Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Orleans People Project

DAY 412 | LORD DAVID | Shadowy Cult Figure

"I'm an artist; of words, images, music, life. I make my living by creating, restoring or salvaging beauty, depending on the beholder's eye. I believe we are all connected, and that life is precious, strange & full of wonder. I believe there is magic everywhere, if only we would take the time to coax it out."

History: Lord David was born feet first with teeth, stolen by Gypsies & raised by Pirates. After being captured by The Evil One during the War with the Giant Rats, Lord David escaped by drawing a window seat third class bus ticket on a cereal box top, and jumped ship in New Orleans.
Artist, writer, bartender, hot shot guitar player, ex-punk & rock singer, late night pub philosopher, general layabout & vagabond, he can be found doing whatever pays or entertains.
He is also the founder & host of the Skull Club.

About My Name; I once spent some time in the company of one of two Succubi, who allowed me to accompany her to ungodly places, as long as I plied her with nights of wild dancing and plenty of beer & chocolate, and allowed her to bite me until I was often covered in bruises in all manner of places.
Finally, they cast me, like a dried husk, on to the road side, and noted my ability to handle their debauched company by giving me the title, Lord David the Dissolute; meaning one who has mastered the art of living without moral restraint.

While this is not necessarily something to be proud of, it is etched forever in to my soul, and my burden to carry through life.

My Job Description:
"Almost all non-literate mythology has a trickster-hero of some kind. . . . And there’s a very special property in the trickster: he always breaks in, just as the unconscious does, to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system. And the trickster represents all those possibilities of life that your mind hasn’t decided it wants to deal with. The mind structures a lifestyle, and the fool or trickster represents another whole range of possibilities. He doesn’t respect the values that you’ve set up for yourself, and smashes them. . . . The fool is the breakthrough of the absolute into the field of controlled social orders."
   - Joseph Campbell (interviewed by Michael Toms), An Open Life, p.39


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