Category Archives: Philosophy

Like THE BARDIC DEPTHS on Facebook

Dear friends, 

I get really, really tired of being asked to “like” Facebook pages. 

Being on the other end of it, though, makes me far more tolerant of such things. 

So, if you’re so inclined, please like our page “The Bardic Depths”–dedicated to our album coming out from Gravity Dream on March 20, 2020. 

Your “like” helps us know what the atmosphere in FB-land is like, and it’s also, admittedly, good for the ego! (You thought I was devoid of such base things, didn’t you!)

I’m only the lyrics guy, but I’ve had the chance to listen to the completed album (music written by a sheer genius, Dave Bandanna, with engineering and production by another genius, Robin Armstrong) three times now, and I’m rather blown away by the quality and purposefulness of the album. Dave is an extraordinary composer, and Robin, at least as I see it, is one of the two best audiophiles (the other being Rob Aubrey, with Steven Wilson being a close third) in the music business.

It’s a little weird–and also indescribably cool–to hear my words being put to music. But it’s also a dream come true. The story revolves around the friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and their attempt to create coherent and meaningful mythologies for the 20th century.

Additionally, Dave has attracted some of the single best musicians out there. Several of the guitar and sax solos just make me weep.

Here’s the lineup:
Kevin McCormick – Guitars
Paolo Limoli – Keyboards, Piano
Tim Gehrt – Drums
Gareth Cole – Guitars
Peter Jones – Saxophone, vocals, spoken word
John William Francis – Marimba, spoken word
Glenn Codere – Backing Vocals
Mike Warren- Cello
Dave Bandana – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, Flute, Harmonica,
Robin Armstrong – Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, Drum programming, backing vocals

Extremely impressive. Again, I’m just the “words” guy! But, I love it all.

One side note about the musical lineup–I met Kevin McCormick back in September and October 1986. We traveled throughout Europe (and England) together, we listened to Talk Talk’s SPIRIT OF EDEN (and were gobsmacked by it) together in the fall of 1988, and we now proudly serve as the godfather to each other’s children. We’ve been prog buddies for over three decades. Crazily, we even knocked on Sting’s door in London in the spring of 1988. Thank God no one answered! When we got back to America after that, we roomed together. Ah, college.

Anyway, if you’re so willing, please like our page. Lots and lots of us will greatly appreciate it if you do.

Yours, Brad

https://www.facebook.com/Thebardicdepths/?hc_location=ufi

Oh, Death, Where is Thy. . . ~ The Imaginative Conservative

So, what is it about that death that is so jarring? Clearly and critically, death comes to us all. Yet, the death of the great reminds us of, at least, two things. First, it reminds us all of our own immortality. Second, it prompts us to do our very best in all things, knowing that our time, too, is short and precious. Life, it seems, is neither for the timid nor for the casual.

Christopher Tolkien, Sir Roger Scruton, and Neil Peart, RIP.
— Read on theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/01/oh-death-where-is-thy-bradley-birzer.html

The Measure of a Life: Remembering Neil Peart—Kevin J. Anderson

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect. When Neil Peart wrote the lyrics to “The Garden”—the very last track on the last Rush album ever recorded—he sent me an excited email to say he thought it was the best, most beautiful song he had ever written. He had realized the thing to strive for in life was not property and accolades and possessions, but love and respect from other people. My friend Neil Peart died on January 7, 2020, after a long battle with brain cancer. This has been a most terrible 13 months as our hearts suffered one blow after another.

My very first novel Resurrection, Inc. was inspired by the Rush album Grace Under Pressure, and when the book was published, I mailed signed copies to Mercury Records, knowing it was impossible for a new author to expect a reply from a huge rock star. Lo and behold, about a year later I received a 7-page single-spaced letter from Neil Peart. He had read and loved Resurrection, Inc. and that started a correspondence and friendship that lasted more than three decades. 
— Read on mailchi.mp/wordfire/the-measure-of-a-life-remembering-neil-peart-3356197

Beyond Tenebrae is a robust, winsome defense of Christian humanism – Catholic World Report

We may have our successor to Fr. Schall in Brad Birzer, himself a near-legendary writer and professor at Hillsdale College.  In Beyond Tenebrae, Birzer ranges widely across subjects and authors in defense of a truly human education. His style is similar to that of Schall as well: Birzer’s friendly, conversational writing brings you in, and his deep learning keeps you reading. It is as if you are hearing a friend talk about the great things he’s been reading and thinking about and wants you to share in the adventure.  These essays are autobiographical as well as analytical, so we see both the power of the ideas and how they affected Birzer as reader, scholar, and person. These essays cover writers from Ray Bradbury to Shirley Jackson, Russell Kirk to Friedrich Hayek, Willa Cather to Walter Miller, and are filled with suggestions for further reading.
— Read on www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/01/21/beyond-tenebrae-is-a-robust-winsome-defense-of-christian-humanism/

Now Residing in the Blessed Realm: Chris Tolkien (1924-2020) | The American Conservative

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the holy host of the Valar (all 14 members of that august body) welcomed and praised Christopher Tolkien as he gently passed from this Middle-earth toward the Blessed Realm, with a quick stop in Tol Eressëa. It was yet one more grievous loss to us in early 2020, and one more celebrated in the Halls of Manwë. Christopher Tolkien had led an exemplary life, one of immense piety. He’d dedicated himself to his father in mythology, to his country in wartime, and to his civilization in crisis.
— Read on www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/now-residing-in-the-blessed-realm-christopher-tolkien-1924-2020/

The Remarkable 2 is going to be delayed

Remarkable has been one of the breakout digital note taking devices of the past generation and many people have purchased one and are quite happy with it. The company had developed the Remarkable 2 and submitted an application to the FCC in early December, this is the last step before a product can be sold in the United States. It looks like the Remarkable 2 is going to be delayed for an indeterminate amount of time, because Remarkable filed a dismissal application. This application states that due to marketing considerations they want to cancel it.
— Read on goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/the-remarkable-2-is-going-to-be-delayed