The New Saviour

As conventional religion has stopped meeting most peoples needs as a way to deal with the mystery and mortality of life in the past century, these needs have been nonetheless met by a new, albeit implicit, source. It seems that the new supreme deity is now science, with its promises of salvation with its statistical studies and inferences, which are treated like holy scripture, and are supposed to point the way to a longer, healthier, happier life. It is also to science people turn to explain the mysteries of life, and some think it has solved the fundamental questions. Indeed, science’s Darwinian creation myth is considered fact beyond question, and a bleak, material, random universe is the only explanation allowed in most serious, academic circles.

Perhaps in this new century its time to stand back and take a philosophical approach to reason, science and statistics, and identify their strengths and weaknesses in the search for truth. I feel they are good at dissecting and determining the mechanics of the material world, or matter, but in terms of the subjective, spiritual realm and life’s most profound questions they fall terribly short. Its still to the great spiritual teachers and philosophers that one should turn for the answers to the great mysteries, and how to have the good, long life, and deal with the inevitable mortality of us all. It is time to put our faith and hope for salvation back where it belongs, and not give it all to the damn scientists.

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Non Religious Faith

Like a lot of people these days, organized religion doesn’t do it for me, with its rigid rituals and dogmatic positions. Since reading Nietzsche as an undergrad, I have thought like him that Christianity and morality are problematic. I interpreted his statement that “God is Dead” to mean the Christian God was no longer going to meet the needs of most people in the 20th century, but as to the actual existence of a higher power, Nietzsche was just a mortal like the rest of us, and the answer is still shrouded in mystery. Along with karmic justice and an afterlife, these three beliefs form the basis of my faith, and have not been ruled out by science.

As I enter the second half of my life, and can see the brevity of our time here, and have lost some loved ones I had in my youth, I don’t know how you deal with these tragedies without believing in something. The solace that we will see our loved ones again, and that all our effort to learn, love and grow will not be ultimately meaningless and just reduced to dust, and that the end is something to look forward to, provide a meaning to our pilgrim’s journey here that science, math and statistics can never give.

Unlike organized religion, I believe the diety to be non-denominational, and not just for some sect you were fortunate enough to be born into, and to be accessible to anyone with an open heart, and that have the courage in this science obsessed society to dare to believe. The alternative is just the random, chaotic, meaningless existence that science proposes and which provides little comfort as we inevitably pass through the life cycle with its certainties of aging and death. The beauty and mysteries of nature and the universe suggest an architect to me, and therefore a purpose to our lives beyond the random and absurd.

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Paul Kloschinsky

Heart Over Head

It seems the head reigns supreme these days. The long march of reason, and its offspring science, from the days of Socrates and Plato through the Renaissance and Enlightenment to the present day has put forth rational argument and empiricism as the pinnacle of methods in the search for truth. Man’s left hemisphere or reason not only guides our approach to understanding ourselves and the natural world, but can also generate an ideological system of rules and idealistic version of perfection that condemns parts of humanity that could be accepted as part of our imperfect glory and natural instincts. Indeed, our human, all to human disposition is denied by these moral systems, and like a harsh light, produce the deepest, darkest shadows, that eventually emerge in the horror of the return of the repressed.

 

In contrast to such moral dogma, our conduct could instead be governed by the human heart, with its capabilities for love, compassion and empathy. The soft light of tolerance produces the smallest shadow, and counteracts the labyrinth of mind produced when people condemn themselves for being merely human, and deny some of the fundamentals of human nature. Our desires and reward centres need to be gratified somehow, whether with the regular vices, or if denied, can emerge later in much more destructive forms.

 

For me the human heart, or ethics, always reigns supreme and trumps the arguments of the human head, or morality. I find this leads to a kinder and more accepting attitude to both myself and the others in my life.

