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BLACKOUT SABBATH – JUNE 21 08 – First ever Stromausfallschabath (may there be many more)

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on June 12, 2008

Rufus Wainwright is hoping to help save the Earth, our home. He has initiated a holiday BLACKOUT SABBATH that combines inventiveness with ecological commonsense. The object of this holiday is to leave the grid for 12 hours on June 21 (noon to midnight) the eve of the Summer Solstice. No driving either. You’ll be richer in the morning. Use up all the stuff in your freezer in the days before June 21 making the food you’ll need to eat during the Blackout Sabbath. Have a party. Look at it as an incentive to clean the fridge. For those of you deep in the country ‘go’ outdoors (like they do at European Music Festivals) cause the water pump’s gotta be turned off too, no flush unless its a royal. Trim your lamps and make sure you have candles and matches at the ready before sunset.

An aside: Just googled Black Sabbath, the band. The group was called Earth (really? must have been when it was just a ball of iron making Ozzie some kinda fossil) until they decided to call themselves after the Italian horror film Black Sabbath starring Boris Karloff. What does it all mean?

Naan apologizes for the weird meter (electrical?) to these following missives. Just as Jesus turned water into wine WordPress has turned prose into poetry.

MESSAGE FROM RUFUS

Hey all!

This will be the last reminder before the first annual Blackoutsabbath
ritual takes place on Saturday, June 21st 2008 from noon to midnight
all over the World. I’m assuming you folks out there haven’t been
bombarded with promo concerning the event: this is precisely my
intention! I didn’t want to push this project too hard and make it
seem like some kind of media fad. Like the low grade fever that grips
our planet, we need a low grade answer (not necessarily dramatic, but
a CONSTANT reminder) to combat the marathon machinations we are about
to experience, not to mention what we are experiencing right now!
Don’t get me wrong, the bigger the gesture the better. Still, any
shift must last and in essence become a solid part of our lives. The
other day I saw some guy on TV (wish I could remember his name)
talking about how it is the simple organisms that survive on this
planet, and that history is laced with examples of species dying out
because they failed to cut back when their habitat required them to.
On one hand it’s frightening, but on the other it’s possibly a
testament to the greatness of humanity if we act on the fact that we
as a species might actually have to de-evolve in a way in order to
survive. IT’S REVOLUTIONARY, and has never been done in the whole
history of the earth! Still, I would bargain to say that not only the
earth but in fact the entire Universe has never witnessed such a thing
as “human beings” and that even if they can get a bit screwy, our
brains are still our greatest asset. So good luck with your day off,
do what you can, but most of all, keep trying.

Love, Rufus

P.S. This message was pretty dry in terms of the comedy section, so
below I attached a couple of emails, one from my mom and one from Jorn
so you guys can chuckle a bit. Also, don’t forget to visit the site
blackoutsabbath.org to get the specifics. Adios!

From Kate (forever the flower child) adapting the old Timothy Leary slogan for the day:

blackoutsabbath: TURN OFF!!!TUNE UP!!!DROP IN!!!
TURN OFF all Blackberrys, computers, cell phones, lights and electrical appliances, TUNE UP
your harp, biwa, whatever, voice.. host a blackoutsabbath DROP IN: preferably outdoors…just like the old celebration of the solstice – burning the fire from sundown to sun up in order to keep the day from dying and starting anew! In Quebec, we do the St. Jean which is an ancient Celtic (Breton) celebration…don’t use anything ELECTRICAL or ELECTRONIC…..show your ELECTRONS some love: give them the DAY OFF!
For advice on how to prepare, ask your RABBI whose people have lots of experience
(thousands of years) doing sabbath – how to prepare, what to eat etc…(Naan will consult her local DRUID leader Dane) As this event has nothing to do with WORK, I suggest a hearty BBQ – fire is allowed,
coals are allowed – fun is allowed! NO ELECTRONIC SOURCES OF SOUNDS –
make your own music….beat a drum, strum a guitar, plink a piano,
blow a horn!

