Synchromysticism

" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 7, 2013

Being John Lennon and Synchronicity

Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band
I just finished reading a good little book by Martin Dimery about the Beatles tribute band he has been fronting for a number of years now that goes under the name of Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band.

The book is called Being John Lennon.

Instant Sync

"Ayahuasca: 

Welcome To The Work" -Ben Lee

Sweet Bird Of Paradox

The book Being John Lennon
is a humuorous romp with the tribute band as they play gigs throughout the millennium year of 1999, which to me reading it in 2013 was nostalgic in itself. 

Synchronicity: Timing's Everything

I never would have read the book Being John Lennon
if it wasn't for the dartboard on the front cover of the book and the fact that the band was named the Only Dart Board Band.
Because if you have been reading this post you'll know that dart board appearances in movie sets have been catching 
my (bull's) eye;-)

Flipside of the Dartboard

The Flipside of Lennon

"without the beatles" - Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band LIVE
I like how one of the four tracks you can listen to in the above "Dart Board Band" website is "Taxman". 
My father-in-law, John was a taxman and would often get up to dance at parties when this song would come on...
with a huge grin on his face, as if to say,"they are playing my song".

"The Dart Board Band played a simplified arrangement of the song reasonably well but it's hard to do "Strawberry Fields" justice live and we eventually dropped it from the set.
Martin Dimery (Being John Lennon)
"The gatepost to Strawberry Field, which is now a popular tourist attraction in Liverpool. "Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. 
The song was written by John Lennon and attributed to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. 
It was inspired by Lennon's memories of playing in the garden of 
"Strawberry Field", a Salvation Army children's home near where he lived." "
Strawberry Fields Forever

My WTF Birthday Card

Me, bottom left.
I used to play soccer for a team called Redlands United and it was in the heart of strawberry country, and the showgrounds where we played would hold the  
Strawberry Festival every year there. 
It's called the Redfest now.
I never thought Leo Sayer would play those same grounds years down the track.

Leo makes RedFest his own

Unfortunately this tragic incident happened the same weekend at the same venue -
 Pregnant Woman Dies in Carpark Tragedy
" A 33-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed in the car park of Cleveland's RedFest Spring Festival after being struck by a car being driven by an elderly woman. 
Police say the 76-year-old driver was exiting the car park at Cleveland's showgrounds when the accident occurred just before 5pm yesterday. 
The driver is believed to have suffered a heart attack and lost control of the car. 
The victim, who came from Crestmead, died a short time later at the scene despite the efforts of bystanders and emergency services workers working to save her."
Which reminded me of a tragic incident 
out of the book, Being John Lennon
Martin recounts the tragic murder of a student named 
Ashleigh Robinson under the headline 
"April 15th - I read the news today...".  

Jackie Robinson Day April 15th

Of course April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day, which is also the day of the Liverpool tragedy where 96 people lost their lives, and also the day of the Boston Marathon bombing this year.


Number 96. Another Dark Sport Sync

Chris Martin in the band Coldplay formed in '96.
Another sync is that the lead singer's name of the 

pop group Coldplay who sings the song 42 above in this post,
is Chris Martin and he is a Tottenham Hotspur fan like me.

Update: It may have been Johnny Buckland of Coldplay who was the Spurs fan and not Chris Martin after all.
According to this article Martin supports Exeter City,
but I thought I had read an article where he was a Spurs fan.
Coldplay guitarist: 'I'd give it all up for Tottenham Hotspur'
One of my many Spurs items lining my room.
Martin Dimery writes in Being John Lennon
that his brother-in-law was a member of the 1982 FA cup winning spurs side.
The 1982 FA cup winning spurs side.
" Paul Price featured in both matches of the 1982 FA Cup Final
Making a total of 62 appearances in all competitions including four as sub and scoring one goal for the club."
Paul Price (footballer) 
Price was appointed manager of the  
Western Australian Football League team  
Western Knights in 2009.
He is currently (March 2011) coach of 
Sorrento FC of the Western Australian football league.
Which is weird, because my brother-in-law moved to live in Perth a couple of years ago as well.
Martin (Being John Lennon) writes about being on a radio show with Jill Dando discussing John Lennon's shooting ten years before she was murdered in 1999.
Today I found this recent news story when I was looking for information on Jill,
as I have never heard of her before;  

A Day in the Life is a song by the English rock band The Beatles written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, based on an original idea by Lennon.
It is the final track on the group's 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 
Since its original album release, "A Day in the Life" has been released as a B-side, and also on various compilation albums. 
It has been covered by other artists including 
The Fall, Bobby Darin, Sting, Neil Young, Jeff Beck, 
The Bee Gees, Mae 
and since 2008, by Paul McCartney in his live performances. 
Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the 26th greatest song of all time.
" There is some dispute about the inspiration for the first verse. 
Many believe that it was written with regard to the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune and close friend of Lennon and McCartney, who had crashed his Lotus Elan on 18 December 1966 when a Volkswagen pulled out of a side street into his path in Redcliffe Gardens, Earls Court. 
In numerous interviews, Lennon claimed this was the verse's prime inspiration. 
However, George Martin adamantly claims that it is a drug reference 
(as is the line "I'd love to turn you on" and other passages from the song) 
and while writing the lyrics John and Paul were imagining a stoned politician who had stopped at a set of traffic lights.
The description of the accident in "A Day in the Life" was not a literal description of Browne's fatal accident. 
Lennon said, "I didn't copy the accident. 
Tara didn't blow his mind out, but it was in my mind when I was writing that verse. 
The details of the accident in the song — 
not noticing traffic lights and a crowd forming at the scene — 
were similarly part of the fiction." "
The final verse was inspired by an article in the Daily Mail in January 1967 regarding a substantial number of potholes in Blackburn, a town in Lancashire. 
However, he had a problem with the words of the final verse, not being able to think of how to connect "Now they know how many holes it takes to" and "the Albert Hall". 
His friend Terry Doran suggested that they would "fill" the Albert Hall."
"Sgt Pepper's band was just the kind of arty, retro, tongue-in-cheek persona for Lennon to be able to launch his (then unflattering) pebble glasses on the world." 
from Being John Lennon .

