r&r diary – “Two-Headed Boy…” 05.11.21

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”

You realize

History = Biography

Biography = Psychology

It is all in our heads. And it’s a tangled, twisted, and incredibly dense web that inhabits that dark cavern we call “our minds.” Yes, “people are tricky, no doubt.” I should know, I am one.

This morning I awake with that Neutral Milk Hotel song “Two-Headed Boy” running thru my head: “Two-Headed Boy, All floating in glass, The sun it has passed, now it’s blacker than black, I can hear as you tap on your jar, I am listening to hear where you are, I am listening to hear where you are…”

The singer, singing the song about a two-headed boy, is also a two-headed boy, and the listener, listening to the song is a two-headed boy too. 2 x 2 x 2 = Human Conundrum. Two heads. Always of two (at least) minds. Twisted. Contradictory. Complicated.

Sure, it’s a great song, a great record, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” (1998). One of the amazing records I have totally, madly & deeply delved into, and lived with, over the last year. I mean, we’ve owned this record for many years, but this last year, it became an intense fever-dream that inhabited my body, head and spirit. A strange, wonderful, wild, raw and exhilarating blast of creativity. A shiny, spiky, uncommon beast. A carnival side-show of a record. A bit of a two-headed boy itself.

It’s true. The Lovely Carla Hayden and I live by “signs and wonders.” Our creative adventure, WWSP is a two-headed boy too. Lately lots of “synchronicities” and guided insights. Makes you think the Universe is much more mysterious than we can even imagine. The last few days, Jerry Garcia, Federico García Lorca, Lester Bangs, Patti Smith, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two-Headed Boy,” Jeff Mangum have said “Hello” and gifted us with new ideas and pointed us in new directions. Amazing. – Jammer

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