Monday, August 9, 2010

Barry Manilow wants hipster cred

Williamsburg-born preener Barry "Barack" Manilow talks with about his new album, his love of performance, and his childhood growing up in Williamsburg. Unlike Ray Charles, Johnny Cash or even Burt Bacharach, Manilow has never really received his due from the indie-rock crowd, but my mom seems to like him well enough, so he's got that going for him. Anyway, here's an excerpt from the article

A new album means a new release event. Manilow has never had the full hipster rehabilitation that many of his peers have gotten, which is ironic, since he was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn — the current incubator of new musical projects. The singer describes the Williamsburg of his childhood as “scary rough,” and a place that taxicabs were loath to visit.

“There was certainly no place to play,” remembers Manilow. “But Williamsburg has turned out to be a pretty popular location. We’re looking for a spot to debut the new album. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that debut took place in Williamsburg?”

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Infinite Being
By Dovin Melhee

There was an infinite being.

Infinite in ability.
Infinite in power.
Infinite in knowledge.
Infinite in intelligence.
Infinite in possibility.
Infinite and limitless in everything.

The being considered itself and was satisfied that it was limitless, perfect and complete.

But then the impossible happened.
The being thought of something that it lacked. It realized that there WAS something it was missing.

This one missing thing was a "limitation". And so, in order to become complete, the being decided to create this one missing thing. After it was created, the being observed this newly created limitation and thought that it was strange and different from its limitless self. By necessity, the limitation existed seperately outside of the limitless being -- as a sort of limited nebulous blob. But the being desired to experience and know more of its creation.

So the being extracted many small finite subsets of itself, and inserted them into the limitation as types of experience-probes. These subsets each resembled small limited versions of the being. And each of the small beings were faulted, missing an infinity of ability, power and intelligence, leaving only a varying finite combination of each. The faulted beings experienced the limitation in a limited way. Time was experienced as a series of single moments, and space as a single location. And each beings existence was of a limited duration, with a single beginning and a single end.

But each limited being also had a subconcious memory of their initial infinite state and with this was an instinctive desire to attain this perfect state again. This led to much confusion and frustration. The small beings struggled against the nature of the limitation, and they struggled against the limitations of themselves and each other. They struggled in vain and sought various ways to gain, increase and expand themselves. There was much foolishness and futility. For the most part, chaos and disorder reigned.

Throughout this, the beings had an instinctive desire to understand the origin of themselves, their surroundings, and especially their creator. But try as they might, none of the finite beings could fully comprehend infinity. For they lacked an infinity of understanding.

Hmmm, this is not going anywhere.
Let's start over.........

There was an infinite being. Nevermind.

--excerpt from nSpace by Dovin Melhee

if you enjoyed this, please try the book

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