A September of Demento- Today’s song is “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy- aka Spock from Star Trek. I have always thought it curious that both Nimoy and Bill Shatner in the wake of their Star Trek fame recorded albums- Shatner always seemed to be doing his Rolling Stones to Nimoy’s Beatles [in […]A SEPTEMBER OF DEMENTO- “THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS”- LEONARD NIMOY — slicethelife
Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: “Cracklin’ Rosie”- Neil Diamond. Highest debuting single the week of August 22, 1970. Single: “Cracklin’ Rosie”- Neil Diamond Record Company- Uni Written by Neil Diamond Time: 2:47 B-side:”Lordy” Album- Tap Root Manuscript Grade:A- Peaked at #1 15 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. Neil Diamond’s first #1 hit- 1970 was […]EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #411: “CRACKLIN’ ROSIE”- NEIL DIAMOND — slicethelife
The 1976 concert film from Led Zeppelin played on Turner Classic Movies as part of a series of music-related films. I enjoy the live album from the film more than the actual film. The concert footage was filmed over several nights at Madison Square Garden in July 1973, with the fantasy sequences added later. Additional […]The Song Remains the Same — Ticket 2 Ride
Ranking Bob Dylan’s 39 studio albums- #34- Bob Dylan’s 20th studio album release- Saved [1980} 2 1/2 stars. Bob Dylan’s nearly sixty year career has at times been highly controversial- his going electric in the mid-60s and turning his back on the folk movement immediately comes to mind. But the most controversial- to this day […]RANKING BOB DYLAN’S 39 STUDIO ALBUMS- #34: SAVED [1980} — slicethelife
Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #408: “I Like Your Loving”- The Chi-Lites. August 15, 1970. Single: “I Like Your Lovin’”- The Chi-Lites Record Company- Brunswick Genre: Soul Written by Eugene Record and Sammy Wilburn Time: 2:48 B-side:” You’re No Longer Part Of My Heart” Album- The Chi-Lites Grade:C Peaked at #72 6 weeks in […]EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #408: ” I LIKE YOUR LOVING”- THE CHI-LITES — slicethelife
A review of the cult classic by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band recorded in 1967 – Safe As Milk.Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk (1967) — The Ultimate Music Library
2020 Album Draft- Round 6 Pick 9- Badfinger20 selects- The Allman Brothers- Eat A Peach. I was going to pick the At Fillmore East live album but I also wanted some studio tracks…you get both with this one. This is the last album that Duane Allman worked on before a motorcycle crash took his life. […]2020 ALBUM DRAFT- ROUND 6- PICK 9- THE ALLMAN BROTHERS- EAT A PEACH — slicethelife
A review of the second half of The Beatles career compilation spanning from the years 1967-1970.The Beatles – 1967-1970 (1973) — The Ultimate Music Library
A Zoolon aside: I took a few pics of the Royal Military Canal running through the town of Hythe just up the coast from me the other day. I’d often wondered what the purpose of the canal was/is. I checked out its history. It runs 28 miles more or less parallel to the sea and […]A NEW MOON NEVER LIES — Zoolon Audio
Music and all forms of creativity need to be more appreciated. Great work here by Zoolon.
A review of the first half of The Beatles career retrospective from the years 1962-1966.The Beatles – 1962-1966 (1973) — The Ultimate Music Library
It could be argued that pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev was the most popular composer of the 2oth Century. Writing such entrancing classics as ‘Peter and the Wolf’, ‘Lieutenant Kije’ and the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ballet, there’s little wonder he is so loved now, even if he wasn’t appreciated all the time in his native USSR.
Based on his known birth data, can we begin to deduce what made this musical genius tick?
Born in Ukraine in 1891, Sergei’s musical ability was discovered early. In 1900 aged only nine years he wrote his first piano score for opera.
In 1904 he went to the prestigious St Petersburg Conservatory where he was to shine. He established an early reputation for thinking outside of the box. He was an innovator of music, a revolutionary not afraid of change.
He was brilliant at many forms of classical music too, writing seven operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a symphony for cello and orchestra and nine piano sonatas. Yet of all these disciplines, opera appears to have been his favourite.
Prokofiev was a sun Taurean in basic terms, the major luminary being placed in the eighth astrological house of shared security. The Bull is ruled by musical, creative Venus and has produced many a great composer.
Yet Taurus is traditional, not a radical at all. Mercury’s presence in Taurus in the same house indicates that his basic mentality worked along similarly practical, functional lines, with an interest in investing his time profitably.
Prokofiev’s choice of subject was certainly traditional, yet if his instinct for melody and beauty may partly derive from his Taurean essence, what drove him to such heights of innovation?
Magician in the Mix
When he was born the cardinal air sign of Libra was rising, which is also ruled by Venus. Libra is diplomatic, generally courteous, often with an artistic flair, so we may assume that Sergei was rather pleasant to meet and easy going.
His Moon is also in this sign, indicating a strong need to be liked socially and keen to meet people. However, Uranus the ‘Magician’ is close to the Moon in his first house, and this may give us the first clue to his revolutionary personality and approach. So whilst being an attractive person, he was also somewhat unusual, eccentric, disruptive in some way.
Selfless Unity in Sound
Let’s look at the important planet of Venus, ruler of the chart and of his sun sign. We find Venus in Pisces, sign of its exaltation, where the uniting principle works at its most selfless.
Venus is in the sixth house of work and efficiency, so this is where this beautifully placed Venusian energy expressed itself, in his day to day activities, bringing beauty in the form of sound to everyone who may care to listen. I am particularly reminded here of Prokofiev’s lovely ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and how effective his choice of melody and intrument are in telling the old tale.
We find another intriguing layer to this complex man in his ninth house of the higher mind and travel. Here are housed Mars, Neptune, the Moon’s north node and Pluto, all within five degrees of early Gemini.
An Interesting Vibration
This conjunction is an interesting vibration. Neptune, as I have discovered previously, is very often prominent in some way in the charts of creative people, particularly musicians and composers. Music does, after all, have ways of touching the soul that other creative forms cannot.
This coupled with Mars in Gemini lends much mental and dexterous energy and expression to Neptune’s other worldly inspiration. Add Pluto to the mix and we have a higher mind of much depth as well as creative diversity.
So here too is a man whose philosophy of life is crucial to him, yet difficult, for the north node’s position here indicates that contemplating wider issues did not necessarily come that easy to him but was one he had to embrace. We know he left Russia during the 1918 revolution, living elsewhere, including the USA and France, until he finally returned in 1933.
Ethical Problems and Loneliness
I think the close opposition of Jupiter to Saturn on his sixth/twelfth house axis also reveals the deeper ethical problems he must have encountered on leaving his native land in 1918, probably feeling that circumstances were hardly going to be conducive to his livelihood.
This strongly hints of periods of intense loneliness and isolation, especially when being ‘out of favour’.
Indeed, several of his works were banned by the Soviets after his return, they being deemed not suitable for the new communistic philosophy and culture. Nevertheless, a few years after his death in 1953, his general reputation at home in the USSR was restored.