Philosophical Investigations

of a

Musical Kind

 Summer, Highland Falls – Turnstiles © 1976
“Such a dreary philosophy, but sometimes it seems so real.”

 In A Stone Circle – Divinities: Twelve Dances With God © 1995
“Awesome, grandiose on a sort of subdued scale. Haunting flute playing transports me into man’s quest for ‘purpose.’”

 What’s Good: The Thesis – Magic And Loss © 1992
‘life’s like Sanskrit read to a pony… Life’s good, but not fair.’  “You had better be well prepared to deal with death and loss if you listen to this CD.”

 Power And Glory: The Situation – Magic And Loss © 1992
“The imagery of this song is so powerful. It pretty much sums up how I feel about ‘modern medicine’”  ‘He spewed out questions waiting for answers…’

 One World – Brothers In Arms © 1985 
“This CD is one of the most brilliant pieces of music ever written. ‘Can’t find no sleeves for my records’ was once a problem I had.”

 Cathedral – CSN © 1977
“Organized religion. The grandeur of this song is reflective of European cathedrals.”

 (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding – The Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions © 1985
“Thoughts from the master social commentator. Such an important question, with so few asking it!”

 I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You – I Robot © 1977

 Russians – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles © 1985
“It’s easy to subscribe to this view when your 1st ‘real’ job is on a nuclear missile site in the late 70’s/early 80’s in West Germany.”

 The Four Horsemen – 666 © 1971
“Based on the Apocaypse of John 13/18, composed by Vangelis. I was listening to this on the radio when I was 13. I got my 1st copy of the double album in ’78. I consider this one of the best rock jams ever. John, this double CD would get the Mobile Fidelity treatment. Not that I advocate such things, but this CD is the best music for hash.”

 The Seventh Seal – 666 © 1971
“Such ontological commitments St. John?”

 I’ve Got A Feeling – Let It Be © 1970
“Kind of describes my year as I learned to feel again. Maybe it should’ve been ‘I feel, therefore, I am.’”

 For A Dancer – Late For The Sky © 1974
“Ever since I 1st heard this song in ’74 it has been what I want played at my funeral. It’s a much better explanation than Religion.”   “To you Grandma.”

 Eclipse – Dark Side Of The Moon © 1973
“What can be said about Dark Side? I was 14 when this came out.”

 Some Other Time – I Robot © 1977
“I’ve always asked these kind of questions, philosophy just makes it simpler to clarify the questions.”

 In The Olive Garden – Divinities: Twelve Dances With God © 1995

 Brothers In Arms – Brothers In Arms © 1985

‘There’s so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones.’

 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot – Mercury Falling © 1996
‘When the map you have leads you to doubt…’

Here’s to the ‘flourishing’ of all Souls in next millennium.

‘Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we would wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.’ - Bertrand Russell

 Questions, maybe answers, angst & dread, comparative religion, the ‘good life’, artificial intelligence, moral philosophy, consciousness, war, death, alternative epistomologies, history & philosophy of religion, metaphysics, ancient and modern philosophy – you get to decide which is which.  I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do!  Mark Lindner

 11 December 1999 Philosophical Film Party

 

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