The Vanilla World View is, in a way, a religion that's not a religion, a belief system that does not depend on jargon. The book, or manifesto, also entitled The Vanilla World View, spells out this belief system and unravels some of the "unanswerable questions" that befuddle so many of us .

Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Purpose Of Love

We can wang chung all day about how wonderful Love is, but why does it exist in the first place?

Some say that it's just an emotional adjunct to the physical reproductive process.

Some say that it is the "language" we use to communicate/interact with God, or the God force.

I see the validity of both points of view. But there's yet another:

Love is the force we use to reproduce spiritually. Applying this force on others, we are in effect applying it upon ourselves...resulting in both mind expansion as well as soul expansion, soul development. The more soul development we have, the higher planes of consciousness we reach; when we reach the planes of consciousness that transcend the physical, then we are "reproducing" ourselves on a plane that won't disappear or dissipate when the physical body gives up the ghost.

This, I believe, is the truly cosmic purpose of Love.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Where The Music Is Heading

I listened to a new CD by a quite talented singer recently....but, although her voice was wonderful and the music was dreamy, the songs were repetitive to the point where, after the first minute, I was compelled to skip ahead to the last 30 seconds, knowing that I wouldn't miss anything. That, in a nutshell, is what's wrong with today's music.

Rap may have its imperfections, but it does make one valuable contribution: it tends, by its very nature, to be linear...the songs don't repeat much because the rap must move forward.

Taking that as a cue, I created LINEAR LOVE, the second-wave CD, merging rap with a few mainstream pop elements. The results were better than I had anticipated.

So the next step is to apply the linearity of rap to the pop-song structure...but I've been doing that already for some time now. I'm just tweaking out other issues like sound problems, vocal syncs, keyboard arrangements, endings, ta-da ta-da. Progress is being made, happily. The Vanilla World View CD, the Third Wave CD, is in an alpha state of completeness.

From here on out, any donations that are received at the Vanilla Shack, c/o Dan Gallagher, 344 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472, will be answered with a mailed-out Vanilla World View CD.....but there's one twist. No two CDs mailed out will be the same. Some will include songs that may never see the light of day. New heavy artillery such as "Tantric Night Flight" and "Master Me" will be included as well.

2004 is heating up, and, as "The Changes" shows, the time for action is imminent. Life and art here at the Shack are relentlessly intertwined.....for, as the lyrics say, "I'm moving out"......that is, we're selling the Shack and moving closer to where crucial events will take place later in the year. The site, however, will be unaffected....you know, "Sailing To Byzantium" and all that stuff......

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Lyric Cafe: Meet Me In The Criss Cross

Bend with me, but just don't break
The future's cords we helped create;
Like a net we go catching Love
As it sails through time,
Made and radiated fine,
A see-through glass we can't define.

Meet me in the Criss Cross;
I'll meet you very soon;
The threads are weaving tighter;
Our lives are coming closer;
I'll meet you in the first array of June.....

Flow with me
But just don't drift
Away from Destiny,
Away from where I'll be,
To ride down
Some forgotten stream
Where nothing holds,
Where angels don't belong.

Meet me in the Criss Cross;
I'll meet you by the sea.
We'll travel to an island
Of What's To Be.
Meet me in the Criss Cross,
Eternity of you and me,
Together in the mesh of time,
The Web of Destiny.

They say each of us
Has seven Soul Mates;
I know you're my lucky four.
The wheels of Love turn onward;
The spin is what I'm waiting for......
Meet me at the Criss Cross......


The theory of Love and Destiny -- the upshot of which is that Love is a "catalyst energy" that both pushes us forward along our Destiny path and helps develop the soul so that it reaches higher planes of consciousness -- will appear from time to time in the songs. Though it's most noticeable in "Meet Me At The Criss Cross", it's also part of "The Tropic Of Everywhere", and it even forms the backdrop for "Linear Love". What's most interesting is that the labyrinthine paths of our destiny have multiple threads...so that there are a number of possible futures, not merely one...a complication that time travelers will have to face if they ever attempt to "travel" into the future. For the paths, the lines, the threads of the labyrinth may also morph...but the extent of this is as yet unclear.

Possibly the next song in the Third Wave cycle will be "You're Not Innocent Tonight"....I do know that the final song in this cycle will be "The Next Dimension"....the point is that during Ignition I will continue to ramp up the music, progressively....and share it on the site.

"You're Not Innocent Tonight" will appear in two versions....but for full effect, the listener will need to listen to both versions to create a triangulation: listen to version one, then two, then one again. One version is contemplative, one is kinetic. Spirituality and sexuality are actually interreferenced states of awareness and transcendence; both have a significant impact upon the thread of one's Destiny, the path of one's soul.

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