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How to Be An Alchemist

Those of you who have followed this blog from the beginning, my previous blog or my music blog. will know that I have pretty eclectic music tastes. Music tastes that irritate most conservative people and most people who are wedded to particular genres. I always find it amusing that although I like I great deal of Avant-Garde music, most of the people I’ve known into Avant-Garde music loathe mainstream music. As far as I’m concerned if I can find something interesting in a piece of music or sound, it’s worth listening to.

If I’m honest my favourite band is probably U2. I’ve listened to them since 1986, although I remember hearing them in 1980 but I thought they were a bit weird back then. I liked a couple of songs but they were too alternative for my tastes ! It was only later I began to truly appreciate how unique they were.

I’ve always admired how 4 talentless aimless young boys could make music the way that they made music and I continue to be impressed at how they re-invent their music and musical personas. Larry Mullen Jr always impressed me as someone deeply authentic and humble, who has a shit load of talent (talent that he grew from nothing). He is one of the great under rated drummers of all time.

U2 may be a super-group now but back in the mid 80s they were still on the fringe and no other group resonated with the sensibilities of a lost young man than U2. Soon after I would discover metal and noise and others bands that resonated with me. But in 1986-1987, I felt like U2 were my band. Music makers who spoke to the deepest parts of me.

Today I look back at U2 and people like Larry Mullen Jr and see that he was an incredible alchemist. Someone who was able to take almost nothing, add a little passion and drive and turn it into pure gold. In some way I think people like Larry and the other members of U2 were an inspiration to me and helped me through the darkest parts of my life, to turn suffering into joy and isolation into relationship and a sense of belonging. People like Larry Mullen, teach us that anything is possible with the right attitude and a little bit of luck.

There are alchemists everywhere in many different forms. None of us knows where and when we will encounter an alchemist but we should be vigilant that anyone can inspire us with their alchemy. And if turns out that you are an alchemist, use your alchemy wisely and take nothing for granted.


A Fine Balance

All the linked posts under this blog are an outcome of my observations about the things that often go unnoticed and the things that are often taken for granted.

Past the Isle of Dogs

My adventures in self-publishing and other gibberish

# The Multidimensional-Me

Another Blog of Me in English

Questions for An ET

human questions for extraterrestrials

Bright Garlick

Human Being

The Science Geek

Astronomy, space and space travel for the non scientist


Experimental Music

How to Make ET Contact

DIY ET Contact for All Human Beings

Perfect Chaos

God's Perfect Purpose in a Chaotic World

Candid Quasar

tryst with Life


Polar bear science - past and present

Portals of London

Towards a catalogue of London’s inter-dimensional gateways

All Bricks

Showing the world, the variety of different amazing Building Blocks, including LEGO and it’s Chinese Clones

Silentium et Musicorum

From silence to music and everything in between

Selected Essays and Squibs by Joseph Suglia

The Web log of Dr. Joseph Suglia


Undermining the Patriarchy Every Chance I Get. And I Get a Lot of Chances (Copyright Preserved)

roads bel travelled

Exploring open roads without breaking the bank

Macy Afterlife: The Beacon

Exploring our spiritual heritage, our ancient other-worldly roots, and our paradise destiny

Leonardo Boff

O site recolhe os artigos que escrevo semanalmente e de alguns outros que considero notáveis.Os temas são ética,ecologia,política e espiritualidade.

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The Pagan Collective of Victoria

Connect. Share. Celebrate.

Climate Change Sanity

Climate change is primarily a natural phenomenon!


children's author


A Magazine About Love


Words helping us unwind!

Gowers's Weblog

Mathematics related discussions

my word in your ear

words for dissemination ... poetry commentary and selected poems ... Richard Scutter

Peace Hacks

life, faith, adultimatums, resources for life-changers

Life After Life

with Cristen Rodgers


Conscious Thought: Driven by Intelligent Awareness

The Colossus

With just enough learning to misquote


The fictional diary of an utterly fictional John Banville in his fictional universe.

Fatiesta's Rants

Life of A Partial Psychopath

What's new

Updates on my research and expository papers, discussion of open problems, and other maths-related topics. By Terence Tao

Publishing Insights

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose / The more things change, the more they stay the same

Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Where science and compassion meet.

Storytime with John

Pull up and listen...I've got a funny one for ya...

Paradise Preoccupied

Views of the world from a tiny island

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Animals, peace, war, civil liberties, science, social justice, women's issues, arts, more


Cultural Theory and Society

Social Health

Insights on the Power of Social Bonds

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