The Truth About the (Music) ‘Industry’ Expounded in The Prodigal Band Trilogy (Part One)—And a Tribute to Rap Legend DMX…RIP, DMX!

I was going to post a new set of articles regarding either The Prodigal Band Trilogy or a message for Christian authors in their writings. But then I learned rapper DMX, an avowed believer on Christ, died supposedly of a heart attack on April 2, which so happened to be Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross in the year (according to most historians) 29 AD.

While I was never a fan of rap, gangsta or otherwise, I was a fan (sort of) of DMX as he was an avowed believer on Christ and is known to have spoken about Christ to fans and rap fans in general. While I was not a listener to his tracks, I did hear him in various videos talking about ‘the industry,’ such as one on YouTube that was later incorporated into a ‘truther’ video upon his passing, such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7c0Z6P82hI (copy and paste the link into the browser; due to the ridiculous CASE Act, I will not post the video which might be copyrighted.) He not only denounced the evil within ‘the industry’ but also ‘preached’ so to speak about accepting Christ as Savior to fans at concerts and other events. Further, DMX was an actual inspiration while completing the trilogy in 2018.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Six-The Consequences of Poverty and Debt (Part One)

As with Episode Five about the controversial topic of Evolution vs. Creation and Intelligent Design, this episode, Six, will be in two parts. This post will discuss how indentured servitude, stemming from poverty and debt, plays into the trilogy. Part Two will feature snippets about the consequences of indentured servitude from the trilogy.

Throughout history, neither poverty nor debt has been controversial, and poverty and debt can happen by being born into it with virtually no way out, or through bad fortune, or through theft. Billions of people on Earth are poor and even more are in debt of some kind.

What makes poverty and debt controversial within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, however, is the legally binding document called an indenture, which by definition binds one party into the service of another party for a stipulated period of time. The document is called an indenture based on a legal meaning of an ‘indent’ which is a legal contract drawn up in duplicate or triplicate. Thus, the notion of ‘indentured servitude’ means that person doing the service does so for a stipulated period of time; mostly in history it has been used to pay back a debt. Historically, that period of time tended to be seven years.

Along with slavery, indentured servitude was abolished in the US by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Three-Sexual Orientation

There are a couple of reasons ‘sexual orientation’ is controversial, especially these days when some folks are changing their genders for whatever reason or changing their children’s genders for whatever reason. I could have just posted about sexuality or desire for sex, or not (believe it or not but some folks have no sexual desire at all!), but that isn’t really controversial anymore. Sexual orientation implies either heterosexual or what is now called LGBTQ—lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual…and does ‘Q’ stand for ‘queer’?

If the reader has read the various ‘Snippets of the Prodigal Band Trilogy’ posts here then the reader knows that guitarist-producer Mick is bisexual. He revealed why in Chapter Eleven of The Prodigal Band: his own mother sexually abused him while a teen because his own father was gay and thus would not have sex with his wife! But Mick had already given up the bisexual lifestyle by the time he revealed this.

So then, why is this topic controversial in the trilogy books? Because if one looks closely at what is secretly admitted within the three novels by the other band characters, one might come up with the notion that Mick wasn’t the only band member to have ‘relationships’ with those of the same sex. In the snippets posted in this post, clues abound without getting heavily into this possibility.

Here is why this possibility that other band members might have bisexual leanings makes sense: it is a well-known fact that many rock stars were openly gay or bisexual, or secretly so. I am not going to mention any names here—do the research yourself. But many of these rockers did admit they had sexual relationships with same sex rockers and others, including fellow band members. For one thing, check out Rolling Stone Magazine for this. The same applies to rappers, hip-hoppers, etc. I’ve known about this for many years, thanks to Rolling Stone and other publications. There are many reasons for this, but one that stood out (including admissions in YouTube videos) was the fact that rocker handlers—managers, agents, producers, A&R men for various record labels and others—veered the rockers into accepting this lifestyle for the sake of fame and fortune. Again, do the research yourself. This is why, in an early chapter of Battle of the Band, Mick admits to having sex with record company officials, and would later have a relationship with another rocker named Adam Bloodlove.

The following snippets are short but to the point. All are from Battle of the Band.

