness was linked
as the Path of Light rose and fell
Some of us Moon Children/ pale and fallow as crops
Sun Children Brighteyed and bushytailed-beamed!
Every now and zen,Moon and Seasons coincide
Prepare for Change!This Christmas Day
This specific Full Moon Christmas Night...




Why The Christmas Full Moon Is Even More Important Than You Thought

Dec 22, 2015 6:00 PM




hoto: Courtesy of NASA.
For anyone under 40, this Christmas's full moon is already pretty exciting (this will be the first time we've had one since 1977), but its greater importance goes far beyond how rare an occurrence it is. As you may know, each month's full moon has a specific significance within Pagan traditions, and the full moon itself, regardless of the date, is a meaningful time of the month. That December's full moon, also known as the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon, coincides with Christmas Day this year presents us with a singular opportunity for reflection and preparation.

Given its traditional name, December's full moon is associated with a negative aspect of the month — the cold, dark, long nights, specifically. One can see this as a natural (if less-than-cheery) symbol for this month's moon, but it can also be an opportunity to step back and consider other sources of warmth and light in your life. Just as the Winter Solstice brings people together, you may recognize that, during the colder months of the year, you seek comfort among friends and family.

These feelings may be stronger than usual this year, as the maternal and familial influence of the full moon may intensify your desire to be around loved ones for the holidays. Other spiritual effects of the full moon (clarity of mind and heart, heightened psychic awareness, a greater capacity for healing) can be beneficial for your end-of-year reflections, and even help you set intentions for 2016. With this in mind, even your Christmas well-wishes can be imbued with the power of the full moon now.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of giving, charity, and goodwill. The full moon can bring unexpected things about yourself to light. If simultaneously observed, the collision of these two events (the holiday and the full moon) will usher in a truly advantageous moment to reevaluate our place in the world and our relationships with those we care about.

GONZO WEEKLY #161/2

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

PLAYLIST: Strange Harvest # 7

Strange Harvest # 7 15-11-15

Keith Christmas:         Flow Through Me
Gong:  Witch’s Song
The Whiskey Poets:    Ghost of my Religion
Christina Vantzou:      The Library
Us and Them:  We Are Sacred
Laraaji:            The Dance #3
Kowloon Walled City:            Daughters and Sons
Rod McKuen: April People
Frostlake:        Endless Rain
Black Breath:  Reaping Flesh
Visionary Hours:         Reaches into Silence
L’il Marky:      Jesus Put the Stars in the Sky
Spike Milligan:            Sewers of the Strand

Alpha 7:          Tacolneston
 

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