"What Do sad people have in Common?
They have all built a shrine
To the past
And often go there
And do a strange wail and Worship.
What is the beginning of Happiness?
It is to stop being So religious Like That.”
Written in response to a crumbling relationship and the fear of leaving it, Irish multi-instrumentalist Far Caspian created "Warning Sign". The words of Hafiz came to mind and I was left wondering why we do not run from that which does not allow us freedom.
There's something interesting about the mind's need to engage in things, even if those things are not beneficial. For me, this song seems to touch on that and it is for this reason, I can understand why the artist chose to create something born of this concept.
These points connect like stars strewn across the night sky of our minds and they're worth taking the time to lie down and simply gaze up at them. I enjoy the fact that through Far Caspian's exploration, I can embark on my own. Perhaps we are all far more connected than we normally take ourselves to be.
This review went too deep too quickly, and before I knew it, I was all-in and committed so I can't back out now. That said, if you're still along for the ride, here's another poem I've been looking into lately:
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half heard, in the stillness
Between the two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one."
From Little Gidding, T.S. Eliot
This is the first release from Far Caspian since March and is out now on independent label Dance To The Radio.