April 26, 2017

Crash Riot

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Live drums and keyboards by Tristan Luke.

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February 12, 2017

The Triumph Of Human As Unfeeling Predator

Social media is a buzz right now with the cost of Melania Trump’s choice not to live in the White House (apparently this is around 400,000. dollars per day), and continue her lavish, opulent lifestyle. “Melania Trump’s decision not to move into the White House is costing the country more in security than the annual budget for the National Endowment for the Arts.” – Quoted from the New York Times

I would suggest Melania’s thoughtless, narcissistic consumption, the cost of which could save countless poverty stricken children’s lives by providing the most basic human needs, will actually increase as her husband becomes more consumed with and immersed in a job he didn’t really want, and discovers the adulation and supply that drove all this waning while he actually has to attempt some semblance of governing. I imagine this will strain any love or joy in their lives, and she will feel even more isolated. So I suspect the conditions the New York Times details here will intensify.

Melania’s thoughtless, self serving hedonism reminds me that the Trump presidency is all about the rise of human as vapid, unfeeling predator. If animals were tortured for her to wear a fur hat, so what? Clearly Lady Gaga feels the same way, as she proudly displays animals who were tortured to death by anal electrocution for her vanity. One problem with this triumph is that it will eventually reduce this exquisite blue jewel of a planet and all its vulnerable creatures to ash: and as dangerous and destructive trends continue, render us a fate like the people uncovered in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius clutching desperately at the air, gasping for their last breath while pyroclastic clouds of toxic gas and lethal temperatures made Pompeii great again.

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This Is Not Normal

Every photo I see of a man abusing a cow or pig in a factory farm breaks my heart wide open again; and nearly shuts it down with rage, sadness, despair. Culture is an illusion of civility. The more embedded in unthinking Western culture you are, the more savage and brutal your lifestyle. You just don’t see it. Most of us make the most savage choices, daily; It’s just that the most horrific brutality goes on just underneath the surface. For example Wal Mart sells clothing lined with dog fur; the dogs are skinned alive in China. Until I became aware of this, and changed my own buying and eating habits, I too was a part of it. There is nothing ‘normal’ about this. Culture gives us the illusion that it’s normal. It is unsustainable savagery in the extreme: to the Earth, to sentient beings who’s capacity for feeling, heartbreak and love is at least equal to ours, and to our own hearts and bodies.

Tristan L Sullivan

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January 7, 2017

Skunker

A mid tempo funker featuring live drums and keys.

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Dream This Half Time

A down tempo, moody groove inflected piece featuring live drums, guitar and synth.

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January 6, 2017

The Strange Beautiful Pixies Sing Of Christmas

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January 3, 2017

Star Shouter


Star Shouter

Down tempo, moody, half time shuffle with live drums, guitar and synth. Parts played by Tristan Luke.

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December 4, 2016

They Are Not Protesters. It Is Their Land.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/04/politics/dakota-access-pipeline/

My deepest thanks and warmest regards to the citizens, brave veterans, and of course the Native people who took courageous and tireless action to stop this atrocious and illegal pipeline. Incredibly, North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer referred to the pipeline decision as “lawless”, and described “protesters” as “criminal”. He conflates this pipeline, planned to run through sacred Native land and beneath their water supply, with the building of bridges and roads. The Rep. states this will have a “chilling effect” on the building of infrastructure. This gentleman should return to and successfully graduate seventh grade: it is the level of schooling at which any child could distinguish between a county road and a petroleum pipeline routed beneath the water supply of sovereign land. Is this the kind of mind that runs our nation? Mr. Cramer, sir, just in case you have the remotest interest in reality: They are not protesters. It is their land, protected by long time US treaty. You, me, and the brutal coward para military officers who sprayed these indigenous people with tear gas and water cannons on their own land in sub freezing temperatures are the trespassers, and should have been dealt with as such. That you equate this debacle with the building of a bridge is beyond my comprehension. I fear for the people of N. Dakota, if this is the kind of intellectual discernment they can expect from a leader. Your lack of humility for the horrors and genocide perpetrated by the United States, lack of respect for treaties, your sheer arrogance, emotional and intellectual incompetence are staggering to me.

I fully understand the creeps who support this may not give up. That it is a sovereign nation, that Natives have long been violated, this means nothing to them in their toxic, sociopathic march toward profit at all costs. Still, congratulations to sane people everywhere. This is proof several hundred good people can halt a three billion dollar pipeline. Thank you to the courageous veterans who deployed this week and saved the day.

