Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pat Metheny, Chogyam Trungpa, Jazz, Rock And Space: Sex, Confinement, Liberation

Khajuro Group Of Monuments
"It'll turn your world upside down."

Dear Chuck,

Thanks for re-sending Pat Metheny's "Better Days."

Chogyam Trungpa said people don't feel at home in freedom because it's too panoramic, too open.

No floor. No ceiling. No walls. (No corners to back ourselves into?)

In a way, there's nothing "concrete" to call "home."

In the midst of openness, we have no anchor and tend to "stutter spiritually," suddenly realizing we're "on the high wire" -- without the wire! -- suspended over net-less void with nowhere to go but down.

What goes up... 

I wonder if the relative popularity of rock over jazz is that jazz - at its best - is so open that it threatens "us."

Rock, on the other hand, always links its inspirations to essentially sexual beats.

For most people -- at least "in their prime" -- it is sex that keeps them tethered -- earthbound -- so they needn't fear the blue yonder.

Or the deep blue sea.

Swept away.

Blue Yonder


Concerning the floor, roof and walls of "home..."

In Poco's "Good Feelin' To Know," I cannot hear the lyric --- "I've got that old time feeling burning deep inside in my soul and I am yours, baby I'm home" --- without perceiving myself in the immediate aftermath of sexual climax, still coupled, surrounded, embedded, anchored.

"A Good Feelin' To Know"

At "bottom," sex merges confinement and liberation... physical enclosure with a perception of non-material hyperspace openness.

The best of both worlds?

The profoundest truths are paradoxical?

Pax tecum


PS In Latin, "Matter" and "Mother" are started out as the same word: "Mater."

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 11:32 AM, CH wrote:
This is one of 2 Metheny tunes that channels pure joy for me. I'll send you the other, too.


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