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Gareth Icke's Musical Video Reminds Us of the Strange Content of Modern Compositions
Remember Who You Are – the great new song written and performed by Gareth Icke. An anthem for our time. – David Icke website
Dominant Social Theme: Pop's satanic evolution is normal and natural.
Free-Market Analysis: We've written about David Icke before, suggesting that what is seemingly inexplicable and strange – downright nutty – about his conspiracy theories is no different than the great artist William Blake's creation of poetic cosmogony in his era.
You can see our interview with him here: "David Icke on Terrorism, 'Totalitarian Tiptoe' and the Coming Post-Industrial Technocracy."
Blake (who may have mingled with the power elite of his day) played with metaphor as does Icke, or so we've suggested. Icke denies it, of course. The writer of 900-page books has not an ironic bone in his body, or so we are told.
Human beings are consistently metaphorical creatures but David Icke assures us that metaphor is not his stock in trade. He wouldn't know a simile if it smacked him in the face.
Okay, David. Some day an enterprising graduate student is going to take on your oeuvre and show fairly conclusively that it presents us with a meticulously created alternative universe, complete with hollow moons, reptilian shape shifters, Illuminati bloodlines, etc.
It is actually a poetic ode to good and evil, one he's been elaborating on for most of his adult life. As soon as you stop taking his protestations that he is a straight-shooting, one-dimensional fellow seriously, the commentary and its subversive purposes snap into view.
Now apparently he's got his son (we think it is his son) involved in the family business, as well. The son is a rock musician and last year he wrote a song celebrating his father's latest book.
You can see the video on Icke's website (link below at the end of this article).
The book is an exhortation to stand up courageously and face the evil in the world. The song by young Icke is an affirmation of that perspective.
The reason we are mentioning the song is because it is a kind of counter-programming that makes use of the Internet and shows us that popular music need not be what it is today.
Icke's song is uplifting, courageous and has little if anything to do with sex, drugs or intimate violence. It is a variant of a kind of song that has begun to appear on YouTube.
Call it the "people's music." It features subject matter – including protests against the current regime – that is far different than much current popular music.
Contrast this evolving trend with what exists in the mainstream. Most popular songs in the modern era – by the industry's top stars – are misogynist rap or militaristic, pornographic or saccharine-sweet love songs.
More and more young female pop stars enjoy superstar status – Madonna, Rhianna and Lady GaGa come to mind. Justin Bieber – the 'tween rock star – could also be included in this group but as an adolescent, he is far from presenting the image of a mature man.
The music scene is no accident. The powers-that-be are seemingly making a conscious effort to re-emphasize and update the Earth Mother meme of ancient culture.
For various reasons, the top elites – almost all male, in our view – want to create a cult of perverse Gaia worship and are using young, musical women to do it. Again, there are very few if any men these days that have the consciously cultivated world-spanning notoriety of Lady Gaga or Madonna.
Understanding the power of the entertainment complex and the control exercised over it by the power elite, we figure this is no accident.
We are so used to the degrading compositions of modern music that we simply assume it must be as it is. We accept it and find it as natural as breathing – as natural as, say, the sterility and human-sapping qualities of much modern art.
We forget, because it is not part of our rhetorical consciousness, that popular music need not be as it is, that Lady Gaga need not utilize a constant stream of cynical Illuminati images while running around with a bra supporting submachine guns. Madonna's stage show need not spray blood and focus so specifically on sexual imagery.
Sex, love and procreation are intimate and daily parts of human life; art has always celebrated them, as well it should. But what is going on today is far beyond any celebration and could be considered the reverse, actually.
Today's music and movies are intended to cocoon us in a certain kind of reality. It is only via what we call the Internet Reformation that we have begun to break through this sort of cultural conditioning.
Conclusion: It is no coincidence that a different kind of song appears on the Internet on a website provided by a poet of the Illuminati conspiracy and composed by his young son.
See the video here: "Remember Who You Are: The Great New Song Written and Performed by Gareth Icke."
Posted by mava on 02/20/13 11:46 PM
Thank you, DB. I meant "what David Ike", i.e. the father, is doing. I didn't watch the performance. I was just making a comment about the original Ike.
Posted by 3rYthcDU on 02/20/13 01:53 PM
I too think David Icke is using metaphor deliberately although he has never admitted it, he doesn't deny it in the way one would if they were sincere. It has been very effective in keeping away any serious opposition while he built up his popularity. They thought they could ignore him and use ridicule to get others to ignore him. It's backfired though - all it's done is enable many people to become more tolerant of alternative points of view and look past them to see what truth is there. The metaphor is also very accurate so it's useful to those who believe it literally and to those who view it as a metaphor. He's a very intelligent man.
