The Womb Room
'A playground in action is one of the most dangerous battlefields in the world.'
In episode 2 we hit the playground in the festive season.
To open the show we have a swooning song from Mrs Festoon, introduced by her charming husband, welcoming the babies of the night to aboard the slumber boat to some mysterious place.
We have the child country-western prodigy Troy Hess inviting us for christmas on the moon. And the interesting case of Frankie Lymons and the Teenagers upholding social values for young folk (Frankie was later found dead on his grandmothers bathroom floor from a heroin overdose aged 25, RIP). The Young Jodie Foster makes an uncomfortable appearance, as does an 11 year old Bjork singing an old Beatles song.
Theres too offerings from Sun Ra. The Qualities (1960) were an early doo-wop outfit fronted by the Saturn man himself which, heard with an attentive ear, can beckon you into the valley of the uncanny. And theres his v ealry incarnation as Batman and Robin, where he teamed up with the Blues Project to make a heavy groovy soundtrack to the 60's kids show.
We go to school with Stanley Clarke and indulge in the most vulgar of playground rhymes, and over hear various arguments tantrums and taunts at Scotland Street School.
And theres The Most Beautiful Sound I've Ever Heard (say it loud and theres music playing).
On the night of this episode, The Moon was the closest it can get to our planet and in its power it grins and enhances our fears and desires during the night. She is an enemy and an ally. She is our mother.
Good night sweet dreams x x x23:00 - 01:00