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

- Jake Kotze

May 22, 2016

Canberra Connections

Andrew West Griffin (right) with Steve Kilbey of The Church (left) in Dallas
Peter Koppes (left) talking with Andrew West Griffin (right)
It's funny how things always seem to connect for me on a synchromystic level, especially when I travel.
When my youngest son and his girlfriend moved down to Canberra last Christmas I said to my son that now I have a good excuse to visit the nation's capital city and with my new car go on a road trip from Brisbane to Canberra (I eventually tagged on
Mount Kosciuszko, as well once I knew I could walk it without little hardship), an Australian city I had never been to before.
My son asked when do you plan coming down?
I thought that was a good question and that if I didn't commit to some date I would never really make the effort to get down there, so I said to him when The Sharks (our favourite NRL team) play Canberra I'll come down for that weekend and spend a few days down there exploring Canberra, as well.
Down among the Shark fans in Canberra April 2016
The half-time score on the Canberra scoreboard
So I started planning my road-trip to be down in Canberra for the April 17th clash between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Canberra Raiders.

That football match set the timing for my trip to Canberra and nothing else.
I sent a message to my American friend Andrew West Griffin who shares an interest in/and of documenting synchronicity like I do and writes about it at The Red Dirt Report
I told him I was going to Canberra soon and would take some pictures to show him of the city his great-great uncle  
Walter Burley Griffin had designed. 
And since we were both fans of the rock group The Church I think I even joked that I might even run into Steve Kilbey down there, since it was Steve's hometown (although I think he lives in Sydney now),  just to make Andrew a little envious;-)
Andrew is the guy who alerted me to Steve playing a solo show in my hometown at Lefty's in this old post -
A Synchy Evening with Steve Kilbey
The week I'm getting ready to travel down to Canberra Andrew sends me a photo of himself with members of The Church he ran into in Dallas that week ... of all places.
Touche, Andrew.
"(attn. Darren) Talking to Peter Koppes and Steve Kilbey of  
The Church at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas. . 
Kilbey suggested I do the dishes wearing a Masonic apron owned by my late, great-great uncle Walter Burley Griffin, who designed his hometown of Canberra, Australia
Funny bloke."
The first time I ever saw 'The Church' play live was on
Christmas Eve 2011 in my hometown of Brisbane.
"The Church" on Christmas Eve ... The Band That Is
The last time I saw them play was in Iggy Azalea's hometown of Mullumbimby -
The Mullum(bimby) Music Festival 2014 (Part 2)
Walter Burley Griffin (November 24, 1876 – February 11, 1937)
Overlooking Lake Burley Griffin at sunset (and a green orb too?)
After the game (which the Sharks won BTW:-) my son suggested that we go for a walk along the paths of Lake Burley Griffin and check out the
National Carillon, situated on Aspen Island in central Canberra 
My son walking in front of me to the Natioal Carillon after the game
National Carillon, Lake Burley Griffin
I even managed to capture a green orb on the shot of the sun setting over Lake Burley Griffin with my new iPod camera, which I thought was odd, as I've never caught a green orb in a shot before and the Canberra Raiders are nick-named "The Green Machine" and with Andrew's great great uncle passing away on the 11th of February, 1937 (11/2/37) I couldn't help but think of the green room in Kubrick's movie version of 'The Shining', room 237 when I saw that green orb, typical sync-head and fan of the movie that I am.;-)

The green room of 237?
A weeping willow on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin
Looking across LBG to the flag on top Parliament House
I took the above photo looking across to Parliament House knowing I was visiting it the next day with my son, but not realizing I would be seeing the nation's clowns in action and seeing Johnny Depp's arch-nemesis in action, as well, the day Johnny and his wife were forced to make their hostage video -

Barnaby Re(d)-Joyce-ing Over the Depp's Video?
And while security was tight on the Monday at Parliament House, with all the metal detectors we had to pass through, as well as handing over our phones and cameras before they would let us in to watch the members (that's a descriptive word right on the money ..."members":-) of parliament in action, we did manage to smuggle my son's dog in with us.
My son's dog, Frodo
Only kidding Barnaby, no need to deport the dog back to Queensland, that would be an act of animal cruelty if we had of brought Frodo in to watch that crap.
The carillon I found interesting though.
Does that pattern remind you of something?
I'm only kidding, but that will probably give some wild conspiracy sites something more to write about.
Shakti triangles
I was thinking more along the lines of
Shakti triangles, but that doesn't quite work out in the carillon triangles.
It was a shame when I got to see the National Carillon it was closed for tours, but you can do a virtual tour here at this link-
National Carillon Virtual Tour
and you can even play a virtual one at this link -
Play the Clavier 
When I found out Canberra holds concerts where guest musicians play the carillon I thought wouldn't it be great to hear 
'Under the Milky Way' played on this thing while looking up at the stars on a clear Canberra night?
The Church – Under the Milky Way: an accidental Australian anthem
"As for what the song’s about, Kilbey tells Guardian Australia: “It’s not about anything. 
Like all my songs, it’s a portal into your own mind where I give you a guided meditation. 
It’s a blank, abstract canvas for people to lose themselves in.”"
I can't help thinking of Pete Townshend's 1971 version of his 'Lifehouse' idea when I now look at the photos I took of the
National Carillon, "In the world the album is set in, pollution is so bad that the populace are forced to wear Lifesuits, suits that could simulate all experiences in a way that no one would have to leave home. 
The suits are plugged into a huge mainframe called the Grid, similar to today's Internet, but which also contains tubes for sleeping gas, food, and entertainment; supposedly, someone could live out tens of thousands of lifetimes in a very short period within the Grid
The Grid is controlled by a man named Jumbo
The story begins when a farming family in Scotland hear of a huge rock concert called Lifehouse occurring in London, a sort of
post-apocalyptic Woodstock
Their daughter, Mary, runs away to join the concert. They don't wear Lifesuits because they are supposedly out of the pollution's range and they farm the crops that the government buys to feed the Lifesuiters
Bobby is the creator of Lifehouse. (Bobby was also the tentative name of the project for a time.) He is a hacker who broadcasts pirate radio signals advertising his concert, where the participants personal data are taken from them and converted into music, quite literally "finding your song"
At the climax of the album, the authorities have surrounded the Lifehouse; then the perfect note rings forth through the combination of everybody's songs, they storm the place to find everybody has disappeared through a sort of musical Nirvana, and the people observing the concert through their Lifesuits have vanished as well.".
I found the above article about a critical journalist's view of the Canberra tourism commercial using 'Under the Milky Way' as the song to set the mood to sell the city to outsiders.
Being an outsider and first time visitor to Canberra myself I think that journalist is just some cranky bloke with a chip on his shoulder, because I think that video does sum up my experience of spending four days in that city.
Any city has it's less glamorous parts and what promoter in their right mind is going to throw that stuff into a sales pitch to get people to look at their city?
Having said that, I didn't see too many bad sides to the city while I was there and that video is a pretty good summery of my experiences of Canberra ... except for the snow.
And that song sure suits a mystical city like Canberra.
I can't wait to spend some more time there soon and hopefully hear a musical rendition of 'Under the Milky Way' drifting through the night sky from bell reverberations.

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