All posts tagged: folk

The Tale of the Immortals

Daoism or Taoism is a tradition of Chinese origin emerged as a religious and philosophical system at about the same time as Confucianism , around the 6th–5th century BCE. It emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao or Dao (A Chinese word that signifies “the way” or “the path”. Tao is the natural order of the universe that underlies everything from the creation of galaxies to the interaction of human beings.) Later, with the growing popularity of Buddhism, Daoism acquired all the trappings of a religion. The “Eight Immortals” were the central figures of Daoist myth. They were a group of legendary xian (immortals) in Chinese mythology. Each of them were able to bestow life or destroy evil. These legendary beings have been part of Chinese oral history long before they were recorded in the works of writers of various dynasties – Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming. The Eight Immortals: Photo acquired by Henry Walters, 1915 They had all gained eternal life through seeking the Daoist way. Though they were not gods, their immortality gave them superhuman …

A Forgotten Song

He Writes: “Lighter tone and an ensnaring comfort. A hoary sun upon my face and her. The hills of stones and permanent ways through her chest. Unbridled oscillations, rising up; then falling down again. A peaceful amble; it’s zephyr, it’s warm, it’s soft, it’s homeward..” He writes again: ‘Yesterday morning was a bit confusing for me. I had dreams that I don’t get to see anymore. Or it’d be hard to comply if I ever had one like this before; regarding the context. The colors in the dream were almost monochromatic. They were grey, rather dark. Turned out the weather outside was liable for the event. It was all fogged up and the dismal weather made the morning seem like a dark evening. It was around 7:30, and the darker tone in my room on to my eyes made me have that dream in the similar hue. However, the context and the hue of the dream alone was not enough for me to write about it. In fact I wound not have been writing this blog …

Wherever You Go Today, You Go Today

I guessed I wouldn’t be able to write when I woke up this morning. I supposed I’d, may be, listen to a bunch of music for the rest of the day. Though, the plan was a bit different when I went to bed last night. I thought I’d write and I’d write about the play that I had watched in the evening. The morning, however, had a different plan scheduled. Autumn rains have its own nobleness; which I believe is entirely different than anytime of the year. So, when I woke up to a moist and dreary weather, I felt the urge to unbind and listen to some Fleet Foxes and, may be, watch a movie and make some music later. But it all took a different direction with the emails of all the new posts published by my fellow bloggers. So I decided to write… But about what…..? The question came up in my mind since I was not willing to analyze the play and write about it today. But then something caught my attention and …

Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (2015) Thanks to a cold, plain and nifty autumn evening on an ordinary Thursday. This album was almost slipping by if I hadn’t decided to collect as many indie folk album as I possibly could back in 2015. However, It took me a while to imbibe that I was not aware of this masterpiece even when it had come out almost nine months before I got the chance to listen. Sufjan Stevens is a Detroit born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and at this point of his career I suppose it’s safe to say that he is an international treasure. Carrie and Lowell is Sufjan Stevens 7th studio album released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 31, 2015, named after his mother and stepfather. The album is a tale of the relationship that he had with his mother and the blocks of feelings that he went through after her death. The album received massively positive reviews from the critics and was considered one of the best albums released in 2015. Carrie and Lowell …