The Mothership Is Here

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The Mothership is in Prince George’s County. Probably within walking distance from were I live. But I’m not gonna find it, though. Not even gonna try.

Reputed funk scholar, Thomas Stanley supposedly knows where it is, but won’t tell. He says, “It is very important, I think, that we not seek truth at expense of myth. Music and Myth are, after all, P-Funk’s most enduring legacy.”

Thinking beyond P-Funk a little bit, I don’t think that’s always a bad approach to take. Certainly, in most cases, it’s important to get to the truth behind the myth, but this is one of those cases in which finding out the truth really can’t improve anything. It’s much better to imagine that the Mothership really went back to…wherever it came from than to think that it’s somewhere rusted out, covered in detrius in some field in Suitland.

We know there are other myths that persevere in spite of the truth. I can think of several that surround the topics du jour. In those cases, I think we’re poorly served by not having the truth to shine the light on the situation. But what are some other myths that need to remain mystical?

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3 Responses to “The Mothership Is Here”
  1. Yes, and as I discovered, it is best to leave P-Funk as a whole as a image, myth and legend.
    The deeper you delve into the individuals that make the whole, the more you come to realize that they are human and like the rest of us flawed, in some cases much more.

    • Avery says:

      Yeah. I’ve decided that for the most part, I wanna keep a fan’s distance between me and any of my favorite groups. Just because they’re great musicians, that don’t mean I’d really want anything to do with them on a personal level. I’ll leave it at good records.

  2. wendypope says:

    At a jewelry store, a young man bought an expensive locket as a present for his girlfriend. “Shall I engrave her name on it?” the jeweler asked.The customer thought for a moment, and then said, “No, engrave it ‘To my one and only love’. That way, if we ever break up, I can use it again.”

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