July 6th, 2010

pregnant with celestial fire

on july 7 1989 cd's outsold vinyl for the first time. i don't think the cd will last as long as the phonograph record. soon all our cultural artifacts will be virtual- perhaps lost completely if the technology that produced and reads them does not survive.

i've gotten some lovely things lately. emo has apparently moved on from it's brief flirtation with records and irony. fads. nothing but mass produced hysteria.

judy henske- original copy of 'little bit of sunshine... little bit of rain'. damn it, listen to the power of her voice. the queen of the beatniks.

this isn't on that album but it's fun. there are less than a handful of judy henske songs on the utubes. many have been pulled.

henske and then husband jerry yester produced an up until recently extremely rare classic psychedelic pop record called 'Farewell Aldebaran' . it's pretty much proto goth. i snagged a copy on 8 track because it was the only form i could afford at the time. it has been released finally on cd. a wild ride. women aren't suppose to sing this low especially white ones. nice white girls aren't suppose to attack songs and rip them to shreds. one of the greatest voices of her generation.

i recall going to see the tina turner bio-pic 'what's love got to do with it' in the theater when it came out. our whole row of seats got up and danced to this, singing along - to the horror of whitie. i had forgotten the song- and it threw my whole childhood right up in my face. because woman hater and murderous psycho phil specter produced it and probably held on to the rights, it never quite gets the re-release attention of other ike and tina songs and that's criminal. vocally it is one of tina's best performances. i've put this clip in here even though you have to look at that fuck ike, glowering, because it has the legendary ikettes in it and tina looks great.

classic garage track. from the late 70s though. crusaders/ street life. a major house influence across the whole spectrum.

and this made me laugh. there was a time when black culture had not turned its back on its own creation: house music. before the homophobia and the gangsta hate and the glorification of violence and racial divisiveness. you would go to a loft or warehouse party and it would be racially mixed and everyone would share the music love without categories and belligerence.that was the promise of house. it didn't last long.

from cajmere underground 'goddies' ep

every time you find a sesame street album it is scratched to shit and worthless if you actually want to listen to it or, you know, use it. finally found one that isn't trashed. this goes out to al' sex poodle' gore:

"I am not afraid... I was born to do this."

"I am not afraid... I was born to do this."- jeanne d'arc

joan of arc was murdered by the roman catholic church for wearing men's clothing against biblical injunction. she is the founder of the modern nation of france which even the germans could not destroy- and they tried twice. the church that used it's authority to kill her canonized her nearly 500 years after her death in 1920.she died at 19 years of age, burnt at the stake for recanting her forced confession to heresy being the wearing of male attire not as is commonly understood the hearing of voices from satan.

joan's martyrdom was primarily a political one. it is the english, whom she helped toss permanently out of france, who captured her and agitated the church for her destruction. the french king whom she basically placed on the throne could have ransomed her but did not. everyone was scared to death of her. what she said the lord had told her to do( even though her voices and visions were all female)she did: led the celts of gaul in rebellion over their english overlords. her victory at orléans is one of the most important and decisive battles in history. the soldiers she lived and fought with didn't dare touch her. she indeed physically led an army into battles. she was wounded several times. her testimony in her trials is that of a particularly crafty and insightful theologian or lawyer not a country girl who could neither read nor write.

against ecclesiastical law ,she was kept caged and shackled in a english prison with male secular guards of the enemy she defeated. when at her trial she refused to confess, she was made to 'read' and sign a paper supposedly recanting and forswearing the wearing of male attire -in a cemetery on pain of torture and death by fire. once stripped of her male 'armor' and no longer, by virtue of her confession, shielded by the aura of not being a heretic but one visited with holy visions, it is thought she was perhaps,back in an english jail and back in women's clothes, raped. she reverted back to wearing male clothing immediately. the penalty for relapse was death by fire. at the stake joan bemoaned having to die in rouen, a stronghold of the burgundians loyal to england.

"Rouen! Rouen! Must I die here? Ah, Rouen, I fear you will have to suffer for my death!"

once a more sympathetic pope hit the papal throne, joan's mother and the inquisitor general of france, jean brénal, began petitioning for a retrial. on july 7. 1456 jeanne d'arc was acquitted of the charges of heresy. she had been dead for 25 years.at the dawn of the 20th century ,the process of making her a saint began to grind its why through the institution that destroyed her for being a female who dared to make war and win- a woman who usurped male power and privilege apparently they now believe through the grace of a diety.

"It has been argued that the Inquisition destroyed not heresy but the church itself. That any force that could burn Saint Joan of Arc and compel Galileo to deny his own discovery that the earth goes around the sun was a force that represented, as the Cathars had said from the beginning, the triumph of the Anti-christ."- otto friedrich

"You say that you are my judge. I do not know if you are! But I tell you that you must take good care not to judge me wrongly, because you will put yourself in great danger. I warn you, so that if God punishes you for it, I would have done my duty by telling you!"- joan of arc, addressing ecclesiastic judges at her trial

joan of arc is the patron saint of captives, militants, people ridiculed for their faith, the WAVES and the WACs of the us military as well as all soldiers.she is the only female military liberator in documented european history, certainly in christiandom. the country she created funded the american revolution, making the united states possible. founded by fathers, i do not think it inconceivable we will be saved by by women willing to once again wage war and like joan 500 years ago they will be attacked and vilified for all the same reasons. that's how far we haven't come to the truth- women will save us.