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Finnegan's Wake, a Glance at Irish Mysticism through Lyrical Satire

Posted by Lojah on July 1, 2017 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Finnegan’s Wake is amongst my favorite traditional Irish songs and it has been a staple of the Irish balladeer’s repertoire since the middle of the 19th century. Over the past several decades it has been covered by great and legendary Irish bands like The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, the Pogues, and most recently the Massachusetts-based Dropkick Murphys. However, like much of Irish lyrical tradition stretching back to the ancient bards “Finnegan’s Wake” is in reality a work of deep esoteric value cleverly disguised as a silly drinking song that only the initiated were likely to fully comprehend. (Read More)

Mento Music: Reggae's Granddaddy

Posted by Lojah on June 26, 2017 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Mento music is a little known style of folk music and dance native to the island of Jamaica that saw its commercial peak in the 1950s. Sometimes called Jamaican Calypso, it is closely related to that Trinidadian musical form. (Read More)

US Veterans at Standing Rock Apologize for History of Genocide

Posted by Lojah on December 6, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The demonstrations ongoing at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline have brought a wide assortment of passionate supporters committed to stand with them against the destruction of sacred and historical sites, and to protect the fresh water supply of the Missouri River.

 

It began with a small group of Lakota from the Standing Rock Reservation and eventually attracted supporters from many of the over five hundred federally recognized tribes in the US as well as countless members of the numerous state recognized tribes across the country. (Read More)

Thanksgiving, Legend and American Indians

Posted by Lojah on November 24, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanksgiving is one of the United States’ most significant national holidays. It’s probably second in popularity only to Christmas. Like most Americans, I grew up with it. There’s really not much to it other than cooking a lot of food and having a feast in the middle of the day, during which we are supposed to express our appreciation for all our good fortune as Americans. It has a slightly religious tone to it, but that is overshadowed by its more nationalistic implications. (READ MORE)

Spring Greeting

Posted by Lojah on April 3, 2016 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends and family!

 

Spring is finally here and I think the weather is actually going to stick around. It has been a little while since I last sent out an update, because I’ve been so heavily involved in working for Veterans Healthcare reform, and some pretty significant life changes that I let my regular updates slip by.

 

Well, I’m back at it again. So far 2016 is proving to be a great year for me and I have some really cool updates to share with you.

 

MY ARTIST PAGE

For starters I opened up my artist page on Lojah.com where you can view and purchase my personally hand painted artwork, inspired by Indigenism, nature, arcane symbolism and personal vision. It’s still in its formative stages but it’s going to be great as it grows.

 

THE MOODY VIEW

I consolidated my old blogs into a single blog called The Moody View, easier to follow and keep track of. It’s a place where I talk about art, music, culture and modern critiques. I’ll be covering a lot of my experiences as I create more art and further explore life.

 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


Until Next time,

Lojah

 

Easter Rising, Easter Lily

Posted by Lojah on April 1, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As Easter week draws to a close I thought I’d write a little bit about my most recent painting “Easter Rising.”

 

The Easter Lily is a calla lily, adopted by Irish republicans symbolically to commemorate the revolutionary combatants who died as a part of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is traditionally worn at Easter time. It is also used by various factions of Irish republicanism to commemorate the deaths of their soldiers and activists. (Read more at The Moody View)


 

9 Top Irish Drinking Songs

Posted by Lojah on November 7, 2015 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Irish have produced some of the best drinking songs ever written. Characterized by their catchy melodies, comical lyrics, and their tendency toward tragic endings; a good night of pub-singing is a communal activity with much crowd interaction and participation. The following is a list of my top nine Irish Drinking Songs, in no particular order. Why nine? If you must ask, perhaps you need to learn more about the Irish.

Read More at the Moody View

The Ability to Drink Milk is an Evolutionary Advantage

Posted by Lojah on September 4, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

There is an interesting article making its way around the interwebs these days telling you to throw away the milk ‘cuz it’s baaad for you ‘cuz lotsa folks got the lactose intolerance.

 

This is inaccurate and misleading information. It’s really a vegetarian activist and animal rights argument masquerading as a health warning, making use of fake science in an attempt to add credence to a false premise that milk is bad for us. They probably made up their statistics, but only about 10% of Americans are lactose intolerant, though virtually all Chinese and “full-blood” Native Americans are. (read more at The Moody View)

Rabbi Daniel Lapin and the Secret to Jewish Success

Posted by Lojah on September 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Lapin, Rabbi Daniel (2010) Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money, Second Edition, Hoboken, John Wiley and Sons Inc.

 

Thou Shall Prosper is a fascinating exploration into wealth creation amongst Jews and the values within Jewish communities that encourage financial success. It is organized into 10 separate chapters, titled commandments in imitation of the Laws given to Moses. Written by Daniel Lapin, an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi motivated by a desire to research and catalogue the cultural traits that have contributed to this, making them available to all people. The book promotes what Rabbi Lapin calls Ethical Capitalism. (read More)

 


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