Friday, March 11, 2011

A Rainbow In Curved Air

And then all wars ended/ Arms of every kind were outlawed and the masses gladly contributed them to giant foundries in which they were melted down and the metal poured back into the earth/ The Pentagon was turned on its side and painted purple, yellow and green/ All boundaries were dissolved/ The slaughter of animals was forbidden/ The whole of lower Manhattan became a meadow in which unfortunates from the Bowery were allowed to live out their fantasies in the sunshine and were cured/ People swam in the sparkling rivers under blue skies streaked only with incense pouring from the new factories/ The energy from dismantled nuclear weapons provided free heat and light/ World health was restored/ An abundance of organic vegetables, fruits and grains was growing wild along the discarded highways/ National flags were sewn together into brightly colored circus tents under which politicians were allowed to perform harmless theatrical games/ The concept of work was forgotten

-liner notes from Terry Riley "A Rainbow In Curved Air" 1967

Terry Riley and Family with Steve Reich 1965

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