[Milton-L] David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) brings out new album inspired by Paradise Lost

Reid, Joshua Samuel REIDJS at mail.etsu.edu
Sun Nov 1 13:37:42 EST 2015


I like how the music video splices Dantean (e.g., Cocytus and Suicide Woods) and Miltonic imagery together via Gustave Dore.  It is basically an animated Gustave Dore engraving.

-Josh Reid
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Hi, Angelica:


Chris Grose and I reunited 5 years ago for a program of Miltonic, Shakespearean, and other materials (from bluegrass to Bach).  Here's one song from that concert, with murky visuals (His Dark Materials, perhaps?) but OK audio --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNjFFPeeplw


The Miltones tracks haven't been digitized yet (I need to do that), but several Shakespeare sonnets (including 94, "Lillies That Fester") are available from Sweet Will and the Saucy Jacks on Bandcamp --


www.sweetwill.bandcamp.com<http://www.sweetwill.bandcamp.com>


Thanks for remembering and for giving me the opportunity to remind/inform people about Bland John and the Miltones.


With all good wishes,


Steve


Stephen M. Buhler
Aaron Douglas Professor and Vice Chair of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
sbuhler1 at unl.edu


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You “Miltone” you, Stephen. I have an old tape of your group including that harmonica Milton genius Christopher Grossman: do you have a CD version?
“Lillies that fester…"
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Adios,
Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, Religious Studies (2009-13)
500 Oval Drive -­ Heavilon Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 USA

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I'm grateful for these reports and responses -- and I'm sorry if some of the following is old news for the group.


As previously noted, the lyrics for "Rattle That Lock" and several other tracks are by Polly Samson, Gilmour's spouse and frequent collaborator. Samson (ready to "ruin the sacred truths," as Marvell feared of Milton himself?) published her second novel, *The Kindness*, earlier this year; one of the main characters is a budding Miltonist and *Paradise Lost* appears to be a regular point of reference throughout the novel.


With every good wish,


Steve


Stephen M. Buhler
Aaron Douglas Professor and Vice Chair of English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
sbuhler1 at unl.edu<mailto:sbuhler1 at unl.edu>


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It's a good album, and the box set as a whole is a very good product. It's not a Paradise Lost concept album, though, which would be a dream, especially if Pink Floyd as a group wrote and produced it. Musically, the album ranges from quiet instrumentals similar to the last Pink Floyd album, to songs that sound like follow-up to Comfortably Numb, to soft jazz/easy listening, which is done very well but seems out of place. It's all very well produced.

Quite a lot of lyrical time spent on dysfunctional relationships, but not all lyrical time is spent on that topic. It doesn't attempt to be a concept album at all, just an interesting collection of songs, so I would say this project is less ambitious than anything Waters has done with Floyd or solo. I can't help but hope for a concept album from any member of Pink Floyd, so I remain most excited about getting a guitar pick with Gilmour's name and image on it. Ha.

That pleased me a little too much I think.

I'm thinking "Rattle That Lock" is an atheist/materialist telling God, the devil, and chaos where to get off to affirm an independently meaningful humanity, with a bit more sympathy for the devil than for God. The chain that suspends the earth seems to be morally equivalent to the chains that bind Satan in the video posted here, and when it's cast off the earth departs from heaven to spin away on its own. Of course, in the universe of PL, that means it takes hell with it.

Jim R

On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:54 PM, John K Leonard <jleonard at uwo.ca<mailto:jleonard at uwo.ca>> wrote:


On 10/30/15, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com<mailto:jamesrovira at gmail.com>> wrote:
 -- Gilmour writes about half the lyrics and Samson the other half



 I'll have to give it a listen. Let's hope this new Samson doesn't grope the temple's posts in spite. The last time David worked with an overambitious lyricist, Roger gave us

Heaven, hell, earth, chaos, Wall



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