Where There Were No Doors

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before - Joseph Campbell

Monday, April 25, 2005

Just a musical list

  1. Things I would like to be under:

    • the sea

  2. Things I would like to be in:

    • the shade

    • our little hideaway

    • an octopus's garden

  3. The octopus would:

    • know where we've been

    • let us in:

      • the shade

      • his garden

  4. Information about the garden:

    • Location:

      • on the sea bed

      • beneath the waves

      • below the storm

    • Features:

      • it's warm

      • it contains:

        • at least one cave

        • coral

        • no one to tell us what to do

  5. People I would ask along with me (or could reasonably expect to be there):

    • my friends

    • you

    • every boy

    • every girl

  6. Things we would do:

    • shout

    • sing

    • dance around

    • swim about

    • rest our head

  7. Things we would know:

    • that we can't be found

  8. Things we would feel:

    • joy

    • happy

    • safe


Blogger john b said...

Most excellent. Can we expect a Powerpoint version?

25/4/05 11:17  
Blogger Justin said...

And thus a meme was born. I love the idea that Ringo sat down and wrote the song in a pseudo-code before doing the rest.

25/4/05 11:52  
Anonymous David Duff said...

Oooooh! It's a modern song. And I just beginning to really worry about you, Jim ...

25/4/05 15:05  
Blogger Jim Bliss said...

Don't tempt me, John. In the early hours of the morning, before the pot has finally seen off the insomnia, absolutely anything is possible. Unfortunately.

And don't tell me you're unfamiliar with the music of The Beatles David. It's become such an established part of our culture now. Just like when the Dalai Lama was introduced to Michael Palin and immediately said "I know you. You're on the telly!" (or words to that effect), so it is that there are mystics who have spent the past 80 years living as recluses in caves in Central Asia meditating upon the meaning of life, who know the words to I Saw Her Standing There, Yellow Submarine and at least a dozen others... yet have no recollection of ever hearing recorded music. It has sunk that deep into our collective consciousness.

And to the anonymous poster who left the link to the "octopus" video, I'd like to say thanks. Really made my day that. Just what I like to have unexpectedly appear on my screen!

I've decided to be fairly ruthless with comments that I don't want on the site. You'll never see something removed because I disagree with an idea being expressed, but I will delete stuff if it annoys me for any other reason.

Which is a nice catch-all to have.

In this case I just didn't want people clicking on a link and seeing a powerful (and disturbing) image without any warning. As a fan of Burroughs et al, with friends like Merrick (who delights in confronting people with absurd and disgusting images), and with an imagination that takes no prisoners when I have nightmares; you're unlikely to disturb me with images from the web.

But some of my readers may have more delicate sensibilities.

Sheeeesh! What is it with deleting comments...? I feel obliged to write a ten page justification every time I remove something.

25/4/05 22:46  
Blogger merrick said...

It's not fair to tantalise us with hints of a "powerful (and disturbing)", something that puts you in mind of my gallery of "absurd and disgusting images", yet not give any real detail

If you're gonna delete it at least give us a clue as to what kind of "powerful" we're talking here, Jim.

26/4/05 01:08  
Blogger Jim Bliss said...

Check yer inbox Merrick.

But don't say I didn't warn you.

26/4/05 01:28  
Blogger merrick said...

I think it's you who needs to check what's an inbox, Jim.

That's not her arse the octopus is emerging from.

26/4/05 02:42  
Blogger merrick said...

By the way, how would we 'rest our head'? Surely we have a plural quantity.

Unless we are even more anatomically unusual than the woman in that video.

26/4/05 02:49  
Anonymous David Duff said...

Now, listen here, Jim Bliss, I will not be lectured to by the likes of you on the, er, music of the Beetles. I can still remember clearly the day in my barracks when all the scousers were wittering on about this new group, and then hushed us all up so that we could listen in reverential silence to a song that appeared to consist of the repetition of the words "yeah, yeah, yeah!" I told them then, in no uncertain terms, that these so-called Beetles were rubbish and would never get anywhere.

Oh dear, wrong again, but I suppose you'll never go broke under-estimating the great British public - as Mr. Blair is demonstrating as we chatter.

26/4/05 22:00  

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