Monday, May 30

Marc Bolan (T-Rex) Ballrooms of Mars

I received an email to check out the song Ballrooms of Mars by Marc Bolan of T-Rex. The lyrics are quite interesting. How did Bolan know in 1972?

You gonna look fine
Be primed for dancing
You're gonna trip and glide
All on the trembling plane
Your diamond hands
Will be stacked with roses
And wind and cars
And people of the past

Sunday, May 1

Demonic Possession and Exorcism

“This is a story ripe with religious overtones.”
Rev. Charles McGowan from Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church

It was through the act of demonic possession that Satan used Mark Chapman to collect John Lennon’s soul. Mark’s pastor, the Rev. Charles McGowan from Chapel Woods Presbyterian church in Decatur, Georgia, USA, commented after visiting Chapman in prison, “I think spiritual forces of darkness distorted his whole world view—almost whispering to him that this was God’s ordained plan for him to take this evil out of the world. And I attribute that to the devil himself quite frankly.” Mark continually refers to ‘the spiritual matters behind Lennon’s murder’. It is a story that goes to the heart of the Christian faith, one man tempted by self fulfillment and the gains of the material world would stop at nothing to obtain his dream, makes a pact with the devil, all his wishes granted, he is now owed to the Devil. The Devil finds a vehicle to obtain John’s soul in the possession of a child.

As a child only a few months old, Mark had signs of deep agitation within him as though he placed into this world laden with an ancient grudge. As an infant, his body would violently and involuntarily shake and rock, back and forth at times so severe the casters had to be removed from his crib to prevent it from rolling across the room. His mother recalls the rocking behavior carried on into his teenage years. “He would just be rocking back and forth all the time” she said. As a teenager Mark felt the presence of an evil spirit residing in his body. One night while sleeping at a friend’s house he sensed the presence of evil giving him


On May 4, 1939, the book Finnegans Wake by James Joyce was published, about a year and a half before the birth of John Lennon. In celebration of its publication and mysterious verse we toy with a few of the words, and there are many.

Have you heard of one Humpty Dumpty (1)
How he fell with a roll and a rumble (2)
And curled up like Lord Olofa Crumple
By the butt of the Magazine Wall, (3)
(Chorus) Of the Magazine Wall,
Hump, helmet and all?

He was one time our King of the Castle (4)
Now he's kicked about like a rotten old parsnip (5)
And from Green street he'll be sent by order of His Worship (6)
To the penal jail of Mountjoy (7)
(Chorus) To the jail of Mountjoy!
Jail him and joy.

He was fafafather of all schemes for to bother us
Slow coaches and immaculate contraceptives for the populace, (8)
Mare's milk for the sick, seven dry Sundays a week,
Openair love and religion's reform,
(Chorus) And religious reform,
Hideous in form.

He Beetles Backwards

Backward masking is a sound recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward onto a recording that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking is a deliberate process. It was made popular by the Beatles, specifically John Lennon. In his book “Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses (page 170-71), R. Gary Patterson describes:

“It is appropriate that we begin with the Beatles. After all, they were the first to introduce the technique known as backward masking. It was during the recording of “Rain” that John Lennon first became inspired to try a backward vocal track. Lennon mentioned to David Sheff in The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “I got home from the studio and I was stoned out of my mind on marijuana and, as I usually do, I listened to what I recorded that day. Somehow I got it on backward and I sat there transfixed, with the earphones on, with a big hash joint. I ran in the next day and said, ‘I know what to do with it, I know … listen to this?’ So I made them play it backward. The fade is me actually singing backward with the guitars going backward. ‘Sharethsmnowthsmeaness.’””

The technique used by Lennon in the song ‘Rain’ was an intentional reversal. There are other reverse messages in Beatles material that are unintentional – phonetic reversals. It was the Beatles backwards that sparked the worldwide phenomenon Beatles’ death clues (Paul-is-Dead). Backmasking and phonetic reversals have been deemed demonic and Satanic by some. It is another John Lennon generated phenomena.