Random Trilogy Snippets, Part Four: The Biggest Battle is Spiritual (Part Two)

To heck with waiting until next week to post this ‘spiritual battle’ part two, The Prodigal Band Trilogy, snippet post. While looking through the novel for snippets relating to spiritual battles between spirit entities or between the band characters and these entities, I found a long snippet that shows why one spiritual side or the other cannot always carry out their assigned task of winning over the people (real or fictional) the spirits are supposed to win over. In other words, there are spiritual battles among the group of people themselves, which hamper the spirit forces’ tasks. In the entire trilogy, it just might be the best example of this spiritual ‘tug-of-war’ among the band characters. All of them—singer Erik, drummer Tom, guitarist-band leader Jack, guitarist-producer Mick, bassist Keith, and keyboard-synthist Bryan—are featured. The long snippet is within Chapter Eight of Battle of the Band.

Having just completed a special ‘World Unity Day’ concert in San Antonio, Texas, the two main song composers, Erik (lyrics) and Jack (music) fall asleep in a limo headed to Houston for another gig as well as an appointment at a recording studio to track a new song. While asleep, the satanic character Corion’s minions called the Demons (Gold, Silver, Bronze) ‘give’ the two a new song, not only to be recorded, but to ‘seal the band’s oath’ to the evil as part of the band’s ‘pact’ with Corion explained early in this first novel of the trilogy. Later that morning the song is recorded, but questions arise as to the origin of the song, a song which has an historical context for both the good and evil sides. The song is called “Song of the Demons” (and I will not post the lyric words in this snippet). Eventually, the six discuss the ‘why’ of being ‘given’ a song ‘of demons’ when one of them brings up a previous event as the band several years before began their nationwide contest-winning tour, when Jack ‘prayed’ for success. Then drummer Tom, the ‘channeler’ of spirits within his entourage of new agers, arranges to channel the spirits to find out the truth of this situation. Also mentioned in the snippet are the Tooters, the good angels opposing Corion and his Demons.

Song of the Demons’

En route from San Antonio to Houston, Jack and Erik needed a quiet setting to compose a song Jack had been mulling over for weeks. The two rode in the back of the guitarist’s chauffeur-driven limousine. Jack had his portable amp and guitar with him. When they reached Houston, the song would be taped and arrangements composed later. However, the song wasn’t materializing as Jack wanted. Too wasted on scotch. Nor was the boozed-up singer in any condition to consider rhyme schemes. They fell asleep an hour out of San Antonio.

“They’re asleep now,” Bronze Demon said. “Perfect time to give them our message. But how much of it will we give them?”

Silver Demon answered. “We can’t give them the last verse. They haven’t earned the right to hear their puny planet’s destiny. With this song, they’ll sign our blood-oath. Then they’ll know they are our ultimate troubadours!”

Bronze Demon snickered in reply, puss oozing out of its mouth. “Unless those silly Tooters get to them first.”

“The Tooters?” Gold Demon bellowed with a fiery breath. “Ha! Those insignificant beings haven’t been with our boys in years. Our six won’t listen to them anymore. We have provided them with everything they desire. Sound Unltd is our tool! The Tooters have lost them forever. It’s just a matter of the Pact.”

Gold Demon spoke to Erik’s subconscious in a seductive voice of avaricious greed, its mask of classic Greek god features dripping with a coin-ringing sound. “You think you’re so successful, so rich! So you own five estates, sixteen flashy cars, twelve condominiums, four shopping malls, twenty-five square blocks and sixteen apartment buildings. A real venture capitalist! You possess nearly a ton of gold, silver, platinum and diamonds to keep you warm. Ooooooo, so deliciously rich. The money just keeps dripping off you, doesn’t it, boy? Your latest adventure—Richmont City, a city within a city, with an entertainment plaza to boot—swells your bounty to the sky. So you think you’ve escaped poverty forever, that you’ll never want again, eh boy?”

In his sleep, Erik smiled, warm and happy that his awesome wealth was untouchable.

Then, his body shook. The mask of Gold Demon began to spew puss and excrement.

“You’re wrong, boy!” Gold Demon cackled in a high-pitched maniacal voice. “You’ll want for the rest of your life! More wealth! More gold, more cars, more real estate! More! More! More! You’ll never have enough! When the world’s economies crash, you’ll not be safe. Cataclysm will get you, boy!”

