Critical Trilogy

a critic's millennial journey

EQUINOX FULL MOON: FALLING INTO MA’S ROADHOUSE

SOMETIMES IF FEEL THAT MY LIFE IS A SERIES OF TRAPEZE SWINGS.

I”M EITHER HANGING UP IN A TRAPEZE BAR
OR SWINGING ALONG

OR, FOR A FEW MOMENTS IN MY LIFE

I’M HURTLING ACROSS SPACE
IN BETWEEN TRAPEZE BARS

THE TRANSITION ZONES IN OUR LIVES

ARE INCREDIBLY RICH PLACES

THEY SHOULD BE HONORED

EVEN SAVORED

THEY ARE THE MOST ALIVE

MOST GROWTH FILLED
MOST PASSIONATE

MOST EXPANSIVE MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES

BECAUSE HURTLING THROUGH THE VOID

WE MAY JUST LEARN HOW TO FLY

Danaan Parry

Full Moon at Zero Degrees Aries on the Fall Equinox, September 23, 2010; 5:17 AM EDT NYC

Quite an amazing feeling of Falling into the New as the Full Moon in Aries lined up on the E/W axis of my natal chart at 5:17 AM this morning.  I am full of new plans to apply my theory outside of the insular NYC art world.

The Otisco docked at the family port in Lyons, NY

I was away for nearly a week on a family trip to realize my brother’s dream, to travel the Erie Canal in a boat, entering the locks that we never tired of experiencing from the outside on visits to our grandmother’s house in Lyons, NY.

The Otisco's descent into Lock 28 A in Lyons NYC

Descending...

The experience was so apt for the onset of the Fall Equinox. Being inside the lock as the water was drained felt like a descent into the Underworld, and then arising, prompting a spontaneous outpouring:

As the leaves start to turn

View of the grandfather's bridge from the canal

And Persephone begins her descent into the Underworld

We four Streitfelds are reflecting on the joyous frutation of a long-cherished dream

to be inside the locks of the Erie Canal as our boat descends and ascends

After a childhood spent gazing upon the process from outside

With our ancestry passed through four generations of matriarchal lineage

(Vocker, Klippel,  Deachler and Seligman) in the lock town of Lyons

We grew up in the mythical lore of the Erie Canal

As we would pass over the bridge passing over lock 38A

My mother would declare, “Your grandfather built this bridge.”

This youthful refrain now met an upward gaze

Thank you Midlakes Navigation for providing a bridge to our youth!

–entered into Otisco logbook on September 20, 2010

The opening of the Locks

Signs pointing to a vacation spot frequented by ancestors

We spent the day of the Fall Equinox hunting down the haunts of our ancestry.

Virginia Volcker Streitfeld seeking her ancestry in Lake Como, the family vacation spot of Lake Como, NY

And the evening with entertainment provided by my brother, delivered via the airwaves…

Ma's Roadhouse, an AMS production on Tru-TV

MA’S ROADHOUSE

My  brother’s new reality TV show, Ma’s Roadhouse, aired for the second time under this full moon,  challenges my new orientation of interpreting a newly emerged archetype in the pop culture.   The series offers a descent into Texan biker culture, where scantily clad woman are treated like cattle, evidenced in last night’s episode of rounding up the bikini contest babes with a prodding towards the stage.

Mother and her non-Prodigal Son at Strokers in Texas

The truTV series actually surprised me as a unique art form reminiscent of Charles Mee’s  bobrauschenbergamerica that I reviewed as “breathing a fresh wind into American theater”  in its premiere at Stamford Center for the Arts.  Told from a dramatic personal perspective that hits the universal through some brilliant editing, Ma’s Roadhouse sums up the blend of authenticity, entertainment and folklore…

..that attracted my family to such unique “slice of Americana” locales as  on our cross country road trips with our own mother, who is diametrically opposite the  raspy foul mouthed mother spotlighted in his TV show!

Mother and Son on the Erie Canal

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