Monday, June 25, 2012

Jesus' Blood


No, I haven't converted, I'm still the hard-core Atheist you all know and love.  Though being Atheist I am not immune to the charms of religiously based music such as requiems and most Classical and Baroque pieces that were commissioned by the church or written as an indulgence to help the composer sneak pass the gates of heaven in the end.

Back in the mid 70s Bryan Eno of Roxy Music fame, started the Obscure Music label where he produced records for av ante-guard musicians.  One which caught my ear was an album by composer Gavin Bryares called, "Jesus' Blood Hasn't Failed Me Yet."  Gavin recorded a street tramp singing a short improvised section of the hymn and he made a loop of the recording.  As this loop recording played over the next twenty five minutes Gavin added strings and then fused in an entire orchestra.

Bryars made a new/shorter recording of the piece with Tom Waits (totally unnecessary) in 1990 which this video link below represents.  The 26 minute original version is on You Tube as well.
Jesus' Blood on You Tube

11 Comments:

Blogger Auntie said...

thanks be to Jesus that you posted something new!

6:40 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

That was extremely odd. But I guess that's all part of that whole av ant-garde thing.

7:40 AM  
Blogger g said...

Jesus loves you.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

In 1986 I threw my hands up in the air and sait, "You know what? I don't believe any of it."
It was a big relief and weight off of my shoulder.
What I have come to realize since then is that the "IT" that I wanted away from was not God.
The "It" is organized religion, ALL OF THEM, the traps and confusion that I believe have been set in our path since day one.
Life is a mystery that looks to be a thriller in the end.
We have free will, and I'm using it.
Looking back through my life clearly God has been on my side. What has been bugging me lately is:
Am I on his side?

12:48 PM  
Blogger earthwirehead said...

Interesting to look back at how much artists like Eno, David Byrne, & Peter Gabriel did to provide exposure to other artists. I can't think of a single offhand example of recent performers of comparable profile who have done anything remotely like "Obscure Music".

Then again, I stopped paying attention to contemporary music about ten years ago...I could be full of it.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Okay, I finally got 5 minutes alone to listen to this and watch the viddy. OMG. Literally. Thanks, it was very emotional on several levels. Mostly good.

8:48 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Auntie, that would be Jaysus.

Darev, Odd???

g, Jaysus loves me. Jesus couldn't care less.

The day that man created God in his image was a very sad day.

Earthwirehead, interesting concept and probably spot on. The only place I've seen apprenticeship and sharing of budding talent is in the Rap community, but not to the extent as Eno, Byrne and those folks. You don't see it much in art either, like Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright. Chihulli is probably best example of that sort of thing now.

Auntie, thanks for visiting it again. Sometime you have to listen to the 25 minute version. Truly beautiful.

5:19 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gearhead, GK Chesterton said," The eye with which I see god is the same eye with which he sees me.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my FB page...I had kind of lost track of following you in trying to keep up with my cat blogs, so it was nice to wander around here again and see what you and the horses and bees and wife have been up to. Yes, short attn spans (haha, I typed spams first) seems to be an issue. WTF, one of the blogging sessions I went to at BlogPaws said one ought to post 20 x a day on FB...boring and who cares that you are at the 7-11 now...

2:26 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Teri, I don't comment often but I see all your posts and one of your friends friended me yesterday. Thanks for the referral.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Good quote from GK Chesterton.
Similarly, a friend of mine used to say, "If you want to see what evil looks like, step up to a mirror."

I am guessing that Chesterton and my friend have no more final answers on the subject than you & I.

I have just lost the anger, the crippling anger about the subject.
Thankfully.

We don't know what we don't know. No need to make up fables for or against that beyond our grasp.
For me to do so makes me feel like an extreme follower in either direction.
No more "bandwagon" approach to anything.Bees included! ;-)

11:27 AM  

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