Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lutha - Earth 1973

I look on life with mixed feelings...
What is life all about anyways, why are we here, what are we doing here. What am I doing here, here in my head as it were. How did I come to be, how did anyone else.
I've more than I deserved...
I have two children who will carry on my flame. But they are not me, they will not be me, and it's only a genetic imperative to produce children. It's the nature I can't escape, it's not me. If I leave behind my thoughts it is equally ephemeral. I have a happy life but I will always be struck by the sadness of awareness.
I've no rhyme nor purpose, I'm an empty room...
How do I know that anyone else is conscious? How do I know there is not just me conscious in the universe? But of course it might just as well be only me for all it matters. In the end when I die it won't make a difference how many other conscious individuals there are either here on earth or in the whole universe.
I draw the curtains so no one can see how empty I am...
I don't believe in god or soul or spirit. Every day I have to face the fact that when death comes it will be forever. How can life be meaningful in a world in which the sum total of one's experiences, life, memories, senses and sensations, will be taken away so abruptly. If it happens tomorrow life will be horribly incomplete, but if it happens in 40 years, it will not be any less incomplete to me.
The truth hurts me....
I think every day about this problem, and there is no solution of course. To die quickly is to be wholly unprepared, to die predictably, is to be even more unready. How will I say goodbye to my children? What will I tell them, what will they say to me that will make a difference? My wife mistakes these thoughts for depression, but it's not, it's awareness. There is only one thing truly eternal, Plato's ideal forms, which today we recognize as the eternity created by mathematics and science, truths which transcend all humanity. Godel's incompleteness theorem and Fermat's last theorem will be true whether or not humans or any intelligent species are present, they exist in a timeless and spaceless place. When we access the truths of mathematics which are the concepts of relations extended to their furthest logical implications we are in contact with the only eternal thing in our universe. Or is it even eternal? Is there another universe where Fermat was wrong?
It will take a long long time to open the door, if indeed I ever do. Should I succeed in passing from this room, I should become timeless...
Eternal truths are of course no comfort to those who like me are in that empty room looking out. And there are so many of these empty rooms in the world. Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Like Gaugain we must ask ourselves these questions every day. If it's true that intelligence is a short-lived phenomenon expected to last perhaps a few thousands of years in the middle of a universe that is 14 billion years old and will continue to expand for trillions and trillions more, there truly is no meaning at all to our existence nor will we ever find any. No matter how amazing it is that the human brain can understand everything from quarks to cosmology the end of humanity or of my life will return the universe to its essentially timeless chaotic, cold, mechanical state. A state governed by wave functions and who knows what else unknown physics we will never touch in the platonic cave and again-empty room.

On this album there are two standout tracks, the aforementioned and quoted "Empty Rooms" and "Waterfall," which was the B side to bluesy single "Here and Now". Music is straightforward rock and folk with some (really enjoyable) progressive touches. The instrumental Waterfall has some beautiful strumming evoking the water flowing on top of relatively standard A minor and E minor cliffs.

Band History:
"Lutha was formed in Dunedin [New Zealand] in 1970. They established themselves very quickly in Dunedin, as all five members had previously played in top local bands such as Throb and Pussyfoot. They were insistent on remaining a Dunedin based band even after attracting considerable national interest.
They signed to HMV in 1972 and produced two albums during that year. They were the self-titled "Lutha" and "Earth".
Their first North Island gigs didn't come until late 1972. Had they moved to one of the larger centres, Lutha could have proved to be even more popular, but when they did shift, it was only to Christchurch and by that stage, 1973, it was too late."
http://www.sergent.com.au/music/lutha.html

Link will be up within 90 minutes of this post.

Waterfall...

12 comments:

Boy Warren said...

The purpose of life is to achieve enlightenment. For no other channel, medium or body can wisdom be attained but only through this body we have. That's just my 2 cents. Thanks for the post.

Tristan Stefan said...

http://flameupload.com/files/0IX8OXR6/Lutha_-_Earth_1972.rar

Tristan Stefan said...
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danilo said...

I'll leave you this site for you to
visit:www.wopg.org.
The questios and turmoil you're
going through is not only yours,every
human being in one time or another
goes through the same.The point is if
we want to get out this situation or
not.Hope you visit it and get some
peace of mind.

Borbocenk said...

ProgNot Frog is very unique place for real music lovers ...

Thanks again and again Tristan ...

Best Wishes

Cenk

Robert said...

It is up to each person to make his or her own meaning in life. There are a lot of ways to do this; some turn to religion, which I am glad you have also rejected. I am turning increasingly to music, and this blog is the most inspiring source of good music I have found.

You may struggle with these questions, but I think I speak for all of your readers when I say that your work brings us a little closer to the answers.

RomanZeus (sTavros) said...

Dear Tristian

worry not.. questiosn of existence come with age... you get a big collection of CD's and you are wondering who the hell is going to enjoy them afterwards :-))))

make your will and let it happen...

sTavros

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Anonymous said...

Another time... respect for your work. Mario.

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