Let’s start a fire !
A year ago today there were terrible attacks in the Bataclan in Paris. I went out earlier this evening in Paris, in my neighbourhood and I saw people putting out candles to remember the victims. It’s a nice, quiet gesture. We do it at Halloween too with the pumpkins carved out, a way to remember the dead.I saw those candles and the spark of hope and I thought “let’s start a fire!”
A fire of imagination and doing new things, exploring new ways, being new lights in the darkness.
One year already and terrible things have happened all over the world but great things have happened too. Maybe you met a new lover, you started a great new job, you won the lottery…
I have mixed feelings about this day because this is also the day that our album came out with Zarboth, “There’s No Devils At All, it’s Just the System”. The album and the songs that I did on it there were imagined as a post apocalyptic vision quest.
Imagination is a powerful thing. I always tell my children to keep their imagination bright. Do not give into to the ambient despair. Don’t let the terrorists and the scaremongers get in there… Don’t let the bastards get you down !
The new music I’m writing with Onze Onze, Zarboth and Underpressure tries to reflect that. Not in some sort of everything is cool namby pamby way but with grit and determintation. Life is hard, pain is inevitable but suffering is your choice (to paraphrase Murakami from What We Talk About When We Talk About Running)
Imagination : Image Nation
Last week Trump became the President of the United States- who could have imagined that ?
Truth really is stranger than fiction. I’m not going into a long diatribe about what I think of the President (not much) but we need to use our imagination to explore new worlds- to explore new ways of speaking with each other, of disagreeing with each other. Imagination seems to be the only true freedom a lot of us have now !
Forget candles, start a fire ! Go inside and look for the flame ! From their set yourself on fire…Right now I’ll put my candle out at the window anyway… Keep the flame alive…
(to be done at home under adult supervision)
Next gig in Paris with Zarboth in l’Alimentation Générale, Saturday 19th November 2016