Jun 24, 2017
Prisons, walls, glass ceilings, and even pacifiers all have one thing in common, they are devices of control. On Moving Music, we have discussed liberating from even the self-imposed chains that bind. “The Matrix” stunned me in April of 1999 as I sat there watching this theme play out in a whole new visual way. The Wachowski‘s first installment in this series was mind blowing and right on target with its message. What I am sure was a metaphor for what society has become, "The Matrix" found a contemporary audience to spread its warning. This film changed the way we received the message.
Oh Captain! My Captain! Where do I begin? It is not exaggerating to say that Tom “Ukulele Man” Harker has been like a Father to me. From the early 2000’s to now, every moment I have spent with Tom I have learned something. As I began to perform music with him I could see a rare depth in thinking through the songs he wrote. It is easy to guess that he was a teacher by the gentle way he deals with everyone he meets. We have performed across state lines and in small pubs in Columbus, using every opportunity to interpret life together. This movie choice gives The Ukulele Man a device to further teach us all about an alternate way of thinking, and living.
I met Tom “Ukulele Man” Harker during a live televison show that I directed in 1998. He set up in the corner of the studio with his ukulele and sang “Pee Wee, Where Have You Gone?” and I laughed until I almost peed! He has a comical way of writing about the most serious stuff. With songs like “Jesus Chrysler”, “Pea Green Boat”, and “King of the World” he, at times, holds a mirror to those who refuse their own reflection. His writings carry an honest introspective message that continues with his movie that moved him, “The Matrix”.