Sweet Sorrow

Perhaps the world has always been ruled by madness where humans are concerned. There have been times of relative peace, but there is always conflict somewhere in the world. In the US, the madness seems to be spinning out of control as madmen infiltrate all levels of government and law enforcement.

The events of the past week dominate the news. Protests, counter-protests, terrorist actions and calls for the death of any who oppose this madness — and actual loss of life — are bitter and disheartening to those who fought to bring inclusion and awareness to this culture.

We face a new civil war, and the threat of a new world war hangs over our head as the current occupant of the White House continues his childish antics on the world stage.

Today’s program, called “Sweet Sorrow”, was originally about partings, but it felt important to expand that to include statements from artists about what’s happening in the world. So while goodbyes are certainly still a key component of the program, they’re placed in the context of both resistance…

…and peace.

Resist oppression and terrorism.

Work for peace.

Most of all, do not mistake peace for complacency.

The Gods Warned Us – James Shain – The Nagual Sessions (2017)
Still… (Dark Riddle) – Michael Brückner – (2002)
The Hero Within – Cloudwalk – Live at the Tragic City AlternaCon (2016)
Parallel Resistance – Glenn Sogge – (2017)

This track was created specifically in response to this episode, and to the events around us. It uses “The President’s March” as played by The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Note how it diverges, and then collapses in discord.

Recalcitrant Malfeasance – Robert Rich – Moog Voyager RME Sampler (2015)

At about this point in the program, someone in the chat commented that this episode is quite eclectic. This was somewhat by design. The voices of artists are as diverse as the artists themselves are — our job, our challenge as artists, then, is to raise those diverse voices and turn our eclectic energies into a genuine force for good. We must not only set aside, but celebrate our differences, and use our voices and our eclectic expressions to turn the world into a place of peace and inclusion.

Strength to the Weary – Scott Cole (unreleased, 2017)

The Tree The Tiger The Light – Christian Fiesel – The Ritual Of Rain (2017)

This is a new album by Christian Fiesel aka FzkWolf, a four track album consisting of two long tracks (the more vivid “Frankly For Frankie” and the more etheral “The Tree The Tiger The Light” with a more natural flavour) and two short tracks.

Relax meditation – Phrozenlight
Call for Peace (Chill Out Mix) – Jim Ottaway – Invisible Vortex (2014)
Adrift in Peace – Phillip Wilkerson – Sun Tracer (2010)
Peace Drone – Michael Brückner – (2015)
Tranquillitas animi – Playman54 – (2017)

According to the artist, Colin Blake, this is less a track of peace, and more a cry for a kind of peace we all have forgotten.

Between Goodbyes – David Gerard – (2017)
The Parting of Ways – Kit Watkins – The Gathering Set 2 (2008)
Lament – Soundician – Soundician (2000)

Written as an angry ambient track as a response to the death of her father — so is loosely on topic — the artist tells us that “Lament” is just as much about the state of the world right now.

Parting of the Clouds – Fimus Tauri – Atmospheres (2010)

“Parting of the Clouds” turns out to be accidentally perfect for this episode, according to its creator. It is a re-working of his track “Jerusalem” – which was the complete history of that city, including all of its troubles. The original track started with the same peaceful beginning, but, instead of continuing in that vein, grew more agitated, eventually reflecting all of the wars.

Nocturnal Departure – Sylvie Walder and Phillip Wilkerson – Transience (2008)
Goodbye For Now – Gregg Plummer – Invisible Bird (2008)


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