Monday Music

I’ve been listening to my Tool albums recently, especially on Friday while I had a nice long drive to myself, and so that’s what’s on my mind.

Most people either love Tool or loathe them.  I’m firmly in the former camp.  Their music always seems to have a new nuance to it each time I listen to it.  This piece, “Parabol/Parabola” from the Lateralus album is no exception.

Just don’t ask me to explain any of their videos!

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2 Responses

  1. I loooooooooooooove Parabol and Parabola. I used to listen to Tool in high school. My best friend and I used to sit in the back of English class and analyze their lyrics, while everyone else read MacBeth. [Hey we aced that class! We just didn’t need 3 months to read MacBeth, ok? Sheesh.]

    I just picked them back up recently too. My brother went to see them in concert and a few months ago and, of course, thought they were awesome and inspiring (he plays the drums).

    And talk about the perfect angry music workout playlist (except for these two songs)!

    That’s right…I’m a Tool fan. Bet you’d never have guessed! 😉

  2. Parabol/Parabola is one of those rare Tool songs that’s fairly straightforward. After all those weird time signatures, a straight 4/4 sounds less complex or ethereal and just gets down to visceral. Woo!

    I think Danny Carey is probably the best drummer in rock/metal, so I’m not surprised that your brother finds them inspiring!

    Tool is actually one of my 5 Pantheon Acts: I MUST and WILL go see these guys anytime they’re nearby. The list is:

    Tool
    Opeth
    Jonny Lang
    Rob Zombie
    Alison Krauss and Union Station

    As for the video itself, my favorite part is the end, in which the guy (Tricky, who opened for Tool when I saw them on that tour) is transformed by the flame and the Alex Grey artwork kicks in. Beautiful.

    And while there’s clearly a sexual theme to “Parabol/Parabola,” I always chose to view it as a Buddhist expression as well. “We are eternal, all this pain is an illusion.” Very Bodhisattva-like.

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