A Transcendental Concert – One Four Challenge- week 3

and now for something completely crazy!  Bear with me dear bloggers and friends for a little journey to who knows where – in my third processing for Robyn Gosby’s One Four Challenge! 

Though I love monochrome and was heading that way  I had a minor electrified epiphany and changed direction!!   I felt the music, so I used my galactic art brush (I’ve begun making my own brushes), a blurred layer, a touch of fractal -my third eye and Beethoven!

______And so for the storytellers among us- a story inspired  by the photo______

A Transcendental Concert at Craigflower Farm

Who is Timothy Leary anyway!!?
Who is Timothy Leary anyway!!? (Craigflower farm poppies)

 

It occurred  without warning as I sat under the old oak tree. At a moment’s exhale the poppy field awoke electrified.  In the dusk it had become a symphony and the concert performance was Beethoven’s Seventh!

At the second blast of the First Movement my body quivered and my flesh crumbled like clay. I was the earth – the garden, through which an invisible conductor beckoned forth those flickering green filaments before they burst into trumpet radiance. “The fire became the rose” as Fellini had once said -or was it the other way around?  I had a moment’s fear and looked up into the holy sanctuary of sky but my tongue was rooted and I was unable to pray.

Suddenly, in a surge of vivace, the ground released me. I was the prayer -flung like a shooting star into the resonating hymn of the universe as it curved toward the event horizon!  Far galaxies whirled like dervishes as the Second Movement began.  The planets danced allegretto and spun round the sun in a great whoosh of angel wings.

I was the melody!– and when I threw back my head in joy, treble clef prisms spilled out through the chakra of my third eye. The hand of the unseen conductor waved them onward into the vibrating strings of a solar wind and I cried out, “Yes!  The whole cosmos is a grand opus!  Let those who have ears, hear!!!”

“Oh man,” whispered a voice, “I hear it!”  In an instant I had arrived back on earth with a soft thud.  The voice was that of my friend and partner in all things sublime and transcendent. Under the ancient tree, Krishna Bob was still sitting like the Buddha. A lady bug had landed on his nose and her tiny wings  were humming a mantra just as the sun came up.

I’d have to wait on another alternate reality for the Third and Fourth Movement.

The earth turns slowly round
Far away the distant sound
Is with us everyday
Can you hear what it say
Om, om, heaven, om      

the Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord

This isn’t Gonzo journalism but rather inspired by the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  I also was once a violin student and I try to practice meditation in the Buddhist tradition.

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a little musical background and other interesting bits

vivace: very lively

Allegretto: moderately lively

The Second Movement of Beethoven’s 7th has remained the most haunting and popular movement of the symphony.

Gonzo journalism; coined by Hunter S. Thompson, psychedelic writer and gonzo journalist of the 60’s and 70’s

Timothy Leary‘s ashes were placed aboard a rocket carrying the remains of 24 others, including Star Trek’s Gene Roddenberry,  Gerard O’Neill (space physicist), and Krafft Ehriche (rocket scientist). A Pegasus rocket containing their remains was launched on April 21, 1997, and remained in orbit for six years until it burned up in the atmosphere.

Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens –  a book about the counterculture in the sixties with the psychedelic gurus, poets and writers of the time

96 Comments Add yours

  1. DG MARYOGA says:

    I Clicked here,clicked there,I’m lost,I don’t remember how I landed on your poppy concert and enjoyed your galactic art … back to where I clicked first ….

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    1. Hope the teleporter worked for you! 😀

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        Absolutely,as your work is so interactive,fiction becomes reality in your hands and travels fast,faster,fastest ….:)

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  2. afairymind says:

    A beautiful piece of writing, Cybele! I love the photo edit, too. 🙂

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    1. it was a fun piece too! I went for a psychedelic/ cosmic feel!! 😀

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  3. Exquisite poppy imagery!

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  4. poppytump says:

    A superb post Cybele ! So many levels to enjoy and savour . The Poppy is my favourite flower … love how you’ve taken it further in this way .. I can’t get enough of that haunting 2nd Movement here of Beethoven, often listen to it with my earplugs in :-O
    I used to play violin and piano but wouldn’t know where to begin again with it all nowadays, but music remains within me and inspires much the same as you find I believe.

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    1. Happy you enjoyed this Poppy!! Thank you for a great comment. I would never have guessed you liked poppies!! 😀

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  5. dbp49 says:

    Thank-you for a wonderful post, well constructed, orchestrated perfectly. Thanks again.

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    1. thank you again db – and you’re welcome. I’ve transcended!!

