The god squad

In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” (Dereke Bruce)

Now this is where the gods went wrong, they stopped with the dog. Doggone it, they even turned the canine name back to front, lest we forget them.

Not that that would ever be allowed to happen.

For the gods & their games have been stalking us for a very long time indeed.

It seems to me there’s been a big show going on, on this catwalk called histroy. Each ‘new’ culture contributing it’s own fashion sense AND religion.

The Greeks came bearing gifts of epic proportions (which is just as well considering that their Olympian overlords were in constant need of sport & entertainment).

Then came the Romans bearing shapely thighs & a great dollop of testosterone (which mightily pleased their own pantheon of prime movers).

Somewhat later they covered up their thighs & brought in a more pontifical & severe look, in keeping with their neo-uno-supergod (minions were allowed to suffer greatly & dress in natural shades of sackcloth & ashes)

Time passed & the Tudors further advanced the severe(d) look with a display of headless queens. They also put a new angle(c)on religion & made themselves rite royal.

More time passed, the world got dissected, inspected & experted upon. Text books were written, stuff was understood & the gods were sent packing to the ignorant past.

Cough, cough.

Sorry, nearly choked on my rosary beads.

For this space & time I suggest that the gods are where they have always been – riding on our backs.

I propose that the religion of each civilisation is tailored to seamlessly fit the society upon which the gods need to feed.

No doubt you’ve done enough reading to know that similar deities appear throughout a multitude of time periods. Put the Greek god Hermes into a Roman breadmaker & the god Mercury will be sure to rise. Put Artemis into a Versace frock & hey presto, instant Diana. Send a sun god out for a loaf of bread & a son of god will return with a pcinic basket & a couple of fish.

Come on keep up.

Put a newspaper reporter into a phone box, throw in some red & blue underwear & out pops an iron man of steel.

Put an actor on the big screen & the cover of a magazine & out pops a demi-god. Put a songster on the tv tabernacle & the radio pulpit & an idol is propagated. Feed the mind drugged populace a diet of celebrity ad nauseum & a cult is created.

Our modern world worships celebrity. Thesaurus-tically, the word celebrity twins with the likes of the “aristocracy, beautiful people, blue blood, crème de la crème, elect, establishment, glitterati, high society, nobility.” It keeps company with the “acclaimed, illustrious, applauded, renowned, glorious, immortal.

In research published in the British Journal of Psychology, psychologists established a “sliding scale” of celebrity worship – one in which the devoted fan becomes increasingly hooked into the object of their attention, until their feelings begin to resemble addiction.”

Evidence indicates that poor mental health is correlated with celebrity worship.”

It’s an unhealthy interest in the lives of the rich and fabulous. According to the researchers, about a third of us have it to some degree.”

If we take an etymological looksee at what celebrity was birthed to mean, a rather interesting understanding emerges “celebrity c.1380, “solemn rite or ceremony.”

Can we therefore reinterpret the flashing stars that draw eye & heart to the big screen, tv, stage & magazine as clerics & missionaries who spread the word to all corners & curves of the globe?

And if so what is their creed?

How about a religion that is so tailored to the fabric of our modern society that we’re not sure which came first. It’s (made up by me) name – The Church of the Wholly Material.

We should be noticing by now a certain echoing of previous (& ongoing) religions.
The familiar crick in the neck that comes from looking UP to greater beings.
– The familiar dues & adulation that must be consistently paid by beings of ground dwelling status.
– And who can forget the grand dramas played out on the screen of life – the heroic actors whose golden deeds of living & dying separates them from their audience whose only task is to grasp these tales with their minds

Thus we are led back to where I originally intended to start my last article.

With death.

I had erroneously thought that birth was for beginnings, but it seems that those in ‘the know’ (& they seem to know a lot more than I), prefer death as the entree on the ‘menu of creation’.

So if you will just grab a hold of the four horsemen’s reigns for a second, we’ll contemplate the deadly requirements of any ‘good’ religion. Let the Greeks lead the way.