Tristan L Sullivan

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November 20, 2016

The Feminist Candidate

It is an odd and striking fact of life that we live not only with our own choices, but at times, with the toxic, incompetent choices of others. This election is a loss for everything vulnerable and hopeful on Earth: every human and humane cause, every tree and blade of grass. It is a triumph of willful ignorance, sadism, bullying, rage seized upon and exploited by a lifelong manipulator with the most shallow, self serving agenda in our history. What may be worse than the appointment of a crass, malignant narcissist to the highest office in the land, is that decades of social engineering, propaganda, poor nutrition and trash TV made millions so disconnected and so enraged that they voted for him. Trump was genuine. Arrogant, gloating and hateful but his authenticity secured a victory. I’m sorry to bring attention to this, but I feel we should look at the candidate who’s policies were the most morally and intellectually sound, and the most authentic in decades. Despite massive support for Senator Sanders, the DNC mechanically imposed Hillary Clinton on the electorate. While Hillary addressed high school gymnasiums with well rehearsed rhetoric, Bernie packed twenty thousand plus into stadiums. Millennials to Baby Boomers, the air was electrified. Sanders galvanized huge numbers of rural voters and independents in states like Michigan, and scored a stunning upset there in the primary. He pulled in outliers who wanted change: a common demographic after eight years of one party, and exactly the folks we needed to win.

Voters knew that while Hillary was Obama 2.0, Bernie meant integrity, passion, and a chance for real change. I recall a moment watching Sanders at a debate speaking on the insanity of mass incarceration, when I realized why he was so compelling: Bernie said things that were true. Plainly. It was the first time I’d ever witnessed this on the world stage. We should consider how and why that would be so striking. It reveals a great deal about how low we’ve descended. But the DNC showed astonishing arrogance: a preexisting and elitist agenda. Sanders was too average for them, too working class. They wanted glamour. They wanted Katy Perry, and dinners with George Clooney. They got it. Their attitude toward us was, ‘You can have whoever you choose, as long as it’s Hillary.’ Even the most ardent Hillary supporters, if they are honest, should be concerned that the DNC had no interest in fairness or democracy. There was no real primary for Democrats. Leaked emails reveal appalling machinations on the DNC’s part: explicit engineering against Sanders, and a total disinterest in the will of the actual people they purport to represent. They violated a universal principle: tried to reroute energy and support to their pre chosen candidate rather than the popular one, and it de-energized the process. Voters like myself got on the Hillary train, but we lost momentum.

A brilliant female friend echoed a long time sentiment of mine, just after this appalling election: Sanders was the more feminist candidate. It is simple minded to relate this term solely to gender, and reproductive apparatus. When asked for a single word to describe his candidacy, Senator Sanders said, “Compassion.” He was sincere, scandal proof, and coupled with the vile revelations to come about Trump, had a real shot. I don’t know who would have won, but it’s clear this was a year for surprises, and the unorthodox. A disruptive, non establishment candidate was going to win. I don’t see how Shultz, Brazile and the super delegates could feel they carried out the will of the people when Bernie filled stadiums with ecstatic supporters, young and old, across party lines. The DNC thought they knew better than us. The election degraded into a hate fest from both sides, and landed us the unprecedented tragedy of Trump. The fate of an entire planet now hangs in the balance.

For the record: I was ecstatic Tuesday November 8th to vote for our first female President. I could feel my grandmothers beaming down at me on that beautiful sunny day at the firehouse in the small Victorian town of Amherst. I wanted Hillary to win. Bernie’s not a schmoozer, I told myself, and she’s got decades of experience. I’ve said often that when we have a breastfeeding mom as President of the United States, when she interrupts a press conference just to feed the baby, then we will have a shot at sanity in this world. But the DNC derailed the process, forcefully redirecting popular support to their establishment candidate, despite and in willful defiance of the massive popular support for the gentleman from Vermont. It may have cost us more than we care to admit.

Tristan L Sullivan

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July 14, 2016

Love For Ms. Pennsylvania Pokemon

A girl was hit by a car, crossing a four lane highway playing Pokemon, and sustained serious injuries. In the video, she is clearly lacerated, bruised, in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm. She is a child. Every single comment I read on Facebook, and I scrolled down for several seconds, revealed people calling her nasty names and aiming blame like a weapon. I do not agree with those feeling superior and expressing hurtful and sadistic sentiments when a child has been injured. Nor would I agree if she had been an adult. I wish this girl lots of love and fast healing. In my experience, those who like to attack and call others dumb when they’ve hurt themselves are not in a good condition emotionally or spiritually, and often not the brightest. She is a child. Someone actually stated “This is what’s wrong with the world.” One hundred percent mistaken. What’s wrong with the world is jaded, numb disinterest: the inability to connect emotionally, of which their sadism, arrogance and failure of empathy is a clear example. I wish her lots of love and fast healing. Who cares how it happened.

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