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Head on a platter … remix?

This week’s musical find comes from world music / ambient electronica musician Solace and is titled: “I Want Your Head on a Platter (Remix).” The song is haunting and entertainingly thought-provoking, but I was also delighted by the title. If the word “remix” applied to the title rather than the song itself, what would it be modifying? Does the speaker now want something else on the platter instead of the subject’s head, or having already received his head on the platter, does she want the whole experience remixed? If so, how would you remix that?*

Listen to the song here.

Read about Salome here. (In case you haven’t heard the story to which the song refers.)


* If the Buddha were present, he’d probably ask her to put John the Baptist’s head back on, but that would change the whole course of world religion for the next two millennia.

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon, I put it back again.”

“I know some very good writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much. We do not think that she has a rich inner life or that God likes her or even can stand her.”

Working very hard

This clip always makes me laugh because of the way that theoretical physics and writing can be so alike. I spend a lot of time staring off into space too, but I don’t get the same kind of awesome background music. I’m going to have to work on that.

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

“You must act as if the goal were infinitely far off …. It does not depend on the bow, but on the presence of mind, on the vitality and awareness with which you shoot.”