After some period of adjustment, Blind Monk, our liberal (and musical) Thai monk, has settled in for a spell with Lizard King stateside. Of course Lolita was delighted to discover Monk’s talent on the ancient gopichant. And Monk, for his part, is always glad for an audience. For our Thai Monk, his well-trained ear has become a key which opens the door to his inner eye. To be sure, Blind Monk sees a lot. He sees essence and truth. He sees feeling. He sees condition and experience. This was his cred as a young hustler in the Bangkok alleys. And as a humble Buddhist acolyte, Monk offers his “vision” to those that seek. Of course, Lizard King has simply enjoyed partying with our Thai, so happy for a break from the strictures of communal life in Pathome Asoke.
But Lolita has delved into this particular talent of Monk, this ability to process external data through an inner, interpretive eye. She has sought to collaborate with the Thai in pursuit of her own passion – enhancing the appreciation of art with music.
That the oriental flavor of Blind Monk’s gopichant would be a good fit for the geisha portrait of artist Van Evan Fuller was a no-brainer for our contemplative Vampiress. What was less obvious to Lolita was her own emotional resistance to connecting with sentiments conveyed by this image of a beautiful Japanese courtesan. With delicate feedback from the sensitive blind man, Lolita confronted very personal themes of regret and loss, power and powerlessness, innocence held and lost.
Through this emotional collaboration with Monk, our Girl was liberated, at least, from the paralysis of denial. And she was empowered creatively to develop the bittersweet gopichant setting we can hear with the Fuller portrait at Audio Sparks for Art.