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Music as the Healing Cure to Civilizations Disconnect and Discontent: The Lyrical Musings of Doug Hendren

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Oh, where are the likes of Ramakrishna who sings of Nature:

            More than Creator and Creation,

   Mother is pure Creativity.

Yes, our Nature, all of Nature is Creativity.   Nature is not a thing, but a process.   She is a verb, more so than a noun.   Drawing an analogy to quantum physics, nouns are the observed (named) particles; verbs are the unobserved (active) waves.   For instance, the noun "work" as in "The work I do" specifies the inherent verb, "to work."   The noun, "creativity" simply specifies the inherent verb, "to create".

But this Creativity, what Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching refers to as The Way, is stifled at the hands of corporate control freaks.   I find it interesting that in mystic Christianity that Christ is seen as the evolutionary potential of human beings, and, indeed, all creatures.   And what powers stifle this process of evolution?   Well, you could argue we have evolved by having televisions, jets and cars that zoom-zoom about the landscape.

BUT, "How have WE personally evolved?" is the issue that we need to address.   Evolution, like the growth of a fetus, occurs from the inside out, from center to periphery and NOT commanded from the outside in.   Nor is it in the development of technology.   Technology changes the environment, thereby obviating the impetus to evolve.   To evolve is a process, involving OUR actively unfolding from the center of our depths in relation to the external environment.   We do not evolve into flying by building airplanes.   We evolve by growing wings! If this was a potential in the dinosaurs, which some scientists say evolved into birds, then it is a potential within us!   Hey, if Dino could do it, why not you and me or our children?   Winged angels exist in our imagination, after all.

Ultimately the arts are central to our evolution.   Artistic works do emerge from the inside out as reflected in someone saying; "Oh, it was like a light going off in my head."

But as Don McLean sang in his "American Pie;" these are the days that the music died.   They had to die because record companies were recording artists exposing the problems of western culture.   Corporations simply had to get the Dylans, Steppenwolves, and other protest singers under control. Thus, the protest songs rolled over to the songs of love dramas (e.g., Fleetwood Mac).    Meanwhile, the lyrics to Dylan's songs began to sound more passive".at least to my ears.

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But halleluiah, there are some who are writing protest lyrics today.   One such person is Doug Hendren.   He brings music back to life.

Doug participates in a legacy of protest music that strengthens our efforts to reform Western culture. Doug used to be surgeon. Doug ultimately decided to retire his medical scalpel, and picked up a musical scalpel to do surgery on the evils he perceives in our society.  His targets are today's corporate approach to Energy, Food & Water, Climate, Wall Street criminality, Inequality, and bogus Democracy.  At , Doug posts his original protest songs along with videos exposing the problems he is addressing.  Some of the lyrics are "parodies" of familiar tunes, a la The Capital Steps, and others are set to his own original music.

One of the best lyrical songs regarding our environment is set to the music of "Puff the Magic Dragon."   What an appropriate metaphor for oil spitting flames if not a dragon!

Now, many academics go back and forth regarding climate change that is based on our corporate driven behaviors.   (Actually, only a very few retreat into denial, but the media makes it look like an even debate.) The deniers tend to pick out one thing and focus on it in isolation without looking for patterns and trends.   This is the medium of rationalism and its corollary, reductionism, or breaking things down into parts.   We don't look at the overall patterns on our planet or in our lives.   This allows for a this-vs-that mindset that ensures the winning of the "rulers" by a divide and conquer mentality. Consider cable news, which is divided into primarily democratic (e.g., CNN) and republican (e.g., Fox) camps.  

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The results of such divisiveness is that we don't get how the effects of corporatization on our lives and the planet's health. For example, we look at the reduction of polar bears while observing many swimming for miles upon miles looking for solid ice.   Then we rationalize all this by providing all kinds of scientific arguments as to why the polar bears are doing this. Well, if your home were crashing into the Sea, you'd be disappearing too!

  Furthermore, we don't report polar bear plights in relationship to extinction rates.   Consider the following graph:

Species are currently going extinct at a faster rate than at any time in the past with the exception of cataclysmic encoders with extraterrestrial objects. A good proxy for the rate of extinction is the rate of growth in energy used by the human population. In other words, extinction rates are increasing in step with the product of population growth times the growth in affluence.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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