The Meaning of Live

I happened upon the CD store over lunch and picked up a couple of new CD’s to add to the iPod collection. (Yes I do sometimes actually buy music, even though the record companies don’t deserve it.)

As it turned out one of the CDs is Live’s “Awake – the best of Live”. And then it happened. While reading through comments in the cover art I found the answer to a long-running mystery – What was Secret Samadhi (Live’s 3rd album) all about? While all of Live’s other albums had made sense and fit in with their profile, Secret Samadhi seemed off-beat, obscure and very dark – much more so than any of their earlier or later work.

Well, here I quote Ed’s words:

‘Secret Samadhi is the sound of full retreat, yet not out of fear but necessity. I was only 25 and already half-eaten by the monster of show-business. We were spiraling and spinning into the hell of cultural acceptance; we were successful! Something had to be done! We’ll make a record that dances, explodes and swirls all around, and it shall be about “nothing”. God, how I still love it.’

To me it makes sense.

I, only 25 and already half-eaten by the monster of the IT industry, right now am caught up in the creation of my own Secret Samadhi.


Weather, Booze, Guitar Playing and Cricket

Its Friday at last, and while I had the opportunity of staying cooped up at home, studying for Linux certification, and after having seen the weather in Helsinki (don’t ask why that’s a factor) I wisely chose instead to head out to Brad’s fiancĂ©e’s parents’ farm. (talk about a long string of possessive nouns). There I hope to enjoy a weekend filled with sunny South African weather, a “braaivleis”, and a large amount of “dop”(alcoholic drinks).

I think I’m also going to take my guitar and plenty of songs to learn. It should prove to be another relaxing weekend after spending last weekend watching South Africa play England at cricket.

In life it really is all about the simple pleasures.