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“I Saw The Light” (Sunday A.M. Punk Rock Gospel)

Posted in country music, I Heart Holidays, Rock & Roll, Spirituality & Religion, Sunday AM Punk Rock Gospel, The wisdom of the universe, Top 2% of Coolest Mofos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by alphabetfiend

“No more darkness , No more night . Now I’m so happy , no sorrow in sight . Praise the Lord, I saw the Light .”

Happy Birthday, Hank Williams!

It doesn’t matter who you are, whatever you’re into, if you have even a modicum of cool then you hafta give it up for Hank Williams.

Hank Williams is a country legend with punk rock rising.

Hank was/is mournful country heart with gospel soul, rock & roll charisma, and punk as fuck aura. 

Williams was regal and rebellious at once.

He had a dignified air and sexy masculinity, despite his rock-a-billy suits bedecked with glitter or musical notes.

Hank Williams, you magnificent mofo, thank you for all the gifts you’ve bestowed on us.

Happy Birthday.

In honor of Hank’s birthday, I’d chosen “I saw the light” for this weekend’s Sunday AM Punk Rock Gospel. Cause Hank is divine and ’cause it’s “I Saw the Light,” C’mon! It’s a perfect punk rock gospel selection. Thing is, Hank’s birthday is today. What’s stopping us from having a Friday P.M. Punk Rock Gospel? Nothing! That’s the best part of a temple with no walls or a religion with no rules. You do like Johnny Cash and make it your own personal Jesus, whatever “it” may be. However it may happen, you are open to illumination.

 

Hey, it’s a bit dim in here, can somebody hit the lights?

(Hank Williams, singing “I Saw the Light” with The Carter Family. Listen… can you hear June’s voice?)

I SAW THE LIGHT
I wandered so aimless , life filled with sin.
I wouldn’t let my dear Saviour in.
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night .
Praise The Lord , I saw the Light .

CHORUS
I saw the Light , I saw the Light ,
No more darkness , No more night .
Now I’m so happy , no sorrow in sight .
Praise the Lord, I saw the Light .

Just like the blind man, I wandered along ,
Worries and fears , I claimed for my own.
Then like the blind man, that God , gave back his sight .
Praise the Lord, I saw the Light .

CHORUS

I was a fool to wander and stray,
For straight is the gate and narrow the way.
Now I have traded , the wrong for the right .
Praise the Lord , I saw the Light .
CHORUS

Silly Sato, Cutesy Ganesh

Posted in Art & Culture, I Heart Tricksters with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by alphabetfiend
Another witty deity by Vickie Berndt

"Sato Remover of Obstacles" Another witty deity by Vickie Berndt

 

Since so many of you peeked in on my blog “Hello Kitty as Indian Trickster”  I thought you might enjoy seeing this companion piece by Vickie Berndt.  Wish it were mine, sigh.  My eyes are green with envy over his juicy orange belly.  Love it!  These pieces make me so damn giddy.  I love the impish irreverence, the sacred-cow-cartoon of it, the happy inside the holy like the yolk in a papery shell.

Vickie Berndt, are you a trickster? 

You do love to turn things on their head with a great big guffaw!

It takes one to know one, so I mean no insult.

Well, my love, it’s not for me to blow yer tricky cover…. but I will say this much: I heart Vickie Berndt and I heart Tricksters!

Want more?   http://vickiberndt.com/fs.html

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

Hello Kitty as Indian Trickster

Posted in Art & Culture, I Heart Tricksters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2008 by alphabetfiend
I wish I owned this Kitty Krishna by Vickie Berndt

I wish I owned this Kitty Krishna by Vickie Berndt

I think it’s true what they say about not buying art to match your furniture but damn this baby would look bitchin with my light blue couch and my Babe the Blue Ox!   

Babe the Blue Ox would crish on Kitty Krishna

Babe the Blue Ox would crish on Kitty Krishna

But that’s not why I covet it.  I love the tongue-in-cheek goofiness, the meeting of minds between the trickster Krishna and the glamorous Hello Kitty.  Between spirituality and pop culture, the humorous & the holy.  It’s groovy.  I dig it.  Beat.  Plus that crown is FABULOUS!  Vickie Berndt has an amazing vision.  Clever and weird, cutsie yet penetrating.  Last week I dreamt that Berndt’s  “Divine Goddess” (Drag Queen Divine as an Indian Goddess) was stolen!  In the dream I realized that Berndt’s Divine was the new Mona Lisa. 

Another witty beauty by Vickie Berndt

Another witty beauty by Vickie Berndt

To see more of Berndt’s work:    http://vickiberndt.com/fs.html     Have fun!

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

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