 

Paul Kloschinsky

Another review of “Better Late Than Never”

Paul Kloschinsky has just released his newest album, Better Late Than Never, at the end of 2014. The stunning album blends complex elements of folk, indie and rock, creating a pleasant, and surprising 10-track album. Kloschinsky’s voice hovers over the tracks with a unique and steady hand. Kloschinsky currently resides in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, where he hones his songwriting skills. These skills are evident in Better Late Than Never, his fourth release. With several music accolades under his belt, he embraces his songwriting on these new tracks.

 

Opening up the record is the breathtaking piece, “Across the Sea.” Acoustic guitars are prominently strummed throughout the track, accompanied by an array of instruments that help bring the song to life. Kloschinsky’s voice is not overpowering, but it stands out and speaks volumes. The folk and Americana element is already noticeable within the track, which will carry through the record. “Better Late Than Never” is the title song from the album, which serves as a perfect representation of the overall feel of the collection. In the song, horns enter slightly that work in perfect unison with Kloschinsky’s vocals.

 

“When Dawn Breaks the Night” brings a very alt-country/indie-folk sound to the record reminiscent of an early Bright Eyes song. The addition of strings makes this piece an instant favorite. The vocals in the track are flawless, and the combination of instruments compliments each other nicely.

 

“Give Me a Sign,” brings a slightly different, more up-tempo feel to the album; bringing a true Rock n’ Roll sound into the record. “Pearl from Paradise” and “What Good is Love to Me,” usher a downbeat sound into the album. “Pearl from Paradise,” is filled with gorgeous piano work that will draw you in closer, listening to every melodic note that fills the space.

 

“The Soft Glow of Midnight,” brings the album back to life, with a slight undertone of 80’s elements. Synth keys are flowing throughout, giving the record an even more pleasurable and well-rounded musical experience. “Sundown Tonight,” is a breathtaking and heartbreaking piece on the record, with a beauty you will not be able to shake. The melody takes you away to a musical journey. “Knock on Wood,” fills the record with a strong and powerful string section that acts as a musical bed for Kloschinsky’s strong vocals. The piece proves to be gentle, and insightful in content. Closing out the record is “Electronic Paradise,” which is the perfect way to end the collection of songs. Clocking in at just over 5-minutes, the synth laced track combines a complex set of musical undertones to create a track that is compelling and danceworthy; adding something new to the album.

 

Paul Kloschinsky’s Better Late Than Never is a stunning collection of songs that will surely stand the test of time. Kloschinsky’s talent for songwriting and crafting together the perfect song goes above and beyond to impress in this record. This is one record that fans of folk-laced music should check out for 2015.

 

Paul Kloschinsky

Better Late Than Never

By Melissa Nastasi

5 out of 5 Stars

CD Review of “Better Late Than Never”

The CD wastes no time getting off the ground with melodic intro piece “Across the Sea”. This song serves up infectious folk ambiance against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic guitar and driving rock rhythm that leads you by the hand down the path of soulful musical indulgence. Track 2 “Better Late Than Never” shifts gears a bit with its slamming Keyboard and impressive musical build to the chorus and thought provoking lyrical content, inviting/soulful vibe and infectious charm from Kloschinsky. Track 3 “When Dawn Breaks Through the Night” a somewhat striking piece that is full of musical peaks and valleys, impressive rhythm guitar that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Roy Orbison, John Cougar. Todd Rungren, Marc Ford, Gov’t Mule, John Cougar, Northern Mississippi All-stars, The Allman Brothers and Tom Petty. I would classify this music as rocked out Soul, Singer/Songwriter and Americana Folk-Rock with a fun and electrifying flair. The CD at times adequate brilliant peak and valley flow via a strong American perspective (via the lyrics) that takes no prisoners. Besides the four piece standard you will also notice rich layers of Electric Guitar, solo guitar, Keyboards, and enticing melodies – all built on a electronic drum rhythmic foundation. As a vocalist Kloschinsky showcases a budding and soulful singing skill set. He’s got good songwriting instincts. He’s got a good “rugged” look. All the musicianship and compositions are pretty solid across the board. Kloschinsky has an effective baritone and his vocal risk-taking and overall touch behind the microphone are consistent. From rocking “Give me a Sign” to flowing “What Love to Me” to danceable “The Soft Glow of Moonlight” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 110 “Electronic Paradise” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

“Better Late Than Never” by Paul Kloschinsky is a compelling, soulful, melodic, musical journey. The music is diverse, consistent, grooving, upbeat, soulful and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want an old school folk-rock experience to fill their atmosphere. This straight forward, easy to digest musical format makes for a great musical experience many will enjoy. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you.

