Musical Prodigy- Amanda Bloom- exposing theism, on the show!
I met Amanda Bloom on myspace and we have become friends rather quickly. We have similar stories and similar dreams. Like my mother, she too has a family member that is completely lost in a world of Christianity. She also exposes the lunacy in theistic belief in her art. An amazing voice, a brilliant talent on the piano, and a focus on nothing less than perfection... I predict Amanda will be a huge star. She also happens to be one of our shows biggest fans, so obviously she has great taste in radio as well.
Her song Magdalene is available for download only to registered members of this site! Visit the "Downloads" section now!
Her blog on myspace explains the meaning of the song Magdalene:
Magdalene is a song about the insanity of religion and the manipulation of religious values for one's own egotistical purposes.
Verse 1 is about Catholicism, Verse 2 is about Christian/Catholic Repression, guilt and self-torture. Verse 3 is about Muslim fanatacism (just the fanatics) and the horror of religious justification for terrorism and murder. Verse 4 is about the oppression of women in SOME muslim societies and about the honour killings that are still going on. It can also be broadened to the oppression of women in Christian/catholic church and hey while we're at it, the oppression of women in general.
It is a cry to rid our species of all "belief" that is dividing us.
I wrote it after watching the movie "The Magdalene Sisters" A film about elderly catholic nuns in jail-like convents who abused young girls who were abandoned by their families for "bringing shame to the family name". I.E falling pregnant before marriage or not subscribing to the bullshit of religion etc etc...These nuns were supposed to "reform" the girls but instead the girls became the target of the Nuns built up repression and distaste for all things "sinful" and were beaten, humiliated and abused for years or forever. The film is brilliant but horrifying..
In the first line of the song "Your Black and White deny the God in Colour" I am referring to the habit that nuns wear and this black and white clothing becomes a symbol of the simplicity of human religious interpretation throughout the song.
These lines sum up the meaning of the entire song perfectly ie your black and white view of the world ....your simple and literal interpretation of the Bible or The Koran denies all the complexity of meaning in life, human character and the multitude of ways of being/percieving our reality. Colour representing free expression, sex, dual love, female empowerment, sexuality, art, love, alcohol, alternative history, space, objectivety self-awareness, re-marriage, science, intellect, free-will, aliens.....anything that might offend or oppose traditional and limited Christian or Muslim values. This line is also a plea to understand that if God does exist he would be in everything......in all the shades of colour, both ugly and beautiful and therefor what is considered "sinful" should be equally worshipped as it is just as much a "thing" in the world/mind that "God" apparently created.
I do not believe in God because I believe that the human mind at this stage of evolution is simply too cognitively limited to "know" anything. Therefor I am an atheist through a form of reason that humbles me to an awareness of how truly exponential space and the superverse is and, relatively, how minute we are as beings on Earth. We are still yet to learn of our place in Space and our relation to other species and life forms out that are scientifically probable to exist. Until we have all the facts about ourselves how can we claim to know ourselves? I believe that if one day we were to find out the truth of Reality and our place in the cosmos, and the truth of our human origins... it would be so far removed from anything anyone has ever expected/assumed. It would be so huge and so complex, it's implications so confronting and terrifying that our limited cognition would not actually be able to truly register it. We would probably go mad.
It is this sense of vastness and evidential void that is the voice in the chorus, calling to the "believers" to open their minds to an awareness of their relative size to the uncapped and infinite possiblities of Truth and Reality.
Your Black and White
deny the "God" in Colour
Use "The Word" while She is crying out to you....
You know the Lines
But you escape their meaning
Take your orders back cos you're a sinner too...
You pray for Good
For goodness ('s)sake stop praying
Judge yourself until there's nothing left of you
You were afraid but now you fear your mother
Face the light we want to see the God in YOU.
When you mistook your vow as pious
Did you leave your pain in the dark
I call your name but you hide behind God
Who do you hide from now?
Your duty is done
The light begins to flicker
All your faith won't change the fate awaiting you
Your mother cries
A mother's sickened pride
Waste the life that "She" so kindly gave to you
When you mistook your vow self-riteous
Did you think you'de die in the dark?
One and the same but you kill for your "God"
Who do you kill for now?
You wear it well; the shame of being a woman
Hide the grace dare not embrace for fear of HIM
Your daughter cries
but you no longer know Her
How you can condone his unenlightened sin
When you mistook your veil as pious
Did you see him there in the Dark?
Suffer the shame suffer all that is done
Woman without a Sound........"
Amanda will be appearing on our show multiple times, look for her to be part of our show here and there.