“Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens” Jimi Hendrix
I’ve had three dreams in which Jimi Hendrix was the focus. All three dreams were in the past two years. In the first one, I was vacuuming a bedroom and Jimi was asleep in the bed. He didn’t wake up. I put a tape of some music onto the stereo, then the whole room started to vibrate as if an earthquake was happening. He still didn’t wake up. The third dream was at a large party of some kind. Jimi and I were there partying, as if we were close friends. No one recognized who he was, except for me. Finally, people started realizing it was him, so he got on stage and started doing this really freaky dance with some kinds of fabric things twirling around. He didn’t sing or play guitar, just danced. If I remember correctly, he suddenly disappeared into thin air and the fabric dropped to the stage floor. And in the third dream, he was just smiling and he had a guitar on which he showed me something. In none of the dreams did he ever speak a word.
"I AM AWARE"
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These notes concern an experimental piece of music which was done on the austral winter solstice of 2002. It was inspired by the film Judgment at Nuremberg, a 1964 courtroom drama re-enacting the trial of four Nazi judges, as well as by a dream I had in which a smiling Jimi Hendrix was showing me some stuff on guitar! The dialogue in this piece is from former Minister of Justice for the Third Reich Ernst Janning, played by Burt Lancaster. In the middle of his defense he had enough and decided to give the whole truth on why they fell for Hitler and why even men of honor, who weren’t depraved perverts, sat in silence or participated in the most heinous spree of brutality the world had ever witnessed. “If we didn’t know, it was because we didn’t want to know.” This is a psycho-therapeutic exorcism of denial…and a message to us all here and now: we ALL are responsible for what is going down in the world…because we all KNOW what is going down!
This piece consists of Hendrix’s “The Star-spangled Banner” running normally, along with a “stretched” or slowed-down version of itself; when it reaches the end of the song, it reverses and runs backward from end to beginning, also accompanied by a stretched version; the dialogue is taken directly from the video; in the background is my voice with effects, repeating the mantra “freedom and democracy…greedom and dumbocracy…” And towards the end is my voice sounding like it’s on a loudspeaker reciting the lyrics to “The Scar-Strangled Banter”, a trans-national anathema!
“There was a fever over the land. A fever of disgrace, of indignity, of hunger. We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. Above all, there was fear…fear of today, fear of tomorrow, fear of our neighbors, fear of ourselves…only when you understand that can you understand what Hitler meant to us. Because he said to us, ‘Lift your heads. Be proud to be German. There are devils among us…jews, liberals, gypsies, communists…once these devils will be destroyed your misery will be destroyed.’ It was the old, old story of the sacrificial lamb. What about those of us who knew better, who knew the words were lies, worse than lies? Why did we sit silent? Why did we take part? Because we loved our country. What difference does it make if a few political extremists lose their rights? What difference does it make if a few racial minorities lose their rights? It is only a passing phase. It is only a stage we are going through. It will be discarded sooner or later. Hitler himself will be discarded…sooner or later. The country is in danger. We will march out of the shadows. We will go forward. Forward is the great password. History tells how well we succeeded. We succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. The very elements of hate and power about Hitler that mesmerized
I AM AWARE!!!!!!!!!
My counsel would have you believe that we were not aware of the concentration camps. Not aware. Where were we? Where were we when Hitler began shrieking his hate and Reichstag? Where were we when our neighbors were being dragged out in the middle of the night to
THE SCAR-STRANGLED BANTER
Say, oh why can’t you see, though there’s plenty of light…
From the tv’s bright glare, and incessant loud blasting.
Whose grim tripe and dull stars of the pre-programmed blight;
“What? So DRY a pale ale!” Dubya belched, he was beaming…
Oh! Say, does your Sony Trinitron send brain waves…
O’er the land of those free to become their own slaves!
The Pledge of Allegiance
“I pledge allegiance to the schwag of the New World Order on television;
And to the plutocracy for which it stands, one dictatorship, under Dubya,
Indistinguishable, from imperially-mobilized free-for-all.”