Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Story Of The Crossroads

The crossroads has long been a place of legend.  It is embedded in cultural myths across the globe.  From Goethe's story of Faust to blues guitarist Robert Johnson "selling his soul to the devil," the crossroads is the midnight meeting place of risk, danger, and forbidden choices.  On a literal level, it is the intersection of two raods; on a spiritual level it is the intersection of this earthly plane and the spiritual realm beyond.  In the case of American Blues folklore, it was usually an old dirt road, often associated with an area around Clarksdale, Mississippi - the home of many famous blues musicians.  From Bob Dylan to Lil' Wayne, contemporary artists continue to make enigmatic references to this same story.   Whether carrying a negative, evil connotation or offering a glimple into transcendence and glory, the crossroads is the double-edged Dionysian energy encountered by the artist and shaman alike.