Have you seen a valley green with Spring
Where my heart can go a-journeying,
Over the shadows in the rain
To a blossom covered lane?
And in your lonely flight,
Haven't you heard the music in the night,
Faint as a will-o-the-wisp,
Crazy as a loon,
Sad as a gypsy serenading the moon.“
— Johnny Mercer American lyricist, songwriter, singer and music professional 1909 - 1976
Song "Skylark" (1942)
„The night you gave me my birthday party... you were a young Lieutenant and I was a fragrant phantom, wasn't I? And it was a radiant night, a night of soft conspiracy and the trees agreed that it was all going to be for the best.“
— Zelda Fitzgerald Novelist, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald 1900 - 1948
„You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead of cowed; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night.“
— Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
Context: "What right do you have to tell me things?" I can see this question in your apprehensive look. I hear this question from your impertinent mouth, Little Man. You are afraid to look at yourself, you are afraid of criticism, Little Man, just as you are afraid of the power they promise you. You would not know how to use this power. You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead of cowed; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night. You despise yourself Little Man. You say: "Who am I to have an opinion of my own, to determine my own life and to declare the world to be mine?" You are right: Who are you to make a claim to your life?
„There is a thing that happens when you are not as privileged and you start hanging out with a seedier crowd because you can afford to do the same things, [... ] And all of a sudden the big night out is sitting in somebody's trailer, smoking something or getting hold of something to put up to your nose.“
— Eddie Vedder musician, songwriter, member of Pearl Jam 1964
L.A. Times 5/1/94, "He Didn't Ask for All This".
„Love. Hygiene. That's the important thing. Hygiene. The toughest thing in the world: [you] have to turn to your mate one night and say: "You gotta wash your ass!" Shit. Knowing how difficult it is, I said it for you : You Gotta Wash Your Ass.“
— Redd Foxx American comedian and actor 1922 - 1991
Stage performance (1980) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uldt6Y-CE3s, promoting his comedy album, You Gotta Wash Your Ass (1976).
„There's an angel that's watching right over you
All your trials have not been in vain
Won't you lift your head up to the starry night
Finding strength in the things that remain.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
A New Kind of Man
„What was that teacher trying to do?
That teacher was trying to break her spirit.
But why would school do that? So you could become someone like her parents and believe in the things they believe in. So you won’t believe in the things they don’t believe in. And believe you’re a happy person whose life has meaning. So you will go to your job and do whatever gross thing someone tells you to do and get drunk on Friday and Saturday nights and pay taxes and bills. That’s why.“
— Lisa Mason writer of science fiction 1953
Chapter 4 “Foxy Lady” (pp. 81-82)