Artistic Anarchy

When I grow up, I'll go down the river to the Singing Sea

Let’s celebrate…

by johndsykes86

Let’s celebrate now, while there’s flesh on our bones…

Bjork – I See Who You Are


What’s the angle?

by johndsykes86

“And I pray to God that one day, He will grant me the power to reach out and hold my hand over your head and give you instant belief, ’cause you don’t have instant belief. You’ve been hooked, you’ve been crooked, you’ve been lied to so many times, that you’re suspicious-minded. And when the right thing comes along, you don’t believe in it. When I’m coming in knocking on the front door, you’re out the back door looking for four leaf clovers. And when you find it, you think somebody planted it there to fool you. ‘Whats the angle?’ You look for an excuse. In this modern day and age we have instant coffee and instant tea–instant disbelief. Thats the reason we will never become anything–it is because we will never believe in ourselves. We will always listen to the mass majority. If everybody’s making fun of you and criticizing you, then you know you’re on the right track. Cause most people ain’t got it.”

Glenn W. Turner from the speech “Instant Disbelief’ and as heard on the Death Cab for Cutie track “Amputations”

Rudyard Kipling – Macdonough’s Song

by johndsykes86

Whether the State can loose and bind
   In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
  Before or after the birth--
These are matters of high concern
   Where State-kept schoolmen are;
But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
    Endeth in Holy War.

Whether The People be led by The Lord,
    Or lured by the loudest throat:
If it be quicker to die by the sword
  Or cheaper to die by vote--
These are things we have dealt with once,
  (And they will not rise from their grave)
For Holy People, however it runs,
  Endeth in wholly Slave.

Whatsoever, for any cause,
    Seeketh to take or give
Power above or beyond the Laws,
    Suffer it not to live!
Holy State or Holy King--
   Or Holy People's Will--
Have no truck with the senseless thing.
   Order the guns and kill!
        Saying --after--me:--

Once there was The People--Terror gave it birth;
Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth
Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, 0 ye slain!
Once there was The People--it shall never be again!

“…As a form, …

by johndsykes86

“…As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.” – Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison reviewing Richard Wright’s Black Boy in 1945.

Source: LA Review of Books Article on Kendrick Lamar

Nickel Creek – Green and Gray

by johndsykes86

Night after night what I hear, what I write fills the room and my head starts to sway. It might be for her, but for now it’s between green and gray

But, in faith,…

by johndsykes86

But, in faith,
Kate, the elder I wax, the better I shall appear:
my comfort is, that old age, that ill layer up of
beauty, can do no more, spoil upon my face: thou
hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou
shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and better:

Henry V, Act 5, Scene 2

“I’m not gonna …

by johndsykes86

“I’m not gonna sit around and waste my precious divine energy trying to explain and be ashamed of things you think are wrong with me.”

– Esperanza Spalding

Because Henry has true Baller Genetics swag…

by johndsykes86

“You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate: there is
more eloquence in a sugar touch of them than in the
tongues of the French council;…Here comes your father”

 Henry, Henry V Act 5, Scene 2, Page 10