Musical Compositions “Decomposed”

The above clip aurally sums up a recent plagiarism lawsuit… the case where the estate of Spirit’s guitarist / songwriter, Randy Wolfe (a.k.a. Randy California) had claimed that, in 1971, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” composers  Robert Plant & Jimmy Page had ripped off the guitar riff to Wolfe’s 1968 instrumental song, “Taurus”. Well, yesterday, a jury settled the matter in favour of Led Zeppelin… and I’m not totally convinced they decided correctly.

In this next clip, guitarist TJR, further showcases these two songs, practically “decomposing” them down to their atomic structure. He also demonstrates the similarities between Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and Beatle George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

Of course, forty years ago, Harrison, himself, had been found “guilty” of subconscious plagiarism re his 1970 recording, “My Sweet Lord”… that song being deemed a musical clone of Ronnie Mack’s composition, “He’s So Fine” (recorded by the Chiffons in 1963).

There have been other similar sounding tracks, which have caught my ear, as well, over the years… including “Things We Said Today” released by the Beatles in 1964 and the Hollies’ 1966 track, “Bus Stop”.

 

It was only about a week ago, while I was playing the John Lennon / Paul McCartney composition, “Help”, on my piano, when it suddenly dawned on me that George Harrison had kinda / sorta, “ripped off” his own band mates… had employed the exact same chord progression [A – C#m – F#m – D – G – A] for the bridge to his composition, “Something” (once the key signature shifts from C to A).

 

So… why does this happen? Well, I’d say with our brains, for the most part, all being wired in a similar fashion… with multiple millions of musicians limited to playing within the confines of western music’s 12-note octave, the possible (pleasing) sequences of these notes are not infinite and, as such, whatever plagiarism issues which arise… well… let’s just say that this should not come as any big surprise.

 

The 1-2 / KO Punch: CO2 Gain & O3 Loss

Yesterday, while doing my weekly yard work (more specifically trimming my hedge), I was amazed by how fast it had grown. More to the point, it had grown totally wild. I’d say, in that past seven-day timeframe, I had wound up with more than two weeks worth of cuttings to compost.

Now, one of the things about performing such humdrum tasks is how they allow one plenty of time to think about more important things. And my thoughts did turn to greenhouse gases… how humankind has upset the natural order of things… how the overabundance of Carbon Dioxide (a key ingredient in photosynthesis) is the likely culprit for my hedge doing so “well”.

By now some of you may be asking, “Is not a hedge that’s thriving a good thing?” Ordinarily… I’d tend to agree… but…

I did need to run my trimmer a lot longer than normal… which burned up more of my time… burned up more electricity… burned up more natural gas and/or coal to generate that electricity… which added more heat and Carbon Dioxide to the atmosphere… which, in time, will cause my hedge and other plant life to grow even faster… and…

As for what happens next? Just reread that above paragraph several dozen times. Or, to save us all some time let’s just call it what it is, a “runaway vicious cycle”, and then move on.

And speaking of moving on… a warmer planet also means a moving northward, more habitable zone for mosquitoes… more specifically the Zika virus carrying variety. Similar pests also cause a swarm of other diseases as well. Humankind’s pollution has depleted our Ozone layer, too… meaning more sunburns and skin cancers.

In the typical problem-solving mode, science can usually come up with quick fix solutions to our problems… literal chemical solutions… such as mosquito repellent and sunscreen. The problem with these lotions / potions is they get applied to the skin… and then what?

As we know, one of the methods for human beings taking their medicines is “The Transdermal Patch”… these externally applied, little “miracle workers” do everything from delivering nicotine to supplying female birth control hormones.

It’s fair to say that if nicotine and estrogen/progesterone can work their way from the outside in… the same thing happens with mosquito repellent and sunscreen.

At the risk of repeating myself… and then what?

Remember, especially in the spring/summer months we are slathering on these chemicals on a daily basis. So… can human physiology totally eliminate them? Or do these questionable concoctions get stored / accumulate within our bodies… oh… say… forever? Are any of them carcinogenic? What about the other long-term deleterious effects? What about chemical interactions between repellents and sun blocks?

I’m not suggesting that we quit using these solutions… that, in itself, would be health and life threatening. All I am saying is we need to come up with real solutions that treat the root cause of what these temporary “solutions”, at present, are “fixing”. To get out of that quick “fix” we must first permanently fix the environment.

At the heart of our health problems is our need for less CO2 and more O3. Until we restore these Carbon Dioxide and Ozone levels to normal, we cannot lead normal, less chemically toxic lives.