Erik mumbled and grumbled, trying to awaken from the nightmare.

“Don’t you wake up yet, boy!” the mask of Gold said, now slurping its own molten ooze of smelted gold. “I have a song lyric to give you. A song that will make you a lasting living legend and give you and your fellows lasting luscious wealth beyond the scope of your puny mind.”

The music, a clashing, thrashing, colliding symphony of molten metal, ghoulish organs, and heart-pounding rhythm began, and then a scream in agony. “You will not forget these words, boy!”

The lyric, sang in Erik’s own voice, resounded, and backed by an echo of the chorus, ‘Song of the Demons.’

(After the song lyric sang in Erik’s own voice is given)

While Gold Demon spoke to the singer, a silver apparition, dressed in silver lame’ brushed with flashing gems, black leather studded bracelets and gold metallic boots, played a fiery smoking guitar and spoke to Jack’s subconscious.

“So! Perfection is your game. Perfect woman. Perfect homes. Perfect cars. Perfect playing technique. Perfect investments. Your hotels, night clubs, movie houses, amusement parks, body-building clubs, restaurants—perfect! Your works of art and décor in your six private palaces—perfect! Your style of dress and your image—perfect! You, my boy, will be among the masters of the music-ax, and a master composer will be your acclaim.

“I will give you our music, boy, and you will compose it with all its intricacies, and your fellows will arrange it to your exact specifications. No note, no arpeggio, no fugue will go wanting. It will be your greatest work. You will not forget this!” For eleven minutes and fifteen seconds, the raging violins and metallic symphonies played in Jack’s dream.

As they slept and slept, the Demons beckoned them. “Follow us. Be one with us.”

They got to the studio at around seven a.m. It was all set up to write the song.

“You know, Jack,” Erik said with cocked head and cockier attitude, “if this most awesome masterpiece doesn’t convince the world we are the greatest.”

Jack fired a chord. “The reigning rock genius!”

They whooped and slammed their fists together.

A couple of hours later, all six listened to the mock-up tape and agreed it could be their best song ever.

Jack sat on a stool, guitar ready, unfinished song sheets in front of him. “Can’t wait to finish these arrangements. I think it’ll be even better than ‘Let the Night Down.’”

“Hmmm.” Tom lit a cigarette. “Could be,” he said. “Fascinating lyric. Hey. Erik, where’d you get the words from?”

“Where I always get the lyric. From me head, eh?”

“Come on, man, it sounds so bloody historical. I can’t believe you just made that up. Or have you been reading medieval history lately, in between blow jobs?”

They laughed.

It then occurred to the singer that Tom had a point. “I hear you. I dunno. It just came to me, eh? Like I dunno who this ‘Duke’ is or that ‘King’ is. Just came to me.” Perplexed, Erik sat in a corner, lit a cigarette, and wondered.

“Too witchy for me.” Keith grabbed his bass and started free playing. “There’s a lot about our songs lately that get to me. Like, Demons? Bloody heavy-metal groups do that shit, eh? I’ve never known us to be into that satanic shit. So, why now?” Thump, thump, thump. “Getting tired of all this New Age crap we’re into. I still believe in The Code, though I’ve joined all those stupid Foundations and Swami crap.”

“You got a point, eh? Demons. Why us?” Mick walked over to Jack and pulled up a stool. “Could it be, Jack? The same demons, or angels or whatever, that you said spoke to you the night before we left Walltown back in 1986?”

“Hmmm. I dunno what spoke to me back then. Like, the demons in the song could be the same— And anyway, Mick, they called themselves my guardian angels. Are you saying they’re demons?”

“Like you really think if they were demons they’d admit it? Not bloody likely. So, like, how we supposed to find out?”

“Like, you really want to?” Keith got off his stool. “You really want to play with fire like that?”

“Just curious, man.”

“You know what they say about being ‘curious.’”

Tom sat at his drums and banged on a snare to get attention. “Maybe I can channel these demons.”

Several sarcastic laughs.

“Yeh, yeh, yeh. Through Corion, I suppose.”

“Yeh, Skinny, I think I will!” The drummer returned to the floor. “Unity circle,” he called out. “On the floor, eh?”

After Tom cleansed his chakras and did his meditative breathing, Corion really spoke through him.

“I am Corion, god of light born in darkness. Your question, please.”

