LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[Tuesday, 23 FEB 2021, 06:53 PST] Susan Rogers is an educator and researcher, an expert in audio recording and, indeed, in the human aural experience. She takes the art of audio recording seriously. These paltry words, not afforded their proper drafting and redrafting, will have to suffice as a quick sketch of an idea Susan Rogers shared with us, which we now want to share with you. We refer to (an) excellent interview(s) Susan Rogers gave to the Prince Podcast. Susan Rogers is, perhaps, best known for her work with the young rising star of Prince Rogers Nelson, the musical genius from Minneapolis.
There is so much to share about those brilliant interviews, which will have to wait until another time. But the big takeaway for us, at Lumpenproletariat, was the bit where Susan Rogers talked about turning off all external inputs from time to time, to be able to hear the music inside. She said Prince would do that. Prince knew how to shut out the noise of the world to hear the beauty within.
Prince’s Controversy was the first album I ever bought, as a kid, a third-grader in California. Funk music was all around me, almost as far back as mariachi music. Such was the musical climate of Californian barrios in the 1970s. Brown people love Prince, almost as much as black people, maybe more. Maybe white people love Prince most, though, or, at least they were the ones, who ended up buying most of the concert tickets, it seems.
But Susan Rogers talked about influences and how we all strive to build on the shoulders of giants. Some of us remember losing ourselves for hours at brick-and-mortar wrecka stowes. But the danger is to become too fascinated with the external, with external validation, that we forget to hear our own internal voice, our own internal inspiration, which allows us to create something new and interesting and maybe even beautiful, maybe even valuable, maybe even life-affirming, life-advancing.
But if we never unplug, if we never turn off the algorithms of oppression, we will never again hear the internal, the eternal. We heard Ram Dass say something similar on Pacifica Radio recently: We become so fascinated with the things we’re aware of, such that we forget about awareness itself. At university, one of the big takeaways from a deeper reading of Adam Smith, under Dr. John Henry (UMKC Economics course, The History of Economic Thought), distilled the impartial observer. In Adam Smith’s important work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, we encounter the importance of having the ability to detach our awareness from our self, to observe our own behavior, as if from outside of ourselves, as an impartial observer. We strive toward self-awareness, without self-censorship, wisdom.
Mary Oliver gently reminded us, we don’t have to crawl across the desert upon thorns, repenting. We only have to let the soft animal within love what it loves.
Music is the easiest way for most people to meditate. Soon we learn to meditate without music. Soon we learn to meditate as we walk, or wash dishes. We reflect for respect. We reflect for dignity. We reflect for love.
“Colonized Mind” by Prince, 2009.
An injury to one is an injury to all.
@LumpenProles, updated at 14:28 PST]
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
“Something In the Way” by Nirvana
“About a Girl” by Nirvana
“Private Idaho” by The B-52s
“Money” by Suede
“The Chemistry Between Us” by Suede
“Oh, Class A, Class B; Is that the only chemistry?“
“Under Control” by The Strokes
“The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Corazón Chicano… Brown-eyed soul…
“Smile now, Cry Later” by Sunny and the Sunliners
Red Power to Red People!
“Confessin’ a feelin’” by Sly, Slick and Wicked
Brown Power to Brown People!
“Making Ends Meet” by Thee Midniters (from East L.A.)
Black Power to Black People!
“Ain’t No Big Thing” by The Radiants
White Power to White People!
“Chicano Power” by Thee Midniters.
All Power to the People!
08:00 PST, WPFW > 08:12 PST, real talk. “workshops” ‘ a magazine’ ‘a picture of some gangster rapper’ ‘but he was a fraud” wrote mcpherson. But McPherson was not honest.’
Bai 0815 TW Nam dilamumbo clearing the fog Margaret Flowers 0823, on new working class party and third party anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist politics 0855 pst, sue Goodwin: more killer cops? [TW]
0900 bai gary null show […] 09:28, ‘Well, I want people to get to slow cooking, slow eating, slow digesting.’ Indeed. But capitalist social relations value excess, as Dr. Null noted last Wednesday morning. That was such a great broadcast. It seems Dr. Null’s boss has commandeered The Gary Null Show today, perhaps, to keep Dr. Null in line, as he has a tendency to wander off the beaten path, get into the weeds, and expose some ugly or inconvenient truths or uncomfortable perspectives. But many of us tuned in for that, Ms. Linda Perry, over there at WBAI [NYC]. Please let Dr. Gary Null speak freely. It’s good that we’re discussing health and nutrition, as we all need to strengthen our microbiomes, mind-gut connections, mind-muscle connections, and immune systems. But what about all of this drug-pushing? Please ask Dr. Null about the controversial questions around the for-profit vaccine industry.
