r&r diary – “Married to Nature.” 04.04.20

I usually wear bandanas around my head, helps corral my mop of hair, but new times, call for new fashions. Not a surgical-grade mask, but the bandana is a reminder that I shouldn’t “touch my face.”

Married to nature. Mother Nature has tapped us all on the shoulder, to remind us that really, no doubt about it, she rules; we are from Nature, and to Nature we shall return.

The feather in my cap is a gift from the little cockatiel we live with that we affectionately call Lonely Dragon. She is a sweet little being, except when she is in her egg-laying phase. When she kicks into full-dragon-mode, she defends her shiny new eggs with every fiber of her feathered-being, beak and claw.

Thinking of our Marriage to Nature makes me think of William Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven & Hell.”

Blake explains that…

“Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good & Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason. Evil is the active springing from Energy. Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell.”

So, yes, being a Human Being means embodying, both Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell. We are Body and Spirit. Spirit attached to Body. Body inhabited by Spirit. At least that’s how if feels to this Human Being. We are the Marriage of Heaven and Hell…

It’s a thorny, complicated thing… life…

The a.m. soundtrack – The Decembrists’ “The Crane Wife.”  (2006). Supposedly based on a Japanese folk tale. Who knew?! A tale of a man, married to a crane. He lives off the fruit of her labor. Of course, he abuses the situation, his greed becomes a destructive force; The Crane Wife suffers and finally flees, never to return. Yes, well it’s a nicely constructed album. Colin Meloy is an eloquent, and literary songwriter. The recording is musical, whimsical, well-played. For some reason it all sounds a bit nautical to me. There are elements of “prog” rock. Surprisingly, a very clean-sounding production. Unlike any other record we own. Unique.  Yes, and well, married to Nature, indeed… – Jammer

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