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy Original Deleted Scenes Series, Episode Two

This second “episode” (or part) of a series where I post scenes or sections of the original novels Battle of the Band, The Prophesied Band and The Prodigal Band that make up The Prodigal Band Trilogy deals with how the fictitious prodigal band Sound Unltd found their road crew, made up of members of a biker gang. For the most part, all of their roadies were members of biker gangs.

Why was this section deleted from the Lulu published trilogy? There are references to some of these biker roadies winding up in jail for disruptive behavior in night clubs and pubs, so the scenario was already present. Yet this episode shows the beginning of this type of scenario so I am posting it now…plus it’s interesting, in my opinion. The episode begins in a biker night club in south London, and the bikers within are already riled up to an extent that band singer Erik is experiencing ‘stage fright.’ And he and two others in the band, guitarist Jack and drummer Tom, had been in a street gang for years! The gig at this night club was part of a ‘national tour’ after winning a ‘Battle of the Bands’ in northeast England several months previously. A night club mentioned, the River Rat, was a club in the band’s fictitious home city of Walltown.

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Snippets of Reality within The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Eating Disorders of Models and Celebrities

I’m taking a break from religious and cultist and new age group influence and symbology this week in this post to bring up an issue which isn’t overly important in The Prodigal Band Trilogy but an issue I am well familiar with–eating disorders, which according to my research on the fashion industry and histories of fashion models seems to be quite prominent. Several of my female characters, wives or girlfriends of my prodigal band members, were models in the fashion industry as well as celebrities otherwise. One of them had an eating disorder known as bulimia.

Bulimia is highlighted by eating–sometimes huge amounts of food–and then vomiting it up to supposedly maintain their skinny (or otherwise) weight. This is one of the more prominent disorders to maintain low weight; the more serious one is called anorexia nervosa, which is self-starvation. But some folks simply cannot starve themselves. So they eat, and then vomit the food.

For proof that fashion models and celebrities (mostly female) have been ‘forced’ to keep their weight down to a very skinny level, I have some links to articles that will verify this:

Victoire Macon Dauxerre’s fashion model experience

Eating disorder expert Dr. Adrienne Key’s report

Model Zuzanna Buchwalk’s story

Eight Famous Celebrities (some who started out being child fashion models) Who Battled Bulimia

Oh, and I too was bulimic on and off for six years–in order to attract a future husband! That is one reason my most important female character was made to be bulimic. Ger is the name of the character, and she is the woman of Erik, my singer-front man character. She is five-foot-eight with dark brown close-cropped page-boy hairstyle with a widow’s peak, and has sultry blue eyes and an enticing smile. She was born in London to an upper-middle class family, and her father owns a hardware store in Walltown, where the band is from. When her man Erik and the rest of Sound Unltd make it big in 1989, she desires to be a super model. So it went.

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy Character Snippets: Bryan, the Keyboard-Synthist

This will be the final character snippet. This character is the keyboard-synthist Bryan, known as Bry in the trilogy. Much of the use of this character within The Prodigal Band Trilogy deals with the sexual tension he has with his wife, Mo, whom he felt obliged to marry after he got her pregnant. He is from an atheist household while she is from a Christian one, with her father being an Anglican pastor. He is also from a family of classical musicians; both parents are with a local philharmonic orchestra–dad plays piano and mom plays oboe.

Here is his description, from Chapter One of Battle of the Band:

‘The pot-bellied, biker-esque synthesizer player famed for red hair as wild as the wind, fiery as his brew, bore a downcast of regret.’

In other words, he’s also a biker and is the boss of the band’s road crew (which is mainly bikers). And he loves to drink beer.

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy Character Snippets: Keith, the Bassist

Next up is in The Prodigal Band Trilogy character snippets is Keith, the bassist. As  told  here, he had a steamy sexual relationship with a pop singer while he was also married to a super-model-cosmetics mogul, Jarris, a woman he began dating as a teen and a woman he vowed to protect from her abusive father. He is also described as a “skuz addicted womanizer” in Chapter Four of The Prophesied Band. Skuz is a fictional opioid-cocaine laced designer drug that is used by the band and various other wealthy rockers living in the world of ‘sex, drugs, and rock and roll.’

