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By Andrew W.
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Dirt Report
, editor

Posted: August 29, 2012

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As I noted in my prior piece “2012
or 1984
,” I noted a lot of similarities between the two years – politically and
otherwise.

Being tuned into synchromysticism – "The art of
realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or
esoteric significance," to quote Jake Kotze, or “The vast and noble undertaking
of piecing together the occult holographic language system of the universe, in
order to identify and more aptly understand the relationship between the
collective unconscious of all sentient beings on earth and beyond," to quote
Steve Willner – 2012 has been an incredibly busy year, and this summer incredibly violent - Loren Coleman calls it "The Summer of the Gun." 

As such, I have also been noticing syncs between
2012 and the important year 1969. This one is important to me not only because
my parents were married that year – creating me three years later – but because
culturally it resonated with me a lot - the coming together of the counterculture at the Woodstock rock festival, with the flipside being the horror of the Manson Family/Helter Skelter murders.

In 1984 (there’s that year again), the Canadian
pop-rocker Bryan Adams released what was arguably his best and most accessible
album – Reckless. I loved these songs,
particularly “Summer of ’69.” That particular song really excited me as a
12-year-old. It captured what I imagined it felt to be alive in 1969. In fact,
that would lead me to start looking for music from that era. While Bryan Adams
said the “69” was a reference to a sexual position and not the year (he was 10
in 1969),

I mention this because I am seeing numerous syncs
related to the year 1969. We just had the death of NASA astronaut and American
hero Neil Armstrong, who, aboard the Apollo 11 lander, first stepped foot on
the Moon on July 20, 1969 – 43 years to the day before the Aurora, Colorado “Red Dawn/Dark Knight” massacre.

Regardless of what you think about Armstrong and the
Moon/Apollo mission controversies, Armstrong came across as a gentleman,
although I was struck by his reluctance to talk about his experience on the
Moon. Coincidentally, a few days ago, in Harper’s
magazine, I read an interview with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin. He is also asked
about his memories of walking on the Moon. He simply didn’t want to talk about
it. Very odd.

It’s hard to ignore The Eagles’ biggest hit, from
1977, “Hotel California.” The song, with its dark undercurrent of disquiet
contains lyrics that have been interpreted and misinterpreted for many years. Many
conclude it’s about Satanism or something sinister.

One line receives a lot of attention: “So I
called up the Captain / Please bring me my wine / We haven’t had that spirit
here since 1969
.”

When Eagles songwriter and singer/drummer Don Henley
was approached by a rock critic about the line and that wine isn’t a spirit,
Henley, in his characteristically cranky way responded that the reporter had
missed the point of the lyric and the metaphor.

“(T)hat line has little or nothing to do with
alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be
having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using
literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and
irrelevant argument about chemical processes.”

So, don’t attempt to ask Don Henley about “Hotel
California” or it’s literal meaning. A battle with rock rivals in Steely Dan? A
reference to Church of Satan founder Anton Levey (who has been noted on some
synchromystic blogs i.e. Christopher Knowles’ Secret Sun blog) regarding his love of Objectivist and libertarian
atheist Ayn Rand – someone also reportedly loved by Mitt Romney’s running mate
Paul Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin.

And so that takes us to the current presidential
race … between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney … and that all-American beverage –
Coca-Cola. Obama reportedly liked "coke." But Mitt abstained from caffeine as a Mormon. 

Or is it something else entirely? 

I'd like to teach the world to sing ... in perfect harmony ...

Just like there is the undercurrent of dread in “Hotel
California,” there is the undercurrent of “coming together” in this year’s
presidential race. I have been seeing this “come together” theme for weeks now.
At the London Olympics, in the opening ceremony, broadcast on NBC, up-and-coming
UK band Arctic Monkeys performed the Beatles’ “Come Together” before a global
audience of millions ("he got monkey
finger").

The closing ceremony of the Olympics featured an
homage to John Lennon, his pursuit of peace and his song “Imagine.”

I suspect the Olympic message is that there is some
unfinished business at hand.

And then you have Bob Dylan talking about his new
song “Roll On, John,” referencing “Come Together.” It will appear on his
upcoming Tempest album, to be
released on Sept. 11, 2012. I wrote about the upcoming Dylan album here. Curious that a "tempest" would be rolling ashore on the Gulf Coast (7 years to the day!) as a major political event is taking place at a time of great uncertainty.

And what is interesting about “Come Together,” (a
song Alex Jones uses in his bumper music) is that Lennon was inspired to use
that lyric and song title by drug enthusiast and “tune in. turn on, drop out”
counterculture hero Timothy Leary. Leary announced his plans to run for
governor of California in May 1969 with the slogan “Come together, join the
party.” He was running against Ronald Reagan – whose spirit is clearly hanging
over this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Leary would then join Lennon and Yoko Ono in
Montreal, Canada for their “Bed-in” and Lennon would write Leary a campaign
song – “Come Together.”

A campaign song!