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  6. BRAVO, BRAVO! More!!! More!!! 😀 Your photo has got to be one of my all-time favorites. Pair it with your story and that symphony and I am completely enthralled, my dear! Can you tell I like this post? A lot? 😆

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    1. Thank you!! So glad you liked it Linda!! I admit I got a bit carried away!! 🙂

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  7. Ann says:

    Beautiful!

    I’d read that about Roddenberry, but I didn’t know Leary was one of his “travelling companions.”

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    1. Glad you enjoyed Ann!! Thank you!

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  8. scotia2014 says:

    Gorgeous! The use of language poetic, lyrical and the image so dreamlike. Well done!!

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    1. thanks Scotia for such a lovely comment.

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  9. I totally love Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. I’m sure that somewhere I once read that he wrote that symphony when his deafness started taking hold of him, so he was fighting to keep a grip on things: a sort of disorientation leading to temporary derangement of a musical kind. I’m sure that’s why the symphony has a real wild streak to it.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! I think I’m a bit deranged too!

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  10. Hehe, Timothy Leary 😀

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  11. lensaddiction says:

    Wow thats really surreal and different. It looks like it should be the cover of an album. Nice job 🙂

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    1. wow! thank you so much Stacey!!

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  12. I love it so much!! I always feel that you have the eyes of astronauts. Your photos have the north light effect which reminds me our amazing universe ❤ ❤

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    1. your comment is much appreciated!!! Thank you Voth!!

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  13. Swoosieque says:

    This really looks, feels like another realm of existence! It’s like one can “see” the music in the art. Wow! Fantastic artwork!

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    1. thanks so much for the great comment Swoosie!!!

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  14. Oh.My.
    This is crazy beautiful!!! You blew my mind with this one. It all works so well, the story, the music, the image…you transported me there in a speed of light.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it Lore!!!I was hoping you would!! It was a lot of fun doing this one and I did get carried away. Next week’s will be tame I think lol!!!

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      1. Please, prepare some hot chocolate, I just bought the plane ticket for that poppy field. 😀

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      2. oh I will!!! and with a liqueur if you prefer ( or not)!!! 😀 You are welcome anytime to come on a sunday drive around the cosmos!! – or Craigflower farm. I would love to visit your part of the world too.

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  15. FeyGirl says:

    Just wonderful — beautiful and mystic! 🙂

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    1. very happy you like it Fey!! Thank you!

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  16. pike says:

    It’s so stunning!

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by and commenting Pike!!

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  17. Norma says:

    Enchanting post and photo. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much for stopping by to comment Norma!!!

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  18. coolquilting says:

    wow- this is so dramatic!!! I especially love how the poppies are so lit up with what looks like their own light source!!

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    1. So glad you liked this one! Thank you!

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  19. I like the different approaches you have taken for this shot, but so far week 2 has it for me. Nice to be bold and different as well. Great stuff Dune Mouse, MM 🍀

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    1. Thanks so much Mick!! Much appreciated coming from you as I love your images!!

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  20. Maria F. says:

    Great surreal effects.

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    1. thanks so much Maria!!! it was a fun processing!!

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  21. Bastet says:

    Wow Cybele, this is magnificent! Totally fantastic .. like the feel of this photo!

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    1. I’m thrilled that you like it!! This post was fun!!

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      1. Bastet says:

        And I think that’s part of the thrill .. having fun with our imagination!

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  22. sixpixx says:

    Well, I have now extricated myself to write this after having fallen into your image and been sucked deeper as the music swirled me around, amidst the chaos of heavenly and earthly things combining. LOL – Loved it!

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    1. Thank you Six!! It’s always great to take a little spin around the cosmos on a Sunday!!

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    1. Thanks so much Sue!!

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  23. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Krishna Bob, indeed. No more brownies for you little girl. Oh, and I love your image this week. My favorite of even my own. And I’m not even medicated! 🙂

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    1. LOL!! I still have Alice B. Toklas of Gertrude Stein fame’s cookbook which I inherited. Her recipe from the 20’s included H– Brownies!! Thanks for a wonderful comment. I’m much honoured!!

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  24. sariscorner says:

    OMG… I am blown away… I would have never ever thought of doing something like this! o.O Great work!

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    1. I’m so glad you like it!! Great fun!!

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  25. Suzanne says:

    Now that’s really something. I love the way Beethoven inspired your art work and thanks again for sharing something of your process. Making your own brushes! Now that’s an achievement I only dream of.