Besides the word worship, we may use the word cult. As in the expression hero cult.”

When we consider the Hero in ancient Greek culture… we must ‘de-familiarize’ our notion of what a hero is… First and foremost, the… hero was a religious figure, a dead person who received cult honors and was expected in return to bring prosperity

The hero, who is mortal, not immortal like the gods, must suffer during his or her lifetime, and, significantly, must die. Only after death can the hero receive immortalization in cult and in song. The hero must struggle against the fear of death, in order to achieve the most perfect death. Such a perfect moment must be recorded in song, kleos. Kleos means ‘glory, fame, that which is heard’… kleos was used to refer to both the medium and the message of the glory of heroes

Unlike natural flowers that go through the cycle of blooming and then wilting, this unnatural flower, this kleos, will forever stay the same, never losing its color, aroma, and overall beauty.
songs sung for heroes and the cult honors given to them in worship and festivals, including athletic festivals,
celebrated in their honor, are an attempt to provide compensation for the death of the hero… these honors are considered ongoing and never-ending… those who participate in the worship believe that it will continue forever, thus providing a way for the hero to be immortalized, to live on forever.”

In real worship, we do not just do ritualistic worship but we try to imbibe the qualities of the one we are worshipping(Rig Veda)

In the last article we looked at one who appears to fulfil a role of herald & chief priest to the gods.

A funereal looking psychcopomp standing before the great temple of Windsor Castle?

So did you pay attention to the Greek bit above? Did you note the need for heroes to be sung as opposed to unsung. And of course you do realise they do need to be dead, deceased & pushing up the daisies (daisy O.E. dægesege, from dæges eage “day’s eye,” because the petals open at dawn and close at dusk).

On 15th July 1997, Gianni Versace was murdered as he put a key into the lock of the gateway of his Miami abode. The fashion king was shot twice at close range by a ‘gay psycho’. Bloody nutters!

End of story? No.

A wee while ago the king of pop was done to death by lethal injection.

He graciously & posthumously shared the extravaganza of his memorial with his fallen comrade, Gianni Versace.

MOURNING GLORY: One thing the overwhelmed Jackson clan didn’t have to worry about before Michael Jackson’s memorial was their clothes. Apparently Janet herself put in a call to Donatella Versace, who knows what it’s like to lose a talented brother before his time. She agreed to outfit the whole fam in Versace’s finest.”

The strange thing is, that ‘Jackson’ was there to pay homage as Versace died.

On July 15, 1997, fashion icon Gianni Versace was declared dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, following a shooting in front of his Ocean Drive mansion, the Casa Casuarina, in Miami Beach.”

both icons departed this plane at 50 years of age.

After reading Ellis Taylor’s awesome A Year of Tears & Tears article , I decided to toy with time. I found a site that counted down days & up days & proceeded forth to juggle with infamous dates. In my timescale lottery I opted for the choice of including the end date in each count, I’m not of a mathematical bent, but it seemed to make sense to me.

Well I found bugger all & was close to calling it quits when I remembered the importance that Ellis placed on the Michael Jackson sacrifice. So I entered the end days of these two great ones.

What I got blew my socks off (they were last seen orbiting Neptune).

Remembering how important remembering is in all things sacrificial we find that the time between the deaths of Versace & Jackson, is a memorial in itself.

11 years, 11 months, 11 days including the end date” – 11/11/11

Remembrance Day … is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 … The day was specifically dedicated by King George V(wiki)

The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war

King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire to suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice “which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right (Rite?) and Freedom.”

The reason I kept the bit about good King George was his connection to Michael & Elton.

It is now 8pm on a Sunday evening. I have work tomorrow & commitments for tomorrow night, therefore what follows will take a creative leaf out of Versace’s book & why not, it’s because of him that this trek came about. We are gonna mix & mingle as thoughts come to mind & see what kind of outfit we end up with.

