October 13, 1969
The N. C. Essay
Butterfly in Conaertjoont.page 2
time forking with simple, rudi
mentary patterns and trying to look
like Keith Moon of the Who. None
of it works.
On top of this, the Iron Butter
fly attempts to be a spiritual
saviour. This is especially true
during their "tour de force", the
abortive In A God-Da Vida^ a half-
hour excercise in utter nonsense.
The song is neither spiritual nor
musical. They concluded their show
with the Ivon Butterfly Themej dur
ing which they set the front of the
stage aflame. Hendrix did it once at
Monterrey; it was cool then. It’s
pretty boring these days. Some
groups iProaul Harem) use the dra
matic effect quite well in their
music, simply because that is their
way and not a conscious effort to be
hip. But the Iron Butterfly get so
caught up in their own pretentious
ness, that there is little room for
music. And that is, after all, what
this game is all about.
I know a lot of people dig the
Iron Butterfly (they received a
lengthy ovation at Chapel Hill), but
the gimmicky and mindless approach to
rock leaves me cold. There are just
too many good things happening to
waste time on second-raters who are
caught up in their own self-importance.
If this is where rock is at, it cer
tainly hasn't improved much in the
last fifteen years.
Sohool of the Mind^ oont. from p. 6
Of'tHe Mind urged the audience to
come on stage and join in the pro
gram. The end result was similar to
Hair', on its most successful
I asked Lynn Bernhardt what part
metaphysics played in his music:
Bernhardt: "It’s not a •
question of trying to put across a
metaphysical view, but it does come
out in my playing and composing, be
cause it is a part of me. I am
trying to communicate myself." In
relation to his composing, Lynn said:
"I'm constantly working on new
material. Most of the charts are
already completed when we hand them to
the group. Like Mike, my composing
is always changing".
by Robert Col Iier
Midnight jam-sessions are
great too, but rest, at this point,
is more important. Also be sure
your body gets plenty of liquids.
Stay out of rooms inhabited by sick
people as much as possible.
As trite as it may sound, a
healthy campus is at least happier
than one riddled with illness. STAY
Paul Tacylor^ oont, from page 6
achieve this effect of ugliness.
Somehow it seemed to be a bit too much
and distracted from the dancing. At
any rate, it was a sharp contrast to
the softer, more fluid movements used
in the "Sacred" section. Apocalypse
proved Taylor's ability as a gifted
choreographer, for it was by far the
best visual piece.
In short, it was a successful
evening for Paul Taylor and his
troupe. As Mr. Robert Lindgren stated,
"This is a very good and exciting
modern company, and I enjoyed the per
formance very much. Taylor is truly
a talent in his own right, which he
, proved here tonight".
Nixon Administration^ oont. from
With some difficulty, the doves
have been trying haphazardly to pre
sent a bipartisan front to the Nixon
Administration just as they did to
the Johnson Administration. Their
theory is that once the issue be
comes partisan, their advice most
certainly will go unheeded at the
White House and perhaps provoke the
Administration in the opposite di
rection. That helps explain why
some Republicans are deliberately
speaking out against the private
advice of the White House.
In this loosely coordinated bi
partisan strategy. Senator Fred R.
Harris of Oklahoma, chairman of the
Democratic National Committee,
pulled what many of his colleagues
regard as a political faux pas by
announcing after a private caucus of
Contressional Democrats that it was
time "to take the gloves off" on
Administration Vietnam policy. The
result was to set off a political
Fearful that the Democrats were
about to make Vietnam a party issue,
the White House, through its Con
gressional lieutenants, responded by
charging that critics were advocat
ing "bugging out," which could lead
to "blood baths" for the Catholics
in South Vietnam. The ironic re
sult was that while it pleaded for
national unity, the Administration
was resorting to the kind of charged
language that exacerbated the cri
tics and promoted disunity.
Nonetheless, the war critics in
Congress sensed one important polit
ical difference that may yet favor
their cause. Two years or so ago,
the common reaction among constit
uents was "let's win or get out".
But now it is reported by Congress
men that the new theme among con
stituents is: "if we are going to
get out, let's get out."
On Wednesday, October 15,
Irwin Freundlich, Head of the Piano
Department at N.C.S.A. and Julliard
School of Music will speak in the
main auditorium for the Viet Nam Mor»*
itorium. Following his talk there will
be an open forum for furthur discussion.
Letter from S.G.A. President^ oont. from
i^cipline necessary in this "busi
ness." This kind of challenge would
be even more stimulating if it was
also exhilarating, it isn't. Its
mostly sweat and terror. That is a
James Baldwin has said: "I
think that America may be the most
dangerous country in the world for
artist." William Ball, our first
dean of drama, said : "There is no
place for mediocrity anymore. You
simply have to be the best. If
you're not, do us all a favor, and
get the hell out."
This article may seem very
harsh to you. It is. It is meant
to be. You’re going to hear and see
a lot of mind blowing things these
first few weeks. Its orientation
time, geared to please you, to allow
you to meet your fellow students.
You're going to, perhaps, get the
impression that it's all play and
good times here. Don't kid yourself.
Before this year is through
you're going to go through depres
sions you never thought possible.
You're going to learn the dreaded
power of the almighty rumor. You're
going to know failure, and perhaps
even heartbreak. Some of you won't
even make it through. That^too^is a
But when you come through it,
if you do, you'll be stronger for
it. And just pray you don't Jose
your delicate sensitivity. Guard it
and never once apologize for it. It
is your key to beautiful creativity.
You are here, now. At last.
You are a vital part of the North
Carolina School of the Arts. You
will meet many other people like
yourself. Get to know them, learn
al they have to teach you. Stick
by them when they are in need.
Laugh with them; cry with them, and
by God, love 'emi Every single one
of them! We are all all we've got.
We are only as strong as we make our
selves. It is not only vital, you
see, it's also greatly rewarding be
And finally — God bless each
of you — for you are every whisper
of hope, every glimmer of happiness
in what lies ahead. You have become
the way to the future, not only of
the arts in America, but of the en
tire world. Everything, or nothing
is all yours. , _ . , ,
by David Wood