" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

September 21, 2017

An Arrow, I Awake

Symbolic arrows have been coming at me from all directions lately in a synchronistic sense.

I've been listening to Sarah Blasko's album 'I Awake' since I bought a copy off her during the Byron Writer's Festival and I have especially been listening to one of the songs off it, 'An Arrow' the past few days as my mind has turned to Zen and archery.
Although only in a mental sense, since I don't own a bow and arrow to physically practice with.
Funny thing was this morning I was reading this blog-post above about the new 'Tomb Raider' trailer while I was listening to
Sarah Blasko's 'An Arrow' and noticed the arrow flying through the 'Tomb Raider' title on the You Tube and poster for the movie.
The Light Between Oceans
I bought Sarah's album the night I saw her playing piano and singing songs for the show 'Bedtime Stories' at the
Byron Bay Community Centre on the Saturday night of the writer's festival.
I went to see this show not because of Sarah being in it, but because John Safran was in it and last year his show at the BBCC was sold out before I could get a ticket and since I was staying down in Byron Bay for the weekend, I figured seeing this show would kill a Saturday night and give me an excuse to walk into town and look around.
It was lucky for me that John's show was sold out last year though, as I never would have gone to see Richard Clapton's show if John's show wasn't -
The Best Years of Our Lives?
Were my eyes deceiving me, or was that really a storm-trooper on the streets of Byron?  
No, it was a storm-trooper alright and a few AI dancing buddies attacking my wallet
Sarah Blasko singing in 'Bedtime Stories' while John Safran and gang listen
John Safran on mike with Erik Jensen, Jennifer Down and Hannah Kent listening on
I'm in the middle of John's new book at the moment, but since I didn't bring the book with me on Saturday night I got him to sign Sarah's CD cover.
His is the "I'm not Blasko!" signature pictured on the cover in the photo back up at the top of this post.
Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby at 'The Music Makers' talk on the Sunday
Sarah's talk pictured above was the last talk I attended at the BWF for 2017 and with the arrow theme of this post I thought it was rather ironic now that one of the last photos I took was of the sun setting over a tee-pee that was on the festival grounds.
And one thing that I didn't know until writing this post was that I share the same birthday with Sarah, but I'm 12 years older.
Which means that we are both also Dragons.


Great podcast by Noah Lampert talking to Luke Storey over at the Synchronicity podcast site and being the Year of the Fire Rooster I have to warn listeners that there may be some FOWL LANGUAGE scattered throughout.
Luke’s podcast site

September 20, 2017

Dark Side of the Sucker Punch?

Lennox Castle Hospital in Scotland
I had just read Chris Knowles' post
So Now You Know (Part Two) UPDATED
where he writes about Lennox Castle Hospital in Scotland being an MK Ultra testing ground.
I remembered that the movie 'Sucker Punch' featured a mental hospital named Lennox House and the movie was about, "a young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape".
"The asylum is named Lennox House.
The song playing during the opening scene is a cover of 
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", written and originally recorded by British pop music duo Eurythmics, comprising David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox (who is Scottish, by the way)."
But I also found out at the movie's IMDB trivia page that the film apparently synchs with Pink Floyd's 'Darkside of the Moon' album.
"There are a striking number of coincidences between events in the movie and musical cues (and lyrics) on the 1973 Pink Floyd album, "Dark Side of the Moon".
A fan discovered the synchronicity and has revealed all details including the compilation itself through the internet.
In a phenomena known as 'synchronicity' the album is played as an alternate soundtrack for the entire film that not only works as a metaphorical piece to the themes shared between the film and music, but also sound cues that act as a sound effect or inner monologues spoken out loud for the characters through the album.
A few of the too-numerous-to-name coincidences include (but are not limited to):
Climactic screams to the reveal of the dead mother and the gunshot that kills Amber.
Heartbeats as the girls are at high risk of getting caught or dying as they enact their plan.
"Run, rabbit, run" is heard as the door is kicked down at the beginning and end of the film, mirroring the stepfather kicking the closet door open to reveal the little sister
(the beginning) and Babydoll kicking Blue down as the door opens to reveal Sweet Pea in the closet (the end).
Babydoll is also running another time this is spoken.
"Don't be afraid to care" as BabyDoll looks through the peephole worried about her little sister.
"Look around..." as BabyDoll turns her head to "choose your own ground" 
as BabyDoll realizes what she's done after firing the gun, the music shifts mirroring her descent into madness.
The song "Money" plays as Madame Gorski and her counterpart, The Wise Man, gives BabyDoll advice much as the song does.
The three samurai appear to speak as drunken men on the album.
When the main samurai takes a step forward, a loud sound of a footstep is heard as the screen shakes right in tune.
Bells are heard when the cafeteria/theatre is revealed to BabyDoll and later as the bell rings for dismissal of class.
The increasing cries for 'The Great Gig In The Sky' are heard as BabyDoll is crying at night in the asylum and as the baby dragon's throat is slit.
The woman's voice seems to mirror the fury of the mother dragon after discovering the dead child.
"I never said I was afraid of dying" Rocket defying the cook and the baby dragon's lifeless body is lifted by its mother.
"Eh" Babydoll appears to say this right in tune with the album.
'Us and Them' as Babydoll takes on the three samurai and the girls take on the train of robots.
As BabyDoll takes center floor to "dance" and the plan is initiated, a heart beats as Babydoll imagines herself in a different place - "The lunatic is on the grass.... remembering games and daisy chains and laughs, got to keep the loonies on the path."
"The lunatic is in my head" as a pilot flies into the head of a blimp with a face.
Many allusions to Rocket's death. 
There are a couple of instances where Rocket seems as if she is saying things like "I never said I was afraid of dying" and "Why should I be afraid of dying..."
When Rocket is on the train that explodes in the city, drum beats are to the tune of a succession of glass breaking from the blast.
BabyDoll looks in in disbelief as the city goes dark (an allusion to the death of her sister) as "I'll see you on the dark side of the moon" is said.
Said again as Sweet Pea watches Rocket die in her arms.
"You raise the blade, you make the change..." as the cook raises his knife out of Rocket.
"You rearrange me 'till I'm sane." happens as all the girls walk side by side
(all representing different aspects of the "star of the show") and later as their group is torn apart.
"Home, home again" Babydoll closes her eyes and imagines herself
(Sweet Pea) going home to her own "paradise."
This phenomenon is known as "Dark Side Of The Sucker Punch".
Similar to The Wizard of Oz (1939) in "Dark Side Of The Rainbow"."
Not that I have tried it for myself, but there seems to be a lot of opinions on the net saying that it does. 
Brian Ferry's song 'Love is the Drug' is also covered on the 'Sucker Punch' soundtrack and Brian has done a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren', as well.
Something in the Air About Emily?
Sucker Punch Vs. Inception Suckerception Side by Side