Sunday, July 29, 2007

Bashing Religion


Thursday, July 26, 2007

They Can't Take A Joke

I am so sick and tired of friends and relatives emailing me with religious chain letters. These people were friends I grew up with, and relatives that belong to the same faith, ergo, Catholic or Christian nuts et al.

On most days, I usually delete it. However, today was unusual because it filled my inbox. Some knew I am an Atheist, some think that I am just a lost soul and they should save me and bring me back to the Christian faith. My husband said that I should re-introduce myself again. I am not bothered coming out and saying that I am an Atheist. I think it's almost always the other way around. Christians are seriously bothered by the growing number of Atheists coming out of the closet. Since their beliefs are so different from us, some Christians become hostile.

I sent them this, a favorite video of mine:

10 replies came in less than 2 hours. My favorite is:

"You are such a bitch. Why do you email us your filth? God will surely punish you for this."

~At least now I think they get it~

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Only Rap I Listen To....

It was the summer of 1980. I was 19 years old and I remember the day I first heard rap music. It was a long, hot summer and I was on my way to Baguio, a city outside Manila. My constant music companion were a mix of Motown Artists, Michael Franks, Seals & Croft, Jim Croce, Eric Clapton, Manhattan Transfer, Don McLean, Cat Stevens, Elton John & Diana Ross. The ride to Baguio was a tedious 8 hours because the roads in some towns were not paved yet and 2 hours of zigzaging in the mountains is no easy feat especially if you think you can do better at the wheels than your brother. Anyway, a cousin just came from the US and gave me a tape of "Rapper's Delight." She told me to listen to the new craze sweeping America.

It wasn't rock, definitely not pop, and no way was it disco. The lyrics told a story but it was not country. Reggae? Nah!! Being a kid of disco, the music seemed harder to dance to, heck it was even harder to sing along with it. It had a nice fast beat to it, though, sort of telling a story in a rhythmic delivery of rhymes. Overall, it was a fun music.

I think rapping is verbal acrobatics and rhyme fused with a beat, a form of self expression to get affirmations from one's peers. However, after Run DMC and the prolifiration of rap profanity I stopped listening.

This is probably the only rap song that I will allow myself to listen to. It puts a smile to my face, a reminder of one great lazy summer afternoon a long time ago, when life seemed simpler,

I wonder? When a rap song gets to be an oldie, can another equally talented young rapper borrow it, copy it, put his own style of rap and record it again?

The old songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King COle, Billy Holiday, songs from the 50s to the 80s are timeless. It gets borrowed by other great singers of this era like Diana Krall, Michael Buble', Robbie Williams or even Rod Stewart. I am sure, in another 50 years from now, we'll hear the same great songs of the 50s to the 80s era as it gets rehashed by singers of that time.

The music of the 50's, 60's and 70's and a part of he 80's hold a special memory for those of us who grew up with it. It was music you could sing along with, music you could dance to, music you fell in love with. We call it oldies and people still revere them.

Can rap music be elevated to oldies and be revered by future generations of that era?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Perfect Pitch

I am in awe with the beauty of this voice. Precise to the nth of a note, clear, clean, perfect!!! Only she can sing with such command and belt an exceedingly difficult octave like that and hold it with such reverence.

This video is a perfect infusion of wonderful voice and wonderful music.

..........or.....for those of you hopeless romantics.....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

God is a Mental Disorder

When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me to pray before I sleep. Every night for 25 years, I talked to an imaginary god who never even reciprocated. What a waste!
God is a mental disorder.

My husband asked me, why a hint of neurosis? I told him that because I had been brain washed and so messed up by the Catholic and Christian faith, I still have a hint of neurotic ideas in me. He said, "well, they can't fuck me up......I'm already fucked up." We both laughed.
God is a mental disorder.

There is no logical answer to faith, because faith is not logical. Religious faith is blind faith. It is believing something in spite of an absolute lack of evidence.
There is no need for a god, or any god. God is a fictional character made up by man to instill fear in us. The bible should be placed alongside the fairy tales and mythology section.
God is a mental disorder.

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