So get your thimble at the ready…

We’ve just seen that King George V took out a copyrite on Remembrance Day & it’s sacred hour of 11/11/11. We have linked (well I have) the memorial of Versace & Michael Jackson with those same numbers. Now there is a man who until recently, I somehow kept overlooking despite his connection with the one I called chief priest, Elton John.

Like Elton he also sports two first names, those of George & Michael.

These four christian names got together 6668 (including end date) days ago & sang a song to Apollo or was it Ra?

It was as a duet with George Michael that “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” had its greatest success. The pair had performed the song at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Recorded live at a concert at Wembley Arena, London on March 25, 1991 when Elton John was a surprise guest of George Michael, the duet became a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It was released later that year and reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in December 1991.”

Two points. Firstly 25th March, 1991 that just happened to be Elton John’s 44th birthday. Secondly, the sun had in fact just set on he who would be Queen, Freddie Mercury, when this very song peaked in the charts.

Aha I just found a thirdly. According to this page, Don’tletTheSunGODownonMe was preceded by Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” which rattles the ol’ skull & bones for all of an occult 3:22 minutes.

This returns us to Versace – keeping up ok?

It was Gianni [Versace] who first collaborated with Michael [Jackson], back in 1983; the designer was still an up-and-comer, and the singer was already a superstar in need of an ensemble worthy of a duet with Paul McCartney (“Say Say Say”). The unusual black-and-white-checked tailcoat Gianni whipped up must have pleased Jackson, as he continued to wear Versace both on- and offstage throughout his life. Several of Michael’s iconic, military-inspired costumes, as seen in both the Dangerous and HIStory tours, were Versace creations.”

OK let’s whizz forward in time again. Remember Elton, he’s back on the centre stage again.

If celebrity is the clergy of the new religion & Elton a chief priest, then would it surprise you to learn that the clergy were gathered at the chief priests abode for his yearly extravaganza White Tie & Tiara Fundraising Party, when the news broke about the death of Michael Jackson.

Celebrities had descended on Elton’s £20million home to attend what has become the society event of the summer. But it seems that the death of the hugely popular pop star cast a shadow over the usually jolly events

“Would it surprise you to learn that Elton sang for Michael (whom Ellis Taylor calls the representation of Apollo, the sun god) & that the song was “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me“.

That particular song we recall was made famous when it was perfomed as a duet with George Michael on Eltons 44th birthday. This year Michael Jackson’s death was performed on George Michael’s birthday – 25th June.

The SUNGOD song contains a rather worrying line

although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see. “

OK back to Versace – the boldly sexual & dramatic Italian fashion designer (& I believe, yet another high priest of the modern religion). Let’s follow the Greeks (& their sneaky gods) again.

Gianni Versace was born in South Italy – in a landscape known in ancient times as “Magna Graeca”, Great Greece, because of its magnificent cities and states, that Greek people had founded there a long time ago. The Greek heritage has lived on in this area, where classical tradition and the union of the unique and the simple are passed on from father to son, mother to daughter.”

Medusa appeared in Versace’s world almost immediately, and accounts of his childhood (which differ) say that he had found either a mosaic of her near a beach in Calabria or a statue of her on family property

No figure in the world of fashion and design, however, has ever had a closer association with Medusa than Gianni Versace. His self-selected symbol

is “now perhaps as twentieth-century an image as the Nike swoosh.”

“… he [Versace] declared that “Medusa means seduction“.”

Eccentric rocker SIR ELTON JOHN will only eat from VERSACE china plates, because he’s convinced they are all possessed by the spirit of his late pal, designer GIANNI VERSACE.
Elton and his partner, Canadian producer DAVID FURNISH, were close friends with Versace, who was shot dead outside his home in Miami, Florida in 1997. And they claim they feel closer to him when they dine from his china.
David explains, “Because of the great friendship Elton had with Gianni there’s a lot of sentimental attachment.
“It’s like you can feel his spirit in every bowl

I’m sorry I’d planned to wrap all this up & get it posted tonight by hook or by crook. Instead, as fast as I type new ideas & connections keep surfacing, so this gets to be an introduction after all.

