God created everything except that man created the artificial construct we know as "time." And as though that weren't enough, government stepped in and created Daylight Savings Time. If it were up to government, they would meddle with all of God's creation and screw up everything. Hmm--come to think of it......--said by me after the time changed.
| The Clocktower, West Parade, Bexhill, Sussex|
. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are many variants concerning what time is and how it is comprised, but generally speaking I think most of us commonly think of time as being linear; that is a series of events or points in a line that presumably have a starting point somewhere in the past, continuing to where we are in the present, and heading to some point in a future. Then there is nonlinear time which is the impression of time cumulatively as viewed from a far vantage point.
Scientist/theologian Chuck Missler provides what I think is an excellent analogy of the two ways of viewing time. He says to think of a parade. If you are sitting curbside watching the parade pass by then that would be like experiencing linear time. The past is represented by the part of the parade that has already passed by your vantage point, while the present is that fleeting part of the parade that is immediately in front of you soon to enter into the past. The future is that part of the parade that is still to come.
To view the parade from the nonlinear aspect, you might think of yourself hovering high above in a helicopter from which vantage point you are able to see the entirety of the parade from the staging area, then winding through the streets below, and finally dispersing at the end of the parade route. Missler reasons that this nonlinear view is how God would view the time line while we humans are limited to merely experiencing the passage of linear time.
The linear view has immediacy and greater subjective meaning to a viewer while the nonlinear view is more impressionistic where the spectator has no direct connection to singular parade parts, but instead a feel for the entire parade all at the same time.
My Battle of the Bands offering this time around represents to me two distinct ways of assessing time: linear and nonlinear. See if you agree and more importantly, let us know which song you like best...
Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. This event happens twice each month on the 1st and 15th. The premise is simple: Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it. Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.
This Time Battle
This Battle came upon me just a couple weeks ago as my wife and I were eating lunch at the Sizzler Steak Restaurant near our house. As we dined, the background music being piped in seemed to be primarily deep tracks from the seventies so that made for a pleasant dining experience for me since that is a musical era that I particularly enjoy. My attention perked when I heard a familiar old Fleetwood Mac song begin playing and it was not long before a Battle was born, pushing all of my other Battle songs in my line-up to some indefinable future time. Not only did hearing this song change my schedule for Battle of the Bands, it influenced the topic of my current series--"It's About Time".
Funny how things like that can happen when you're just sitting one afternoon eating a steak dinner while a life soundtrack provided courtesy of the dining establishment plays in the background. And to think my wife and I went there on a last minute whim. We hadn't been to that restaurant in many months. And that song was just waiting there to happen to me at that one particular moment in time...
Fleetwood Mac "Sands of Time" (1971)
"Sands of Time" is one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs from the 1971 album Future Games, which I would call my favorite album by the group and consider perhaps their best. Though the later addition of the team of Buckingham/Nicks certainly added a greater commercial appeal to the group, I tend to prefer the songs that came from the teaming of Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch, and Christine McVie. Kirwan lasted about five tumultuous years with Fleetwood Mac until his mental disorders forced his removal from the group--another one of those sad troubled rock and roll genius stories.
The Kirwan penned "Sands of Time" is a wonderful piece of music with somewhat confusing disjointed lyrics that might be a reflection of his mental state of the time. There is no precise focus to the song which to me might represent a more non-linear way to view time. The message depicts a dichotomy between dark and light, apprehension and hope. The final destination is "the sea" without any precise indication of what will be waiting there, but there seems to be an expectation that something good might happen when that sea destination is reached. The music wafts and rolls fading smoothly in and out, almost with a jazzy feel...
Alan Parsons Project "Time" (1980)
Alan Parsons Project was certainly more of a project than any actual band. Consisting of the core members Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson and a parade of guest musicians and regular sidemen, the group cycled through a number of concept albums starting in 1976. Sometimes mistaken for a song by Pink Floyd, the beautiful "Time" sounds like it could have been pulled off of Dark Side of the Moon. This song is about as laid back as music can get. Truly wonderful stuff.
Though I can easily say that "Eye in the Sky" is my favorite song by The Project, "Time" is right up there among my favorite songs by the group. Dreamy and relaxing, "Time" expresses a more linear view of time with the narrator suggesting a sense of resignation as he drifts from the present to eventual death. As in the Mac song, the ultimate destination is the sea. In the Parsons song the "sea" of "Time" is an ambiguous eternity...
Time To Vote!
I hope you have time to vote! And hopefully you have an opinion of some kind. Which version do you like the best? To me it's a somewhat tough choice, but how do you feel about it?
Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.
Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
'Curious as a Cathy'
Sound of One Hand Typing
The Doglady's Den
Cherdo on the Flipside
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle
Winner Announced on Wednesday March 22nd
On Monday March 20th I'll be revealing my theme for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge---yes, it's that time already. Funny how time slips away. Then on Wednesday I'll be back with the results of this current Battle. Who will win? Hope you help decide with your vote.
Do you consider time to be a dimension? What is your favorite combination of artists who comprised Fleetwood Mac? Thinking of concept albums such as those recorded by Alan Parsons Project, do you have a favorite?