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    1. You’re welcome and thanks Suzanne! Music inspired photo and story although as someone else said, “are you sure you weren’t listening to Pink Floyd!” lol
      and making brushes is not as hard as you would think when you have time on your hands.

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  26. Super, super gorgeous image and great post 🙂

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    1. thrilled that you like it Lisa!! Thank you!

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  27. Carrie says:

    BRAVO!! To wander and soar through your post…inspiring. Everything is electric, the photograph on it’s own…HUGE. The words on their own…Transporting. The music…speaks for itself. Thank you for such effort, I could hear your enjoyment in your words and see your smile as you ended your edits. Awesome.

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    1. What a generous comment. Thank you so much. I love stories ( mine are always a bit to the fantastical) and am pleased when someone enjoys reading them – and likes multi media as much as I do!! 😀

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  28. DG Hardy says:

    Hurrah for flashbacks & flashings of the wonder & mystery of the All in All ,the music of the spheres, so beautifully rendered in your grand opus. Thank you!

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    1. I hear you!! 🙂 Thank you as well for the proofread!

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  29. lauramacky says:

    Wow fantastic! I grew up on classical music and have always adored Beethoven! I loved this post and the image is outstanding.

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    1. Yes, I remember you said your mom was a pianist!! I have an eclectic collection of music but classical was what we first heard (and Opera!!) Thanks so much for your thumbs up!!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        My hubby loves opera…I can muddle through. 😉

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      2. 🙂 – some I like better than others but there is usually one aria that moves me greatly!!

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      3. lauramacky says:

        Well I will admit I LOVE Madama Butterfly….the arias in there are amazing! 🙂

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  30. Robyn G says:

    Wahooo!! I totally feel the electrified epiphany!!
    You are amazing – I agree – and very inspiring 🙂
    Love the image and the words. I flew for a while.

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    1. I’m delighted to have you on the flight!! Thanks so much Robyn!!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        Absolutely! 😀

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    2. Robyn G says:

      Cybele – we’re including polls next week for people to vote for their favourites of your image – IF you want to 🙂

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      1. oh that should be fine Robyn. It will be interesting to see. Though I got more likes on Weeks 1 & 2, some of the comments on week 3 were definitely cosmic in dimension!! 😀

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  31. dbp49 says:

    An amazing composition of sight and sound. You transported me from my desk into an otherness of peaceful well-being and internal reflection. When I returned, the music had stopped and minutes had passed. A very enjoyable experience for which I thank you. (The poppies are amazing.)

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    1. thanks so much db!! Stories have been my first love and often a photo inspires a story in me too. So glad you like the multi media!!

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  32. svtakeiteasy says:

    You’re incredible, Cybele! Not only is your image stunning, but your writing is enthralling… and music as well! I really like what you have done this week, with the shafts of light, the stellar overlay, the frame… The poppies just glow. How did you do this??

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    1. So glad you liked the story too!! Stories are my first love. In photos I play around with different filters till I stop!! lol. So easy to get carried off. Radial blurs, overlays, my star brushes and I have a fractal filter I use sometimes but sparingly. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

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  33. Weyhey!!! You sure you were listening to Beethoven and not Pink Floyd? Storm Thorgerson would have loved this one and I do too 🙂

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    1. LOL!! I played the violin once and classical music is mind bending too but Pink Floyd has been known to be played – and all the rest!! 🙂 Thanks Sarah!!!

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      1. I played violin too 😀 Still listen to Vivaldi for inspiration at times. Have you listened to the new Floyd album, The Endless River? Almost an extension of the Division Bell and I love it 🙂

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      2. not yet but will!! Thanks Sarah. I love violin!!

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      3. I miss playing! Don’t have the dexterity these days. I know some great violinists and fiddle players though 🙂 Look up Anna Phoebe, she makes a violin sing!

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      4. I love the celtic fiddle music!! I had a shoulder injury which ended my playing. I will look up Phoebe – another is Martine Lund Hoel who is quite amazing!

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      5. It was the fibromyalgia that stopped me. Stopped the painting too 😦 But now we paint with light and music is our muse! I shall look up Hoel tomorrow, a name I hadn’t heard. You’d probably love both the Levellers and Leatherat for the fiddle playing 🙂 Music you HAVE to dance to!

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      6. Light and music indeed!! 🙂 I will look up levellers and leatherat as well!!

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    1. Thanks so much Dido!! Yours is great too!!

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      1. didonablog says:

        Surcharged with electric beauty !
        Wow..how did you get those effects?!

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      2. thanks Diana, sometimes I don’t know!! lol. I have an idea and I play with filters. I have a fractal filter I use sparingly!!

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