Rolf Harris

Ha, ha, ha...in the epilogue of Being John Lennon titled  
"Tomorrow Never Knows..." Martin says,  
"It was felt we needed to reinvent ourselves a little.
We now go under the names of John Legend, Paul McCoatoff,
Rolf Harrison, Gringo Barr and Sgt.Pepper on keyboards." 
Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer who was charged with kiddie-fiddling this year, so I wondered if in the more recent video recorded this year whether Rolf was still in the band, but when they introduce the band members Rolf Harrison is no more.

"As I say to anyone wishing to know: 
"We steal the songs from The Beatles and the jokes from The Rutles." 
Even our name was partly lifted from 
"Sgt. Rutter's Lonely Darts Club Band" "  
Martin Dimery
http://www.rutles.org/
Also syncy was this You Tube I found at Martin's You Tube channel when I was looking for clips of the "Dart Board Band".
I CAN'T UPLOAD THE YOU TUBE HERE FOR SOME REASON,
SO YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.
SORRY.
Tommy DMO - My City Part II
My friend and ex-work college Tim Fitzpatrick had a sister who was gunned down in a random at of violence when she was drinking in a bar in Thailand on holidays.
If you look at the 2:19 minute mark of this clip there is a sign that has Fitzpatrick on it.
Nurse shot in Thai drive-by feud
Pam Fitzpatrick was wounded when three shots were fired into a crowded bar in Thailand.

Unknown Things?

Life just seems like one big mind game sometimes, but if you can't see that everything and all of us are connected on some level, no matter what happens in life, then maybe you're not looking hard enough...
or then again, maybe I'm just looking too hard when 
I watch the wheels go round;-)


The Four Degrees of Synchromystic Awareness
Just an update on one more Robinson sync from yesterday.
The NRL Grand Final at the Boomerang Festival.
I went down to the Alter-native tent to have a peek at the Grand Final and ran into 
Ernie Dingo and just asked him which team he was going for.
Like me he didn't care which of these two teams won.
I actually met  Ernie's wife sally at the Brisbane Writer's Festival 

A Monocled Monk Swimming

when I went to see Malachy McCourt do a talk after just having read his book, A Monk Swimming.

A Monocled Monk Swimming


And I just happened to run into a man on that day   
( Paulo Coelho) who would become the second highest grossing author in the world eventually, who showed me the butterfly tattoo on his forearm and told me the story behind it.
So, the four authors were  
Paulo Coelho, Malachy McCourt, Sally Dingo 
and another author who I can't remember now,
in a small friendly group in a small space listening them talk about their lives, and of course Sally was talking about her life with Ernie,
because that was what her book was about.
Tammy Anderson wrote, directs and and stars in the one woman show 
 I Don't Wanna Play House
Now, Ernie was standing next to a lady named Tammy who was in a one woman play performed throughout the weekend  of the Boomerang Festival called

I Don't Wanna Play House.
TAMMY ANDERSON
 http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2010/07/09/2949459.htm
George Negus comes sneaking up from the side of us while we are all having a chat and it's like we are all at a BBQ having a talk in the backyard, quite surreal to me being the 
"Nowhere Man" in this group of achievers.
I ask him who he is going for and like all of us he doesn't care either,
because he follows the Australian A-League in soccer 
and goes for the Central Coast Mariners
The game started so Ernie and George had to go up on stage to do their commentary of the game and I was left standing next to Tammy and talking to her throughout the game.
We had some laughs and exchanged stories about our lives and her play and life in general.
I didn't know a lot about Tammy, but I had caught a few minutes of her play while wondering around the site.
Quite powerful and confronting stuff I might say as well.
I had read somewhere that she was in the movie The Sapphires,
which I haven't seen yet, and I didn't quite get around to asking Tammy about it,
so I Googled it when I got home and found out she played 
Evelyn in the movie.
I'll have to watch it now.
And talk about 6 degrees of separation, who should be singing before the final on the big screen in front of us but Tammy's 
co-star in that movie,.
Reading the trivia about the movie I found out, 
"the movie's co-writer and associate producer Tony Briggs 
is the son of Laurel Robinson, a member of the real-life The Sapphires group."
The Sapphire ladies as they are today … 
Naomi Mayers, from left, Lois Peeler, Laurel Robinson and Beverly Briggs 
share fond memories of performing together and still love to sing when they can. 
Photo: Angela Wylie
Reel deal: singing Sapphires shine in the afterglow
It sure was a surreal night for me, anyway.
And the chooks (Roosters) won...if anybody cared;-)


3 comments:

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Lennon. One of a kind.

Dennis said...

Sure have a place in my heart for John Lennon. Shineforth brave souls. Dennis

Mike Perry said...

You are well tuned in to the Magical Web Of Wyrd.