In the next exciting instalment we check out the first designing family, we strip search the new religion, uncover a terrible curse, journey on a cursed ship & follow a trail of rite ‘royal’ murders.

Is it just me or can you see the face of the dead king of pop in this album cover? Once I pointed it out to my son he could see it too.

September 27, 2009. Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Looking under Rock(s)

I can’t help but remember the wonderful Irish comedian Dave Allen once talking of seeking directions in Ireland & being told;

Well if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.”

So we won’t either, we’re going to start from over ‘there’ instead.

I was all set to wrap up the like sky-blue air series. I’d mentioned my line of investigation to my mate Michael from Hidden Agendas & I’d mentioned Elton John to him as a little aside line to that. His interestingly worded response about said minstrel combined with the strange (to me) affair of that said minstrel’s one night stand in Auckland last year sent me a-sleuthing.

I have been neither a fan nor a detractor of Elton John. For me he has simply been a strange little man who wore big glasses & sang some songs on the radio during my formative years.

Actually quite a lot of songs.

In his four-decade career, John has sold over 200 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. His success has had a profound impact on popular music and has contributed to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.”

However it was his funereal friendship with some of the unluckiest star studded names of the last (& this) century, that is the main reason we are gathered here today. Before we dig them up (not literally of course), let us travel briefly down that hallowed brick road from which I began pulling up paving stones last year in an effort to see what lay beneath.

A brief aside: You may, like me, have previously filed Elton in the slightly weirdo famous person basket & forgotten all about him. Therefore, if you have gotten thus far in this article, your hand may be sneaking towards your mouse with the Great Escape in mind.

So to cut a long explanation short we are going to take a look at Elton John, with some intuitively coloured glasses & see how he looks in an alternative light.
We are going to see if instead of an outrageous, weird or laughable performer, we have been wooed & crooned to over four decades by one who wears the title of chief priest.

Hopefully you either remembered or skimmed through the links I left under the Retelling heading & will know why I have retained a twinning of Elton & the god Mercury to this day.
Just in case you are a little hazy on Merc, let’s do a little run down, not of him obviously (well he’s fleet of foot & would probably outrun us).

Mercury is the Roman flavour of the Greek god Hermes – both have a penchant for the feel of the wind against their skin & who can blame them.

But there’s a lot more to them than mere showboys. Ands there’s a lot more connectivity, in my eyes, to them & the priest Elton Hercules John.

Mercury & or his twin Hermes will now make a short appearance on centre stage.

Hermes is the messenger of Zeus and the herald of the gods” “Most importantly, he is the “messenger” (Gr. angelos – Angel) of the Gods.

He was also associated with the Egyptian god of knowledge and magic, called Thoth” (wiki). Hermes & Thoth get all conjugated up together in the (too tricky for me) system of Hermeticism.

Hermes was considered the inventor of the religious sacrifices to the other gods, and hence he not only acts the part of a herald at sacrifices… but is also the protector of sacrificial animals” …errr doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose?

he was a patron of poetry and music, inventing the lyre, the pan pipe, and the flute.” in other words has a musical bent.”

Later in life Hermes would give Apollo a flute in exchange for the Caduceus. The Caduceus was a winged staff with two entwined snakes which Hermes used to cast spells.”

Hermes was said to have invented fire (though it was Prometheus who gave fire to men).

If alchemy has a patron deity it’s Hermes, god of riddles, tricks and secrets; or as the Romans called him, Mercury; tutelary wheeler-dealer deity of trade, thieves and market places? The arch illusionist, the ultimate Tricky-Dickie, the fluid that is really a metal but behaves like a liquid…”

Being the herald (messenger of the gods), it was his duty to guide the souls of the dead down to the underworld.

