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CD | Rock - Prog-Rock/Art Rock
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CD | Rock - Prog-Rock/Art Rock

There Is No God, And He Is Our Creator

Artist Song
Adrian Belew  Face To Face 
KT Tunstall  Black Horse & The Cherry Tree  
Sting  Desert Rose  
Neil Young  Red Sun  
Björk  Who Is It 
Bob Dylan  In The Summertime  
They Might Be Giants  Careful What You Pack  
Cassandra Wilson  Waters Of March  
David Bowie  The Man Who Sold The World  
Joni Mitchell  Sweet Bird  
The Beatles  In My Life  
Robert Fripp  Love Cannot Bear 
Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint  The Sharpest Thorn  
Emmylou Harris  Hour Of Gold  


... Or TINGAHIOC, for short. Actually, the real quote (from Zen teacher Joshu Sasaki, as quoted in Brad Warner's book Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate) seems to be "There is no God, and he is *your* creator", but I'd misremembered it for so long, and idealized this unfinished mix for so long, that it'd be pretty sacrilegious (heh) to go back now.

Yup: this is one of those mixes that I worked on many years ago -- in this case, all the way back in 2009 -- and then abandoned, only to finally return to and, just now, complete. I even, in the interim, wrote a blog entry (at http://abangaku.livejournal.com/76199.html) talking about it, calling it "a collection of songs -- not a mix CD exactly, since after all the mixing was never completed to my satisfaction". Well, now I do believe can cross that off my list...! So what, after all this time, do we have here?

... Well, other than a collection of downright awesome songs? Hmm. Warner writes: "Buddha is not a supernatural being. We don't worship him. ... But that doesn't mean Buddhists reject the existence of God. Different Buddhists express it in different ways." Yes, the God of "There Is No God, And He Is Our Creator" is a subtle God, a disguised God. But, if you look closely enough at KT Tunstall's "big black horse", Joni Mitchell's "sweet bird", Robert Fripp's "music", or, heck, even Cassandra Wilson's "it"... well, you just might find a surprise waiting!

The million-dollar question being, then: Are these songs' fluttering and tangential encounters with the divine just what makes them, in fact, so awesome? Well, maybe I can answer in a more precise way: I think it's indeed something to do with their *double vision* that makes me return to them again and again. Not that I'm even a religious person, but -- you know, that just might be what appeals to me here, actually, as someone who flutters all over the place myself. Is the "you" God in "Face To Face" or "In The Summertime"? Is the "she" in "Careful What You Pack" traveling to the afterlife? Just who *is* it that never lets you down...? Well: if the answers were explicit... they'd be that much less intriguing.

Why is the SubCategory here "Romantic"? Well -- and here the theme gets really thick -- it's because if the ambiguously divine entity referenced in these songs isn't an actual supernatural being, I'd say, a *lover* generally becomes the most satisfactory replacement. "Sweet desert flower," sings Sting, "this rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of the Fall." What could be more earthy, and yet more celestial, than that?

TT: 56:59.
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