Sunday, March 01, 2009

True Genius, No Evidence Needed.

The ultimate mystery of life is beyond our limited capacity to perceive. We cannot begin to comprehend the incredible vastness of what exists beyond our tiny planet, moreover, beyond our infinitesimally small lives, purely from a logical and reasonable point of view.

Fundamentalists like Richard Dawkins who basically calls anyone who believes in anything without scientific proof, an idiot, is as much a hypocrite as Christian fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and the like.

Having said that, I'll take an arrogant atheist over an arrogant Christian any day of the week, because twisting what Jesus said and what He lived, to get what you want, and then persecuting those who don't live up to that twisted "belief" system is far worse than not believing at all.

I am not an Opera fan and I've never heard of Klaus Nomi until now, but this hauntingly beautiful performance of Henry Purcell's "The Cold Song" from the English 17th century baroque opera King Arthur, is all the proof I need that there is far more to life than science can tell us. Unbeknownst to anyone watching, Klaus Nomi was very sick at this time (1982). He died of AIDS six-months later (1983).

From anTONYM2M2:

"Klaus had made an impact on new-wave music in the late 70's and was working to break into the pop mainstream just before he died. His first love however, was Opera.

In this video, Klaus sings Henry Purcell's strange aria The Cold Song from the English 17th century baroque opera King Arthur

The composer Henry Purcell died in 1695 from incurable T.B. aged 36, while in 1983 Klaus sadly died succumbing to complications due to Aids, aged 39. Both men were remarkably talented but died so young.


---------- Purcell's Cold Genius -----------

What power art thou, who from below
Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
From beds of everlasting snow
See'st thou not ( how stiff )2) and wondrous old
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I ( can scarcely move or draw my breath )2)
Let me, let me freeze again to death.3)

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The Lyrics to this old aria are strangely prophetic. Watching it now, knowing what a difficult time Klaus was having, just adds to its intensity and sadness."
Of course, trying to convey the genius of this man on a youtube video is like trying to give expression to Michelangelo on etch a sketch:

4 comments:

AJ,  23:21  

Agnostics, I understand. In fact, I think we're all agnostics to a degree, because everyone questions at some point. Atheists, I'll never understand because it's a lose/lose situation. In other words, they are fucked no matter what.

Anonymous,  13:19  

I get it now. What you are saying by comparing Richard Dawkins to Tony Soprano and the Soprano opera singer is that the state of Dawkin's balls is questionable. Right? Maybe even absent?

When does a guy sing soprano? When his balls are injured.

Madeline 21:13  

You can read my story about Klaus Nomi here...

http://www.geocities.com/kahniverous/klausnomi.html

All the best,

Madeline

Roth's stepchild 14:47  

Thanks Madeline! He sure was one-of-a-kind. It's sad his life had to be so short. I think, sometimes, when gifted people like him, die, while still at their peak, it serves to immortalize them even more than if they had lived out the rest of their lives.

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