Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

February 5, 2008

MaharishiThe hippy guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has died at his home in Holland. He was 91 years old.

Looking back with perfect hindsight, it is clear he was an influential figure; not for what he was (an easy target of parody who allowed his PR to equate TM with drugs and exotic locales), but for the openness to novelty that was so perfectly epitomized by the Indian episodes of the Beatles and their clans. It somehow legitimized the tens of thousands of journeys that we now-boomers took on the world’s roads in those years, looking for whatever it was we were looking for. And, if nothing else, it gave our parents one more thing to laugh at and complain about.

May he enjoy the rest of his journey.

Drive Organics

February 5, 2008

One of a series from Commercial Drive.

The Flight of the Conchords

February 5, 2008

One of my better accidental discoveries last year was “The Flight of the Conchords“, an HBO series that I caught in Philadelphia or West Virginia or someplace with a Marriott. It is about a two-man New Zealand parody group trying to make it in New York. Strangely satisfying humour for me, and they incorporate songs brilliantly into the flow of the action.

The following is “Business Time”, one of their songs. Thank you YouTube.