Ok boys thanks for your time. Please give a big hand to the fastest lads in the West as they make their way off stage (you might just want to keep a strong hold on your wallets as they pass, mind you I guess they don’t have anywhere to hide them, so you should be ok).

Last week I bought a book I really didn’t want to (but research overruled me).

It was a second hand book on Elton John, it had lots of pictures & my intuitive eyes were seeking understanding.

When I’d done I showed it to a friend of mine, who hails from West Africa. From my point of view, he is blessed with ears that can hear the kind of questions I like to ask. In this instance I was interested in his knowledge of African Traditional Religion. I asked him what impressions he got from viewing the costumes Elton has worn over the years.  He knew the direction my research had taken, but he is a very up front kind of guy & has never agreed with me just to keep me happy.

You have already read his answer, for it was he who gave us the title chief priest.

I was reminded Credo Mutwa, a man who is what he appears to be, a Zulu shaman.

What I am not so sure of is Mr Elton John.

Does he have an outrageous sense of costume or does he dress for the rituals he oversees?

Obviously not Elton John, but the glasses reminded me of someone…

Feathers from the Eagle or other birds (as swan, owl, raven) symbolize the ability of the shaman to travel the spirits world with his soul… The headdress is an instrument for inducing trance-states, also. By wearing the headdress only during shamanizing the shaman is actually programming himself (subconsciously) for the shamanic trance.

The costume of the shaman almost always includes feathers to symbolise the shamans power of soul flight” –

It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight
And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home…”

The symbols on the shaman’s costume and drum can refer to animals (as helping spirits), or the rank of the shaman. There were also examples of “mutually opposing symbols”, distinguishing “white” shaman practicing at day contacting sky spirits, and “black” shaman practicing at night contacting evil spirits for bad aims.”

That the piano is such an integral part of this man’s performance leads me to wonder…

… about the power of the ivories or 88 keys – that’s a lot of potential locking or unlocking n’est-ce pas?

Perhaps the most important aspect of the shaman costume was its function as a storehouse of power. Forms and objects were sewn or attached to the costume, some merely symbols, but others actual power objects. Spirits would give power to the shaman through these objects, allowing the shaman wearing the costume to directly profit from these powers during his ceremonies

the shaman made an important statement by wearing his costume, one which in many ways contradicted traditional societal rules, as their costumes were primarily androgynousTo become a shaman, one had to be both man and woman
… because a person should be the sum total of all human experiences. This idea was taken very seriously in many Siberian – and some Native American – tribes…
Homosexuality and traditional – Siberian – shamanism have always been connected...Many traditional shamanic cultures offered their homosexual members the possibility of living with a partner: a gay or lesbian could become a shaman and change sex, afterwards being able to marry a person of the same biological sex. Usually such transformed shamans would be looked upon with awe, fear or suspicion. They were considered to have very strong and special magical powers.” 

Elton John ‘married’ his partner, David Furnish in 2005. As one would expect of a chief priest, this occurred on a highly significant date21st December, Winter Solstice – their 7th wedding anniversary may just take their breath away.

The different symbols found on most Siberian costumes can be divided into seven groups:
feathers and wings,
bones and skeletons,
antlers and horns,
human and animal figures,
bells and other small hangers,
chains and ropes.

Lets have a creative look then.

Feathers & wings anyone?

Pop king Elton John is set to swap his sequinned jacket for a feather cloak (korowai) at his concert in New Zealand next month… John reportedly met a New Zealander overseas wearing one and liked it.”

Just a funny costume or invoking the ‘magic’ of Disney?

Among his many honours, John was named a Disney Legend for his numerous outstanding contributions to Disney’s films and theatrical works on 9 October 2006, by The Walt Disney Company It is the company’s highest honour.

John was instrumental in creating the songs that accompany another animal magic ritual, The Lion King.

Bones & skeletons anyone?

