Riding the Pork Chop Express to the Past

Music as Time Travel

The theme from Halloween scared the hell out of me the first time I saw the movie (under the right circumstances it still gives me a shiver).  Carpenter’s writing, directing, and composing credits contributed to a collection of movies that helped set a standard for others to aspire to.  I’ve been listening to John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) for the past few days and I find myself slipping through time (in a sentimental sort of way) each time I press play.

Part of John Carpenter’s success as a movie maker can be attributed to the scores he created for such classics as Halloween and The Fog.  Carpenter’s scores can also be heard  on cult classics such as Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China.  For fans of John Carpenter the scores may as well be considered part of the dialogue.  John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) is not just a collection of highlights  from some of his various movies (download soundtracks if that’s what you want).  This album is a re-imagining of some of his most iconic themes.  These themes possess a contemporary sound while still remaining faithful to the original recordings.  It is at this intersection of modern and classic that you can find yourself traveling through time (while wearing a Pork Chop Express t-shirt).

If you, like me, have memories of going to the theater to see Big Trouble in Little China or remember renting Halloween on VHS then this album is worth a listen.  The themes on this album have an uncanny ability to get you thinking about the original soundtrack, the movie, and your first viewing.  Press play on any of the thirteen tracks and you’ll find yourself hovering between the now and the then.  

-K-

John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) 

Whoever lives longest gets to write the history.

-K-

Done with Love

and Waiting for Drink

This is an odd time of year, a time of leavings and arrivals. It’s a no man’s land of waiting. The love of Saint Valentine is in the past and the drink of Saint Patrick is in the offing. Winter is casting it’s last shadow and spring is still several sunrises away. Mornings are sweatshirts and evenings are layers.

“Looking Over Book”

This is the in between time, done with this but not ready for that. We are finished here but not yet prepared to go there. It is a moment between moments, between love and drink.

-K-

Time is a Rate

We Spend Time to Buy Time

We spend our time at various jobs to make money in order to spend our time somewhere else. We spend time doing one thing so that we can spend time doing something else. Time is one of, if not the, most valuable commodity that we own. It is vital to think about how we earn it and how we spend it.

“Weekly Rate”

Individuals and institutions scheme and scramble for our time. They plot and present a wide variety of distractions designed to develop a desire for the novel and a need to conform. The more time we spend on things we don’t want at places we don’t want to be leaves us with less time to bank and more time individuals and institutions have to hold over us. Guard your time. Invest it wisely. Spend your time on what your heart truly desires not on what others try so hard to con you into believing you desire and/or need.

-K-

When someone else’s time is more valuable than yours?
The best decisions can be made when there are only two minutes left.

Time Vampires

It Sounds Like a Bad 80s Flick

Unfortunately it’s not as cool as that. Time has been on my mind lately and I find myself in the mood to tap out a few lines concerning the people and things that eat up our time like a vampires sucking away our life blood.

“Hayride Clown”

More than a fair share of us have whiled away our time on various endeavors and inactions, but if it was time enjoyed then it was not time wasted (I’ve covered this topic in a couple of posts). Choosing how we spend our time is not the same as losing our time to time vampires. Time vampires are those individuals, institutions, and ideologies whose implicit purpose is to drain time from us, to weaken us by taking something we can’t get back, time. Time vampires are those individuals who value their time but show no respect for ours. They are the institutions that demand our time but don’t adequately compensate us for it. Time vampires are all those ideologies we dedicate ourselves to, spend so much time following, only to realize our time was conned away from us like money invested in some well structured pyramid scheme.

Time vampires often appear in the guise of friends, organizations, and causes worthy of our time. These vampires are alluring, but beware of how and who you spend or give your time. Time vampires exist to drain us of one of the few things we can’t get back or get more of, time.

-K-

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