Concept album for a psychedelic Red Dawn fantasy rock band. Working track list:
Rockin' Out in Xibalba
Sleep With Your Third Eye Open
I can't claim any more than collaborative authorship. I'm just a conduit, one of many tiny condensing cells of consciousness, small sparks in geological time, looking to do battle with entropy. Maybe the b-side will feature dirty-beat and dub reggae remixes.
The Autumn is upon us. We are honest outlaws. We've got a shed full of wood and we're not afraid to use it. We recognize decay and even calamity as parts of every life-cycle, and we're not afraid of a little turbulence.
Most of all, we're winning.
It's a very two-steps forward one-step back kind of winning, but you have to recognize progress when it happens. Is it enough? Of course not. It's never enough, but it's something. We're winning feet and inches with miles to go, but that's a hell of a lot better than giving up ground, because in addition to (slowly) making progress, we're also getting stronger.
What do I mean, "we," white man? I mean the forces of hope for the 21st Century.
It's easy to see the apocalypse around every corner. Seductive even. The undercurrent of doom runs strong throughout our world, and it too is a real thing. Stock markets crash. Carbon dioxide accumulates. Our lives slip away in a fitful series of fluorescent flickers, gasping for traction. As the good word says, "it’s so easy to be sad."
But there's light out there. There's promise in the sun, in snowflakes on mars, in the premise of a Black President and Millennial Power. Every year there are more people like us, and not just because people like them are dying off, but because we're right about a lot of things. We're right and we're passionate and passion+truth is a powerful combination. We win converts every day.
So to those uncertain, pulled down by fear and doubt, take heart. Tomorrow is another day, and if we keep doing like we're doing, tomorrow will be better. The human race will gradually unshackle itself from bondage to poverty, disease, hatred and our addiction to hydrocarbons. The truth is stronger than lies, and it's easy to be on the right side. You just have to start doing it, and everything else comes.