13 thoughts to “Four Creepy Lullabies (4 videos, 10 minutes in total)”

  1. Definitely on the dark side. Not for me on a relaxing Saturday afternoon. Back to Barbara Bonney, my favourite soprano and some of Mozart’s sacred arias!

    1. I enjoyed these lullabies enormously. We don’t want to be dished up with “Mary Poppins” and Gilbert & Sullivan operas just because it’s Saturday afternoon! πŸ™‚

      Aren’t Shakespeare’s tragedies “dark”, particularly Hamlet and Macbeth? And what about the works of Edgar Allen Poe and Baudelaire?

      It would be a tragedy if everyone decided that Shakespeare’s tragedies, Poe’s short stories, and Baudelaire’s poems were unsuitable for Saturday afternoons! πŸ™‚

      1. Emma,
        Nothing dark about death. I’ve attended almost 300 post mortems in my younger days. Death is natural, but there is no need to “drearify” it. In fact the first murder I had to clean up was in 1970, a ritual murder by a witchdoctor. The fellow had been anally eviscerated; a sharp stick up his anus and about 3 metres of his innards extracted before he died. The witchdoctor had “harvested” bits of his brain, heart and liver to make medicine or “mutti” as the Africans call it. The corpse was also flyblown and reeked. My colleague and I had to wear our respirators.
        Actually I don’t mind watching death, blood and gore, it’s the theatrics, or over-dramatisation, I find dreary. In fact I found the film “Machete” hilarious, when the hero escaped from a second floor window by disemboweling someone and using his intestines as a rope to descend to the ground.

    2. Some of those female singers had beautiful voices, and the words and music of the lyrics showed talent of a high order.

      Thank you Lasha for giving us a much-needed rest from “Jews and their Evil Ways” and the crushing tedium of “Trump and his Mysterious Cavortings”.

      The mind needs an occasional vacation from all the heavy stuff.
      Too much politics makes Jack a dull boy.

    3. Enjoyed the videos tremendously. Dark? Life is dark! The entire philosophy of Buddhism is rooted in darkness. In extreme pessimism.

      The Four Noble Truths are as “dark” as they can get….. “All life is suffering” (Noble Truth #1). Can’t get any darker than that! Birth, suffering, death . . . the need to escape from the Wheel of Life. That’s darkness of outlook. All true Buddhists must begin with the “dark” insight that Life is essentially something to be escaped from.

      Buddhism is not suitable for Saturday afternoon, it seems. Too dark!
      Just like the videos are too dark. πŸ™‚

    4. During my public school days in Cambridge, I happened to stop in at the Kings’ College Chapel one rainy Saturday afternoon. I was greeted with this sight: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel/virtual-tour/index.html and a very talented person was playing J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Creepy, but not exactly a lullaby when played on a pipe organ! πŸ™‚

      John Tucker – “Some of those female singers had beautiful voices, and the words and music of the lyrics showed talent of a high order.” Yes, indeed. The lady who sang Painted Smile has a particularly remarkable ability.

  2. Sardonicus,
    The first noble truth is “Dukha” which has been mistranslated from Pali as suffering in English. Dukha actually means a dissatisfaction with existence, because it is impermanent. So it is realistic rather than pessimistic. It seeks a permanent solution rather than an impermanent one. This is the problem with translating into English because it doesn’t have the metaphysical depth, or precision, of languages such as Pali or Sanskrit.
    So as the Buddha says in the Udana (80) “There is that which is Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated and Unformed.
    Otherwise there would be no escape from the born, originated, created and formed.” The essence of Buddhism is Cease to do evil, do good and PURIFY THE MIND. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount says “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall know God.” I don’t know about you, but that’s all you need to do. Sounds easy in theory, but difficult in practice.
    St. John of the Cross in his famous “Nadas” says it another way.
    “That thou mayest have pleasure in everything,
    seek pleasure in nothing.
    That thou mayest know everything,
    seek to know nothing.
    That thou mayest possess all things,
    Seek to possess nothing.
    That thou mayest be everything,
    seek to be nothing.”

    1. Thanks, Felix. Your knowledge is second to none on these matters and I seldom fail to learn something of interest from you. I asked Lasha recently if she could write an article on Buddhism for this website.
      She said she was disinclined to do so because her knowledge of Buddhism was superficial and that you knew infinitely more about the subject than she did. In fact, she mentioned in passing that she had invited you over a year ago to write an article about Buddhism for this website and that you had promised to do so. Please do hurry! πŸ™‚

  3. Yes, Sardonicus,
    I will do so. It’s finding the time to do it justice. I don’t want to be superficial.

  4. They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    They’re all together ooky,
    The Darkmoon Family.

    Their site is a museum
    Where people come to see ’em
    They really are a scream
    The Darkmoon Family.

    So get a witches shawl on
    A broomstick you can crawl on
    We’re gonna pay a call on
    The Darkmoon Family.

    Sincerely eerily yours,

    1. HP
      You’d love the book “Once a Jolly Hangman” by Alan Shadrake. It’s supposedly a expose of the death penalty in Singapore. Our hangman interviewed by the author was Darshan Singh, a man with a very droll gallows humour. During the interview he talked about how “he learned the ropes” and got “the hang” of the job. He was originally a Sikh, but married a muslim and converted to Islam. However he still believed in rebirth and as he led the “hangees” from the CC (condemned cell) to the gallows he’d always whisper in their ears that he was sending them to a better place.
      You can download the book from gen.lib.rus.ec Go to non Russian on the top right of the page to download it.

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