Reply from The Daily Bell
We tend to agree.
Posted by Hugh on 02/20/13 11:46 AM
"Symbolism in its spiritual application means that an object, animal, tree, mountain, person, action, form of words or whatever else is involved has a deeper spiritual meaning than a simple literal interpretation would suggest."
Thanks for that.
I'm starting to better understand this after recently listening to a few of Bill Donahue's lectures. You and others may find these talks, as I did, thought provoking and often illuminating.
The bible is all about the mind: Click to view link
And Bill's Bible bits: Click to view link
There are many others I have yet to review...
Posted by David_Robertson on 02/20/13 10:15 AM
Coincidentally I was reading yesterday evening an article speaking about the question of symbolism in scripture. Here is a very short excerpt:
"In this world we live by symbols. We use either written symbols or sound symbols to express every thought or feeling, to identify every person, place or object. Words are only symbols. Names are only symbols. Numbers are only symbols. Our alphabet is only a group of 26 small symbols that can be organized into words - then words into sentences - sentences into thoughts - and thoughts into knowledge. God claims the title of the "Alpha and Omega," or the "A" and the "Z" of the alphabet which includes all the other letters in between and can contain and express all knowledge.
Symbols only represent the things for which they stand, not the reality itself. Money is considered the most important factor in human life by many because it represents power and security. Of itself, money has no value whatsoever more than the paper or metal it contains, though through it, it is possible to purchase the comforts and luxuries of earth. There is as much difference between the symbol and the reality as there is between the letters of alphabet and the great thoughts that can be woven into tangible form through those tiny little letters. There is as much difference between the symbol and the reality as there is between the money in your pocket and the actual things that money can buy.
It is important that we understand clearly that God has spoken to us predominantly in the scriptures by symbols. Symbolism in its spiritual application means that an object, animal, tree, mountain, person, action, form of words or whatever else is involved has a deeper spiritual meaning than a simple literal interpretation would suggest. A symbol, unlike a type, is usually not prefigurative, but rather represents something that already exists. Without a clear understanding of this great truth the Bible would be the most ridiculous book ever written.
Consider the implications if Jesus had meant it literally when He said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (Jn. 6:53-55).
If this statement had been intended literally Jesus would have become the founder of the world's most bizarre religious cult: cannibalism! But beyond these physical figures lies the glorious REALITY of which He spoke, the reality that His flesh means His Word and His blood means His Spirit Life."
I have occasionally wondered about the symbolism of David Icke's teachings and what it represents. In particular he refers to alien beings that he calls reptilians I believe and suggests that they are intent, so far as I can make out, on enslaving mankind. If I have misconstrued his message then I am open to correction.
The reason i find this curious is because the enemy of mankind in scripture is represented as a reptile that grows from a serpent in the beginning in the Garden of Eden, [the Paradise of God or the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth], into a gigantic dragon in the scenes at the end of the book of Revelation.
Therefore I tend to agree with the writer of the article that what David Icke is saying is symbolic although from his standpoint it represents a reality to him that really exists just as all the symbolism in the Bible represents a spiritual Reality that exists and is the underpinning of what we call "reality" which in itself is symbolic in nature.
Posted by Justin on 02/19/13 10:40 PM
How about Turkey Farmers?
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Or do you think like father, like son?
Posted by mava on 02/19/13 10:02 PM
What Ike is doing, I think, is this:
To me, it is fairly obvious that he doesn't believe in what he is saying, because of incredible disparity between the stupidity of the message and a required intelligence of a messenger to deliver it. Ok, so, from here I look for a goal.
The goal, I think, is exactly the same as the folks preaching about "private federal reserve" or "the dangers of deflation" pursue. That goal is the usual, - misdirection. To channel and to waste the energy of those who are waking up or born awake. To expend their desire for the truth on things that will turn out to be a lie.
I would say that such a goal, being carried on order of TPTB, is nothing but a very traditional approach to the problem of self-made investigators.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Maybe, Mava. But on the surface anyway, Icke is supporting his father's message, which (regardless of what you think of the elder Icke) is one of independence and self-knowledge.
Posted by IndyLyn on 02/19/13 05:19 PM
Sorry, not so great to my ears. Perhaps it is me; couldn't understand the droning words for the repetitive and LOUD guitar noise. I wish him well, however and if he is actually singing uplifting phrases... good.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Yes, we were making the point that the Internet is beginning to allow a greater spectrum of artistic expression reaching potentialy wider audiences.
Posted by dimitri on 02/19/13 05:09 PM
Gareth needs to get a life. Playing several chords and repeating somebody else's ditties doth not a William Blake III make.
Reply from The Daily Bell
We didn't compare him to Blake. We pointed out that not every pop song has to be about sex,drugs and death.