Musically speaking, I’ll remember 2015 as the year I completely gave up on any current mainstream music. I love generic cheesy pop songs as much as anyone, but most of the stuff I’ve heard released this past year I won’t even dignify by referring to it as “music”. Maybe I’m just becoming prematurely curmudgeonly, yelling at other people in my age group as if they were youngins to get off my lawn with their fake, soulless, auto tuned to death garbage. Music today isn’t real like it was back in my day, whippersnappers!
Mostly, though, it boils down to being at the halfway mark of the Pluto in Capricorn years. Pluto giveth and Pluto taketh away emormous amounts of power, and in Capricorn a good chunk of power issues are focused on corporations, mega industries and major profits. The music industry obviously is a small but visible part of the mix. It’s a common theme in music that the quality suffers the more businessmen and image makers/fakers take over, that’s certainly not a recent development. Pluto does has a way of exposing things deeper than ever before for what they are at their core, and since Pluto moved into business oriented Capricorn the soundtrack to our lives doesn’t seem to even try to hide its single minded focus on sacrificing music for corporate monopolies. Tidal was one example. Look at these people signing a music contract like they’re signing a peace treaty at the United Nations or some such thing. The good thing is Tidal and similar money grabs weren’t the complete success they were hyped up to be. Pluto can really go to some people’s heads, making them drunk on what they perceive to be power, but not everyone’s buying what they’re selling, literally and metaphorically. As we reach the halfway mark of the Pluto in Capricorn era we’re so much more aware of what’s going on behind the curtains and in the shadows of big business, Big Brother, Big Pharma/Agra etc and the more we encourage others to become/stay more vigilant and aware the less successful their manipulative and unfeeling tactics will be. Dams will break, eventually, but like everything Plutonic it is a multilayer process and we’re not near finished yet.
In the meantime, the soundtrack sucks, which is really all I’m getting at here. It sucks because it is a reflection of the environment we’re in. At some point after the dams break, music -and creativity in general- will regain inspiration and reflect our recovered senses. Until then I’m shunning current mainstream arts and this New Years Eve I’m just chilling with old favorites. I have Mars in Taurus; Taurus often likes comfy, solid classics because Taurus endures and likes things that withstand the test of time, aging like wine (versus aging like milk.) It makes me nostalgic for musical eras I wasn’t alive in. Here’s some classics I’ll be listening to:
That last one forms the base of one of my favorite dancehall songs:
“My mind is divine mind”… if Jimmy Cliff can’t make you happy, nothing can.
And what’s New Years Eve without disco
Feel free to share your New Years Eve jams in the comments sections if you’re so inclined.
This playlist/Pluto in Capricorn era rant is a poor substitute for the article I originally intended to write, which was going to be a synopsis of the astrology of 2016. Between the holidays, readings, and tech issues (an early taste of Mercury retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn) time just got away from me. Very quickly then: 2016 is a sort of shapeshifting year courtesy of an emphasis on the mutable signs of Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius, four Mercury retrogrades (we just had three in 2015), a substantial Mars retrograde that will pack a punch, and the ongoing Saturn-Neptune squares. The Uranus-Pluto squares will be all but over by the end of January, and we will lose the tension and panic it created. We will also lose what was an incredible impetus, instigator, a major potential for changing the narrative. The emphasis on the mutable signs and retrogrades/rewinds in 2016 means the dust will settle some but we’ll be challenged to adapt to more subtle changes. I quoted Hunter S. Thompson in an article previously; “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”… this is a good mantra to have at the onset of the year.
I’m keeping fingers crossed that the music gets a little weird, too. On that note, I’d like to thank/shout out one particular local Oklahoma college radio show, the excellent Hi-Fi Heresy, for playing only obscure, corporate free, and sometimes unknown punk, protopunk, garage, blues, surf, psychedelic and psychobilly gems spanning all decades. It’s still the only time I’ve heard Captain Beefheart on the radio. If you’re so musically inclined, you should try to stream it. Not only is it quality and class but after the hour is done you’ll realize what a crime it is that so much of this music didn’t get the success it deserved because it wasn’t “commercial” (read: profitable) enough. Smaller pockets of inspiration and creative life abound outside the mainstream and are well worth taking the time to find.