Lanced Hearts of Lovers & Martyrs

I'm Eric, a young poet who seems to have been swept away in the Romantic Spirit of Beethoven's Symphonies, struck by the philosophies of Plato & the Poets' lyrics, burned for love like the martyrs of Rome, and can see an honest beauty in love & faith.

This blog is dedicated to my passions in Poetry, Literature, History, Philosophy, and Music, along with exploring the beauty and truth in the Christian faith-- how it rebels and transcends the ways of the world and burns it ablaze; preaches it's the Heart that counts, sings how Love endures, and that Truth is a beautiful Bride & hypocrisy a sin. It reveals that love is self-less, death is no end, and that there's no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

• Faith & Philosophy
• History (esp. 19th cen.-WWI)
• Poetry & Literature
• Catholicism

• Christ
• St. Justin Martyr
• Socrates
• Victor Hugo
• J.R.R. Tolkien
• Richard Wagner

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"Reason directs those who are truly pious and philosophical to honour and love only what is true, declining to follow traditional opinions, if these be worthless."
-St. Justin Martyr

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  1. Listen/purchase: How Long by Bradley Hathaway

    Breaking hiatus to share what might be one of the great hidden treasures of this year’s indie albums.

    I was fortunate enough to get a pre-release listen to Bradley Hathaway’s How Long.If you’re familiar with Bradley at all, his new album (coming out Nov. 5) is his most versatile album yet.

    I’ve been following him for a few years now, and I see he’s refined his style and matured a lot as an artist since his humble beginnings as a spoken-word poet, and his newest album’s his best testament of his lyrical craft yet. Just like his previous releases (like A Thousand Angry Panthers, and A Storm Coming),— and more gradually so with each one,— his style’s matured and evolved with a dark tone of tragedy and brokenness, many of his songs dealing with issues of substance abuse, sexual abuse, parental neglect, crumbled relationships, and loneliness (though there’s still a glimmer of his iconic ’cute’ romances, like the track ‘Courthouse’).

    But what draws me, personally, so much to Hathaway’s style is his unabashed and unfiltered honesty, which is crucial to true art. With his last 3 albums and EP’s, he’s been mastering something revolutionary in CCM circles, which is only slowly growing, and only so with a lot of resistance. With his newest album, he successfully sheds off further the dampening artistic effects that ‘moralizing’ Christian undertones cause, and still pose a hurtle to much of his contemporaries in the CCM. 

    For a first listen, it’s hard to see if these are even ‘Christian’ songs at all. And in a sense, they’re not. They’re songs of despair and ruin, which seem themselves looking and crying for salvation. The ‘spirituality’ within his lyrics only comes as hauntingly as in a Flannery O’Connor tale. In some, Grace is just a brief flicker, trying and fighting to get it’s way in the characters’ hearts, or even into the song at all, like it’s desperately trying to mend a broken relationship. I find his message of Grace lies nowhere else but in his character’s desperate demand for it, and, probably unique to almost all Christian song-writers today, he offers no real sense of a pre-defined morality and modesty, instead, it evolves only from the outcomes. He offers only a Christ-like outlet somewhere within a song, and his characters are given a true sense of choice in accepting his healing or not. His technique offers a lot of room for artistic expression.

    So take a listen, and support an independent artist. Pre-order How Long, releases Nov. 5. To get a good feel of what I mean, check my personal favorite tracks; ‘So Far’, ‘He Drives’, ‘If I Should Die.’

    Or check out his earlier work; ‘She was Raised by a Man with a Sickness’, ‘The World is Screaming’, ‘Look Up’

     
     
  2. An Afternoon at the Opera

    I don’t know how it happened, I’m still in some euphoric haze over it all, but unless I’m dreaming, I think just bought 3 box-level seats to the Detroit Opera House’s final performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio for 17 bucks.

    So come this Sunday, I’ll be donning my top-hat, banding with the most suave of all the college friends I have—a rag-tag gang looking straight out of La Boheme—, dressing as petit-bourgeois as humanly possible, and storming the D like its the Tullieries on a Parisian revolt. And spending the afternoon with the Romantic of all Romantics, Beethoven.

     
     
  3. A Prelude to Spring

    First day of the year it truly feels like Spring, through and through.

    Celebrated by popping the sunroof, rolling all my windows down, and proceeding to blare Tchaikovsky as loudly as possible through town all the way home from work.

    Neighbors appreciated it, I bet.

     
     
  4. A Song for Holy Saturday. Jonni Greth

     
     
  5. Hey, they wrote a comic about me. ;)

    Ok, I’m actually pretty rusty on my syntax… Ever man’s got his flaws.

    (Source: infinitenap)

     
     
  6. "In my story I do not deal in Absolute Evil. I do not think there is such a thing, since that is Zero. I do not think that at any rate any ‘rational being’ is wholly evil. Satan fell. In my myth Morgoth fell before Creation of the physical world. In my story Sauron represents as near an approach to the wholly evil will as is possible. He had gone the way of all tyrants: beginning well, at least on the level that while desiring to order all things according to his own wisdom he still at first considered the (economic) well-being of other inhabitants of the Earth. But he went further than human tyrants in pride and the lust for domination, being in origin an immortal (angelic) spirit.* In The Lord of the Rings the conflict is not basically about ‘freedom’, though that is naturally involved. It is about God, and His sole right to divine honour. The Eldar and the Númenóreans believed in The One, the true God, and held worship of any other person an abomination. Sauron desired to be a God-King, and was held to be this by his servants;† if he had been victorious he would have demanded divine honour from all rational creatures and absolute temporal power over the whole world.

    * Of the same kind as Gandalf and Saruman, but of a far higher order.

    † By a triple treachery: 1. Because of his admiration of Strength he had become a follower of Morgoth and fell with him down into the depths of evil, becoming his chief agent in Middle Earth. 2. When Morgoth was defeated by the Valar finally he forsook his allegiance; but out of fear only; he did not present himself to the Valar or sue for pardon, and remained in Middle Earth. 3. When he found how greatly his knowledge was admired by all other rational creatures and how easy it was to influence them, his pride became boundless. By the end of the Second Age he assumed the position of Morgoth’s representative. By the end of the Third Age (though actually much weaker than before) he claimed to be Morgoth returned.
    "
    — J.R.R. Tolkien, Letters, #184  (via stoneofthehapless)

    (Source: theringofwords)

     
     
  7. I’m moving, moving out of my old place,’Craiglockhart’, as I’ve come to call it; that mental ward the two war poets Owen & Sasasson met. Good riddance, I say. A bit liberating to be out. My friends’ condo’s been made into somewhat of a limbo for me; a place to stay between now and the next few months that I figure things out for University.

    First on the list of packing was to mobilize my emassed library of second hand books I’ve collected through the years. My car’s filled right now with nearly half the novels I’ve ever come to own.— It’s quite literally a literary vessel as epic as Odesseus’ (he himself’s somewhere in there, too) carrying within her the cargo of thousands of years of man’s thought and verse, not to mention one young boy’s own life’s worth of stories. Were it to go down now in some Atlantic street wreck, King Phillip II’s lost ships of Aztec gold wouldn’t buffer the losses my childhood’s reading pleasure would suffer. But in just being melodramatic. These days ahead look pretty bright. I’m glad to be off to a new home.

     
     
  8. "It is true I am of an older fashion; much that I love has been destroyed or sent into exile."
    — G.K. Chesterton (via larien-vardamir-arcamonel)