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Majical Cloudz - Bugs Don’t Buzz

The cheesiest songs all end with a smile
This won’t end with a smile, my love

Wait with me in slimy wet darkness
I’ll be right beside you, my love

Bugs don’t buzz when their time approaches
We’ll be just like the roaches, my love

It pays to be on the edge of existence
Just riding the surface, my love

The happiest songs all end with a smile
This might end with a smile, no my love

If life could be forever one instant
Would it be the moment you met me? No my love

Majical Cloudz - Childhood’s End


It’s always so great to hear new music from Majical Cloudz. Despite my current love of bleeps and bloops, I’ve always found utterly earnest vocalists so compelling. That sort of authentic, raw vulnerability sounds so rare on contemporary records, but when you hear it, you can’t help but turn to it again and again.

A Love Supreme: 4th Movement - Psalm - In John Coltrane’s words


James Cary writes:

A few years ago, knowing I absolutely adored the John Coltrane album, “A Love Supreme” my wife gave me this incredible book by Ashley Kahn : "A Love Surpreme/The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album." Reading the book, I discovered something remarkable: the fourth movement, Psalm, was actually John Coltrane playing the ‘words’ of the poem that was included in the original liner notes. Apparently he put the handwritten poem on the music stand in front of him, and ‘played’ it, as if it were music. I immediately played the movement while reading the poem, and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was one of the most inspirational and spiritual moments of my life.

Chills. I had heard about this in an NPR article years ago, but seeing the words move in sync with the music is another thing entirely. It’s like witnessing the birth of a new language, a collaboration between Coltrane and the divinity that speaks through him.

Another choice quote from the NPR article, from Reverend Franzo Wayne King of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church:

"When you look at the composition of titles and the sequence in which John has them laid out, we say that there’s formula in that album. When he says, ‘Acknowledgements, resolutions and pursuance,’ it’s like saying, ‘Father, Son and Holy Ghost.’ It’s like saying, ‘Melody, harmony and rhythm.’ In other words, you have to acknowledge and then you resolve and then you pursue, and the manifestation of it is a love supreme."

(via Open Culture)