The electric piano with its beautiful full rolling notes and the bass guitar’s deliberate rhythm sets the mood and pace of IGNORE’s prelude. Peacefulness and calm are two words that attempt to describe the profound feeling derived from this introduction. Then the high hat and bass drums enter embellishing upon the pumping thump of the bass. At last, Papa adds the main ingredient to the bubbling brew i.e., the round mellow sounds of the grand stately organ splendiferously blending with the trumpet’s unbelievable pitch. Majestically, the saxophone stirs and cooks all of this deliberateness, bubbling, thumping, sensuousness and enlightenment into a provocatively delicious mixture of understanding.
You wonder why Papa Bass named this sumptuous piece IGNORE. Serendipity! That is right! While your attention is placed upon one instrument another one smoothly joins the fray without you noticing it resulting in a fortuitous discovery of perfect wholeness. In other words, what you refuse to pay attention to ultimately overtakes or supersedes you. Remember also the force of the pendulum when it swings: The force of gravity causes it to swing more forceful in the opposite direction. Watch out! What you ignore comes back at you more forceful than before. The moral of this story-oops-song is two-fold: (a) Never judge a book [song] by looking at is cover [title]; and, (b) For every action there is a reaction that is often greater than.
Let your ears feast on the gaiety of LAUGH. Envision yourself just dancing on your tiptoes, hands in the air and prancing to the complementary notes of the saxophone and electric piano like you don’t have a care in the world. When you hear the titillating sounds of the strings and marimba put a little shoulder movement into your performance-first the left 2 times then the right 2 times-and smile as you allow yourself to become lost in the hypnotic spell cast by Papa’s breath and his thousands fingers. Subtly, the acoustic guitar and marimba bring you back to reality. What a successful and enjoyable journey!
The title LAUGH also has other connotations. Did you hear the Fat Lady Sing in this composition? Absolutely not! Hence, LAUGH can be played over and over again until the Fat Lady sings. The colloquial meaning of “til the Fat Lady sings” is that one should never assume the outcome of a situation or activity until it is actually completed. In accordance with the aforesaid, WindowPad’s new information relates that Adversary (“…Racket” CD) may not be the one having the last and best LAUGH. Listen intently to Papa’s saxophone and marimba as each plays with the melody of the other in the middle of LAUGH and reflect upon what is fair and just.
“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”
Parties take your positions now as FIGHT begins. Prepare yourselves to advance into battle. In FIGHT, the saxophone and bass guitar represent the opponents as they move around each other in a circular motion trying to predict the other’s moves, means of attack and counter-attack. The timbre of the drums and trumpet depict the engaging battle. Imagine listener that two parties are embroiled in a fight: WindowPad is the only party presenting the law and evidence supporting its cause. The Adversary fails to produce an iota of evidence in its defense; yet Justice decides in Adversary’s favor. One wonders like the meandering sound of this song that winds and turns as it delivers the pompous notes that fall upon the opportunistic endeavor, what is actually happening here? There is, however, within FIGHT periods of tranquility before resumption of the fight i.e., the calm before the ensuing storm. Enjoy the lovely enticing trills and carefully articulated notes produced by Papa’s sax. He moves up and down the musical scale with ease.
The outcome of the fight is determined by a tortuous, complex and devious reasoning as depicted by the range of notes in FIGHT’s arrangement. Nevertheless, a battle may have been won but not the war. Stay tuned to Papa.
“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” Patrick Henry
Papa begins WIN with the drums simulating hands clapping. Even though other instruments enter on cue, the clapping continues throughout the song giving the impression that something mystical and extraordinary has been achieved. Hearing the aforementioned in such a manner causes you to say to yourself that only God composing through Papa could have orchestrated this instrumental masterpiece. Doesn’t the saxophone’s solo send tingling shivers up and down your spine causing your arms to involuntarily wrap around the body as your legs step high to the collage of piano notes? Now close your eyes and let your soul float in rapturous ecstasy. Go ahead and say, “Papa Bass, you move me!”
The undercurrent message of WIN’s prodigious, gallant and magnanimous beat is that a wrong committed in an original act is corrected by the reaction to it. Recent activity surrounding Adversary causes one to wonder whether it is reaping what it has sown from taking the work(s) of others (including WindowPad) without giving rightful compensation and then profiting from the dastardly despicable deed. Could it be that Adversary has to start correcting the wrong it has done to others in order to eradicate the ominous cloud it is operating under? In light of the aforementioned consider the following biblical verses: (a) JOB 4:8 states, “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” [Adversary] (b) GALATIANS 6:7-8 relates, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows that he will also reap.” (c) PSALM 126:5 states that “Those who sew in tears will reap with songs of joy.”[Entities hurt by Adversary]
“As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,” JOB 5-8 [WindowPad]
5. WINDOWPAD’S IDES
As Jesus stated, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (LUKE 18:25). By dealing with Adversary who chooses to tramp all over the rights of WindowPad rather than admitting that WindowPad beat Adversary to the marketplace and settling amicably, WindowPad understands the meaning of Jesus’s statement i.e., A rich man believes that he is God and that there is no higher entity than himself. Hence, the rich man does what he wants and entices others to do his bidding even if it harms them. This is why the introduction to WINDOWPAD’S IDES is mournful. The drums keep the beat while the bass guitar, acoustic guitar and saxophone tell a sad story. You are shaking your head from side to side by the time the trumpet enters with a solo that wakes you up and makes you stand remembering the magnificent power of God that brought Pharaoh –a very rich man-down to his knees via the ten plagues and forced him to do the right thing. EXODUS 7-11. Thus, as WINDOWPAD’S IDES concludes, raise your hands in praise.
“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.” Mahatma Gandhi
6. DESPOT, FERRET, DUCK AND FESTER
DESPOT, FERRET, DUCK AND FESTER reminds you of the silent film comedy era Keystone Kops. They could not see the forest for the trees. These policemen continually got caught up in the small details and failed to understand the bigger picture. When they finally caught a glimpse of what was happening right in front of them it was usually too late. A brief description of the DESPOT, FERRET, DUCK AND FESTER characters that resemble the Keystone Kops is presented below:
1. DESPOT-A person with absolute power and exercising it tyrannically. Benevolent despots consider themselves to be shepherds of people but still require them to be submissive like sheep.
2. FERRET-When excited a ferret performs what is commonly called the weasel war dance, a frenzied series of steps hopping sideways and bumping into objects often accompanied by a soft clucking noise. Incidentally, weasel is a synonym for ferret. Relating the characteristics of a weasel to a human, the American Heritage Dictionary states that a weasel “is a person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.”
3. DUCK-A derivative of “ducan” which means to bend down low to get underneath something or to dive. Because ducks are found in places with water they are also called waterfowls. Their webbed feet are designed for swimming and they possess waterproof feathers. In addition, not all ducks quack some SQUEAL. Anyone nicknamed duck will usually possess all of the characteristics previously cited.
4. FESTER-Uncle Fester is an incorrigible member of the fictional TV program entitled “The Addams Family.” He possesses a bald head with pig-like dark sunken eyes, a large barrel-shaped physical appearance, pudgy hands and wears a deranged devilish smile. Fester seems to carry an electrical charge and can illuminate a light bulb by sticking it in his mouth. Needless to say, his behavior is often very bizarre.
Look at these characters running around in the aura of Papa Bass’s musical picture holding all of the facts in their hands but can’t put them together in a manner that would mean something. DESPOT, FERRET, DUCK AND FESTER is full of mirth and simply delightful. The music causes you to laugh and dance while visualizing the theatrics of the characters. Have fun!!
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” Mahatma Gandhi