Antlers & horns? … or perhaps antennae?

Human & animal figures or just cuddly costumes?

ELTON JOHN once terrified a doped-up IGGY POP when he stumbled on stage during a THE STOOGES show wearing a gorilla suit. The punk icon admits he still remembers how the sight of Elton as a gorilla over 30 years ago had him trembling

But that wasn’t all. Five different-colored pianos were opened up and released real doves, Elton came down in an outrageous silver get-up, and during “Crocodile Rock,” a real crocodile was walked around stage on a leash.”

Bells & other small hangers? – will jewelry do?

SIR ELTON JOHN stunned fans at a recent British gig by wearing explicit jewellery for his onstage performance. The YOUR SONG singer, 57, shocked audience members at soccer team Bristol City’s stadium by wearing a diamante necklace bearing the words “f*** off” and a penis-shaped necklace.

Chains & ropes?


Aug. 11, 2009 NEW YORK – Alice in Chains thought it would take a miracle to get Elton John to play on the band’s tribute record to their late lead singer, Layne Staley. But it only took a listen to the song to get the rock legend on board

It’s easier to lose a rope around a fool
Easier sometimes to throw a rope around a fool
A ring of your indifference thrown anywhere you choose
Easier sometimes to throw a rope around a fool

(Rope around a Fool – Elton John)

I got a ball and chain hanging around my heart” – (Elton John – “Ball & Chain”).

Ok the fashion show is over – I actually had a hard time finding the pics in my book that I wanted. This simply gives another way of looking at someone whose persona has thus far been cemented into our memories simply as a strange little man who composes & sings & plays the piano & likes dressing up & well, he’s gay so it’s not surprising

From magical costumes we move to magical music. Unless you are very old, deaf or grew up in a cave, music has been your constant companion in this life. We all know who & what we like & don’t like. You will have exchanged your hard earned money for your favourite merry melodies. You may have got emotional, uplifted or danced round the room like a lunatic to certain ditties, well I know I have.

However looking at Elton has made me look at music. It has made me wonder.

I know there has been talk of backwards lyrics & hidden messages & all sorts of nasties, but we do tend to excuse the music we like from such exploration. I asked my African friend about music in his childhood world & he told me that it was important in ritual, it was used either to invoke or appease the gods. From what I have found in my research I would have to agree, that the endless, blood-soaked centuies of sacrifice are to do with invoking or appeasing.

The word music is born from the muses who were (of course) “Greek goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences. They were believed to inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians. The Muses were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory.
Let’s look at the words of others, & as we do keep in mind the energy that is invoked by music, all music, both in your life & the that which is created & magnified at a rock concert;

I learned the value of music in ritual nearly 20 years ago. I remember a Samhain ritual in Colorado where the priestess and those calling the quarters sang over a recording to cast the circle. I can’t remember the actual song, but I do remember the energy that was raised and the sense of power I felt as their voices reached to the cold, starry sky.

I found that when we dimmed the lights and processed with candles and incense around the circle to powerful music, the ritual participants were put in a different state of mind, separate from the mundane world and open to the energies of the elements, deities and magick that we would be working that night… Most of us were already in the habit of using song to raise energysinging up the energy and then walking backward with it to draw it out over the larger circle.”

“... I found that rather than looking for a song to fit a ritual, I couldn’t even write the ritual until I found the music… Music had become the inspiration and focus of the ritual, rather than an addition to it.”

There is something deeply spiritual about music. Our Celtic ancestors understood this, and they gave poets and musicians a place of honor they deserve..
I imagine that rituals were very musical and that most of their prayers and words of praise were sung. The legends and stories of the Gods and heroes speak of the magical power of their music.

The deeper truth here is that music is magic. Music is prayer. “Music,” says Beethoven, “is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” It is no less than the universal language of the Gods.”