To accomplish that, first and foremost, we must stop electing “leaders” who deny that our environment is in ruins… deny the existence of climate change / global warming… “leaders” who are hedged in by a limited education.

Hell, my own hedge “knows” more about what’s actually going on than they do!

 

X P.M. John Howard’s Dystopia

Yesterday, I blogged re the 20th anniversary of Australia’s Port Arthur Massacre and how, in the 1996 aftermath, (then) Prime Minister John Howard had ushered in strong gun control laws… those efforts creating a dramatic reduction in mass shooting incidents.

Originally I had (naïvely) thought, “Wow… what a great man!” I mean what could be more dramatic than ZERO such incidents over the past two decades?

Well… long sigh… as it turns out… re Howard… there IS a lot of drama… and none of it good. More about that in a moment.

The first order of biz, this day, is my shout out to a fellow blogger who hails from Australia. His comment on yesterday’s posting alerted me to the fact that gun control is the ONLY good thing Howard ever accomplished during his tenure as P.M.

As for the second order of biz, I decided to dig deeper into Howard’s ideology. And, folks, unless you’re in the habit of inviting Big Brother over for a political cup of tea, I strongly recommend that you have an airsick bag within reach.

While you’re readying that receptacle… check out this video…

Political analyst Tony Kevin now adds his voice:

“I have a bleaker view of the Howard years. Only time will tell if my case is overstated. I see Howard as a disruptive and dangerous national leader. His rule is steadily degrading the values of our society and corrupting its political institutions. The longer he stays in power, the more the checks and balances of our society will crumble. We will continue our slow slide towards an Australian model of fascism.”

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is why checks and balances are crucial to the health of democratic systems. They are the grit in the gears of government machinery, preventing excessive concentration of power.”

The 10 Specific Lowlights to John Howard’s Dystopia…

1. Howard exploited the war on terror just like George W. Bush had… fear mongered his people into xenophobic paranoia. Since he kept these citizens in the dark and fed them a ton of BS, one Deputy Prime Minister referred to this as “Howard’s Mushroom Club”.

2. He deployed Australian troops to fight in W’s (provoked on flat out lies) Iraq War. Just like W, he posed in photo ops with soldiers for political gain.

3. Howard jailed innocent women and children refuges behind the barbed wire of Hell-hole concentration camps and deported Australians. His “One Australia” had been mere window-dressing for his vile white-supremacist movement. He enforced social and cultural conformism… denied Aboriginal people their universal land rights. Indeed… in his narrow vision… only those who did not clash with the bleak, homogenized Howard motif need “apply”.

4. He called all the shots… decided what issues would / would not be brought up for national debate. Dissenting Parliamentarians risked ending their carriers. He also stacked the court system with likeminded, mindless, spineless, political hack judges.

5. Howard dispatched thought police to quash the freethinking nature of universities and think tanks… marginalizing any and all voices of differing POVs.

6. He dominated the actual police forces and bestowed totalitarian powers upon them… with zero oversight they could not / could never be reined in by anyone. All department whistle blowers were vulnerable to punishment… naysayers escorted to the exit signs. Career advancement was based solely on being a good little toady.

7. Howard allowed only token dissenters to maintain the illusion of a fair and balanced MSM. With everyone else on board with tapping into Orwellian concepts, mendacity ruled.

8. He went on expensive overseas junkets while excluding the press corps from his aircraft.

9. Howard busted up labor unions and dismantled the eight-hour day, pensions and other benefits.

10. He implemented teach to the test and “values” lessons within public schools (an idiotic lesson he had also learned from mentor/moron W).

You can read more in depth about those above 10 items…

Check out the blogs by political analysts John Pilger and Peter Charlton ~ Tony Kevin.

Now, to once more quote Kevin…

“Here is the real story of the Howard years. We no longer live in a healthy, self-correcting democratic system, but in an expanding, albeit still “soft-authoritarian”, system of corporate national power. While leading elites remain mostly quietly complicit, dissenters look on in horror as our national pride is devalued and our freedoms are dismantled.”

About all I can add to those sentiments…

That Howard put an end to mass shooting incidents is to be commended. True that has saved lives… but it can also be argued… and I might add convincingly so… that those who remained alive were not / are not really living. To quote Randy California’s song lyric…

“Just where will you be when your freedom is dead?”

To tap into that lyrical Spirit… hear out the rest of California’s sentiments…