The New Era - A Christmas Story (Reprise) 

Remixed version of 'A Christmas Story' set to images...

The audio file quality used in this music video was recorded in 24 bit. (Whether or not YouTube alters that in some way, with the upload of the music audio wav file that I used, I am not sure at this time). Just to provide a comparison, for interest's sake, if you didn't already know: CD's are recorded using 16 bit technology. But for online (or mobile phone) streaming, most music audio files are usually 16 or 24 bit respectively...

Hopefully, this track will be available for download (and streaming) at online merchants and streaming services like Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, and Spotify, by my online music distributor before long...

Note: While I am on this, I have noticed that THERE ARE certain tracks assigned to my Apple Music and Spotify artist profiles, in particular, that do not belong to me. From what I understand, this does happen from time to time (for whatever reason) with other Indie artists as well, and has happened to me before; with those particular tracks (in the past) having been eventually removed. However, some of these tracks do seem to be a bit strange, and should obviously appear to be somewhat out of place to begin with, especially if you happen to be familiar with my music, and my story. (No pun intended).

Just mentioning this, to prevent any confusion there (if one happens to see this in the future for instance) as I am currently working with Apple and Spotify to have these (particular, and currently out of place) tracks removed; but keeping my fingers crossed...

By the way, check this out. Cool... 

YouTube Mix - The New Era - A Christmas Story (Reprise)

The Tragic Loss of John Lennon - 40 years later... 

I can soo relate to this song. (In relation to the passing of my close friend John Sullivan, for instance, as I mentioned in a previous post). Can't believe though, that it is 40 years already, since the death of John Lennon; and the initial shock many of us felt regarding a level of evil and insanity (in this country) we hadn't quite seen before. (At least, not since maybe, the bizarre events surrounding the assassinations of John and Bobby Kennedy). So much so, that it even made some of us consider (even if it was like, years later) that maybe there was something more to it, and insidious, lurking somewhere within the infrastructure (and DNA of a nation that seemed to have begun to lose its innocence) if you will.

(As we had seen, with all the senseless mass shootings in this country some years later, for instance; seemingly influenced by an often extremely corrupt, incredibly selfish and callous, and even criminally insane leadership, and establishment, that ostensibly had set the tone for what had become a violent nation, that seemed to always be looking to provoke, and/or get involved, in the next war).

I would therefore, like to dedicate this post to the memory of one of the greatest (and one of the most influential) musical legends (and one of the most brilliant, unconventional philosophers) who ever lived...

Yea, I've heard this story before, that Mark David Chapman (the killer of John Lennon) was into some kind of satanic cult or somethin'; at least at some point in his life. Put this here, just for some food for thought, I guess. (I mean, it makes ME wonder). Because, let's face it, people just don't go around doing such unspeakably sick, senseless, and evil sh*t like what he did, without something pretty crazy and deep going on inside their minds, one way or another. Maybe its all related in some way, on some kind of 'Rosemary's Baby' kind of level, I don't really know at this time. But (lets just say) it wouldn't surprise me. It can be a pretty dark world out there, for sure; although the guy did seem to have some things goin' for him. I mean, he was supposedly happily married, etc. It wasn't like he was some kind of homeless man on the streets, or the like. (And I am definitely not deriding the homeless, of course. God forbid. But you get the point). In other words, he did have a choice, regardless. (As, I have also heard it said, that there ARE people who have actually made a pact with the Devil, or sold their soul to the Devil, in exchange for fame and fortune, or for money or power, and the like, but it usually, eventually at least, ends in destruction, because the Devil, as it is said, is, well, evil!) Nobody forced Chapman to do what he did. He seemed to do it willingly. Why? Was something else goin' on, that he never really admitted, for some reason? I mean, one thing is for sure, he IS one crazy motherf*cker. One way or the other. (And, is most likely, not an honest person to begin with). No doubt about that one...

Couldn't really find a better video (at this time) in relation to what has become known as: 'The Abbey Road Medley', but definitely think it couldn't be more appropriate for this blog post, and in relation to the 40th anniversary of the passing of John Lennon. In fact, I can still remember listening to a radio station back in New York, when all this was going down, where they dedicated about 3 days in memory of John, and the events that had just recently transpired, that I still have on cassette tape, where you can hear the disc jockey getting all choked up when introducing the above track...

