Now, enough of that. Onward and upward: Announcing the next two installments! Maybe the next two, definitely one of the next two. The other that I’m announcing now might be the next one or it might be the eighth or something, due to the fact that participation in it is somewhat limited. The other that I’m announcing now is open to all, so I suspect it’ll fill up first. And the full title of that one will be:
My Goddess Has A Crazy Bush (#): All Natural. This one is the standard premise of the series – women’s bodies correlate with nature in nearly all known myth systems, past or present. Our modern world tends to objectify, denigrate and exploit both. Strip-mining and rape are two obvious examples of the violent extremes. Mostly, the objectification, denigration and exploitation take on subtler forms and are presented not as violent, but as benign, if not benevolent.
Someone chose not to participate in this project on the grounds that women defibulate for a plethora of reasons, including beauty and hygiene. I didn’t bother to enter into a debate – he didn’t want to contribute a track, so be it. But it’s pretty clear to anybody who thinks it through that beauty is always socially conditioned and that if a hairless crotch is somehow more “hygienic”, then shouldn’t men shave too? The reality is that women are bombarded constantly with messages about their bodies – that they’re too fat, wrinkly, smelly, hairy &c. As a man, I wear a beard or don’t and it matters not a whit. Let a qualified female applicant show up for a job interview wearing a skirt that reveals hairy legs and that fact alone will disqualify her. Meanwhile, coal and oil companies continue to destroy the planet.
Full disclosure: I believe in man-made global warming, but if it turns out that I’m wrong about that, I don’t care. Whether climate change is the result of human actions or not, I’m still a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist. I don’t need climate change to convince me that coal mining is fucking wrong. The poisoning of rivers in Virginia is enough. (Last time the US government had to send truckloads of bottled water to southwest Virginia because the ground water, and therefore the tap water, was contaminated by toxic waste from coal mining was January ’14).
As of this writing, this writer does not participate in any form of direct action. I don’t blow up mining machinery, block logging roads or set fire to oil companies’ office buildings (though I certainly appreciate it when others do). Art and music are my weapons of choice, as ineffectual as they are. I do not believe for a moment that some insignificant V/A compilation of unpopular music made by malcontents is going to change anything, even if said malcontents are truly sincere and internationally dispersed. This comp series is not going to solve anything. I do it because I have to do something. As a person of faith, I am compelled by my conscience to pursue the right, no matter how hopeless it may seem. And I have a daughter. I was an eco-feminist before the Spotted Opossum came along, but she really made it seem more important. Worst case scenario: I’ll be able to tell her I tried.
So, All Natural is open to anyone who wants to send in a track or two. Nobody gets more than ten minutes. All songs remain the property of the artists. Distro must be free. I really like the method of distro for Escape From The Fallen Planet – everybody puts the full comp up on their own Bandcamp or whatever site they use to make their music available. There might be problems with it, but at this moment it seems right for this project. I expect it’ll continue. I’ll probably decide to impose a deadline at some point, but for now it’s open-ended. Think on it a while. See what ya come up with.
The other thing, the one that will take longer to put together, will be Mad Pride Goeth Before A Fall, which title refers, obviously, to the “Mad Pride” movement. This one continues the eco-feminist theme, but adds a layer: crazy people. Participation is limited to artists/bands that have some direct involvement with some form of madness, either temporary or permanent and who are willing to be public about it. The diagnoses of participants will go in the “About this track” section on Bandcamp. For example, if the BDSR track is made by this Espresso Shaman alone, it would say “Dysthemia, reoccurring major depression, psychotic features, alcoholism/addiction”, because that’s what I have. If someone else participates in the BDSR track, their diagnoses, if any, would be added. Some of the other participants in BDSR have been diagnosed with something, some haven’t. This seems pretty clear to me, but I’m insane so it might not make sense. I’d be glad to clarify if anyone has questions.
Basically, if you’ve ever been crazy, even if, like myself, you’re doing pretty good now, and you’re willing to own up to it, you can contribute.
The reason for the exclusionary nature of Mad Pride Goeth Before A Fall is that mental disorders are about the most marginalized fuckers in any population. Right now, people of color are struggling with police violence and discrimination in the USA. LGBT&c. people are making some progress toward equality under the law. Women are not on the same level of social power as men, but the gap is narrowing. All these are good and righteous causes, well worthy of the support of those who, like me, are not of color, queer or female. Keep up the good fight. But there are crazy people too. I think it’s pretty fuckin’ plain that there will be a black lesbian president before there’s a schizophrenic one and that’s fine. Christ knows, four days without my meds and I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the nuke button. I’m not saying there should be crazy, drugged-out Senators or anything stupid like that, but we do exist. Some of us are suffering terribly. I haven’t seen any city-wide marches for depressed people or Youtube fads of idiots pouring ice water over their heads for bi-polar disorder.
It’s really just a way of saying “Hey. We’re here. We make music. Angels talk to us. We care about women and the planet.” Obviously, the marketing will be a bit different.
Obviously, if you’re mad, you can contribute to both of the above.
And again, no deadline; ten minutes max; prob’ly distro through Bandcamp.
Hope to hear from you.