11:00 PST, KPFK > music. […] new album of music from Willie Nelson coming out this week, on Friday. cf. ‘In the wee small hours of the night’. Willie Nelson has recorded a beautiful interpretation of the Frank Sinatra classic.
“Willie Nelson – THAT’S LIFE – coming February 26th!” by Willie Nelson, 12 DEC 2020.
12:00 PST, KPFK > It sounds like Jimi Hendrix, live?
12:00 PST, KPFA > ATG | News | […] ‘a geographer discusses a legacy’ […] “critical geography” […] 12:12, ‘struggles by people of color” “struggles by women” geographer ‘Rachel Brizinski(sp?)’ […] 1234, ‘Chicano activists in the ’60s’ […] ‘But now its a park’ […] 12:42, ‘We were very influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement’ […] ‘We talk about Alex Nieto Park. It was also a story of gentrification’ and police terrorism, or behavior, like the Spanish Inquisition, to send a message to the lumpenproletariat. This is what we can do to you, not only if you step out of line, but if we do. […] THIS IS A FUND DRIVE BROADCAST. PLEASE SUPPORT FREE SPEECH RADIO KPFA. PLEASE DONATE TODAY.
1300 KPFA > The Herbal Highway | topic: ‘medicinal plants from the African Continent used on the North American Continent.’ […] 13:10 PST,
13:00 PST, WBAI > Democracy Now! | […] 13:11 PST, ‘Dr. Spencer, on the half million dead Americans, who have died of COVID-19-related deaths’ […] 13:27 PST, ‘the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing ethnic (i.e., “racial”) disparities in the U.S.’ […] Amy Goodman: ‘Dr. Spencer, we’ve heard a lot about the horrors about the pandemic. What about the solutions? What about Medicare For All? […] 13:30 PST, ‘We need to be prepsred to make those health investments now.’ […] 13:30 PST, ‘Octavia Butler, she died 15 years ago this week.’ […] music break: ‘Walkin’ in your footsteps’ […] ‘Parable of the Sower is set in California in 2220?’ ‘She also wrote about racism, about fascism‘ […] ‘the mother of afro-futurism‘ […] 13:34 PST, How did you first start writing science fiction?’ […] I saw a bad movie and got into competition with it.’ ‘Devil Girl from Mars’
16:00 PST, KPFA > Hard Knock Radio > Freedom Archive’ ‘Community ‘ […] ‘COINTELPRO’ […] ‘about “the movie”, Judas? […] 16:11 ‘Huey P Newton’ ‘dialectical materialism is about adapting to changing conditions’ […] 16:13, ‘it centered the story on the state’ […] ‘Fred, Jr. acknowledged that, yes… […]’ ‘The film exposed the lengths the state will go to smash black leadership.’ […] 16:15 PST, ‘We have an archive’ ‘as an alternative to what’s taught in schools, that can be drawn upon to create curricula.’ […] 16:17 PST, ‘How does COINTELPRO manifest itself today?’ […] ‘State violence […] is a history of conquest and slavery and expansion into northern Mexico, Guam, the Philippines, Hawai’i, understanding US imperialism. So, of course we see the police state and the carceral state as part of the empire. Why does this state align itself with the occupying forces of Zionist Israel at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians?’ […] ‘Before J. Edgar Hoover targeted Fred Hampton, Sr., he cut his teeth on Marcus Garvey.’ […] THIS IS A FUND DRIVE BROADCAST. PLEASE SUPPORT FREE SPEECH RADIO KPFA. […] 16:32 ‘BlackSolidarity.org‘ […] 16:43 PST, ‘Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt‘ […] ‘Claude Marx(sp?) and Tur Ha(sp?)’
