Bear In Heaven - "Autumn"
by Peter Berr & John Lee
Peter and John drove to practice as fast as they could - unfortunately for humanity, they didn't get in a wreck and die. Their album "Neuromancer 2" will come out in dust form on January 20th, 2017.
John: Peter, how are you doing?
Peter: Apocalyptically inspired.
John: That's crazy! Did you eat the deer meat or was it too tainted?
Peter: Its not that.... the deer meat was nutritious... I just got my first PC and it feels like hell truly HAS frozen over. At least now I can make much brighter, faster, louder videos. Imagine BLACK HOLE SUN at 60fps!
John: Totally. Music videos are a place for concept. They are like commercials in that sense but without all the corporate baggage that comes with high paying jobs - you aren't forced to justify promoting greed and murder with a fancy new coat.
Peter: Yeah, you simply justify the slice of void between you and a hilarious cat video.
John: I don't know about that. What moods make you work more?
Peter: I find a subtle combination of stress and light depression motivates me. What helps you?
John: I tend to read very specific short form writing that some call poetic fiction. I also like reading technical, theoretical brain science. And then reacting to really bad art is helpful. It inspires one to correct or improve. All this while riding my bike to the local cookie store listening to THE SMITHS.
Peter: That reminds me of something Herman Hesse once said. "The poet whose verse delights us may have been a sad loner and musician - some melancholy dreamer. What the artist gives is not his darkness, his suffering or anxiety - it is dripping light, eternal cheerfulness. When the whole nation is trying to reach out to the depths of the world the most one can achieve is this serenity."
John: Weirdly enough I find New York to be serene. I think because you have to search for it. If you have luxury in your lap you ignore your lap - if, like ET, its rare then you appreciate it - which explains why Amblin wins.
Peter: Is that where the catharsis come in?
John: I wish. I'm not that good yet. If I got to the level of elation I would retire into the hell hole that is our human decay - I would drive off a cliff into a vat of butterscotch pudding, a happy thing. Isn't that the goal?
Peter: I feel you. But how do you deal with the simple day-to-day without completely ignoring those impulses?
John: I try to find Amusement in Confusion - which is the name of my System of a Down cover band name. Oh shit, we're late for practice dude. We gotta jet. Get my bass, will you.