Fire: A Musical Descent Into the Lower Realms. Some What For Mentally Mature Audiences Only, A.K.A Those Not Easily Offended.

Whatever goes up must go down and whatever goes down must go up. Right? Huh? Yeah, for the sake of stairs and ladders which usually go in both directions, unless they’re the escalator steps in the Hungarian film Kontroll –no one knows where those escalators really go.



Anyway, fire burns up and down. If you’re a good fire-keeper then some down time embers go up again with some well blown O2. Are things getting out of hand here? Noooooo way. Or maybe by the end of the post things might be a tad untidy? 

Blame this all on the chocolate-coconut-pecan taco. If you don’t know what that is hit the search box for another kind of breakfast special.

Oh I should never have posted that cartoon… Okay, on with the shows.


Science Fiction ~ Fantasy Film conceptualization of Fire Breathing, another form of Fire Inside.

Reign of Fire music BURN! by Mad at Gravity

Ns Jones·


Concrete and sound wave conceptualization of Fire: 

Theme from Twin Peaks ~ Fire Walk with Me  ~music by Angelo Badalamenti


Twin Peaks–a story about an investigation into murder, sex and mayhem. Oh, and let’s not forget the cherry pie.

Intermission / an unresistable aside

Speaking of  Cherry Pie ~ Warrant 

adamlep ‘s tribute to Agent Cooper and Audrey.

Ahhhhh heavy sigh.

Hey, pies are baked in ovens which have heat, which technically speaking equals FIRE.

Besides, Cooper and Audrey have plenty of FIRE all by themselves.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame  Hellfire  theme.  Oh time for some sin that leads to Fire.



Whose ready for some comic relief? I am! I am! Go Boss, Go! Oh aren’t they just adorable?

Bruce Springsteen ~ Fire


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Toronto July 26th 1984


Hmm, why? Reason one: Black and white film. Reason two: Leather pants. Reason three: Let’s vote, is Jim high as a kite or not? Reason four: For the sheer hell of it. Reason five: I’ve got a thing for the keyboard man. Yeah, right. Reason six: People in the audience get to scream~squeal into the mic. Reason seven: Girl follows Jim under the stage. Yes, under the stage.

The Doors  ~ Light My Fire,  live 1968


Electric Six is here because, well damn it, I’ve had to listen to this song by Electric Six a lot by default. By default, I mean that it’s a favorite of someone in my abode and hence is played OFTEN.  What’s the point of demanding and support freedom of thought and expression if you don’t follow through in your own home domain? Not much in my opinion. After years of exposure to the song and the video it was no surprise to moi that Danger! High Voltage came immediately to my brain-pan when I read that Bear’s theme choice was Fire. Honestly, “Fire in the disco!” was instantly on the scene.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it has been listened to and viewed with many cups of tea at hand for perhaps its number one fan with a mouse at their disposal.  I have no idea what Grandmother Fire would make of this video beyond the fact that, yeah it is base human nature to “keep starting fires.”

Note: “Play” at your risk, potentially offensive language and image contents for some sensibilities. Or maybe not?

Electric Six  ~Danger! High Voltage  


Next, so much for The Good Old Days– Not so much, methinks.

Note: Very Strong offensive language content.   What do you expect from a song about going to hell? Polite conversation? Not here. Not now. Not today, anyway.

Nick Cave ~ Fire Down Below, from Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.

Liner notes by Anti-:…
A popular pumping chantey, this was actually the last chantey sung aboard a commercial British square-rigger, by Stan Hugill in 1929, as the barque Garthpool was pumped out for the last time. There are a number of versions, and in some the “fire down below” is more explicitly a reference to venereal disease.

ANTI, real artists creating records on their own terms –>>


How to Use a Fire Extinguisher


Links to other players with Musica Themes:





D.S. Nelson




Hmm, no smoke and ashes here. Does that mean something is still burning? I guess so.

Books? Are People Really Reading? Still?

Okay, I give in—everywhere I look on and off the web there are lists and lists of books for summer reading and so far nothing appeals to me at all. Been wondering about this for all of about one minute and have decided to make my  own ”Best Books” —so far–list and perhaps this will help to enlighten me about ‘me’.  So, here goes, take it or leave it.  As they come to mind, some favorite reading adventures:

Joan Slonczewski          Brain Plague

Karen Michalson     Enemy Glory

 Vivian Schilling    Quietus

 Staci Layne Wilson   Horrors of the Holy

Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancy Dancing—makes you want to laugh, scream, cry all at the same time–especially the post office story.

Craig Joseph Danner’s Himalayan Dhaba —a take on the interconnectedness of all things–especially people.

Louise Erdrich’s Tracks–ahhhh what WOMAN this tome’s heroine be.

Ella Cara Deloria’s Waterlily—and what  were the lives of Lakota women ‘like’ before the settlers invaded?

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind—oh what can one find in the cemetery of lost books? history, love, tragedy, mystery and more.

Vivan Schilling’s Quietus—what’s a near death experience for?

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—love transcends manners–oh Jane!

Bryce Courteny’s The Power of One–damn those chickens and boxers and just what one person can accomplish.

Mikhail Bulgakuv’s The Master and Margarita–The BOOK to beat! Forget the great American Novel—I dare any writer of any country, anywhere on the globe to beat the pants off this baby for love, satire, and sheer imagination. The Devil has come to Moscow to prove he exists—and that involves tossing up Jesus’ existence too. Poor Pontious and the headache he gets from the man who won’t ‘save’ himself….And all the woe that can befall a writer in Russia–and elsewhere if you don’t beware!

William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!—sin and guilt deep Southern style.

Natsuo Kirino’s Out–Japanese women as you’ve never seen them before–the murder disposal crew….great stuff–not for the squeamish crowd.

Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose—oh the old country and its woes–and loves.

 Douglas Adams’  The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul—It’s  Dougie Adams playing with all sorts of good old Norse myths and such.

R. A.  MacAvoy’s  Tea With the Black Dragon–okay, this is for lovers of all ages–mystery and an romance not quite like any other.

Tim Powers’  Declare—all about The Dark Side of spying spies–and a few other things along the way. Move over James Bond 007 for adventure.

—for now….

now more

Heinrich Boll    the Clown    and     Never Said a Word

John Hersey    Hiroshima

John Wright    The Golden Age

Emma Bull    The War for the Oaks

Charles de Lint    Forests of the Heart

Dalai Lama    The Way to Freedom

Simon J. Ortiz     from Sand Creek

eds. Stryrk and Ikemoto    Zen Poetry, Let the Spring Breeze Enter

Gunter Grass    The Tin Drum

Timothy Zahn   Dragon and Thief

Elizabeth Hayden   Rhapsody

James Stephens    The Crock of Gold

William Faulkner   The Hamlet

Philip K. Dick    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Dalai Lama    Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart

Dalai Lama   The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace

Osip Mandelstam   Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam –translated by Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin

Anna  Akhmatova    Complete Poems

Michael Dorris    Morning Girl

Juliet Marillier   Son of the Shadows and the rest of the Sevenwaters triology

ps. what are YOU reading that’s outstanding?


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