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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Separating the Wheat From the Chaff ... or... REAL From the Fake - No April Fool's Day Joke

The Chaff Cutter by David Teniers ("The Younger")
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Because while socially distancing keeps us physically safe during these troubling times, it's music that keeps us spiritually healthy.

And that's definitely no April Fool's Day joke.

A few years ago, an email arrived from our friend Vic with the attached image above of "The Chaff Cutter" by David Teniers ("The Younger") and we were immediately awestruck. David Teniers the Younger (15 December 1610 – 25 April 1690) was a Flemish artist born in Antwerp, the son of David Teniers the Elder. Producing over two thousand paintings, David Teniers the Younger was honoured as one of the greatest painters in Europe during his time.

Our friend Vic, encouraged us here at Thrasher's Wheat to keep on "separating the wheat from the chaff". Well, Vic, we plan to continue to separate the wheat from the chaff until the power goes out.

To separate the facts from the fictions.
To separate the REAL from the Fake.
To separate The Truth from the Lie.

So, behold if you will, the literal visualization of separating the wheat from the chaff. (We would like to suggest opening up the above image full size in a separate window in order to examine the painting's rich details.) It is our understanding that this passage referencing "Separating the Wheat from the Chaff" can be found in all major religious texts similar to The Golden Rule and other universal truths.

Since 1996. Almost 25 years and still going strong. And our little claim to fame has still gone unchallenged, debunked or declared "fake". Again, The Truth. We take no special honor or privilege in being more often consistently right than the so called "experts". We only ask that everyone, please use full disCERNment at all times.

Teniers the Younger's "The Chaff-cutter" depicts a scene of 17th century peasant life. From Dulwich Picture Gallery:
The man is cutting straw into fine pieces (known as chaff, which is commonly used as fodder for livestock) most likely for the white horse in the picture. A saddle bag on the ground indicates that this is a working horse, and that the man may have just returned from a journey on horseback. The horse is already grazing on some hay. We see chicken, a key source of sustenance for the peasants, wandering around in the foreground. Birds nesting in the dovecote may have been kept for their flesh and eggs. Teniers was known for his paintings of peasant scenes and this is an example of an illustration of rural life, highlighting the strong interdependence between man and beast.

DETAIL - Cutting the Wheat from the Chaff

Properly speaking, "David "The Younger" Teniers is the last representative of the great Flemish traditions of the 17th century."[1]

So what exactly might any of this wheat and chaff stuff have to do with anything at all -- much less on a Neil Young music blog?

Well, if you have a moment for some rambling readings that meander and thrash about here and there, then here you go. Down the rabbit hole... into the Land of OZ ... on through the looking glass matrix... the Black Mirror ...

Such is the synchronicity of Thrasher's Wheat. (Thanks Vic! We promise to keep it all REAL.)

Matthew 3:11-12 - "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and *He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Separating the wheat from the chaff is about separating from negative thoughts and beliefs and focusing on positive thoughts and beliefs. It’s also about being careful who you listen to and believe... Power to all with eyes to see and ears to hear will disCERN.👁


Separating the Wheat from the Chaff ... or... REAL from the Fake

If things do go dark and silent, always remember to Keep Calm, No Fear, & Keep on Rockin'. Try to enjoy the sounds of silence because the son will come up again -- brighter than ever.

peace & goodwill
ps - Happy ARC Day! :)

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At 4/01/2020 02:15:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Thrasher, what a great idea! If you can, check out Bruegel the Elder, The Harvesters. Incredible painting of a wheat harvest, just incredible. And we should also remember that these people, in their time, endured wave after wave of Plague (from a flea vector), a bacteria, with a 90% mortality rate. It is good to remember that disease is part of the human and natural condition, even as we do everything we can to help. In the last week I have had more time to look at Thrasher's Wheat and it is really enjoyable, interesting, and insightful.

At 4/01/2020 04:15:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Abner!

Nice, an old world classic. Definitely need to find a way to work Bruegel's Harvesters into the mix.


glad to know you're enjoying the wheat!
Thanks for readin' & Keep on rockin'!

At 4/01/2020 06:36:00 PM, Blogger GmbArb said...

When is Homegrown going to be released?

At 4/01/2020 10:44:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Homegrown is scheduled to be released on April 18th 2020

Peace 🙏

At 4/02/2020 01:28:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

That was the plan, here's what Neil said Sunday: "Homegrown has been pushed back due to the virus. We are going to try to have it for you here (at NYA) when it was supposed to come out, which is very soon. ... It's up in the air now for Reprise releases, but NYA is talking to Reprise to have it available on time streaming here and here only."

At 4/02/2020 07:52:00 AM, Blogger vic said...

Hi Thrasher, been enjoying Neil's fireside sessions and also Bob's murder most foul. A real contrast for the times. Bob the elder moved in to live with us at the first of the March so now we are really #allinthistogether. Thank you as always for sharing your voice and news with us. your friend - Vic

At 4/02/2020 09:27:00 AM, Blogger GmbArb said...

Thank You for the reply.

At 4/02/2020 09:31:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks folks for updates.

@ Vic - nice to hear from you. And thanks again for the suggested art.

The knowledge and diversity of our community is our strength. Glad to be part of it.

stay rustie.

At 4/02/2020 09:32:00 AM, Blogger GmbArb said...

I thought the physical release would be pushed back due to the virus. I understand why. The day will come that it will be released. Until then everybody enjoy your life each & every day.
Looking Forward!!

At 4/02/2020 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@Babbo B: yet another great reason to be a subscriber to NYA, as the physical products are delayed, we get access through the site. A bargain at twice the price.

Peace 🙏

At 4/03/2020 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

The long-awaited video of Like A Hurricane from Weld is now streaming on NYA.

One of the greatest Crazy Horse live performances ever (admittedly there are a fair few others, maybe several thousand).

If (for some strange reason) I had to pick just one officially released Crazy Horse track, this would be it.

It really is an incredible performance that just builds up to an outrageous level of intensity. Set aside 13 minutes this evening and watch it; then set aside an hour to get your breath back.

The complete Buffalo 1991 show is set for its premiere on Sunday. Stay home and enjoy it.


At 4/03/2020 01:05:00 PM, Blogger the rider said...

Neil has been very generous to us fans. I have been very patient, waiting for decades to hear Homegrown. But now Neil has left us waiting so long that Homegrown and Archives is delayed yet again because we are in the apocalypse. As far as these rare albums being released, I will believe it when I see it.


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