“Timothy Leary’s dead
No, no, no, no, He’s outside looking in”
– Moody Blues
On Sunday morning, I was listening to NPR when they started talking about the Iowa Caucuses and I kinda lost it. I can’t listen to any more politicians or political analysts. It’s just so much of the same stuff. I reached in the console and I took a CD and shoved it in the slot. For the next 8 months, plus a couple of months of post-election analysis, I’m done with radio. I may tune in on the hour, for a bit of news, but I’m done listening to politics.
Ironically, the CD I popped in was a mix-CD I made several years ago featuring some of my favorite Moody Blues songs. It occurred to me that this is perfect for an election year. These guys running for office are trying to take us on a trip, trying to get us to forget reality, forget that they aren’t running for emperor and that they wouldn’t even be empowered to do half the stuff they’re promising us. For all I know, some of them are on drugs. One thing is certain, come November, most of these
guys, people, candidates are going to be outside, looking in.
If you aren’t familiar with the Moody Blues, they
were are (they have tour dates in 2016) a British Rock band with a unique and complex sound, mixing blues, rock and classical music with some very interesting lyrics. You can read more about them here. If you want to hear this song, you should know that the title is: “Legend of a Mind” not “Timothy Leary’s Dead” (as labeled on my CD) and you can listen to it here.
If you aren’t familiar with Timothy Leary, oh, where to start. Harvard professor. Thought that LSD could possibly have use as in psychiatric treatments. Famous for using LSD and advocating its use. Arrested. A lot. Well, read more about him here.