Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Tune, vol 80 - Rapture

U2 is in town tonight.  I'm not going.  Nor do I wish I was going.  It's not that I don't like U2 – I'm rather fond of U2.  It's that I don't like stadiums.  I don't like sporting events in stadiums, and I expecially* don't like concerts in stadiums.  Hullo?  Can you say total and complete music distortion?
(* Expecially is a local portmanteau of extra + especially.  It will be used around here often.  Prolly as much as prolly.  Although it prolly isn't local.  Can anyone not local to the 'Tah verify that expecially is used outside of Utah?)

Originally I had planned to do some U2 songs.  But then the Rapture happened.  Or didn't happen.  Whatever.  Who on this planet can pass up a playlist-inspired happening like the Rapture?  Not I, said Rabid.  Not I.

So today, the songs are all about the Rapture.


First, we must have some background.  Specifically, we must expose the source of all this Rapture stink.  It came from a Christian radio-show host by the name of Harold Camping.  Camping said he used math to predict that the Rapture would occur on May 21, 2011, (at 6:00pm your time!)  Here's Camping's logic (copy'd and paste'd from Wiki):
* The number five equals "atonement", the number ten equals "completeness", and the number seventeen equals "heaven".
* The number of days (as calculated below) between April 1, 33 AD and May 21, 2011 AD is 722,500: Christ is said to have hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years. 
* If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar, as distinct from lunar, year), the result is 722,449. 
* The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days. 
* 51 added to 722,449 is 722,500. 
* (5 × 10 × 17) to the 2nd or (atonement × completeness × heaven) to the 2nd also equals 722,500. 
*Camping said that 5 × 10 × 17 is telling us a "story from the time Christ made payment for our sins until we're completely saved."[25]


I majored in Math and I don't get that.  (Not really, I didn't major in Math, but I've always wanted to say that I majored in Math.  I suppose it's not too late to major in Math.  Maybe I should go back to school and major in Math.  After which I'll predict a Rapture of my own and be world-wide famous 'n stuff.)

Here's my own spin on this Rapture tom-foolery.  Camping is Christian, is he not?  Well, if you're Christian, then most likely you believe in the New Testament – specifically the book of Matthew.  In Matthew, Jesus talks to us about the time and place that he'll party with us again.  He said... "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." Matthew 24:36.

Hear that Camping?  Even Jesus has no clue when it's going to happen.  Only THE Father will know, so put yer math away.  Or don't.  I find it entertaining, actually.  He's since revised his date again.  Kind of like his initial date was in 1994, and when the Rapture didn't come then, he claimed a "mathematical error" and said it would be May 21, 2011.  The new-new (newest!) date is in October.  Which is all good, 'cause that'll give me some time to come up with more Rapture tunes.

On this last Rapture day of May 21, 2011, (we have so many Rapture days to choose from!) I was running a marathon.  At the start of most marathons, the marathon people will choose a kickin'-it send-off tune – you know, one to get the blood pumping and the runners ready for action.  The Ogden Marathon people chose R.E.M.'s End of the World as We Know It.  It was perfect.  Thought I'd start this little playlist there.

It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
Rapture – Blondie (My friend Miko suggested this one go on my playlist for Ogden.  That's where this playlist started, by the way.  Thank ya Miko!)
Rise Up – Diane Birch
I'll Fly Away – Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch
The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
The Final Countdown – Europe
Til the End of Time – Devotchka
Do You Believe In Rapture – Sonic Youth
My Mathematical Mind – Spoon
The Lucky Ones – Brendan James
If I Rise – Dido
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
The End – The Doors


Sparks said...

Expecially: rampant usage in Northern Nevada. Along with"supposebly."

Makell said...

"Here comes your man"......classic list. Love them all. Thanks for the laughs:)

Heather C. said...

My sister Laurie sent me a link to your blog in case you're wonderin' why you're getting a comment from Idaho.
I have lived in many different places and have never heard 'expecially' outside of Utah. Bless it's heart.