Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11 Nine Years Down The Line

... A Mystery Unsolved!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hugo Farrant, poet in temporary exile

This bearded stranger with golden dreadlocks sitting in my Bamboo Palace goes by the name Hugo Farrant. He showed up just over a week ago on his way back to Melbourne. Waiting to get his visa approved, he said.

British-born Hugo has spent the last three years or so making waves in the Australian rap scene. That's right. Hugo's a rapper.

Not just a rapper, mind you. Hugo's essentially a poet, a master wordsmith in the truest sense, a questing visionary, philosopher, mythologist and weaver of semantic tube toruses.

In short, Hugo Farrant is a high-end rapper. Unlike your run-of-the-mill street-corner gangsta-rapper, Hugo is a lexicological wunderkind with an almost unlimited vocabulary.

Listening to his recently released album, The Enlightenment Era, not once did I come across any references to humans with oedipal tendencies. Instead, I was titillated by tales of angels and atoms, dimensional shifts, 11:11 stargates, extraterrestrials, obelisks, Olympic medalists, Friedrich Nietzsche, and a chance encounter between Pavlov's Dog and Schrödinger's Cat.

Hugo expands his fan base in Malaysia

I kid you not. This guy's creative genius is beyond description. The Muses love him. If I were the Australian government I'd offer Hugo Farrant a generous arts grant - instead of putting him through the bureaucratic runaround and keeping him in suspense over something as meaningless, trivial and irrelevant as an entry visa.

Ah well, Australia's loss is Magick River's gain. I shall insist on collecting some DNA samples before we let golden boy Hugo leave. Check out these nifty videos from The Juice Media (Pssst... Hugo plays all the characters!)...

RAP NEWS from The Juice Media produced by Hugo Farrant & Giordano Nanni

Intrigued? Get to know Hugo up close here!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Saloma sings Selamat Hari Raya

Those seem much jollier times in retrospect when P. Ramlee and Saloma were the toast of the town. Let this Hari Raya greeting to all who celebrate this occasion be a sweet reminder of how simple life can be - and what a cheerful, friendly, abundant land this will be when love proves stronger than fear or hate.

Safe traveling, please!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

When my hair turns to white...

One of my all-time favorite musical icons is Daevid Allen (from the planet Gong), who recently celebrated his 70th birthday in Byron Bay, Australia. Few fit the description of Wizard better than Daevid. When my hair turns to white, I'd like to be doing pretty much something like this...

Gong's beautiful song "Wise Man in Your Heart" from their Zero to Infinity album (2000). The original version of this song was on Daevid's 1976 album Good Morning.

Daevid Allen / vocals, guitar, piano, Mike Howlett / basses, Didier Malherbe / saxes, flutes, Gilli Smyth / voice, space whisper, Chris Taylor / drums, percussion, Theo Travis / keyboards, saxes, flutes.

Wise Man In Your Heart (D. Allen, M. Howlett. P. Moerlen)

I met a man, a wise old man, the day I lost my pride.
He told me he belonged to me but from me he would hide.
And that I would not hear his voice until I learned to sing.
Now every time I sing I know that I belong.
belong to him.
Singing O why...Singing O why...

He told me he would teach me everything I tried to know.
He made me see that you and me are dreamers in a show.
And when the days were darkest then he lit them with his moons.
And then we crossed the rainbow bridge but we came back...
Came back too soon...
Singing O why...Singing O why...

He showed me where he was Atman that man I could not see.
He pointed to the sky until a ladder I could see.
I climbed for many lives to find the secret golden flower.
And then I woke and found I'd slept for less than half...
Than half an hour.
Singing O why...Singing O why...

He brought us back together then when I was all alone.
He made me see I was not just of earth and skin and bone.
Well it makes you feel so beautiful you can tell your Self apart.
Every time you listen to the wise man in your heart.
Singing O why...Singing O why...

NOTE: If an error message appears when you click to play the videos, click on bottom right corner to view clip on YouTube.