TooL

 

Black,

 

then white

 

Are

 

All I see

 

In my infancy…

 

 

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
Lets me see.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn beyond the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
Lets me see
There is so much more that
Beckons me to look through to these infinite possibilities.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving opportunities behind.

Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.

I embrace my desire to
I embrace my desire to
Feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow
To feel inspired to fathom the power, to witness the beauty,
To bathe in the fountain,
To swing on the spiral,
To swing on the spiral,
To swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human.

With my feet upon the ground I lose myself between the sounds and open wide to suck it in.
I feel it move across my skin.
I’m reaching up and reaching out. I’m reaching for the random or whatever will bewilder me.
Whatever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one’s been.
We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been.
Spiral out. Keep going.

Lateral Us

The above image and the eye used in the Catalyst banner are works of artist Alex Grey – one of the many great minds that will be discussed on this page.  Click on the picture below to visit Alex’s Website.  There will also be more work of his featured on this site.

 

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ToolA Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Maynard James Keenan (lead vocalist and lyricist for all 3 bands) have been an incremental influence to me philosophically, artistically, and psychologically – contributing to my growth as an individual.  Without art, life becomes…lifeless, in my opinion.  I have made this page to not only express my appreciation, but also as an attempt to share the inspiration with you.

Tool helped to popularize other artists they respect.  Alex Grey, Chet Zar, Lustmord, Timothy Leary, Henry Rollins, Zack De La Rocha, and Bill Hicks stand among the many names that TooL has either worked with or served as their inspiration for what they do.  Respectively, these people (among other Tool points of interest will be discussed on this page, as I consider TooL to be a component of a creative collective.

The entire band formed from (and around) pure sound.  Thus, the band, despite Maynard’s scalp peeling poetry, was originally built from a raw form of expression.Tool helps/helped me channel my own emotion with their music.  This is another story…

Also, this is one band that does not revolve around money, and would eventually find its purpose  through funneling their passion into something useful.  Hence, the name – ‘TooL.’  The word has a diverse set of meanings.  Yet, why the band chose this name can only be speculated on.  They leave their art open for interpretation as all great artists.

TooL website :

 

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The first Tool song that made me think about the depth of the band was the song “Flood.” It is mainly instrumental, and makes a steady gallop toward its climactic introduction of Keenan’s vocals.

I personally feel this song speaks about what I call my “baptism.”  The lyrics are in the video if you’re interested, but the song is best experienced in its entirety.

 

 

To be continued…

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2 responses to “TooL

  1. wesmantoddshaw

    As much as I love tool, I think I like the Late Bill Hicks even better. But only because I’m often in greater need of a “lol” than the darkness of Tool.

    I did see Tool in about 95 in Dallas though, it might have been a year or two earlier though. I know that it was the undertow tour, and Maynard was painted blue, and had the very long hair then. Someone dumped a beer on me from a catwalk. . . .which didn’t even piss me off much, as I was into the show.

  2. Tool’s “darkness” has definitely served a purpose for me personally. It helped me to balance out emotionally. It’s difficult to explain…

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