Beneath the Surface – The Cancerian Camera of Ringo Starr, Part II

It began with an overlooked box.

Placed on a high shelf, the box had changed locations after numerous moves, numerous times. Nobody considered opening it.

Until 2012, when much to Ringo Starr’s delight he discovered the box contained old postcards that went back as far as 50 years earlier.

And that was just the tip of the sentimental iceberg.

While in the process of “tidying up”, the man known as the “Fourth Beatle” came across a hitherto unopened drawer that when discovered, revealed the most priceless of treasures – hundreds of photographic negatives, the majority taken during a time when the Beatles were still a band and more popular than the big G himself, 1964-1970.

With every photo being taken by the Fourth Beatle, himself.

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Beneath the Surface – The Cancerian Camera of Ringo Starr, Part I

The Funny one. The Last one. The Fourth one.

These are some of the various nicknames that have been tagged onto the personage of Ringo Starr, former drummer and part time vocalist for the band that many regard to be the most influential group in rock history – The Beatles.

Being a Beatles aficionado myself, I’ll be the first to admit the Water signed members of The Fab Four got the short end of the stick when it came to the band’s overall global popularity and international fandom. True to their astrological elements, the Watery duo of Ringo the homey Cancerian and George the humble Piscean quietly took an emotionally sensitive back seat to the non-stop jet stream of verbal communication and creatively rich ruminations that emanated from the Air signed duo of Libran John Lennon and Gemini Paul McCartney.

Despite the majority of the Free World waiting with anxious anticipation over every thought and utterance that came from the powerhouse pair of Lennon & McCartney during the height of the band’s popularity, the watery members of the Fab Four seemed content simply in being exactly just that.

However among the Beatle obsessed, it’s inherently understood The Fab Four didn’t become a musical religion in their own right due to Ringo and George meekly shutting up, looking pretty, and playing their respective instruments whenever needed. Both Water signed mop tops were crucial contributors to the Beatles’ stratospheric success by ways that were indicative of their shared astrological element of Water.

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Brad Kronen contributes to Llewellyn Worldwide’s prestigious yearly Journal

The Doors emerged on the music scene in 1965 and their wild ride ended with the demise of the band’s Sagittarian leading man a mere six years later, in 1971.

During that six year period, Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson sought a pleasure principle that the rest of the non-Jupiterian populace couldn’t even fathom as being humanly possible. While together, the two Sagittarians partook in every narcotic known to human consumption at the time with both Fire Signs influentially stoking each other’s hedonistic passions into a blazing bonfire of reckless irresponsibility.

…resulting in both of Jupiter’s children being reduced to ashes right before the commencement of their Saturn Return.

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Recording of Brad Kronen’s Radio Interview on the “Moments with Marianne” Show on the Dreamvisions7 Radio Network

A recording of Brad Kronen being interviewed on the “Moments with Marianne” show on the Dreamvisions7 Radio Network which originally aired on 11/27, 11/28, and 12/3 of 2015. *Brad Kronen’s book “Love in the Stars” published by Llewellyn Worldwide, Inc.  is available for purchase at your local book seller or online at at the […]

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The Life-Affirming Lifeless Ones: The Ghosts of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”

Christmas isn’t all merely festive uber-jolliness and hyper ho-ho-ho-ing, you know. “The most wonderful time of the year” also deals with being scared out of one’s wits or at a bare minimum temporarily freaked out with sudden fear. Why else would a ghost story heavy with the psychological abuse of intense serial haunting be a rock solid foundational part of the Christmas tradition? This particular holiday piece takes a fresh new look at an old well-loved Christmas favorite by analyzing the key characters of the world’s most famous ghost story who are next to never given much thought outside of the parts they play – the ghosts from Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol”.

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