Here’s one from Jorn:

Liebe Lieblingsdeutschen,
Schon wieder was Neues aus Amerika und Ihr werdet dabei sein. Nicht
der neue Sex and the City, der schon so vorbei ist, wenn man ihn sieht
und das einzig Neue ist, dass keine Anzeigen drin sind, sondern der
Film halt eine einzige Anzeige ist, nicht ein neues Iphone, obwohl ich
selber gar nicht sicher bin, ob es das schon gibt, kein neuer Ipod mit
Speicherkapazitaet fuer jede Minute eines ganzen Durchschittsleben,
sondern es ist Blackoutsabbath.
Jawohl! Ihr habt recht gehoert, es ist etwas, was sich dunkel und
geheimnisvoll anhoert (etwas das die Amerikaner lieber den Europaern
ueberlassen haben) aber es kommt eben doch aus den USA.
Und richtig, es hoert sich auch ein bischen nach Rezession an und das
ist nun auch eine der Neuigkeiten, die wir gemeinsam haben. Wir haben
Rezession und wir haben McCain. Das tolle aber an dieser Neuigkeit
ist, dass sie mit zwei altbekannten Gesichtern daherkommt. Zum einen
Rufus, der dann schon ein paar Tage an etwas das so passe ist wie
Shakespeare’s Sonnette gearbeitet haben wird und eben ich.
Blackoutsabbath ist am 21. Juni und das einzige, was Ihr machen
muesst, um dabei zu sein ist: Nichts.
Hoert sich bislang ganz einfach an. Ihr muesst sicherstellen, dass
nichts wird aus dem, was Ihr macht oder das ihr nichts braucht fuer
das, was Ihr macht. Was heisst das? Strom abstellen! Macht Euren
eigenen Stromausfall (english blackout). Und ja, es ist an einem
Samstag und der 21. Juni ist zufaelligerweise auch der laengste Tag
des Jahres. Und in New York gibt es ja auch die Upper West Side mit
ganz vielen Sabbathfahrstuehlen, die einfach in jedem Stock halten,
weil man ja keine Knoepfe druecken darf, und bevor ich nach New York
umgezogen bin, hat mir Adriana versucht alle juedischen Feiertage
beizubringen und jetzt wuenschte ich, ich wuerde in einer juedischen
Firma arbeiten, weil da hat man 13 freie Tage mehr (ja, DREIZEHN). Ich
bin mir sicher, dass Ihr jetzt verstanden habt, warum das
Blackoutsabbath (Stromausfallschabath) heisst.
Ihr duerft nichts machen an dem Tag von 12 Uhr Mittag bis 12 Uhr
nachts (ausser den Kuehlschrank sauber machen, wurde auch langsam
Zeit) und duerft nicht von Energie abhaengen. Wie ist das moeglich?
Wie werdet Ihr bloss mit diesen furchteinfloessenden 12 Stunden
fertig? Indem Ihr zu der Party kommt, die Corinna, Georg, Rufus und
ich um 7 Uhr veranstalten werden. Ihr muesst bei —- klingeln. Eine
Sekunde, klingeln?
Geht nicht! Wir werden uns was einfallen lassen, wie Ihr Euch
bemerkbar macht. Und Ihr muesst die Treppen steigen, weil Fahrstuhl
geht nur mit Strom. Rufus hat schon angeboten immer runterzuflitzen
wenn jemand klingelt (wir nennen das jetzt einfach mal so), weil sein
Trainer ihm gesagt hat, dass Treppensteigen einen Knallerarsch macht.
Ihr koennt natuerlich nicht mit dem Auto oder der U Bahn kommen, weil
ja nichts mehr funktioniert. Auch trampen oder Fahrgemeinschaften
gelten nicht. Ihr koennt ja vor Mittag hier rueber fahren und dann
spazieren gehen (und Zeit vergeuden, was an diesem Tag sehr produktiv
waere). Ihr koenntet angeritten kommen oder einfach das Fahrrad
nehmen. Bringt eine Kerze mit (weil es wird ja dunkel) und Ideen,
ueber die man reden kann, was man anders machen kann und was man
selber aendern will an seinem eigenen und Konsumverhalten. Wir
schreiben dann alles auf und dank Rufus’ absolut unermuedlicher Fans,
die ihm von Schals bis Broschen und Spielzeug (nicht SO ein Spielzeug)
alles schenken, gibt es Kuehlschrankmagneten en masse, die
sicherstellen, dass unsere Ideen fuer ein ganzes Jahr bei uns bleiben
bis das gleiche sich dann im naechsten Jahr wiederholt und wir andere
Ideen haben koennen. Ich wuenschte wirklich, dass Rufus¹ Fans ihm
nuetzlichere Dinge geben wuerden wie Suppenschalen (wir brauchen die
ganz wirklich fuer unser Fruehstueck morgens), eine wunderschoene
Tagesdecke (und ich meine auch wunderschoen nicht wie neulich wieder
dieser Schal nach dem Konzert am 1. April). Ich musste sogar meinen
eigenen Entsafter kaufen, auf den ich seit drei Jahren warte, aber
kein Fan wollte uns einen schenken. Warum bin ich eigentlich in dieser
Beziehung?
Aber ich weiche ab.
Es waere also eine Ehre, wenn Ihr mit uns diesen Abend verbringen
wuerdet.
Es wird eine der raren Chancen sein, dass Ihr mich und umgekehrt seht
(nicht dass es allzu hell sein wird). Bitte gebt auch bescheid, ob Ihr
jemanden mitbringen wollt und begrenzt es bitte auf eine Person, und
es sollte auch diejenige sein, mit der ihr den regelmaessigsten Sex
habt (und gar kein Sex ist nicht regelmaessig).
Freue mich riesig!
Joern
P.S. Achso, wer es immer noch nicht verstanden hat worum es geht, kann
auch noch mal auf der webpage http://www.blackoutsabbath.org die Idee
nachlesen.
Irgendwann steht dieser Text da bestimmt auch.

