Eleutheria (Song for the Next Fifty Years)

November 4th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

My dad is dying tonight.  

I’m in Ann Arbor, Michigan and he’s in Green Bay, Wisconsin and he’s dying and there’s nothing I can do about it.  I saw him a few weeks ago and made a real good connection.

I love him.  Him.  Joseph Thomas Bilich.  Born in 1933.  Grew up in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.  Great Musician.  Husband.  Father of my two brothers and two sisters and myself.  A good man.

And I don’t want to write your obituary while you’re still with us but pretty soon, this week, next week, you’re going to be dead and it’s going to hit me like an iron fist and it’s going to take me years before I collect myself enough to do you justice in music.

 

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THE FROGS AT THE RAINBOW’S END

November 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

 

I first saw Arnold Lobel’s picture books in the late 1990’s, when my first daughter was little.  The first one I ran across was OWL AT HOME, a collection of five or six little stories about an owl.  I liked them a lot – at any rate enough to seek out other books by Lobel.

 

Eventually I found Arnold Lobel’s FABLES at the public library.  At first the FABLES mostly just seemed eccentric.  I liked them, I liked the pictures and the vibe and the clarity of the writing, and I could sense a great depth and energy and MUSICALITY about them, but it took me quite a while to appreciate their full potential.

 

 

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Time Vanished (Before I Knew It)

November 2nd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been writing songs to David A. Mason’s lyrics since 2006.  Dave and I were both founding members of the Lunar Glee Club back in 1983, but the Lunar Glee Club didn’t sing so we didn’t write songs back then.

Now we do.

 

 

In fact, we have a whole bunch of really good ones to share, and it’s a bit hard to pick just one to share with you today.  But it’s not that hard, because “Time Vanished (Before I Knew It)” is such a good example of everything that works in this collaboration.

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Turn It Up!

November 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

 

I’ve written a musical play called “7.4 ROCKS!!!”  It’s real.  Two acts.  Lots of music, lots of songs.  FUN!!!  It hasn’t been produced yet, but it will be.

One of the reasons for my confidence in 7.4 ROCKS!!! is the sheer energy and TRUTH that flow through the song I’m sharing today, Turn It Up!

 

 

 

 

Turn It Up! is sung by the show’s hero, Reggie Spinkler, an aging Program Director at a Classic Rock radio station circa 1991. Let me share my show’s premise:

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The Storm Is Here

October 31st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

 

I wrote “The Storm is Here” back in probably 1989 or 1990 . My recollection is that I tried to contact a not very close music biz acquaintance who I hadn’t spoken to for several years, and in the course of trying to track him down found that he had died violently a few years earlier.

 

That was it.  Grief.  A clap of thunder.  And because I didn’t know this person – who I liked a lot – very well, the grief was somewhat general.  In other words, it wasn’t just about my dead friend, it was about us all.

 

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….of Rabbits and Hats

January 20th, 2016 § Comments Off on ….of Rabbits and Hats § permalink

…or shall I say “in defense of crackpottery”?

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Humanity is in a bit of a pinch just now. Need all the help we can get, yes?

It may be that in order to save our sorry asses we humans are going to need to pull a rabbit out of our collective hat any day now. And what if we’ve misplaced our hat? And what if we don’t believe in rabbits?

 

By the way, I don’t think Rupert Sheldrake is a classic Crackpot, though he intentionally plays the crackpot card often enough.  I admire him, and here’s why.  Sheldrake is playing Devil’s Advocate, and we need to hear it.

I’ve actually come to a bit of a decision, in part in response to Rupert Sheldrake’s latest book “Science Set Free”.  I do not have an academic job. Unlike many people who aspire to understand Natural Philosophy, I have nothing to lose by riding the crackpot wave.

It is arguably my duty to speculate.

If people in my position – at least moderately scientifically informed, and not economically dependent upon being perceived as scientifically orthodox – don’t have the courage and, let us say it, self-deprecating humor to take a chance on looking foolish or gullible, then who will?

‘Tis my duty.

 

 

 

 

The Sun and the Moon and Euler’s Identity

December 12th, 2015 § Comments Off on The Sun and the Moon and Euler’s Identity § permalink

 

Here’s a photograph of a solar eclypse.

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And here’s a conventional typographic representation of Euler’s Identity

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And here is a video about Euler’s Identity.

 

I have a serious suspicion that Euler’s Identity is somehow related to the totally weird anomaly of the sun and moon’s discs being unreasonably close to the same size as viewed from earth. Incidentally, or again, perhaps coincidentally, all of this resonates with the idea of the lotus arising out of the chaotic mud and achieving perfection, seeds of its own renewal at the ready.

So, from the infinite chaos of mathematics we converge upon Euler’s Identity. From the infinite chaos of space-time we converge upon the sun/moon coincidence.

Or are we emerging from Euler’s identity and the Sun/Moon coincidence into the chaos of mathematics as space/time as mathematics?

Perhaps they are one and the same thing.

 

 

 

The Sun and the Moon

November 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on The Sun and the Moon § permalink

Why are the discs of the sun and the moon, as seen from the earth, so remarkably congruent?

Explain this, and shake the world.

I believe there IS an explanation beyond “coincidence” to be had, and also that we have all the data and observations we need to do the job.

Read David Deutch’s books “The Fabric of Reality” and “The Beginning of Infinity”. Read Julian Barber’s “The End of Time”. Read Max Tegmark’s “Our Mathematical Universe”.

I’ll get back to this.

theWheel Rolls – Always

February 12th, 2015 § Comments Off on theWheel Rolls – Always § permalink

Here goes. theWheel awakens again. Why now? Because Andrew Sullivan just folded the Dish? That’s actually part of it. The Dish accomplished many of the things that theWheel envisioned for itself. I’ll miss the Dish. Interestingly, the Dish remained dependent upon Andrew for its identity. Do I aspire to something else with theWheel? Yes. I would like theWheel to have a life of its own, independent of Daniel Bilich. Will I publish this little note? Yes. Roll on, lightning wheel.

Per the Reality of Global Warming

June 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on Per the Reality of Global Warming § permalink

I believe the evidence is clear that we humans are causing climate change. I don’t like to preach about it, as I want us to do something about it if possible, and preaching just hurts people’s feelings. On the other hand, this is a big deal, and I want to engage skeptics respectfully, on the merits of the evidence. This video does a good job of cutting to the essential.