Newsgroups: alt.slack

Subject: Sun Ra

From: Modemac <modemac@shell1.tiac.net>

Date: 24 Nov 1997 13:49:49 GMT

 

In message <3472ccbf.2971630@nntp.wcnet.org>, absent@wcnet.org (William

Absent) wrote:

> And someday, Ill find Sun ra's music.........And get acopy of it.

 

Time for a Sun Ra sermon that no one cares about...

 

When the Xists come and yank us all into the saucers by our reproductive

organs, SUN RA will be there on the saucers already waiting to entertain

us with his Intergalactic Celestial Arkestra! Almost before "Bob" himself

met the Xists, Sun Ra was conversing with them on a regular basis and

giving them many of his musical secrets to make their cosmic jam sessions

even more swingin'. (Those other wimpy New Age "Space Brother" UFO cults

think that we got all of our best ideas from aliens, and we're too dumb to

do any great works ourselves. HA! It's because of the SLACK emanating

from the most creative SubGenii that the Xists want to rescue us in the

first place. THEY got their best ideas from US!)

 

But, fellow brothers and sisters and othergenders, I must confess that

during most of my time before graduating high school, I was woefully

ignorant of the vast realms of music that exist beyond the realms of

Conspiracy-owned Top 4 Radio. I first heard of him through MTV, of all

places, when they did a piece on him and said how his concerts were a lot

of fun and he put a lot of Disney tunes into them. I was heavily in my

Disney phase then (it being the late 1980s), and that piqued my interest.

It just so happened that a week or two after seeing that piece, Sun Ra

came to my home town and did a show at the Nightstage club. So I went to

go and see him, out of curiosity...and I had a blast. I knew nothing of

what to expect, but it was *still* one of the best shows I've seen in my

life. There was energy and cosmic wisdom and SLACK to spare, and I knew

that the Man From Saturn was speaking the TRUTH when he said that we don't

have to die. "That's not my law! Abandon life! Abandon death! That's

my law - my only law!"

 

Anyways, I finally outgrew the corporate seduction of Disney enough to

start reaching out and discovering new (to me) kinds of music...which led

me to try out Sun Ra. I went and bought a Ra CD that many of his fans

hail as a landmark: "The Magic City." Unfortunately, that turned out to

be one of the worst choices for a beginner to Sun Ra. That particular

album had been recorded when he was in the middle of his experimental,

chaotic phase of the 1960s, and it was far removed from the jazz that I'd

seen and heard from him. In short, I was taken completely off-guard, and

this actually turned me off of Ra for a while.

 

But my curiosity remained. One day while doing a Web search for Sun Ra

out of curiosity, I discovered this essay:

 

http://www.furious.com/perfect/sunra.html

 

A bare-bones biography of Sun Ra's career, it opened my eyes and made me

understand the type of music I wanted to find. I knew then that if I

wanted to discover Sun Ra, I should start at the beginning and try the

sound that first made Ra's career. So I went out and bought a CD that

could probably be considered a Beginner's Introduction to Sun Ra: the

combo-CD of "Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth" and "Interstellar Low Ways." THAT

really caught my fancy, as it contained lots of swinging, wild, FUN music

that started out as traditional big-band jazz but gradually worked its way

into the celestial fusion experimental sounds for which Ra had become more

known. (The track "Interplanetary Music" in particular is the type of

song that would make a good introduction to any SubGenius radio show!)

 

So from there, I've been discovering more about the Man From Saturn and

realizing that while the Disney tunes he used in his late career may have

been fun, they don't even scratch the surface of the man who is ALREADY

jammin' with the Xists and getting them ready for our journey on X-Day!

 

(Yes, I know the Arkestra is still touring today, but that's not the XIST

ARKESTRA.)

 

--

Reverend Modemac (modemac@tiac.net)

First Online Church of "Bob"

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