I am Ra. We leave you in appreciation of the circumstances of the great illusion in which you now choose to play the pipe and timbrel and move in rhythm. We are also players upon a stage. The stage changes. The acts ring down. The lights come up once again. And throughout the grand illusion and the following and the following there is the undergirding majesty of the One Infinite Creator. All is well. Nothing is lost. Go forth rejoicing in the love and the light, the peace and the power of the One Infinite Creator. I am Ra. Adonai.
Props, props, props

I’ve just been researching away about Shakespearean props. More specifically, props used in practice at the Globe Theatre back in the day. Not much exists about scenery/props/stage practice. Lots of guessing is involved, but we do have this fun little surviving piece of paperwork called Henslowe’s Diary which lists out some of the props used in the Rose theatre….such as: 

  • Four wooden targets, one greave armor.
  • One sign for Mother Redcap, one buckler.
  • Mercury’s wings, Tasso pictures, one helmet with a dragon, one shield with three lions, one elm bowl.
  • One chain of dragons, one gilt spear.
  • Two coffins, one bull’s head.
  • Three timbrels, one dragon in fostes.
  • One lion, two lion heads, one great horse with his legs, one sackbutt

That’s not even the whole list! Although he only lists big, show specific objects that were probably apart of the permanent stock of the Rose theatre (also expensive to replace), we can’t rule out that there were smaller props in use. It is also good to note that props stocks were smaller than costume stocks and it was more common to prepare properties for specific productions. Smaller props, or movables were probably the actor’s personal items (properties) that they would bring into the theatre themselves and Henslowe omitted these “movables” because they were less expensive to replace. Each Theatre handled the “propping” of a show differently. The Admiral’s Men Rented while the King’s Men built their own and used recycled stock, borrowed and personal objects.

Cool Stuff!! 


On the other hand, young men of my acquaintance who were in the habit of voluntarily placing themselves under the influence of alcohol had often surprised me with a recital of their strange adventures. The mind may be impaired by alcohol, I mused, but withal it may be pleasantly impaired. Personal experience appeared to me to be the only satisfactory means to the resolution of my doubts. Knowing it was my first one, I quietly fingered the butt of my glass before I raised it. Lightly i subjected myself to an inward interrogation.

Nature of interrogation: Who are my future cronies, where our mad carousals? What neat repast shall feast us light and choice of Attic taste with wine whence we may rise to hear the lute well touched or artful voice warble immortal notes or Tuscan air? What mad pursuit? What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?

—  Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
March 28, 2015

Psalm 68: 25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels. 26 Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

March 28, 2015

Psalm 68: 25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels. 26 Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

“At that time,” declares the Lord , “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.” This is what the Lord says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.” The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’ ” This is what the Lord says: “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, ‘ Lord , save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. “Hear the word of the Lord , you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’ For the Lord will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord — the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord . This is what the Lord says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord . “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the Lord . “Your children will return to their own land. “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the Lord my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord . “Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, Virgin Israel, return to your towns. How long will you wander, unfaithful Daughter Israel? The Lord will create a new thing on earth— the woman will return to the man.” This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The Lord bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.’ People will live together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks. I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me. “The days are coming,” declares the Lord , “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the Lord . “In those days people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge. “The days are coming,” declares the Lord , “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, ” declares the Lord . “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord . “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord ,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord . “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord Almighty is his name: “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the Lord , “will Israel ever cease being a nation before me.” This is what the Lord says: “Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,” declares the Lord . “The days are coming,” declares the Lord , “when this city will be rebuilt for me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. The measuring line will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah. The whole valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate, will be holy to the Lord . The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.”
—  Jeremiah 31:1-40 NIV


FortyOneThousand is an exploration of music ripped from its original frequency spectrum and tempo by Vancouver artist and musician David Cowling (The April Fools Childrenhood).

By manipulating the sampling rate of these digital audio files, new timbrel, modal, and structural languages are uncovered. This is an archive of some of the most interesting conversions Cowling has happened upon to date. It will be updated sporadically, inconsistently, and eventually.

CWow it hurts to read Isaiah 24. Because joy is just being crushed.

The new wine dries up and the vine withers;
   all the merrymakers groan.
The joyful timbrels are stilled,
   the noise of the revelers has stopped,
   the joyful harp is silent.
No longer do they drink wine with a song;
   the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
10 The ruined city lies desolate;
   the entrance to every house is barred.
11 In the streets they cry out for wine;
   all joy turns to gloom,
   all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.

And the random couple verses that come out of nowhere:

14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
   from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
15 Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;
   exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel,
   in the islands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing:
   “Glory to the Righteous One.”

And then back to the gloom (but glory):

23 The moon will be dismayed,
   the sun ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign
   on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
   and before its elders—with great glory.

I am stumped by this chapter. What is going on @_@

Basically the Lord devastates the earth. Because of the people. Completely laid waste, completely plundered. But the worst is when joy is squashed. That leaves no hope. 

Ahh here’s the reason why:

The earth is defiled by its people;
   they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
   and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
   its people must bear their guilt.

It hurts reading this verse too. Defiled, disobeyed, violated, broken the covenant with God. 

Therefore God punishes the people along with the whole earth. Dang his punishment is covering. So is his love.

This is the very human side of me. But God what is your heart over this? Dang this is heavy, I need to come back to it.