1 November 2006

The Stability You Strive For

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 6:59 pm


You are the crown of creation.

– Paul Kantner, “Crown of Creation,” 1968

This afternoon I finished revising (again) the last part of the Genesis 1 book, which is appearing in installments on this blog as the “Doomed” posts. I’ve spent the past 24 hours reminding myself what a great book it is, and why – trying to combat post-partum depression I suppose. I went for a run, and as I was passing by the marina I was thinking about man as the crowning glory of the Creation. Then, a flashback: 1968, Jefferson Airplane, first line of the title song on the album, waiting for thirty years in my memory for something to pull it back to the surface.

Here’s how the words go:

You are the Crown of Creation
You are the Crown of Creation
and you’ve got no place to go.
Soon you’ll attain the stability you strive for
in the only way that it’s granted
in a place among the fossils of our time.
In loyalty to their kind
they cannot tolerate our minds.
In loyalty to our kind
we cannot tolerate their obstruction.
Life is Change
How it differs from the rocks
I’ve seen their ways too often for my liking
New worlds to gain
My life is to survive
and be alive
for you.

I remember sitting in calculus class and Greg Caravelli telling me about the At Bathing at Baxter’s album. The Airplane were never my favorite band: a little too freaky, a little too harmonic, not loud enough. Still, I remember writing a poem in calculus class that owed a lot to “Martha,” one of the songs on that album. I wonder if I’ve still got that poem around here somewhere. When we sold all our stuff getting ready to move to France my copy of Baxter’s was in the $1 bin – I think some reseller scooped it up.

Here’s the Airplane on TV – it’s hard to remember that bands used to look like this. I don’t care how stoned they were: they could sing and they could play, and they were interesting. It nearly made me cry this third time I watched it.




  1. Dear Mr. Doyle:

    I do not have an actual comment for your blog, but I thought you might get a laugh from knowing that I ran across your blog while googling Greg Caravelli, my dad. I was absolutely positive that you must have been referring to my dad as the person who told you about “Bathing at Baxter’s” as he tortured me with that album many times while growing up and Baxter was the name of our family dog, of course. His love for that band and its various members has endured. We adore him anyway. It’s funny how the right (or wrong) music can make such a huge impact in our lives. He remembers you from calculus as well.

    Best wishes,
    Alia Caravelli
    Chicago, Illinois


    Comment by Alia — 9 September 2007 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Alia –

    I’d say this counts as an actual comment — thanks. I hate to think how Baxter’s has shaped your personality, though it seems you may have resisted or recovered from that noxious influence. It’s ironic to hear from you since just yesterday I posted about how my archived blog posts could disappear and no one would ever notice. Please extend my best wishes to your father. I don’t often write about my sordid past, but if you come back later — maybe tonight or tomorrow — I’ll hopefully have written something about a mutual friend of your dad’s and mine. Greg may know more about the tale I will recount than I do, so if he does maybe you can fill me in. Oh, and no need to call me “Mr.” Doyle — Dr. will be fine.



    Comment by ktismatics — 10 September 2007 @ 7:10 am

  3. So I’m writing the promised post when what song comes on the radio? “Greasy Heart,” from Jefferson Airplane’s “Crown of Creation” album! God knows when I heard that tune last, or if I’ll ever hear it again.


    Comment by ktismatics — 10 September 2007 @ 2:50 pm

  4. Dude, you’ve, like, got cool memories.


    Comment by Erdman — 11 September 2007 @ 8:22 am

  5. Yeah, but like, man, I wish these flashbacks would just, like, quit, you know? It’s like, um…. oh wow! The colors, man, dig it! Far out! Woa! Uh, like… what were we talking about again man?


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 September 2007 @ 8:50 am

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