What you didn't know about 4/4 time
Date: Tue, 11 May 93 20:09:05 PDT
Subject: What you didn't know about 4/4 time
From: Daniel.Steinberg@Eng.Sun.COM (Daniel Steinberg)
From: Robert Reed
From: Ellen Eades
From a posting on ms.chat.religion
from our local Elizabeth Clare Prophet fan, a-donha.
> I'd be interested in a brief explanation of what's wrong with
> rock'n'roll. Is it the 4/4 time, the sentimental lyrics, the
> simple instrumentation, the volume at which it is played, the
> kind of people who play it.. or what?
[some esoteric kundalini stuff deleted here --Ellen]
The rhythm of 4/4 time is associated with the fourth ray of purity in
the base of the spine chakra. Music in pure 4/4 time is an outpicturing
of the fourth ray. Rock and roll gets its name from the fact that the
third beat is accented instead of the first beat in 4/4 time. This is a
perversion of the pure rhythm. The effect of this chaotic rhythm is to
draw the flow of Light downward towards the base of the spine chakra.
It is the strong movement of Light that feels good to us and attracts us
to the music. The problem is that the Light is moving the wrong way.
The Light winds up being spilled, usually in sexual desire and sexual
perversion because the base of the spine chakra is the center of sexual
or procreative energy. Because it is a perversion of the creative energy
in the base of the spine chakra, the vibration of rock is anti-creative.
It actually causes the destruction and disintegration of matter.
So, rock music is inherently destructive but it is also the whole culture
surrounding it that is contributing to the downward spiral in society.
Of course rock music is casually listened to everywhere, the culture
I am referring to is the live-to-party consciousness, the bar scene,
wearing the colors and symbols of death, etc.
We have all grown up with rock music. We have become accustomed
to it over the years. The reaction that many parents had to it in the
sixties was well founded. If you stop listening to it for a few years you
won't be able to stand it either. Most of the music now being played is
much harsher and more chaotic than in the sixties. If you are not used
to it, it actually causes physical pain or discomfort.
From: Paul Elliott
Don't forget bluegrass:
The twang of the voice is associated with the fifth ray of purity in
the nose chakra. Music sung by people who didn't grow up marrying
their second cousins is an outpouring of the fifth ray. Bluegrass gets
its name from the fact that the effort of forcing all that air through
your nose actually turns your face blue. This a perversion of pure
singing. The effect of this abysmal squalling is to draw the flow of
light into the brain. It is the strong movement of light that attracts
us to the music and makes people in leisure suits request 'Dueling
Banjos.' The problem is that the light is moving the wrong way. The
Light winds up being spilled, usually along with a lot of Wild Turkey
and that chilli dog you ate around midnight, because the nose chakra is
the center of expectorant energy. Because it is a perversion of the
creative energy in the nose chakra, the vibration of bluegrass is
anti-creative. It actually evolved into country and western music.
So, bluegrass music is inherently destructive but it is also the whole
culture surrounding it that is contributing to the downward spiral in
society. Of course bluegrass music is casually listened to in the
background of almost every televised large appliance or used car ad;
the culture I'm referring to is the 'I'm so blue and it's probably all
your fault' consciousness, the tailgate picking party scene, wearing
the hats and boots of a culture that traditionally only bathed once a
We have all grown up, in spite of playing bluegrass music. We have
become accustomed to nobody showing up at the gigs over the years. The
reaction that many Yuppies had to it in the '80s was well founded. If
you stop listening to it for a few years you won't believe you ever
could rhyme 'drink' with 'bank.' Most of the music now being played is
even more depressing than 'Take me in chains' (which contrary to what
the title sounds like is actually about a guy telling his girlfriend
not to blame herself [?] because HE mistakenly shot her father thinking
he was her boyfriend. What a gentleman). If you are not used to it,
it actually causes hangovers or bad wardrobe decisions.
© 1993 Peter Langston