Two more rescued from the old. old computer.
“Uruk in Harlem” - the reference is to Gilgamesh.
"My Friend Ladybug" - written with a then 2-year old Ruby.
Just listened to URUK…You haven’t got Syd Barret stashed away in your place somewhere have you? Stunning effects and guitar work. The improvement in your mixing skills over the last year has been huge. Drums on the last few songs you’ve posted are way better than before.
One day I’ll work out what this songs all about
P.S. My cover version of your song ‘Glimpse of the Buddha’ is currently up there in this weeks Motagator chart.
All right Bruffie!
Now…do we make any money on that?
Unless we offer the mp3 for sale rather then free streaming, in which case I suspect the chart position might slip rather a lot
Nope, don’t want that.
“Uruk” is a political song, believe it or not - an unfavorable comparison between Gilgamesh and present leaders. Don’t push it too far, however - Gilgamesh was not exactly a benevolent ruler, according to the myth.
Just to show my distinct lack of culture, the only reference I can remember to Gilgamesh, was in Star Trek The Next Generation
Actually, by the time I was 14yrs old, I had read everything I could find in Greek, Roman and Norse mythology, and The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, when I was 15, I discovered Deep Purple In Rock
ST: TNG - “Darmok” - one of the greatest bits of TV literature ever - brilliant story.
Wikipedia, curiously enough, has Picard’s summary of Gilgamesh from the end of the episode:
Gilgamesh, a king. Gilgamesh, a king. At Uruk. He tormented his subjects. He made them angry. They cried out aloud, “Send our king a companion! Spare us from his madness!” Enkidu, a wild man from the forest, entered the city. They fought in the temple. They fought in the street. Gilgamesh defeated Enkidu. They became great friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu, at Uruk. The new friends went out into the desert together, where the Great Bull of Heaven was killing men by the hundreds. Enkidu caught the Bull by the tail; Gilgamesh struck him with his sword. Killed him. They were victorious. But Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods. And Gilgamesh wept bitter tears, saying, “He who was my companion through adventure and hardship, is gone forever …”
But the full version of “teh world’s oldest story” is full of richness and nutty goodness, not to be missed.
Several translations are on line, but mostly what translators do is “fix up” the narrative - there are serious gaps in the story, the story shows up in a number of different texts, and the translations mostly eschew literal translation for a “modern” feel.
Get John gardner’s and John Maier’s version - used for 16 cents!
edit: I should add, the oldest version of the flood/ark story is in Gilgamesh, which is one reason everyone living in a judeo-chrisitan culture shoudl become familiar with it.
Since we’re talking about ancient mythology, I added yet another antediluvian one for you, Bruffie: Icarus Song
Icarus Song - Click Here!