The most powerful moment in recent film memory for me was the last scene from the brilliant movie Heriditary. I can’t recall any other time when as powerful a pices of spiritual jazz as Colin Stetson’s “Reborn” has made it into a film. Music and images have seldom been matched in such a natural way Invoking […]

Searching for a New Form

Searching for a New Form John Fraim   Trying to come up with a novel about freedom. Reading and reviewing all my ideas on symbolism of scripts and the screenplay theories I’ve read and outlined. Have come up with a mixture of the four top screenplay structure people in Hollywood. Read and outlined all of […]

Trane Lives On

 The Music of John Coltrane Lives On “Love” First Mediations, John Coltrane (1965) “The Universe Wakes Up” Trust in the Lifeforce of the Universe, Shabaka Hutchings, The Comet is Coming (2019)   The music of John Coltrane at the peak of his power lives on in the music of the London-based band The Comet is Coming. Incorporating […]

The United States of Conspiracy

“The United States of Conspiracy” PBS Frontline – July 28, 2020 A Hit Job On Conspiracy Theories and Theorists & Alternatives to One Narrative Today John Fraim   The PBS program “The United States of Conspiracy” was outwardly about Alex Jones, the super star of conspiracy theorists today. It offered that rare, trusted media real estate […]

Johnny Appleseed

(Note: From time to time, we post the posts of others verbatim as they seem perfect just the way they are. We have reposted Ohio composer and educator Rick Sowash’s weekly newsletter which includes a musical piece written by Rick. His post on Sunday 7/26/20, the fourth month of the pandemic when stautues and monuments […]

Translinear Light

Translinear Light (2004) Alice Coltrane Review by John Fraim Where is John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and McCoy Tyner when the world needs them so much? Trane left us in 1967 and Alice Coltrane forty years later in 2007. McCoy left us on March 6, 2020 … just before the pandemic struck the nation. It would […]

The Vast of Night

“There’s something in the sky!” The summer of the pandemic has seen the release of a number of spectacular low budget, indie horror films. Perhaps the best of these is The Vast of Night created by a television commercial producer living in Oklahoma, Andrew Patterson. The film is another example of the benefits of persistence by […]

The FreeNation Directory

Perfumes, sounds and colors. I wanted to briefly catch readers and subscribers up on my latest activities. I’ve been spending less time on blogging articles to Midnight Oil and more time on a larger, project called the FreeNation Directory. The directory is complete for now but there are other names and groups that could be added to it. […]

A park to me …

John Fraim I’ve had the good fortune to live in towns near great parks. I’ve certainly taken advantage of this over the years. My first home in San Francisco was right on Mountain Lake Park, one of the first places the Spanish explorers visited in the Bay Area. When I lived in Berkeley, there was […]