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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Clementine Hall Easter Everywhere Print

Clementine Hall

Clementine Hall

As you all might know, former 13th Floor Elevators, Ms. Clementine Hall is producing a print of the "Easter Everywhere" 13th Floor Elevators lineup. This will be for sale directly from Ms. Hall very soon. Look for the announcement. Here is some feedback I have gotten from Ms. Hall recently:


FROM CLEMENTINE:


I have decided what graphics I want on the poster. As we are staying in the image of Easter Everywhere, I don't want to use any unrelated psychedelic images above, below or around the five guys. Here's how I see it: Over the tops of their heads I'll use the "eyebrows" Tommy came up with to spell out 13th Floor Elevators on the "Easter" album - these will fit exactly above the heads. Then underneath the guys, I'll use the very beautiful lettering of the Easter album to spell out Easter Everywhere, and under that, in smaller plainer letters, "In Our End is Our Beginning." I think that since this re-uses the very minimalistic graphics used on the front cover of the actual album, the lettering will not compete with the images of the five guys (as would some obviously psychedelic graphics), but will still recall the album in question. The back of the album, incidentally, is pure Eastern mysticism, with the Buddha and the chocras and so forth - I prefer less religious-specific graphics. After all, the idea of Christian resurrection is more related to "Easter" than is Buddhism. I like to think of the Elevator music as "revealing" all major religions, even though I am completely Christian.


I remember a very deep discussion my mother had with Tommy (she used to say he was a genius, and he recently told me he believed she was brilliant). Both of them were religious "seekers." Tommy was asking Mother to consider Buddhism, but she responded, "All the major religions seek identical things; what is differs is the path and the rituals used." For her, the rituals of the Christian religion were as beautiful as they were familiar, but she understood that the rituals of Buddhism were more appealing to Tommy (although he later became a fanatical Christian for a while). They discussed their differing views for a whole afternoon, in detail, but that particular exchange between them is what I remember best. I completely agreed with her at the time, and still do.


Clementine Hall

Clementine Hall

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