I sometimes feel I need to shake myself like a wet dog after listening to Scott Walker, and, maybe, watch the droplets turn into glorious rainbows, transform into hummingbirds. Two lines into a Scott Walker song and you are immersed, taken into another, magical dimension. His perfect diction, histrionic delivery and psychedelic imagery are somehow “drenching” — that is the word that occurs to me.
Scott Walker’s work is both unashamedly intellectual and emotional at the same time. His art is profoundly cathartic — a gift to the listener.
He passed yesterday, but he sang songs about this moment a long time ago. Of course, he did: the man was a visionary. It’s wonderful that he has been folded into the eternal by the embrace of the angels of music — tr Neptune on the MC and trVenus on the South Node opposite Chiron.
I hope his passing introduces even more people to his glorious world, the image-laden storytelling, the passion and the beauty.
His songs are filled with extraordinary imagery.
Hope for me, I hope for you,
We’re snowdrops falling through the night.
We’ll melt away before we land,
Two teardrops for somebody’s hand.
Follow me into just one more Spring.
Copenhagen, you’re the end,
Gone and made me a child again.
Warmed my feet beneath cold sheets,
Dyed my hair with your sunny streets.
And, he must be one of the most influential musicians of the last half of the 20th century. What would Bowie have sounded like without Scott? Or Radiohead? Or Lana del Rey? Or Mark E Smith? Jeff Buckley?
Here is his chart. I find myself crying too much to carry on. Not because he’s gone, which I feel is a blessing for him, but because I’ve just listened to half a dozen songs in a row, and that’s just too much melancholy, magnificence and pain in one afternoon.
Jupiter in Cancer — magnified emotion, magnificent emotion
Moon in Pisces trine Cancer ASC — straight from the soul
MC in Pisces — a musician
Grand Trine in Air — teller of tales
Uranus (time-travel) to Venus (art&music) to Neptune (art&magic)
Perfect Venus-Neptune trine + Uranus (genius)
One last thought before I go blow my nose and wash my face, Scott Walker had Lilith Rising. You see a strong Lilith in truly transformer-type musician’s charts sometimes. He blows an emotional fuse every time. It must have been hard being him. Lilith is often the place where we can reach further and deeper. There she is in Cancer. He explored far into the human psyche, deep into the darkest caverns, breaking through the usual boundaries, especially, he explored his own extremes.
The rhymes of a woman’s
a river that never ends
The rhymes of dimension
surrounds us with fire and friends
and roaring through darkness
the night children fly
I still hear them singing
the rhymes of goodbye
Thank you, Scott.