Funny, in checking the BarackObama.com campaign
site, scrolling down a little bit I saw an image of some Obama supporters
waiting to host “convention watch parties” in advance of the Democratic National
Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The name of the post on the website? “Come
together
.”

Anyway, back to 1969. A drug offense would derail Leary’s
“Come Together” campaign. Leary, of course, loomed large in Lennon’s life. On
April Fool’s Day, 1966, Lennon first purchased The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the
Dead
by Leary, Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner. A book I was thumbing
through the other day – it having been damaged by a flood of water here in the
offices of Red Dirt Report. The
purchase was made at the Indica Books & Gallery in London. This was an
important location in that it was where Lennon would meet Yoko Ono on 11/9/66.

Of course Lennon would read Leary’s manual and take
acid – “When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream” while
surrendering to “the void.” This, of course, inspired arguably Lennon’s
greatest song – the acid-drenched, psychedelic “Tomorrow Never Knows,” which
would be featured on the Beatles classic Revolver.

The Leary reference also got my attention in that I
was reintroduced a few days ago to a song by 90’s alt-rockers Marcy Playground –
“It’s Saturday.” One of the lines goes: “But
I’ve got some kind of disease / There are no remedies / Think I’ll join Timothy
Leary / In a cryogenic freeze
.” With Saturday the last day of the week and the Marcy Playground singer feeling sick, perhaps Sunday - a new day - will dawn.

Meanwhile, Lennon would record the song “Come Together”
with the other Beatles for their “final” album Abbey Road (Let It Be
would be released the following spring with songs largely recorded prior to Abbey Road) released in October 1969.
Earlier that same year, Mitt and Ann Romney would be married in suburban
Detroit, Michigan, Romney’s Republican father having had his 1968 presidential
campaign derailed the prior summer over a reference to being “brainwashed” during
a 1965 visit in Vietnam.

"Here come ol' flattop, he come, groovin' up slowly ..."

John Lennon would perform “Come Together” live once –
exactly 40 years ago tomorrow – on August 30, 1972 at Madison Square Garden in
New York City, with the Elephant’s
Memory
band. And remember – elephants never forget.

Curious in that in the past few days with viewings
of both Dumbo and Jungle Book. Both films involving
elephants – and all amidst a political convention – the RNC – featuring their “elephant”
logo. Republicans never forget – Ronald Reagan.

Interestingly, the first story I read today about
the Romney campaign was at Politico.com and headlined “Mitt Romney the GOP
placeholder
.” It goes on to say that “The next generation of Republican
leaders, most of them born in the 1970s, see themselves as the heirs to an
upbeat, Reagan-style conservatism and belives Ryan’s free-market orthodoxy is
the platform upon which they’ll return to national majority status.”

And then curiously, the Politico reporter, Jonathan
Martin, makes this reference – “The two bookends, Reagan and Ryan, represent a
party that is unmistakably moving from George W. Bush’s compassionate
conservatism to a new Republicanism that sounds a lot like the old-time
religion but with fresher packaging. To use the language of their youth, these
children of the 80s want to dispense for good with New Coke and return to
Coca-Cola classic.”

As Lennon sang: “He shoot Coca-Cola.”

And to reference your Red Dirt Reporter’s last
article on the child-sex scandal at Kanakuk Kamp in Missouri: “I should note
that I attended a Kanakuk camp in 1985 (the year I fell in love with ‘Summer of
‘69’) and had a fairly positive experience, except for the fact that ‘contraband’
like candy and soda pop was not allowed (this was the summer New Coke reverted
back to ‘Classic Coke’). Perhaps since 2012 is so much like 1984, 2013 will be
more like 1985 – a sunnier year with a brighter outlook. The year Coke was
replaced with New Coke and went back to Classic Coke. I was also an obsessive
Dr Pepper soft drink fan as well. Drinking it in vast quantities while on a trip in the late spring of ’85
to rural Arizona, paralleling Route 66. I recall Abbey Road's "Here Comes the Sun" playing a major role in my memories of that trip.

I think John Lennon was a Dr Pepper drinker but
whose counting. One Beatles insider said Dr Pepper “fueled the Imagine sessions.” Imagine that.

Infamous “lone gunman” Lee Harvey Oswald was reportedly
a habitual Dr Pepper drinker as well but on the day of JFK’s assassination he
was drinking Coca-Cola.

“He shoot Coca-Cola.”

Dr Pepper, of course, has "23 flavors." At the moment of his assassination, Caesar was stabbed 23 times. To kill a king.

Of course after the “king” was killed on the 33rd degree (yes, I’ve been reading some James Shelby Downard as of late – he lived
in Ardmore, Okla. ya know) the Beatles made their appearance on American
shores.

And now we have a spectacle of political disaster. A
Republican Party that seems unsure of its future. And with the Democrats, there
seems to be uncertainty about what they stand for. Who will be the king?

Elephants are looming large. Is there an elephant in
the room?

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2012 Red Dirt Report

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