Wednesday, January 24, 2007

16: Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther

So we descend into the strange world of Midlake and the trials of Van Occupanther. We begin to drift back from the year 2007, a century and beyond, until we find ourselves wandering the turn of the 20th century. Traveling through lush forests and over broad majestic mountainscapes. We live with people who work heavy with earth and stone. We experience the world as it once was, wild and free from the devil called civilization. We meet friends like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson and Van Occupanther, a time when a cultural renaissance spread like wildfire. We shake ourselves of the lingering nightmare of the middle ages and view the world with a different shade, open new eyes. It's quite comfortable here by the fire swaying with the harmony. The future seems wide open and beautiful.

But then as we listen more closely we realize that we really haven't traveled such a long way. It's only a couple of decades from here to there. Instead of the early nineteen hundreds we find ourselves in early 1980. The music has locked us here, trapped us with its slight of ear. Oh well...the night sky will always provide wild beauty no matter how and when you look at it.



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