All Sorts of Things
schrade at akrobiz.com
Wed Jul 21 17:47:30 CDT 2004
> Besides this, I gather "Athena" is very much about a girl named Theresa.
Indeed. As Pete states in the liner notes to SCOOP 3:
"The song was written after I had been to see The Wall with my friend Bill
Minkin & the actress Theresa Russell who was about to marry the film
director Nic Roeg with whom I hoped to work on a new version if LIFE-
HOUSE. I got drunk as usual, but I had taken my first line of cocaine
that very evening before meeting her & decided I was in love. When I
came to do the vocal on this the following day I was really out of my mind
with frustration & grief because she didn't reciprocate. But as you can
hear, I was obviously enjoying myself. I respectfully changed the heroine's
name to "Athena" & The Who got a medium hit."
No mention of the theme of war.
> You can't be spiritual and cynical at the same time.
> To be spiritual is to be optimistic.
I agree. I don't see Jimmy as being on some kind of spiritual search.
His world is collapsing around him. He's dealing with the immediacy of
*that* problem in QUAD.
And I don't believe, sitting there on that rock "in the middle of a stormy
sea," that Jimmy was reaching out for spiritual guidance or knowledge.
He was bloody well ready to off himself!
Besides, Jon always said that sea imagery represents evil & danger. It's
the *river* imagery that represents spiritualism & enlightenment. "Let
me flow into the ocean." Not "Let me flow into the river."
- SCHRADE in Akron
John Kerry For President
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