Maybe it's the gravity defying hair, the creaky-squeaky voice or the way, when he gets excited about a topic, his fingers wiggle like drunk bug antennae but directorDavid Lynch is quirky. The eerie violence of his early films "Eraserhead" and "Blue Velvet" gave some the impression that he was a creeper, a talented creeper for sure, but not the kind of guy you'd invite over for a drink unless there were a lot of other people around, and even then you might keep an eye on your highball glass. So the fact that he meditates twice daily, has done so for some 30 plus years, is surprising, or at least was until Lynch recently started blabbing about it. Meditation this, meditation that - it¹s repetitive! Almost like a mantra.
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His is not even an esoteric spiritual practice but Transcendental Meditation, the suburban strip mall of self-help stuffs. It¹s like learning Vincent van Gough relaxed with kits of Paint by Numbers, or Sylvia Plath unwound by writing silly limericks.
Lynch is throwing a fund-raiser forscholarships to teach school children the TM technique. The April 4th concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City sounds sort of like Lilith Fair with testosterone. Well, a bit of testosterone, anyway. Lynch¹s voice is really creaky-squeaky funny. Paul McCartney and Ringo Star are set to perform. That whole veiled reference to the TM-founder making "a fool out of everyone" in the lyrics of "Sexy Sadie," originally titled "Maharishi," was a big misunderstanding. Sir Paul has been quietly TM-ing all along, and you can see the good it has done the Wings king, although there is no explanation for his Heather Mills period. Moby, Sheryl Crow and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam will perform, too. Apparently all the artists have come out of the karma closet.
Thus far, no couch-jumping has occurred.
The trouble is, when the famous feel compelled to share their deeply held personal beliefs with the public, they inevitably come across as if they're pitching Amway products. Not sure who's buying with ticket priced from $339 for a "possibly obstructed" mezzanine seat to a $3,500 for a great orchestra seat and after concert party.
Anyone who makes it backstage, please report whether the bands demanded ³T²s be added to the bowls of M&Ms.