From the recording Christmas in Antarctica /jazz
Reading a National Geographic article, one frigid Canadian night, of a remarkable explorer in his late 80's, climbing mountains and exploring Antarctica.
It was Christmas time.
I contemplated how my dear friend, Ginny in Australia spends Xmas... summer time.
In my family, religious rules and dogma have caused so much violence and damage.
By the time I was old enough to be confirmed I quit religion; seeing it, in all forms as 'spiritual exclusivity', an oxymoron in my understanding. .... Light on the oxy, heavy on the... well you get it.
Fantasized: "How unusual and blissfully serene, to escape the dark winter, commercial blitz, entrenched guilt and family drama ... and see our sweet earth from a fresh perspective.
... peace; none excluded. A place unpolluted
by the ravages of religion.
Only penguins, seals
and the Baby Jesus; ice-fishing,
on hiatus from the sickening madness
In His Name's Sake
Had been listening to a Keith Jarrett CD and stole ideas for a two-bar vamp
- breaking the 7th commandment...
Peace on Earth
from the Tena Palmer CD, North Atlantic Drift, with double bassist, John Geggie
and pedal steel / guitarist, Dan Artuso
It's Christmas in Antarctica
but no one seems to know.
The same old scene,
all white and clean;
the same old snow.
Another endless summer's sunny day and night
no need for Christmas lights of red, gold and green.
None of the penguins or the seals ever heard of Bethlehem
or know the angel's words.
Still, they have peace on earth.
It's Christmas in Antarctica, for what it's worth....