Und weil es jetzt so schoen war, das ganze noch mal in Englisch:

Heyho fellow Germans,
A new thing is coming from the US again and you will be able to
experience it first hand. It is not the new Sex and the City which is
already so out of date when you watch it and the only new thing about
it is that there are no ads in between but the whole film is a
constant ad, it is not the new Iphone although I am sure there is one
and not the new Ipod that has a bigger music capacity than a person’s
average lifetime but it is blackoutsabbath. Yes, you heard right, it
is something that sounds dark and gloomy (something that American were
leaving up to the Europeans in the past) and it comes from the US. It
does sound a little bit like recession and yes, that is also something
new that we have to share. But the great thing is that the new thing
comes with two well known things or better people; Rufus who will be
in Berlin for a while working on something as over as Shakespeare’s
Sonnets and me. Blackoutsabbath is on the 21st of June and the only
thing that you have to do to be part of it is: nothing. That sounds
easy so far. You have to make sure though that nothing comes out of
anything that you do or that you need nothing to do what you are
doing. What does this mean? Turn of your power! Create your own
blackout. And yes, it is a Saturday and the 21st of June happens to be
summer solstice, the longest day during the year and in New York there
is the Upper West Side and before I moved to New York my friend
Adriana tried to explain to me all Jewish holidays and now I wish I
would be working for a Jewish company because one gets 13 (yes,
thirteen) holidays more in that culture, so now I am sure you also
understand why it is called Blackoutsabbath. So you must not do
anything that day and must not rely on energy. How is that possible?
How can you get through these frightening 12 hours? By coming to the
party that Corinna, Georg, Rufus and myself are organizing at 7PM. You
have to ring the doorbell that says —-. Hang on a minute…Ring a
doorbell? No, you can’t!
We will come up with a device how we upstairs will notice that you
downstairs want to come up. And you will have to use the stairs
because remember no power, no elevators. Rufus already volunteered
that he will come down each time someone is ringing (let us just call
it that for the ease of the communication sake) because climbing
stairs makes your butt pop out. You cannot use your car or the subway
to get here because everything is not working anymore during a
blackout. You could drive over here before noon and hang around
wasting your time (which would be a good thing to do that day).
Also hitchhiking, subway, even sharing cars with lots of other people
does not work. You could use your horse or other animals that you can
ride on or just a bicycle. Bring a candle (as it does get dark and
again, there is no power for 12 hours) and ideas to talk about what
one can change or wants to change about ones life, consumption and
behavior. We will then write everything down and Rufus has really
relentless fans that give him anything from scarves to brooches to
toys (not THOSE toys) to fridge magnets that will make sure that our
thoughts and ideas will stay with us for a year until the same thing
happens again and we can have new ideas that come out of absolutely
nothing. I wish his fans would also give us more useful things like
new bowls (help, we really need some for cereal in the morning!), a
beautiful day blanket for the bed (and I mean BEAUTIFUL not like the
scarf that he got on April 1st after this one show, (didn’t Naan give him that!). I even had to get
my own juicer because I waited for three years and no fan was ready to
give us one.
Why am I in this relationship? But let us stay on the topic.
It would be an honor if you would want to celebrate this evening with
us. It will also be one of the few changes for me to see you again and
vice versa even though after a certain hour we will not see that much
anymore.
Please let me know if you are attending and if you bring someone. You
can only bring one person and that should be the one you have the most
regular sex with (and no sex is not regular).
Lots of love,
Jorn

P.S. And who still did not get what this is about please go to http://www.blackoutsabbath.org
where this text will end up too probably eventually. (actually Naan has scooped it)

And because this was so much fun here is the same letter in Chinese
(just kidding, but they would actually need this) (Jorn, I think they already have it in Sichuan)

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  1. j. couillard said, on June 13, 2008 at 11:00 am

    ‘ow do you hexpect me to ‘eat da cire for my bikini wax?


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