His physical description? From Chapter One of Battle of the Band: ‘The dark, strapping bass player with bushy black curls and coal-dark eyes walked without his trademark gold chains.’ He is ‘dark’ because his grandmother is from Nigeria, on his mother’s side.

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy Character Snippets: Tom, the Drummer

Sorry this post is late…no internet for 24 hours, went up about 1 p.m. today…

Now that the holidays are about over, next up is Tom, the drummer. Of all the band members, Tom was the most difficult to characterize and has that ‘walking contradiction’ feel. On the one hand he grew up extremely poor, son of indentured servants, in a true slum section called the Hovels; on the other hand, he surrounded himself with jet-setting celebrities and sons and daughters of aristocracy. On the one hand he was a loner of sorts and tended to show up at gigs and band meetings late; on the other hand he could only be himself surrounded by his band mates, their women, or roadies. On the one hand he loved to argue–with his antagonist Mick, but also with his band manager, his woman, a princess, and other friends among the jet-setters; on the other hand he has no truly discordant agenda with the group and seeks no attention within the group. And, when he is bored with his jet-set entourages, he travels the world meeting ‘real’ people (such as Sherpas in Nepal, African tribesmen in Tanzania, and Muslims in Morocco), and loves mountain climbing (but not skiing). One minute he’s an arrogant pretender among those he considers phonies, and the next minute he’s as humble as a celebrity could get. He pretends to ‘channel’ the so-called ‘god’ Corion using one form of ‘persona’ and then meets ‘real’ people and becomes an activist of sorts, and even converses with good spirits. He even paid off all indentured debt in his hometown of Walltown.

Here is his description: “A short, curly-blond percussionist once angered by lost love approached with the others to an unknown destination, glad with a full life behind him.” He is five-foot-six and tends to wear cotton clothing.

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy Character Snippets: Mick, the guitarist-producer

Next up is Mick, guitarist, guitar-synthist, ‘master of many guitars’ such as mandolin, sitar, shamisen, etc. and temporary bassist until the original bassist, Keith, rejoins the band (Keith’s character is coming soon.) Mick, sexually abused by his mother leading to his bi-sexuality, is bullied in school, but being with fellow band members who were gang boys as well gives Mick an incentive to ‘grow a pair’ if you know what I mean. By the time his band Sound Unltd has made it big in early 1989, Mick is ready to let Keith take over bass and show his mastery at various guitar-like instruments, start an occultist New Age cult, and become the band’s recording producer. Thus, while Jack is the band leader and Erik is the stage front man, Mick is in charge of recording production and runs the recording studio side of the equation. (The final three members have their own leadership roles as well.)

Description of Mick from Chapter One of Battle of the Band:

“The tall, lanky, beak-nosed, ringlet-haired master of many guitars worried over his past perversions.”

He is also dark-brown-haired, about six-foot-three, skinny (and drummer Tom calls him ‘Skinny’), and wears robes with silk shorts or leather and silk or satin shirts, and earrings in both ears. This indicates his bi-sexuality. (Heterosexuals wear earrings in the left ear, homosexuals in the right ear, bisexuals in both.)

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy Character Snippets: Jack, the Guitarist-Band Leader

Next up is band-founder, song-writer, and leader, guitarist Jack.

Before forming the band Sound Unltd, he led the street gang that some of those band members helped him lead as well. While both he and singer Erik lived in great poverty as children, Jack’s own father was abusive, beating his young son over the head with a Bible! Of all the band members, Jack thus hated religion the most. In a snippet also revealing the abuse, he himself dishes out another form of abuse, but not with a Bible. Yet, having to be the leader of the band and make sure any disagreements within the band are solved, Jack does manage to keep his wits about himself for the most part.  He does occasionally take part in ‘verbal judo’ with is adoptive father, Billy, the band’s original manager. As with the singer and others in the group, he, too, is a sex hound of sorts, and does over-do on opium-laced drugs at times.

His description?

“The tall, angular-faced guitarist possessed dirty-blond hair now growing on once-shaved sides of his head. Now without the screaming instrument he fired into immortality.”

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