Cyrus Rhodes

Mystery, Humility and Wonder

With all the science and statistics gushing forth from the past century, celebrated by the bright light of the media, it seems to some that the answers to our most profound questions have been answered, and the doctors and engineers have everything under control. Although the rise of reason and humanism was a reaction against religious dogma, and has determined much about matter that calls into question a literal biblical explanation of things, this same reason and humanistic spirit has grown cocky, thinking it has solved everything, and all its conclusions are certain, beyond reproach, and now puts forth dogmatic proclamations of its own.

Well, I take exception with anyone who thinks they have definitively solved all the mysteries of life, and put forth their views as certain, whether it is from a religious or a scientific atheist viewpoint. For all our technological advances I feel humanity should now regain a sense of humility before the great mysteries that still remain, including our origins and spiritual nature, and the ultimate meaning and outcome of life here on earth. Instead of crowing about our superiority over all on this planet, perhaps it is in order to regain a sense of awe and wonder before the sublime, like the stars, the seasons and the magnificence of nature, which all came into being with no human input or intervention.

Perhaps it is also in order to develop a new philosophy of reason and science that acknowledges both its strengths and weaknesses in determining truth in different domains. In my view, science is the best way to determine objective world truths about matter, but it falls short in the subjective world, which is qualitative and not easily quantified, and is best approached with myth, allegory and poetry. It is this subjective realm that is full of mystery and magic, and is what alchemy, the kundalini and Arthurian myths are referring to and where they are valid.

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In Song and in Spirit,

Paul Kloschinsky

Modern Art and Tradition

“Make it new!”, was the rallying cry of the early 20th century, and novelty and the advant guard become the main measure of success in the art world. Since the late 19th century, with the ascent of the machine and the new urban experience, the western world was changing into something new and unknown, and art was expected to express this change and progress. Since Darwin, Freud, Marx and Nietzsche at the fin de siecle, the official position of the academics and intellectuals was athiesm, and art expressed this bleak view, and the so called absurdity of existence. The long march of modernity, with its deification of reason and science, from the Renaissance to the modern world, left some artists in favor of the changes, and others in marked opposition to it, particularly as this “progress” led to the horrors of World War I. Soon the art of the past was seen as not relevant anymore in this new world of machines, industrialization and large cities.

With the destruction of World War II and the horrors of Auschwitz, this atheistim and bleak existentialism was felt even deeper, and the art of the rest of the century expressed a meaninglessness and despair unparalleled in human history. The march of progress continued though, as new electronic inovations happened at breakneck speed, including the TV and computer, and the art of the past seemed hopelessly inadequate to deal with the new changes and attitudes of the modern world. In fact, it seemed that anything that hadn’t been on the TV was considered irrelevant and superfluous. By the end of the century post modernism declared all cultural productions to be deconstruct-able to meaninglessness, but I doubt this was truly the successor of modernism, since it still retains its predecessors complete atheism and nihilism.

Now as the new 21st century is dawning before us I feel a new art is necessary, one that reintegrates the traditions of art present since the beginnings of humanity, and helps heal the spiritual malaise that plagued most people in the past century. The proud traditions of faith, beauty and hope found in art prior to the 20th century can serve as signposts to lead us back from the brink of destruction to a reconciliation with nature and the transcendent, and a healthier, more balanced attitude towards existence on this planet. An art that moves beyond the atheism and despair of the 20th century, and expresses a renewed spiritual grounding, may be truly fitting to call the successor of modernism.

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Paul Kloschinsky