I am not a huge country music fan but I found an article in yesterday’s Washington Post on Sturgill Simpson. I had never heard of any of Mr. Simpson’s music but I was intrigued by his interview in which he cites Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point as inspiration for his music. I especially enjoyed the following quote which blends strong idealism with a dose of healthy skepticism that I find charming:
“The overall theme is probably love, to be cheesy about it,” Simpson says. “You spend all this time reading or thinking or praying or searching or exploring. Maybe there’s an Omega Point of love.”
(Unlike just about every other country singer living on the physical plane, his music cites Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s theory that our universe is evolving toward a supreme, unified consciousness — an Omega Point.)
“And if not, screw it,” Simpson says, rattling a dozen milky ice cubes around in his glass. “Just be nice to people.”
Postscript: I am flattered that Mr. Simpson retweeted a link to this post! As a result of that and the original article I bought his album “High Top Mountain” and am looking forward to the release of his new album “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” next month. I am also hoping to view him on his upcoming tour through the Midwest 🙂
I find this fascinating and evidence that we can’t judge a book by its cover!
I have worked several shows with Sturgill over the last two years and he is one interresting and talented person. Like myself, a son of Appalachia, he shows that stereotypes are sometimes just that. Stereotypes. And I do look forward to his new recording
Thank you so much for the response. Mr. Simpson seems like a fascinating person with a lot of depth. As I mentioned in the postscript to the post I purchased his album “High Top Mountain” and am very much looking forward to his new recording. I love the album cover!
Interesting article. I’d never heard about Sturgill Simpson until your post. Will check out his music.
Your posts are always interesting and mind-expanding. This one opened a new window for me. Thanks, as always, for enriching my appreciation of Teilhard’s influence and depth.
Thank you Terri. Similarly, I always enjoy your insights. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!