Darren McGovern II: Music and The Denial of Death

My good friend Darren McGovern showed up in the studio again for a couple hours of conversation and cuts from his new album Celebrate The Light. His work gets better with every release. Darren once wrote a very funny article for my old magazine, which has taken on a life of its own.

We began with a reminiscence about our early bonding on such subjects as western occultism, Robert Anton Wilson, and Monty Python. We went on at length about the motif running through his latest songs. The underlying theme is The Denial of Death, a 1973 book by Ernest Becker. Becker argued that all human motivations stem from a realization of our own mortality and how we try to rationalize the inevitable or attempt to transcend it.

I also played some comedy from Patton Oswalt‘s latest album and a bootleg recording I made of Tony Clifton.

I don’t think we mentioned UFOs even once.

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4 Responses to Darren McGovern II: Music and The Denial of Death

  1. “The underlying theme is the book The Denial of Death, a 1973 book by Ernest Becker. Essentailly, Becker argued that all human motivations stem from a realization of our own mortality and how we try to rationalize the inevitable or attempt to transcend it.”

    It stands to reason then that if Kurzweill gets away with it and humanity attains immortality, that moment civilization will simply collapse out of a perennial state of procrastination –“Meh… I’ll finish that book next century” 😉

  2. John Randall says:

    Thanks for an entertaining ( yet laid back)
    and insightful conversation.

    P.S. Really liked the music Darren.

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