16:00 PST, WPFW > […] 16:49 PST, real talk; lecture. Bad ass white-sounding lady on ‘the most revolutionary radical time since the 1930s’ […] mass incarceration of people of color, especially black people, after the Civil War and after the 1960s. […] Remembering Attaca., the Attica Rebellion. They said, we have found the answer. It’s called unity.’ […] 16:55 PST, Ann thom,author Blood In the Water. Sounds like Sunsara Taylor. Yes, it is. She’s such an awesome radio personality! […] 16:58 PST, Cierra Shine! We recall she invited callers on the air, in the Aftermath of the Sieges of State Capitols Around the Nation on January 6th. She let us plug our blog, Lumpenproletariat.org. ‘Remember, hunan nature is not the problem. It is the nature of the system that is the problem.’
17:00 PST, KPFA > Flashpoints > ENDELON (sp?) “Salvador Saramieto( ‘DB: ‘ We have a change in the administration. The hopes are high.’ Guest; “Sure.” ‘ a crisis of racism’ […] 17:18 PST,
17:00 PST, WBAI > […] 1754, ‘LSB Members’ What? LSB? We missed it? Archives? […] Kpftx.org, wed nar 10 7pm wed mar 17 7pm(?) Next wed | Next Report to the Listeners is on mar 31st […] 17:56 PST,
1700 PST, KPFT[HD2] > […] 1757, on the Sieges of State Capitols Around the Nation on January 6th | ‘squibbs'(?) ‘Babbit wheeled out with half-exposed breast?’ […]17:58 PST, ‘ritual mockery’ ‘default public consent’ | “THE great Reset” ‘The Most Dangerous Blog in the World’ ‘The Project for the New American Century’ […] ‘Ken Baine(sp?) ‘Welcom back to In Other News(sp?) Suddenly, the broadcast cut away to music, South Asian? No glitch. Clock says 18:00 PST. It must be automated?
18:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] > First Voices Radio, all Native hosted, now in Apple Tunes, Spotify, etc. First Guest: Leona Morgan, Dineh, fighting nuclear colonialism since the ’90s. Haulno.com(?) Rad Monitoring. Org? Facebook? Cf. International Initiative: Don’t Nuke the Climate. […] 18:04 PST,
18:00 PST, KPFA > 18:17 PST, The first testimony ‘The Norfolk Memo’ ‘That report noted’ ‘be ready to fight’ ‘get violent’ ‘go there ready for war’ ‘we get our president or we die’ ‘Did you get that report?’ […] ‘No leadership, including myself got that report. […] ‘Roy Blunt‘ ‘Why would it take an hour?’ […] ‘I didn’t get that report until 2pm’ […] ‘conservative Federalist website’ […] ‘agent provocateurs turn unsuspecting marchers into an invading mob’ […] ‘But Klobichar(sp?) dismissed the theory’ […] | 18:21, ‘the Golden State Stimulus‘, ‘$600 checks’, including ‘farmworkers’ including “households of mixed status”. “And for that we are not ashamed; we are proud,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. […] $5-$20K small business grants.
19:00 PST, KPFA > East Bay Yesterday […] 19:22, BET pitch THIS IS A FUND DRIVE BROADCAST. PLEASE SUPPORT FREE SPEECH RADIO KPFA. PLEASE DONATE TODAY. […] 19:24, ‘The establishment of the police review board’ […] ‘It was really a PR move.’ ‘It was not set up to have real power.’ […] ‘It didn’t have subpoena power.’ […] 19:25 PST, BET […] 19:30 PST, back to the broadcast on ‘organizing around police violence’
“Keiser Report | China Overtakes the U.S. (Yet Again) | E1662” by RT, 23 FEB 2021.
“CPAC Chairman explains why they’re giving Trump a platform” by CNN, 23 FEB 2021.
“CNN’s Chris Cuomo questions CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp about giving former president Donald Trump a platform following the former President’s claims of election fraud.”
“Do Not Go Gentle Intro That Good Night (Official Video), 23 FEB 2021.
20:00 PST, KPFA > Sounds like Avotcja(sp?), celebrating the music if Deedee Bridgewater. […] ‘A Night In Tunisia’ […] ‘Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’ […] 20:18 PST,
A Night In Tunisia
“Four Women” interpreted by Deedee Bridgewater.
“My skin is brown; my manner is tough…”
“Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” by Prince.
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[23 FEB 2021]
[Last modified on 25 FEB 2021 at 15:25 PST]
[TW = Transcript Worthy, transcription pending volunteer labor. These are segments of radio, which would make excellent short-length, easily-searchable videos to share and, hopefully, make viral news and information from a working class left perspective.]