Saturday, October 22, 2011
Legends Rooted in Reality
Most nations have folklore that include strange, human-like creatures that seem monstrous and frightening. There are physical similarities among these descriptions widely separated by time and geography. How did such similarities arise? Perhaps some legends are rooted in factual experience from long-forgotten times. Perhaps, too, those reality-rooted legends continue to exist in our world.
We have been enjoying books featuring all manner of mythical supernatural creatures during October SpookFest, but let's consider whether or not some legendary beasties are actual fact. Let's reprise one of my blog postings from January. What was it all about? Hey, hyperlinks don't click themselves.
Scowl-Face also droned about this same book in his blog, so please feel free to read his take on the subject. Don't take my napping spot, however.
Who's in Those Dark Woods With the Glowing Eyes? Just Asking,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Paranormal Anthropological News Beat
P.S. Discussions of primitive hominids would be incomplete without a musical reference to The Monkees. Just kidding, of course. Weren't all rock-and-roll bands considered primitive by the over-thirties back in the 1950s and 1960s, who would now be over-eighties and -nineties, possibly -hundreds? Well, they surely wouldn't object to such nice, clean-cut young men as we see here performing the mildly political protest folk-rock song, "Daily Nightly," written by Michael Nesmith and performed by The Monkees themselves on their LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones Ltd. (1967). This is THE first pop song to feature the Moog synthesizer, played by Micky Dolenz with programming assistance from musician Paul Beaver. Micky was the proud owner of only the third Moog ever built up to that time (see what royalties from a few hit records can do?), and Peter Tork rightly characterized Micky's free-form playing of the instrument on this song as brilliant. Anyone who thinks the Monkees couldn't make fantastic music wasn't paying attention.