Isle of Skye, Scotland, None
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
D.J. MacLennan (aka McGill)
Futurehead.com FutureHead MacLennan releases atheist track 'Highlander (The Wake)' on YouTube
Isle of Skye, Scotland, 6 December 2011
D.J. MacLennan, futurologist, cryonics enthusiast, and creator of science and tech website Futurehead.com, has released a music video on YouTube.com under his musical alias 'McGill'.
The track 'Highlander (The Wake)' has been seen by some conservative Christians as provocative and anti-religious because of its skewed use of Presbyterian church chanting (know as 'precenting') in both the music and the visuals.
MacLennan sees it somewhat differently:
"I have no religious belief but this song is not about my atheism. It's more specific than that. The track tries to invoke the feeling of darkness and even depression that the Presbyterian religion of the Highlands of Scotland, brought to me when I was a child. A child cannot easily express that unease and has to suffer those corrosive feelings. This song is, not to sound too religious about it, a catharsis of sorts."
But he insists that the track is not all stifling doom:
"I think there is an uplifting element to it. There's a joy in there about the adult ability to assert oneself as an individual, free of old fears and superstitions."
The imagery of the video is also laced with dark and light. Highland dancers, Scottish military pipe bands and church scenes merge into guttering candles, high-diving and eyes peering out of the darkness.
Click on the links above or below to see 'Highlander (The Wake)' on YouTube.com
'Highlander (The Wake)': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahk_0qxK1FQ
D.J. MacLennan's Futurehead.com website: http://www.futurehead.com
Cryonics story about D.J. MacLennan in The Herald, April 2008: http://bit.ly/hOKfam
Cryonic Preservation story about D.J. MacLennan in The Scotsman, April 2008: http://bit.ly/fqOrpz
Alcor website: http://www.alcor.org
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Isle of Skye, Scotland, Other