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Music on Mondays (3-27-17)—Yertle the Turtle in Pet Sematary

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Bookless, I am.

My life is in turmoil when I don’t have a book of fiction to read. Such is the case today because I finished my book (Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith) Saturday night but the public library is not open on Sundays. Just a few more hours….

So I went looking for songs about, or inspired by, books for today Music on Mondays post. Here are five I found:

“1984” by David Bowie was inspired by George Orwell’s book with the same title. David Bowie was intending to do a 1984 musical but the project was killed when Orwell’s widow objected. Other tracks on Bowie’s 1974 album, Diamond Dogs, feature other Orwell references, including the song titles “Big Brother” and “We Are The Dead,” Winston Smith’s final words before being captured by the thought police in the book.

I never read J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings so I never completely understood “Ramble On” from Led Zeppelin’s 1969 album, Led Zeppelin II:

Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up
And slipped away with her.

I’m completely unfamiliar with “that book by Nabokov” (Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita) that inspired The Police in 1980:

Young teacher the subject of schoolgirl fantasy
This girl is half his age
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov.”

I don’t really like the Red Hot Chili Peppers but I did understand “Yertle the Turtle” from their 1985 album Freaky Styley as soon as I saw the title because I am quite familiar with Dr. Suess.

I’m Yertle the Turtle
The things I now rule
I’m king of a cow
I’m king of a mule

“Pet Sematary” by The Ramones, from their 1989 album Brain Drain, was written for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Pet Sematary, still one of my favorite books by King.

Molars and fangs
the clicking of bones
Spirits moaning among the tombstones.

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Eye in the sky

Big Brother’s eye in the sky


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One of the places where I like to go birding is the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (say that fast five times, then have a margarita and say it fast just once):

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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As you can see from the map, it’s pretty close to the border with Mexico. That means that there might be a few spots where Mexican nationals (aka illegal aliens) might make it across the border and into the United States looking for seasonal work. No problem:

Eye in the sky

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I went out of the Research Reserve and down to the southwester corner to find that “light pole” in the last spot accessible to the public:

United States border with Mexico

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Look back at that light pole and you can see nine lights and, at the very top, a video camera. Since there was a Border Patrol station nearby, I’m pretty sure this light pole is related to border activities.

However, this reminded me of the many malls and stores I patronize, those with dozens of cameras and video screens set up so any illegal or suspicious activities can be monitored.

Big Brother is here. Has been for many years, all in the name of safety for the general public. Another ten years and I predict all newborn children will have microchips implanted in their shoulders — maybe at the same time they get smallpox and other immunity shots, maybe at birth when they get names — so the government can keep track of its legal citizens and to provide them with citizenship benefits (voting), elderly benefits (Social Security and Medicare), etc. The government will provide incentives in the form of cash for all others to become microchipped.

Meow………. Ruff, ruff………..

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