Archive | August 14, 2019

Middelboe Chronicles, Part 35: Elijah

The theme of unreasonable rulers continues with Elijah (“Testament: The Bible in Animation,” 1996). The music is from Mendelssohn’s Elijah Oratorio.

The irony of the Jehovah/Ba’al rivalry is that they appear, from most of the historical evidence, to have originally been the same god under different names, like Jupiter and Zeus, or Odin and Woden.

In popular culture, the name “Jezebel” is most associated with Frankie Laine’s song:

Back in the 1970s in San Diego, my grandmother once shared a cab with Frankie Laine. She only vaguely knew who he was, and he of course had no idea that this sweet little old lady was herself “a devil … born / without a pair of horns.” He gave her free tickets to his show, but she didn’t go. (It didn’t occur to her to give the tickets to, say, her daughter and grandson.)

SciFi SongFest, Songs 93-94

Stay away from the future
back away from the light
it’s all deranged
no control ….
I shall live my life on bended knee
if I can’t control my destiny ….

I believe I can see the future
’cause I repeat the same routine
I think I used to have a purpose
then again that might have been a dream ….
I just do what I’ve been told
I really don’t want them to come around ….

93. David Bowie, “No Control” (1995):

94. Nine Inch Nails, “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” (2005):

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