Jack asked, “Corion, as a follower of your light path in The Circle of Unity, tell me, who are those demons in the song we just composed?”

Corion answered through Tom. “The demons you speak of, my son, call themselves demons but they are not demons in the sense you know. They are unjustly accused of evil, misunderstood by the self-righteous phonies. Yet their strongest desire is for what you seek in your Foundation—world peace, world unity and world justice. An end to wars, famines, and poverty. They are the leading lights of my heavenly spirit. When they first came into this world, they indeed took part in evil doings, but they had no choice. They carried out their part of the Plan which is now beginning to see fruition on this beautiful planet. Out of confusion, stability. Out of evil, good.”

“Okay. But are these the same demons who spoke to me years ago and told me Sound Unltd would reach success?”

“Yes.”

Jack’s eyes lit up. “Through you, Corion, could I speak to them again?”

The Demons overhead yelled, “Yes! Yes! Now we’ll seal our Pact with you!”

Corion answered through Tom, “Yes, you may.”

Keith immediately broke the circle. “No way, man! I’m not taking part in calling up demons!”

Jack and Mick had fits about the interruption, but Bry cut in. “For once I agree with you, Keith. What you want to do, Tom, is dangerous! Not only that, but shit, Jack, it’s like now you’re saying that some damned demons, not us, made our success. So, like, which is it? You saying we didn’t earn our success? We just had it handed to us?”

Mick put his hand on Bry’s shoulder. “Calm down, Red-beard. That ain’t what Jack said.”

Bry turned angrily at Mick. “That’s exactly what he said! The demons told him we’d be successful.”

“Hey, look, Bry. You know damned well we worked our bloody asses off to be where we are now. You know damned well we’ve earned it!” Jack stood up and pointed at the bulky one. “What the demons said was that we’d make it if we earned it. If we wanted it more than anything. And, dammit, we did!”

“Well then why the hell are we even doing this channeling crap? Ain’t what we have good enough?”

“Yeh, it is, eh?” Erik wanted to get on with it and drop the subject. “Like, why don’t we just do the song, put it on our next album, and rake in the loot. Like I don’t know how the song got into me head, but it did, and we were meant to have a hit with it. So let’s do it and be done with it.”

“Okay, okay, let’s do it,” others agreed.

The Demons cursed in anger.

“Pact or not Pact,” Gold Demon cried, “they will pay for this!”

The low, deep voice called to The Demons out of the fire. “Have patience, children. I decide when our servants pay off!”

Humble now, Gold Demon answered, “As you wish, my Lord.”

And, as their Lord wished, three young men who had attended the World Unity concert were arrested in San Antonio July 19 for “…bashing in the heads of two four-year-old boys with lead pipes in a rash of unprovoked violence in the Alamo City the past few days.”

The San Antonio newspaper report shocked many.

Hopefully, the next post will be put up next week. In this one, the six will be ‘communicating’ with the Tooters.

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Random Trilogy Snippets, Part Four: The Biggest Battle is Spiritual (Part One)

Folks, I called my first novel in The Prodigal Band Trilogy ‘Battle of the Band’ for a reason. Not because there are contests called ‘Battle of the Bands.’ But because the ‘battle’ the prodigal band Sound Unltd undergoes is truly a spiritual battle whereby the spiritual forces of good vs. evil wage war to get this band on their sides—while the evil side ‘wins’ the band early, rewarding the band with fame and fortune as long as the band complies with the will of the evil side, the ‘war’ is won by the forces of good: the Creator, the angels known as the Tooters, and the human/spirit being, the ‘witch’ of the Hovels aka Morwenna as the band undergoes their assigned ‘missions of God’ and accepts Christ as Savior.

This snippet set on the spiritual battle features the battles between the Tooters and the satanic character Corion and his Demons (Gold, Silver, Bronze) along with two evil characters possessed by the evil, fake healer and new age cult leader Cole Blessing and his replacement, Mark Besst. The snippets are short. The first one is from Chapter Eight of Battle of the Band; the middle ones follow each other and are within the final chapter of The Prophesied Band, the final two are from Chapter Seventeen of The Prodigal Band. Some of these snippets are featured in previous snippet posts, such as https://omegabooksnet.com/2019/10/30/snippet-of-the-prodigal-band-trilogy-spiritual/

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Biblical References Series: Episode Five—If a prostitute, a tax collector, a synagogue ruler, a Pharisee, a Roman Centurion, and some likely wealthy ship owners can accept Christ as Savior…Can supposed “Devil Worshipers”?

