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COTD #71 : Creeper, Introduction 30.01.2009

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“Creeper” is directly inspired by the following aphorism from The Dhammapada :

The streams flow everywhere; the creeper, having sprung up, becomes established. When you see that creeper sprout, sever its root by intense insight. – (XXIV. Craving, #7)

and accompanying translator’s note :

The “creeper” is insidious suggestion, rooted in ignorance and craving, developing into bondage, aggression, and folly. To sever it the moment it sprouts is what the Tao Te Ching refers to as doing what is difficult when it is still easy. This is the purpose of vigilance, so highly recommended by Buddha.

The piece forms an allegory wherein destructive mental processes are compared to creeping plants.

The composition depicts a confrontation between creeper and host in four stages : introduction, growth, conquest, and extinction.

The clip presents the introduction and is excerpted from version # 17 of the MIDI demo. It includes basic vocal melodies which have evolved as the process converged. Check out our Facebook or MySpace pages for comparison with the most current version (see links in the sidebar). The lyrics follow below.

Insidious suggestion
Difficult to contain
Tendency to worry
Threatening to bloom in pain

Stemming up from a doubt
Burgeoning from a no
Better sever the sprout
Or a vine could follow

Creative energy – Unleashed upon itself
Subtle adversary – Not yet under control
Creative energy – Cynical of itself
Unforeseen enemy Between here and the goal

Coming back from the past
Sinister memory
Craving for attention
The voice of gravity

Surely as it will rise
Before long, paralyse
Surely as it will grow
In a spiral, down you go

Creative energy – Unleashed upon itself
Subtle adversary – Not yet under control
Creative energy – Cynical of itself
Unforeseen enemy – Between here and the goal

Paradise awaiting – All your doom scenarios never come to pass
Because your constant voice
Always analyzing – Expected catastrophes never come to life
Undermines every choice

Creeper now I can see – All your doom scenarios never come to pass
You sabotage my dream
Yet share its quality – Expected catastrophes never come to life
Thus ends your little scheme

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