The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril. ~Richard Baker”

“… the period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music… Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Sam. 10:5; 19:19-24; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chr. 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Sam. 19:35; Eccl. 2:8). Solomon’s Temple, however, was the great school of music

My African friend also made mention of the need for drugs to help those who become the focal points to the vast amounts of energy created during rituals. The feeling I got from this was that the stars are a type of transformer – whether they are stepping up or down the energy I know not. Look at Elton in the picture above, what kind of strength or ability would you need to keep from burning out or up? Can’t you almost seeeee/feel the energy.  Man, imagine if ‘the peasants’ (that’s us apparently), could use that energy to heal ourselves & our world!

I have come across the description of the lyrics of Elton John’s songs as cryptic, personally from what I know of them I’d have to agree. Bernie Taupin has written a great deal of Elton’s words & yet it was mostly done in separate times & spaces. I don’t know why I find this strange, perhaps it reminds me of artificial insemination, when the creative energies never meet – somehow it seems to me the energy of music demands the physical presence of it’s begetters. Then again perhaps it’s just another instance of my “knowledge” of how things should be done, coming from the school of television.

Ok, finally we come to the suggestion that Michael from Hidden Agendas made, that got my attention, some weeks back.  That of Elton John being a herald.’

In NZ, the Herald is our big newspaper. In the dictionary it’s quite big too – “To introduce, or give tidings of, as by a herald; to proclaim; to announce; to foretell; to usher in” – it’s the latter meanings that we’re toying with here.

We are now going to attempt to a big leap. We are going to see if Mr John might not only fit the Mercurial/Hermetic role of a herald, but also undertake another this god’s roles – that of psychopomp.

“Psychopomps”… literally meaning the “guide of souls“) are creatures, spirits, angels or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply provide safe passage.” (wiki)

For surely there’s no other superstar (deity?) that has anything like Elton’s record for guest appearances at funerals for friends.

So where to begin…

Let’s not start from here, let’s go over there to the man-made-god who ‘was’ Mercury.

Freddy Mercury voted”Top Rock God” – the god who was Queen died on 24 November, 1991. His death sentence was heralded to the world just a day earlier. It was during that most auspicious of times for a man-made-god to die. perhaps we could call them the Kennedy days.

Just a very, very few were granted audience to the Zorastrian finale that was Freddie’s leave-taking, among these of course, was Elton John.

In all these, perhaps preposterous, presumptions, I cannot say if I believe Elton consciously fulfills his roles or if it is done uncosnciously. These ‘great ones’ who live among us are not like us. They seem capable of holding & generating a power that most of us cannot even imagine. Could you, would you, walk out on a stage in front of say twenty thousand people & bewitch them to such a degree that they become a single emotional entity? Really??

I cannot go on without inserting this rather bewildering, synchronistic (to my recent articles) find.
No one knows for sure what became of Freddie’s ashes. He was cremated at the West London Crematorium. Some say that Mary has the urn, others think he was taken back to Zanzibar, and yet others think he was scattered over a south London cemetery. There is one unconfirmed report that his ashes were scattered over Lake Geneva, in Montreux, Switzerland. Queen did own a recording studio there, and Freddie was very fond of the place. I can tell you that Freddie’s friends believe that is entirely possible. There is a statue of him, uh, erected at the site.”

I have come across a number of internet head scratchers wondering why a 3 metre high statue of Freddie Mercury would be placed in a small town in Switzerland, not exactly the ‘rock capital’ of the world. However Lake Geneva interests me more every day! I can’t help but wonder if Freddies ashes might not lie in or under his symbolic statue.

It was unveiled in 1996 & left in relative peace for several years. However as of 2003, a new celebration (invocation?) has been taking place there every year – it’s called Freddie Mercury’s Montreux Memorial Day & it’s held annually in the first week-end of September. What is it about the worship of memorial statues that is so very important?

If you & your mouse are still with me, I congratulate me, personally I’ve had enough of Elton John to last a life time, but I must finish what I started. Doth not the Mercury below remind you of the Freddie Mercury Rising above?

