The Origin of Ecstatic Mechanism

by julian

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Ecstatic Mechanism, the name of my latest album, came from a line from famed poet, painter, activist and City Lights Books publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s book HER:

“…there’s an ecstatic mechanism in birds that makes them fly upwards in spite of worms.”

Today happens to be Mr. Ferlinghetti’s 95th birthday (the Allen Ginsberg blog has a great post on him today), so it seemed a good time to explain where the title came from, and wish Mr. Ferlinghetti a very happy birthday!!