Cheating as a Way of Life, Mercury Rx and Bono’s Astrology

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I begin tonight’s program I survey the culture of cheating that we live in, and take the question back to Chiron in Capricorn and the Enron scandal. I also look at the upcoming Mercury retrograde, and the involvement of Mars in that pattern. I also read the chart of Bono and talk about how it is that he became involved with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, reading from an interview with Brian and Danny who tell the story in their own words.

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Paul Hewson, a/k/a Sir Bono.

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In this edition I consider something I’ve been curious about for ages — the early relationship between Brian Eno and Bono. I look at Bono’s chart as well, and then give some examples of music pre and post U2’s Eno-infused transformation.

As for Brian, whose chart I read a couple of weeks ago, this is someone who has been pivotal in the development of 20c music, one of its guiding forces and in truth, inventors. It’s impressive to imagine someone whose mind is so encompassing and alive that he can sail from David Bowie to David Byrne and TH to Bono and U2 and guide these artists into their originality and true sonic landscape.

For those who have not got into Eno yet, I can recommend his CDs Another Green World, Music for Films and Ambient 1.

Also in this edition, I survey the culture of cheating that we live in, and take the question back to Chiron in Capricorn and the Enron scandal. I also look at the upcoming Mercury retrograde, and the involvement of Mars in that pattern. And then I go over a grouping of aspects between now and Friday that include Mars opposite Saturn, Vesta conjunct Chiron, and Psyche conjunct 1992 QB1.

In the third segment I do the chart of Bono and talk about how it is that he became involved with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, reading from an interview with Brian and Danny who tell the story in their own words.

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5 thoughts on “Cheating as a Way of Life, Mercury Rx and Bono’s Astrology

  1. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Eric: It’s really intriguing how this podcast of yours (like some many of them lately) ends up being greater the sum of its parts. Indeed, how the parts end up adding up at all – but they do, in a truly transformative way. First off, thank you for catching this “cheating” trend (that really emerged strongly just as – and soon after – Mercury entered Gemini to square Neptune) that was, as you noted, evident all over the newspaper you referred to. Then connecting back to the origins of the trend. Finally to the widespread inflammation of the trend we are now experiencing. All taking in much of same time frame addressed by the millennial generation reading you are offering for today’s young adults (and those who love them). Amazing. After that, the smooth segue to Bono, who has bridged (if you will) the same time span with both his artistry and socially conscientious endeavors so as to serve as a practical example for all in the epoch of his life span. All leading back in a nice neat completion of the initial theme through the meme of reinvention. Wow. Dude. Spontaneous and authentic creativity. Post-modern jazz. Well worth the listen for the journey you guided.

  2. Eric Francis Post author

    Pitchfork magazine interview with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, about their first encounter with Bono and U2

    http://pitchfork.com/news/36883-brian-eno-and-daniel-lanois-remember-the-making-of-u2s-unforgettable-fire/

    Pitchfork: U2, particularly at that time, was totally at odds with the kind of music you were making. Why do you think they looked to you as producers?

    Eno: I think they were very keen on the Talking Heads stuff that I had done. I think they also, dare I say it, liked some of my music! [laughs] The main thing, actually, was that they wanted to go somewhere else.

    Lanois: They wanted to do something different. U2 has been listening to New Gold Dream by Simple Minds as a point of reference, a record they liked. The panorama of the ambiance appealed to them. I think that Bono wanted to get to a place that was wider than stripped-down rock’n’roll, so we allowed ourselves the flexibility to embrace the colors that Eno and I had been developing.

    Eno: I had this phone call with Bono — he is the greatest salesman of all time, you have to bear that in mind — where I said to him, look, what I’m worried about is that I might change things rather unrecognizably. People might not particularly like the new you that comes out of this.

    And he said, well, actually we want to be changed unrecognizably. We don’t want to just keep repeating what we’ve done before. He said if we wanted to, we’re on track for being a band that just does the kind of records we’ve done so far. He said we want to do something different from that. He said we wanted to be more — I forget the word he used, but “cutting edge” was the meaning. I thought, OK, as long as you appreciate that there’s a risk involved in that.

    After that conversation was when I came up with a plan. I thought, well, I knew that Danny was a great producer, and even if nothing about the working relationship between me and the band worked out, they would still have a really good producer in him. In fact, it worked out very well.

  3. LizzyLizzy

    Absolutely fascinating (and horrific) about the cheating trend in the US, especially as I live in a country where it is so endemic. Unfortunately I’m so exhausted these days that I then felll asleep – particularly frustrating as I really wanted to listen to the Bono bit. will have to wit till the weekend!

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