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Sci-Fi Philosophy Words with Music added :)
on 17 October 2012
I bought this album because I'd seen modern young comedians spoofing Shatner's "Mr Tambourine Man" and Nimoy's "Bilbo Baggings". I wanted to own a copy of this laughable nonsense to have fun with at parties, so to see a CD with both men combined seemed like a very cheap option to buying two separate albums.
But- this CD was not the laugh I expected! Yes, the songs that modern comedians laugh at are on here, but in context they are not funny!
This CD forcefully transports us back to 1960's America, when backing singers sounded like Hawaiian Mermaids and it was cool to speak every song, not sing, as it gave emphasis and gravitas. A naive time, before man left burger wrappers on the moon, a time when a song could be science-fiction & poetry. A pre-feminist & pre-politically correct time when a man could express ideas and emotion without ridicule. A time when we listened to the meaning of a song, because it had one!
I don't know what makes me cry most; the sentimental integrity & hope behind the writing or the philosophical impact of the lyrics or the fact that lyrical integrity with melodic manipulation are extinct now. Listening to this vibrant, hopeful, alive CD in today's climate of meaningless songs sung emotively, is difficult to equate and makes me feel emotional. This CD is the opposite of 2010's music- it is meaningful ideas sung with no emotion, unlike today's music of zero meaningful ideas sung with maximum emotion. (crucial to understand to enjoy this CD).
There are a couple of sci-fi philosophical Nimoy songs that provoke me (tears) every time, like a good Rod Serling Philosophical journey; and there are a couple of Shatner songs that transport me back to school Shakespeare field trips & exams, but as if I'd understood at the time!
These days, I look forward to listening to this CD, because I enjoy hearing the moment in time of overemphasised words of two virile, intelligent, healthy men who believed what they were saying- they wanted to make a difference. Nimoy & Shatner are like; activist Uncles or wise Grandpas or Hopeful fathers. They recorded these songs before I was born - yet the meaning resonates a Century later!
If you can relate to what I am saying, then you will be so relieved to buy & own this CD :)
I do not know if my opinions are biased because I am a Trekie, but I do know that I would never have bought this album if I wasn't. If I hadn't bought this album I would have missed out on the only example, so far, this 21st Century of what happened when 20th Century science Philosophy met Sci-fi met 1550's philosophy in the 1960's and added music! (in case you missed the treble-entendres) Yes, there is humour in this CD too :) Unique! Enjoy owning this gem :)