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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
27th October 1970
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber release Jesus Christ Superstar
This musical was their third on from The Likes of Us, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Superstar grew out of Tim Rice’s longtime fascination with Judas Iscariot, whom he conceived not as a craven betrayer of Jesus, but rather as a dear friend struggling with the implications of Jesus’ growing celebrity. Although the musical would later find broad support among leaders of liberal Christian churches, it was nevertheless too controversial to gain the financial backing necessary for a stage production. Lloyd Webber and Rice therefore chose to package Superstar as an album first.
Working with a cast that included Murray Head, later of the pop hit “One Night In Bangkok” (1985), in the role of Judas, Ian Gillan of rock band Deep Purple as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman of the 1977 #1 hit “If I Can’t Have You” as Mary Magdalene, Lloyd Webber and Rice recorded the Jesus Christ Superstar album in the summer of 1970 and released it in Britain and the United States the following Autumn.
The Jesus Christ Superstar album spawned a Top 40 single in versions of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” by both Yvonne Elliman and Helen Reddy, and it shot all the way to the top of the Billboard album charts in early 1971, paving the way for a smash Broadway opening later that year.
As with many Rice/Webber compositions, and despite the risky premise, this musical has proved to be a spectacular success and is still performed frequently to this day.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Very good progress is being made on emptying the mind, and it's having tangible results on my behaviour and wellbeing. Intuition, wordless and thought-free, is proving much better at running this character, making balanced and measured decisions. Now it's starting to have an impact when I'm alone, I want to expand it to all my interactions, so that all my communication comes direct from the intuition rather than from calculated thought. Intuition is faster, simpler and better!
The "price" is that it demands much mental energy and very high levels of concentration to keep in intuitive mode. However I am confident that as my faith and confidence in my own intuition grows, fear diminishes and so my focus does not have to push so hard against it to stay intuitive. This is a very exciting time on the spiritual front, and once I can be intuitive in all communication, confrontation and adversity, this character is going to be seriously effective!
Whilst mind and spirit are flourishing, the body that carries them is of course dying! I believe if everyone over 30 and therefore dying contemplated this, they'd make better use of the time! Never being particularly sporty, the loss of muscle tone and resilience that ends the career of sportsmen in their 30's happened virtually unnoticed. Losing my hair and turning grey also did not really get in my way. It was the appearance of erectile dysfunction in my forties and long-sightedness in my fifties where it finally began to bite.
Erectile dysfunction, though of course upsetting when you're unprepared, is also kinda fascinating to observe. When you're mentally sexually stimulated, you at best get a "semi", but precum, a sign of arousal, flows more-or-less as it did in younger days. The mind and the hormones thus still "work" but the penis itself doesn't - you're horny but with no boner. Annoyingly however, a full bladder at 3am gives you ROCK HARD boners. A natural erection thus now indicates the need for a wee rather than a good cum.
Physical stimulation if continual and skillful still manages to evoke the appropriate response but the stimulation, physical, mental and visual, has to be strong and everything takes longer. I am therefore fine on my own, but intercourse is more challenging! Missus, bless her, though she has my heart, though keen is not a skilled seductress. How grateful I am therefore to live in the age of cheap Viagra! You have to time the taking of it just right, but it means I can meet her needs.
Of course, ultimately, EVERYTHING has to be let go of - your character simply dissolves back into the universal consciousness, so it's important to make the maximum difference in the limited time available.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the very best of your life?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Foggy/cloudy and increasingly damp, with a light to moderate easterly wind
Max Temp = 11 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 9 degC at 9am
Sunrise at 06:57
Sunset at 16:44
Weathertrack: Britain will be in a run of mild southerly air as a weather front approaches slowly from the west
Air Pressure: 1009 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
How come Dracula looked so immaculate when he couldn't see himself in a mirror?
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Built by the Roman emperor Hadrian (118-125), the Pantheon (“Temple of the Gods”) in Rome is remarkable because its massive dome is made of concrete that has withstood the elements for almost 2,000 years—with no steel reinforcing. The Pantheon was the largest concrete curved dome in existence until the nineteenth century.
9. ZEN WISDOM
One cannot expect to become happy without hardship or effort. Because we challenge ourselves we become strong. To become strong is to become happy.