I have watched many YouTube videos created by supposed Christian preachers claiming that many entertainers that claim to believe on Christ are faking their beliefs. I will not post links to these videos because they are readily available to anyone who might follow rockers and rappers and singers and actors and athletes and other wealthy celebrities who claim to have converted to Christianity or were born that way.

Now some of these celebrities may be faking it, but some videos imply all of these celebrities are faking it. (Note: these folks never seem to think of the possibility that some celebrities that are supposed Satanists might also be faking it! But anyway….).

To just flat out say all these celebrities are phony Christians, however, with no verbal proof from the celebrity that they are faking it, is wrong. Folks who call themselves Christians shouldn’t be ‘making stuff up’ either! And this snippet post is a response to this rumor-mongering, which these folks ought to know Christ abhors.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Biblical References Series, Episode Four: “Born Again”


The Gospel of John Chapter Three makes clear what Christ meant by “being born again”—that is, not physically, but spiritually. I need to make this clear because many folks take this whole “born again” theme as similar to Hinduist “reincarnation” or that Christianity practices a “murder” of sorts in order to be “born again.” After all, those who hate Christianity are going to make whatever excuses they can to claim it supports the notion of “murder” in order to be “born again,” using the fact that Christ Himself was crucified so that He could shed His own blood for the sake of taking on the sins of the world…He died so all believers could be born again, which some claim means Christians support murder! Seriously. I watched a video that actually made that claim, and it was not an atheist who made the video! (I have no idea what this person’s religion is….as for me, I do Christ, not religion, the hand, not the glove, and I let him know that in the comment section!)

But one does know Christ arose from the dead, soooooo…. Was He too “born again”?

Anyway…. John Chapter Three, when Christ is speaking to the Pharisee Nicodemus, tells him that ‘ye must be born again,’ to which Nicodemus answers how he’s supposed to do that since he is already old. Christ tells him it is a spiritual rebirth.  It is not a matter of physical rebirth, or Hinduistic reincarnation.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Biblical References Series, Episode Two—Gnawing of “Bones Forever.”

I had originally called this post “Episode One.” Sorry about that, it is Episode Two.

The previous Biblical Reference post here about “weeping and gnashing of teeth” was used to point out that the evil satanic character Corion would mete out retribution onto those he commanded if they did not carry out his will. But Corion never says anything about ‘gnashing’ of teeth on the bones of those wayward minions—he uses the term “gnaw” and “gnawing.” While both ‘gnashing’ and ‘gnawing’ mean pretty much the same thing—teeth scraping on bones or whatever—I used the term ‘gnaw’ because it is more commonly used. Everyone knows about the gnawing of rodents on wood, on nuts, on gardens, on leftover food such as dog or cat food; gnawing is why rodents have those sharp fanged front teeth that they have.

There are only two references to ‘gnaw’ or ‘gnawing’ used in the Bible; I learned this by using Strong’s Concordance, which defines both in a similar way as it defines ‘gnashing,’ which is only found in the New Testament referring to Christ’s “weeping and gnashing of teeth” quotes in Matthew and Luke Gospel verses. But both ‘gnaw’ in Zephaniah 3:3 and ‘gnawing’ in Revelation 16:10 make the same connotations, except that while in Zephaniah the ‘gnaw’ is on bone, in Revelation the ‘gnawing’ is on the tongue ‘for pain.’ Zephaniah’s ‘gnaw’ on bone refers to evil leaders within Jerusalem that “are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.” (KJV) One could compare the evil Corion to these evil leaders in Jerusalem. So one could say that Corion’s ‘gnaw on bones forever’ has the same connotation as Zephaniah’s use of the word. However, in Revelation 16:10, the gnawing is on the “tongues for pain” and the ones doing the ‘gnawing on their tongues for pain’ are likely those who refused to repent of their deeds in the Revelation time-frame, which could mean either Corion’s minions had their tongues gnawed on by Corion or the evil minions gnawed on their own tongues. In The Prodigal Band Trilogy, the connotation is that Corion or his Demons did the ‘gnawing,’ but not one tongues, but bones. Forever.

