How to play 4D outfit chess on these haters -- even when one of the haters is YOUR OWN BRAIN
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Longtime readers know that BBSP H.Q. is a beautifully furnished air fortress that floats invisibly (we have cloaking technology) above various cool locales, mostly in the East Bay, which is where I found myself this past Saturday a.m., posted up on exquisite TAN KNOLL BOUCLÉ in the living room, enjoying a restorative weekend ritual we call Beautiful Inward-Gazing Blessed Uninterrupted Closed System (“B.I.G. B.U.C.S.”) Mindset (elaborated on here) …
I’d tossed a copy of the experimental composer Alvin Curran’s 1975 album Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico (Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden) onto the turntable. It’s an LP I copped after hearing it at the GOAT L.A. hifi bar In Sheep’s Clothing, and hadn’t played for a couple years, so I basically forgot what it sounded like beyond a faded smear of memory.
I was partway through Side A when I felt a mounting urge to get up & turn the s**t the F**K off… the meter was irregular, the synthesizer lines queasy, the timbres metallic and clanging, and the vocals piercingly un-pretty, for a combined effect you could call “challenging.” I’d bought the record during a particularly intense infatuation with soothing & ambient new-age-adjacent compositions, so I’d expected something more soothing & ambient…!
Erin clearly shared my uncertainty because she called out from the kitchen, where she was engaged in some Mach 3+ periodical-reading & coffee sipping: “What … is this?”
“D*mn,” I thought, “these might not be the ideal chunes with which to greet the TOP O’ THE MORNING… wtf!!”
But I told myself, “Easy, king, groove upon these off-putting sounds a little longer…” And lo ‘n’ behold, after a short while the music underwent a BEATIFIC TRANSFORMATION: Right before the end of Side A, soft, harmonizing flugelhorns washed over the d*mn track… and then Side B kicked off with a warm, ill, hypnotically worming synthesizer figure of the type that you might hear on, like, a bonus ballad from the In Rainbows sessions (Radiohead’s best album, real ones know!!) and from that point on the beauty did not relent. Wow.
I realized that — sitting there engaged in B.I.G. B.U.C.S. Mindset — an entirely new mindset had just dropped, in a “telescoping mental architecture of mindsets” schematized here:
Our newest mindset??
And as I thought about it profoundly with my big beautiful brain, I realized that S.W.A.D.D.L.E. mindset has swag-increasing implications not only for engaging with art but also for how to dress cool, feel great & avoid becoming FOSSILIZED when it comes to what you wear!!
💎 Here’s how:
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