The New Era - A Children's Song / Moonlight Slumbers (Video II) 

                                    Through the Eyes of a Child 
                                                          -Pamela Penta 
Look at the world through the eyes of a child As if everything you see is new Take wonder in the rising sun In the grass covered with dew Watch the morning birds Waking up and taking flight Finding food for their young Who are hungry from the night Watch the flowers reaching up To catch the morning sun 

Take rejoice in your life A new day has begun!! Watch the world around As you go thru each day Smile at a stranger Help someone along the way Be grateful for each breath you take Give someone a helping hand Smell the roses along your way Feel your toes in the sand Experience all that is around you Don't live with blinders on Let go of all that is burdening you And in the end, you'll have won.

A cinematic like conception, musically and visually inspired by the poetry and simple wisdom embedded in the enchanting stories of some of those fairy tales, that seem to have the ability to make us dream, and bring us back to a more innocent age... 

Some of the music in this track was initially inspired by a cassette tape that I had purchased some time ago, of various Christmas compositions written for children by Mozart; but the title of this piece was also somewhat inspired by some of the lyrics in the Surf's Up track by The Beach Boys...

The New Era - Zion 

Many creative individuals have a dream of that special place, where everything is beautiful and peaceful. Free from violence, war, evil, and lies. And all the other negative stuff that is quite often associated with those bad things, along with the bad people who usually cause them. Where justice and compassion rules. And where decent people can live out their dreams, unhindered. A place that you can call your own, if you will. John Lennon coined a phrase for that imaginary place as: "Nutopia". (You can call it whatever you like). I like to call it: "Zion". Which in reality, actually began with a vision originating with the jewish people, from a long time ago. 

Websters definition of 'Zion' is this: "The ideal nation or society envisaged by Judaism. 2: Heaven. 3: Utopia." This song started out with the chords for the chorus composed on the guitar, over 20 years ago already! I sort of developed the idea for the tune from there. And finally decided to brush it off (take it from the archives) and finish the song; which I decided to put on the: 'And Then, Winter Came' EP...

The final completion, and the lyrics to this track, were also influenced by that somewhat brief period of time when I visited a Jewish Community Center back in Maryland called: Beth Shalom, and which I mention in the 'Its A Feeling' blog post, where I learned about Kabbalah, the hebrew language, and Judaism, from the Rabbi there, as I was searching for answers, and the meaning of life; and in rememberance of the time I was invited to spend Passover with some of the attendees of the center.

It was a mystical experience (of Hope) in a very unusual place, during a very unusual time. And now, facing another very unusual time, which caused me to finally create a music video of the song, as it seems there are certain similarities of events, in a country, that has seemingly (and even deliberately, in some cases) lost its way...

The New Era - Its a Feeling 

"I believe in intuition and inspiration... I sometimes feel that I am right, even when I don't know that I am."  -Albert Einstein 

Just another track from: 'The Walkersville Sessions' album, released back in Jan. 2009. Just another song that I somewhat inadvertently tried to experiment with, as best I could, using one of the music video service sites. Yea, I have to admit, some of the final results kinda' makes me cringe, as do some of the lyrics (which were written sorta' like 'tongue in cheek' to begin with, and during that time period while living in Maryland). But (even though I am something of a perfectionist) that's how you learn, I guess, if nothing else... 

I was also sorta' like on a certain time frame schedule, as I tried to coordinate the release of the album with the online distributor, so I really couldn't go back and change some of the lyrics for instance, or experiment too much with the track at that time. Once its assigned an ISRC code by the Distributor/Publisher for instance, that's it, you can't make any changes... 

I kinda like let it ride, to never-the-less see the results of what the final product would turn out to be. (Like an artist using a canvas). And to then, just sorta like forget about it. Almost like throwing dice. Yea, ya' see, I've also become something of a student of psychology, for various reasons, and in certain ways; also, because of the fact that I just happen to be extremely intuitive and all. (Can't help really being that way. It seems to be, just the way I am). I pick up on EVERYTHING! (Like sonar). In other words, I pick-up on how things may be interpreted, whether those interpretations are either (maybe even) deliberately wrong, or right. I know how different (and certain) people think. (And am a great judge of character). Ohh, yeaa. But that's sorta' besides the point. (I mostly just mention it, because you have that intuition part in the lyrics and all. Not sure where I was really going with that to begin with). In other words, the track was basically, kinda' like, just a snapshot in time. I like to document certain things in my life, but at the same time, do get a little nervous about getting too personal, because I know there are (unfortunately) allot of crazy people out there. (And the U.S. has become pretty crazy). So, I do see the benefits of abstract lyric writing, sorta like how the group 'Yes' used to write. (Even with some of these blog posts for instance, I get somehwat nervous; also depending on the particular area I may happen to find myself. Not to even mention the fact, that I was a Whistleblower and all). But anyway... 

