Category: Bird poop augury
Opera storyboard–Damnation of Drumph continued. The libretto is being structured along the lines of Seven against Thebes by Aeschylus and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Both offer a mandala structure wherein malign spirits/afflictions are countered by their corresponding wisdoms. The southern gate of the citadel/temenos is besiged by greed, and defended by its antidote, charity. At the northern gate, the spiritual form of Justice battles it’s nemisis. This structure originates in ancient memory systems worldwide, and is a pedantic admonition as well as key to an ancient, esoteric knowledge. Blake said we should attribute sin not to individuals, but to spiritual states. This brings us back to Drumph, whose occupancy of the Whitehouse is an ambiguous limbo–both protection from Justice as well as incarceration itself. The images are drawn from Giotto’s Virtues and Vices in the Arena Chapel. Only after photographing the collage did I recognize it’s resemblance to a Tarot spread.
The Entombment of Drumph–Storyboard continued. Malignia’s lament echoes over the Bedminster Cemetary, haunting the gravedigger’s toil. Manuel sings of the old days when the tremendous tomb of Drumph was being raised high above the 18th green, and the townsfolk grieved under the oppressors yoke to produce the ultimate reality show–Death. But who can emerge unscathed from the Plutonic realm?
Is bird augury really fake news?
Drumph is building a tremendous crypt above the 18th green at his Bedminster Golf course with financing from Russian oligarchs. He calls a meeting where the Saudis express interest in exclusive burial plots. The tremendous Drumph Tomb is shown–bottom left–to the assembly. But Tiresias enters to proclaim disquieting omens regarding the end of the ancient Drumph line.
Storyboard for an Opera–the Damnation of Drumph
Setting–the world between worlds.
Time–the crossroads of time and eternity.
The Drumph organization deals in exclusive, New Jersey burial plots–which, in reality, are a front to launder rubles into the campaign. It’s a win/win for Vlad and Drumph, as the remains of Russian dissidents can thereby be processed for proper internment–as is proscribed by all that is just and holy. But Tiresias enters–stage left–bearing omens of doom. He foretells the fated fall of Drumph.
Watch for next episode–Malignia’s lament for the old country.
The entombment of Drumph storyboard continued.
Work on the libretto is proceeding by fits and starts. I must bear in mind the admonition of all great composers: Concision is key.