Let’s back up a bit & turn the clock back to 1974.
28th November 1974 was Thanksgiving Day as well as the date that an Elton John concert at New York’s Madison Square Gardens turned into a very special event. Towards the end of the evening Elton was joined onstage by close friend and fellow musician John Lennon. Together they performed three numbers -‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’,’Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and Ï Saw Her Standing There’. Lennon’s performance of the last number surprised many as he has never been known to sing a Mccartney song before. This was the last concert appearance by John Lennon.

It was Elton who heralded (announced) that Lennon’s new album would get to number one. And he made a bet to the effect that Lennon would have to get up on stage with him next time he performed. That performance was Lennon living up to his part of the bet.

Ok fast forward 6 years.

On 13 September 1980, [Elton] John… performed a free concert to an estimated 400,000 fans on The Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. Elton sang and dedicated “Imagine” to his friend, John Lennon, at this concert. Three months later Lennon would be murdered in front of his home building

and just across the road a memorial would be created, with this focal point, & at the heart of this focal point would lie one word “Imagine“.

Lets skip forward to a year that is so darkly occult, I’m surprised we navigated our way through it without headlamps. 1997.
On 15th July that year, the fashion designer Gianni Versace, is murdered outside his front gates. To be honest, this is where this article was supposed to start. For now I can only spare a few lines, but I’ll be back.

Elton & friends gather to say farewell in the cathedral of Milan. It is time for Versace’s trek to the underworld.

Six weeks later Diana is dead.

Elton turns in the performance of all our lifetimes. …Uh Ok I’m getting the inner tug that says to stop here – a rush to the finish line will leave too much unsaid, for this performance is the culmination of a chief priest’s life’s work…

Lest we forget, Elton John serenades the newly deceased Pharaoh Hermenthotip in the Futurama’s “A Pharaoh to Remember. ” He sings the pharaoh to his rest with a revised version of Crocodile Rock. Elton is then tipped into the tomb, presumably so he can fulfil his role as pychopomp.

More to follow…

Well I didn’t think I’d be back so quickly
I finally remembered something that Freddie Mercury’s statue has been trying to remind me of every time I pass this way.

The town of Montreaux on the shores of Lake Geneva has yet another claim to fame. On 4 December 1971, Montreax Casino burned down during a Frank Zappa concert. We are ‘told’, that a fan fired a flare gun into the ceiling.

In the middle of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire.”

Camping out just down the road were Deep Purple;

The “smoke on the water” that became the title of the song (credited to bass guitarist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later), referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. (the words belong to wiki, but the emphasis is mine)

We all came out to montreux
On the lake geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didnt have much time
Frank zappa and the mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
22 years later on 4th December, (the date of the fire), Frank Zappa dies. 

The 4th December is the Roman festival of Bona Dea, “the perpetually virginal goddess, associated with virginity and fertility in women


the Roman mythology, Vulcan (god of fire) shared his realm with Bona Dea“.

Bona Dea (‘the Good Goddess’) is a Roman fertility goddess, especially worshipped by the Roman matrons.”

Frank Zappa’s & the Matrons Mothers, were playing the night Montreaux Casino on the shores of Lake Geneva was set alight…hmmm.  Just to give an inkling of how famous “Smoke on the Water” (or “Fire over Lake Geneva”) is – when I type it into Google it comes in with 12,800.000 results (that’s just a fraction more than this blog gets).

September 14, 2009. Uncategorized. 23 comments.

A retelling

I am presently up to my elbows in research for a new post.

In the meantime I have decided to re post two articles from last year as they revolve around & around a mercurial character that will be reappearing on this stage in the nearish future. They are interlocking articles, so if you have the time & inclination you can start with the mercurial minstrel & if the mood takes you, follow on to the tale of the thief

Best wishes to all

September 4, 2009. Uncategorized. 9 comments.