The reference to God, and the like, in that certain section of the lyrics, was sorta' influenced by things related to (during a rather short period of time) attending a Jewish Community Center - that also had something of a Synagogue (or like a Jewish Chapel, if you will) with an Ark in it. This was after a dream I had of talking to a Rabbi, which I really still don't fully understand. But there he was, when I decided to kinda' test the dream, and walked in! (I don't read too much into it though). Did sometimes attend some of the services though, and would even sometimes go in and pray before the Ark in solitude. Not particularly very religious though. Just kinda' like wanted to know: "What does it all mean?!" Just like the current demo version of the track: Sweet Madonna* - which is really a throwback to a time, when I was a kid, and my musician friend Dave had converted to Catholicism, and we were invited to play guitar for a Charismatic religious group; which we would do sometimes, and then were invited by a bunch of girls to attend a weekly rosary meeting. And then, revamping the lyrics many years later, when I visited the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland; sorta like reminiscing of that time in my life. (The girls were really sweet, and very pretty, I have to say). Also, thought I could turn it into like an interesting  Disney type, animation, lyrical image, of like fairyland or somethin'... 

You see, back then, after Dave talked to me about the Bible and all (and still somewhat naive) I thought I had found the meaning to life; and being the type of person that I am, I like read the Bible from cover to cover, probably twice! So, I know allot of these guys are full of shit, when they try to interpret it to fit their own agenda and all. (So this track, is one of those songs from the album, also because of some of the things I was going thru at the time, in a very unusual place to begin with, like the 'Sweet Madonna' demo track* - recorded around the same time period, was just a reflection of that spiritual searching, if you will, for a rather short period of time, for meaning, and answers). 

But anyway, getting back to my point, yea, trying to fit that God part into the lyrics, within a certain number of bars, etc. was definitely a challenge, and as I said, kinda' makes me cringe when I listen back to it. Oh, well... 

With all that being said, I do have to say (like with Eastern Mysticism, and Kabbalah, for example) some of the learning and influences do kinda' remain with you, even if it is just for a certain period of time... 

*The original version of the song: 'Sweet Madonna' is posted to the Blog here on April 21st, 2018 at about 23min and 23secs into the live video. See below for the current demo version of the track, with the revamped lyrics mentioned above...

 

Mitch McConell - 'The Grim Reaper' Melissa - Psychic FortuneTeller 

Since Mitch McConnell has shrewdly chosen to align himself with Christianity, (and most of the GOP for that matter), he will therefore, especially be judged by the teachings of Jesus, I think is the point by this alleged psychic fortune-teller here. (Whether in this life, or the next. Or both). And therefore, by what he knows in relation to those teachings, and by his own words and actions. In other words, there are certain laws and spiritual principles that spiritual people especially, believe are built into the very fabric of the Universe itself, irrespective of religious affiliation, or no religious affiliation at all, regardless. (Ironically, the Bible itself bears this out, in a passage that addresses the issue of those who may never have heard the gospel for instance, and the supposed problem of reconciling that with a compassionate and just God). Even some supposed (white) witches for example, believe in what is known as: 'The Rule of Three' or 'The Law of Threefold Return', or from what I understand, referred to as: The Wican Threefold Law. Very interesting... 

There is just one last thing that I have to say (for whatever its worth) that always seems to come to mind here regarding these hypocrites. (And I'm not necessarily saying that I'm perfect either, but come on?) 

It's something that I remember reading as a kid, that is written in the Hebrew Bible (or The Old Testament) where it sorta' like quotes God speaking in the third person, through a prophet, to sorta' like slap the people on side of the head, to bring them to their senses and snap them out of it, if you will. (And seems to give them a warning, and the need for them to get their act together). It's where the prophet speaking on behalf of God says: "Because of you, I am despised among the nations!" 

I'm not even very religious, and I get it. This part, may really be the Word of God, I guess. As a devout (but sensible) jewish friend himself once told me: "Some parts maybe are, some parts, maybe not..."

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