The term ‘gnaw on bones forever’ is used several times in all three novels that make up the trilogy, and all refer to Corion’s gnawing on bones of either wayward minions or on the forces of Good, such as the angels called The Tooters who work for The Creator, God.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Biblical References Series, Episode One—“The Outer Darkness, Where There Will Be Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth.”

Of all the Bible verses spoken by Jesus Christ Himself I have been aware of for many years, this and  other verses in Matthew and Luke speaking of “the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” has stuck with me for many, many years. I figured the “outer darkness” referred to Hell and this “weeping” by those who were in Hell made sense. Who wanted to die and go to Hell? It was the “gnashing of teeth” part I had no idea about.

The word “gnashing” in the dictionary means this: to bite or chew by grinding the teeth together, striking the teeth together by grinding.

A similar word I used often in The Prodigal Band Trilogy, “gnaw,” has this meaning: to bite, chew on, or erode with the teeth. The word “gnaw” usually refers to rodents chewing or “gnawing” on wood, nuts, plants, or whatever rodents gnaw on for food or shelter, prominently with large and long upper front teeth. I use “gnaw” mostly referencing the devil character, Corion, as well as his Demons, warning his evil minions to do what he asks, “…or I will gnaw your bones forever.” In Hell, or the Abyss in which he resides (on God’s or The Creator’s orders), which is where Corion’s evil minions will find themselves after judgment.

Note: Since those who do the will of the devil character will find themselves in Hell anyway unless they repent of their evil, and Corion would gnaw on them anyway, why is Corion even threatening these folks if they do not do his will? Because these folks worship Corion and believe this evil devil is in fact god! So they force themselves to do these evil deeds not realizing he is only deceiving them. Corion, the Satan of this trilogy, is in fact the father of lies and deception within the trilogy.

This post is on the “gnashing of teeth” reference; the “gnawing” on bones forever reference will appear next week. But the themes and context are similar though the words are somewhat different. Gnaw and gnawing are used once each in the Bible, in the Old Testament Book of Zephaniah and the New Testament Book of Revelation.

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Coming Later This Week, A New Series of Bible-Based Snippets

The snippets of Deleted Scenes from the original three novels within The Prodigal Band Trilogy have concluded since there are no other original scenes in any of the novels that need to be posted at this time. There are quite a few original sections that I could post but that would complicate the main ideas of the novels. For one thing, a number of minor characters would have to be re-introduced and bringing up these other scenes really does not add much understanding to the overall plot, narrative, or theme of the trilogy.

Next up are sections or snippets from the trilogy book based on parts of the Bible, spirituality and Divine intervention that could explain to the reader why I was guided to write these novels. Between seven and ten copyright-free King James Version Bible verses appear in the three-books-in-one trilogy, in the necessary contexts. When it comes to use of Bible verses in fiction, context is crucial.

The snippets based on Biblical verses are not in order. Same for spiritual and divinely inspired sections. Hopefully the first one will be posted Friday.

Blessings!

About the Prodigal Band Trilogy-Main Characters-Part 5: the Good

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

If there is a large number, or a cabal, of evil-doers in my Prodigal Band Trilogy, then there has to be those on the side of good. Good people, good spirits, good angels, starting with God, known in my series as:

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Merry Christmas to All Followers and Readers of This Site and My Books!

Remember–Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Be Blessed!

And don’t forget to download my FREE PDF e-book The Prodigal Band here. You can read more about the book here.

Will post more about my book series Tuesday or Wednesday. Cheers!

About The Prodigal Band Trilogy: The Theme-Good Triumphs over Evil

I began writing a book that would eventually work its way into three books that make up the Prodigal Band Trilogy–Battle of the Band, The Prophesied Band, and The Prodigal Band–back in the late 1960s in diary form as the characters morphed from just a group of guys in a gang or a clique, with or without girlfriends, living on Long Island-then-New York City, to rock musicians with or without girlfriends, living in England. Why the morph? Because of my own interest in rock music as well as actually having participated in a local band for a few months, and having gone to England in 1970, as well as the notion I had the rock bands from England were more worthy overall than American ones (and Brit bands were my fave bands anyway.) These topics have been discussed in previous posts here and on my blog.

The names and looks of the characters were created in the mid-60s with other characters being created in the mid-80s, which was when I started getting serious about the books, which was still just one book novel. But instead of a diary to write stuff that would later make up the book(s), I just wrote on notepad paper with pen.

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