This is a plug for a project that will be finished soon called Torch. It will be a show released only on CD and in other online audio formats. It follows the story of former rock star named Gallahad who was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam war in the 60s and was arrested after a shootout killed 12 people in rural Ohio. Here's a small synopsis for those who want to know more.
Galahad, the rebellious musician who in the 60’s challenged popular views on race, morality, censorship and the Vietnam conflict, is arrested after a shootout with police in a small town in Ohio. Apparently for the past 30 years he has avoided the public by changing his identity and working as a Math instructor at a local High School. Galahad went into seclusion following a riot at one of his concerts where several people were killed and he was charged with multiple offenses.
More than a dozen people are killed in the shoot out and Galahad is arrested for murder, yet, there seems to be evidence that Galahad and the followers who were with him were unarmed. Rumors circulate in the media that Galahad was leading a Satanic cult and was involved with ritual child abuse. He refuses to comment to reporters.
The media views Galahad’s arrest as the story of the century. He has been the center of controversy since the early sixties when his songs first became popular. He is still hated by many and loved by others. Galahad’s habit of wearing a mask while performing and never allowing his true identity to be known caused endless speculation by both friends and foes. Following his arrest, it is clear he has altered his records, but, no one knows who he really is. Law enforcement officials and reporters work feverishly to find the answers before his trial.
Galahad has a strange relationship with a mysterious being who calls herself “Liberty”. Liberty has given him a torch, which burns inside him and compels him to create art which motives society to bring equality, freedom and justice to all races, sexes, and cultures. This brings incredible torment to him, as institutions and individuals resist the changes and attack him as the agent of change. His current arrest stems from his attempt to help a group of High School students who wanted to continue his mission. Galahad has tried throughout his career to flee from the aftermath of his social prophecy, but Liberty is extremely enticing and tempts him with a strange romantic relationship, which has heavy psychological overtones. Galahad struggles to determine whether Liberty is an angel or a demon and neither he nor the audience is given a clear answer. The audience must also decide whether Galahad is a true visionary or simply delusional. Little by little we learn about his true identity and the reasons for his visions.
It isn't finished yet, but the reason I'm already plugging it is some of the music from the show has been released and can be downloaded from the website. The show's creator has decided to release some of the music prior to the release of the CDs because of their relevance to our current situation in Iraq and other world affairs. We're the Good Guys is a controversial and satirical political song that specifically targets the Bush administration and its foreign policy. Check it out here: http://www.darkenlightenment.com/Goodgu
Torch raises important questions about the nature of art, freedom and responsibility, censorship, racism, sexism, the role of media in American culture, the American political system, the American criminal justice system, and many other current issues. There is a little something in this to offend almost everybody, which is the mark of most great truths whose time has come. But Torch is primarily an entertaining adventure combining mystery, action, suspense, comedy and one of the most unusual love stories ever written. The music will range from 60’s rock and roll, to gentle romantic ballads, and even hard-edged Techno.
Check out the website for Torch at http://www.torchtheworld.com and tell everyone you know about it.
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