Bugs Bunny – SHEPHERD SIEGEL https://www.shepherdsiegel.com Sun, 26 Apr 2020 03:39:16 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://i1.wp.com/www.shepherdsiegel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-DisruptivePlay-5.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Bugs Bunny – SHEPHERD SIEGEL https://www.shepherdsiegel.com 32 32 137988190 Western Michigan Station WZZM / Channel 13 Recommends “Disruptive Play” https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/western-michigan-station-wzzm-channel-13-recommends-disruptive-play/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/western-michigan-station-wzzm-channel-13-recommends-disruptive-play/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 23:43:23 +0000 https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/?p=2006

Thank you, WZZM! This is the link > My West Michigan < is a fun, local, daytime TV show that found Disruptive Play a worthy enough hoot to recommend it to readers throughout Western Michigan. This COULD have an impact on our upcoming elections


(cue Goudoud’s Funeral March of a Marionette, theme song from Alfred Hitchcock Presents).

March is National Reading Month . . . that leaves 11 other months for tv binging . . . so crack a book!

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Music? Review? You decide, then play. https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/music-review-you-decide-then-play/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/music-review-you-decide-then-play/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:05:43 +0000 https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/?p=1833 You know, I never get asked, “Shepherd Siegel, the world knows you as an intergalactically recognized artist…but what are you REALLY like?” Nope, never been asked that.

Well, I just live life by three simple rules. Yours may look a little different, but I think you’ll get the idea. In fact, I’d love to hear what YOUR Three Simple Rules to Live By are.


  1. When you’re walking down the street and you see some kind of monkey just sitting on a swing, go ahead and give that monkey a little push.






2. Have warm and meaningful conversations with your friends









And 3, Join in with Big Stuffed Bears that Dance to The Moondogies.

[no dadgummit, I couldn’t get it to rotate. Turn head to the right.]

The Ballard Seafoodfest put some fine acts on a pretty well-appointed stage. Four of ‘em on Sunday July 14. The Dusty 45s, who have been on the scene for over 20 years, have a tight show built straight from the DNA of Americana roots and rockabilly. Lead singer Billy Joe Huels is pretty damn good at it, and that’s how you want to kick things off, with a shoot ‘em up fun-lovin’ band. Yes, the flaming trumpet was featured. The Dusty’s set the tone for the evening. And every act—The Dusty 45’s > Carrie Akre > Pickwick > The Moondoggies—as different as they were, featured quality singing. Here be them Dusty 45s.

And what a singer is Carrie Akre. We got a sonic assault of great material from her early 90s Seattle band Goodness. Akre is a Seattle grunge essential, a powerful songwriter, singer, and bandleader tearing through material that is almost 30 years old. It was a true blast from the past, with a different band. But material that might as well have been Nirvana’s jolted us right back into that grunge lightning storm. Given how long ago this stuff was shaking up the world, when we visit it now…grunge joins the ranks of other ‘oldies’ bands. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We all remembered,oh yeah, I love this stuff.  Perhaps Goodness’ most iconic song, Superwise.

 Pickwick’s been making records since 2013. I saw them do an in-store at ye olde record shoppe in 2017. They were real good then, but in 2019…well, they’ve come a long way, almost perfecting a soulful sound, influenced by the likes of Memphis Soul and various rock sources, and pulling off a pretty great vocal mix and a tight and unique band sound. I got realexcited, even dripped mustard from my hot dog onto my shirt (dammit!). the live mix was getting better with each act, so the fun factor was growing. I’d mos’ def’ like to hear what Pickwick can put down into the tracks of their next recording. Here’re two goodies:  Turncoat and Hacienda Motel.

But the night’s honors have to go to the headlining Moondoggies. The beauty of their sound is discovered through their influences, not least of all John Lennon and The Doors, but that said they lean heavily into a country groove and overall play exactly like a 1960s rock band, running through very familiar rock permutations, chords, progressions and sounds, and rarely if ever bringing in any kind of an updated feature. Because they accomplish this in such an unaffected way, they achieve an authenticity that is fresh and not derivative, soulful and heartfelt and not precious. Rock my soul, Moondoggies!

Oh, and by the way, I’ll be hanging out in public and talking ‘bout Disruptive Play, NOTkind of like Gary Busey NOT showing up at the West Seattle Street Fair (harrumph!!!).

See you Wednesday, July 17, 4 PM at Barnes and Noble Downtown Seattle (600 Pine St), or Saturday, July 20, 1 PM at !ndigo Robson, Vancouver, BC (1033 Robson), or Sunday, July 21, 11 AM at !ndigo Granville, Vancouver, BC (2505 Granville). More at www.shepherdsiegel.com

Plant you now and dig you later!

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Now THAT’S Entertainment! https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/now-thats-entertainment/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/now-thats-entertainment/#respond Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:09:55 +0000 https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/?p=1395 Click Here for Disruptive Play Fun Futurecast


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I’m Out There! I’m Bringing Vaudeville Back! https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/im-out-there-im-bringing-vaudeville-back/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/im-out-there-im-bringing-vaudeville-back/#respond Sun, 25 Nov 2018 17:49:54 +0000 https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/?p=1351 Tune in. Pick it. Click it.


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Introducing Disruptive Play at Ignite Seattle, 10/19/17 https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/introducing-disruptive-play-ignite-seattle-101917/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/introducing-disruptive-play-ignite-seattle-101917/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:12:45 +0000 http://shepherdsiegel.com/?p=609 This is my introduction to Disruptive Play, nervously in front of a packed house at the Egyptian Theater in Seattle.

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Trump as Trickster? Unfair to Trickster! https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/trump-as-trickster-unfair-to-trickster/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/trump-as-trickster-unfair-to-trickster/#comments Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:45:17 +0000 https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/?p=749 Whenever folks talk about Tricksters in politics and culture, the conversation often gets around to President Donald Trump, isn’t he a trickster? It was only a matter of time before someone adopted that theme as a Jungian lens, a conceptual template, a handle to attach. Randy Fertel’s piece in The Washington Monthly: This Archetype Explains Donald Trump is thoughtful and illuminating, but I come to a different conclusion.

Fertel makes some very good points, contrasting Hermes and Dionysus—‘good’ Trickster versus ‘bad’. Fertel’s Dionysian Trump incites and invites intoxication, ecstasy, and longing for transcendence. Ultimately, Dionysian urges lead to tyranny. And Corey Pein at The Baffler throws out  Loki as a model, noting the similarities of lying and mischief; unapologetic manner; and likeness to P.T. Barnum. But ultimately, such dark chaos and power mongering fail to do the archetype justice.

Tricksters are amoral, in it for the lulz, for the fun of it. Fertel correctly names the Trickster moment: we roll the dice and we get chaos, or we get a new cultural order. And we’ll get to the politics of that, but first…


Archetypes are supra-human personality profiles. Among the Greek or Roman gods, Hermes and Mercury are the Tricksters. Everyone has some Trickster characteristics—pulling pranks, telling jokes, flagrantly crossing a boundary—just as some part of the archetypes of Mother, Warrior, Martyr and Hero animate us all. But it’s helpful to play by the rule that no human can fully embody any archetype. Thus when discussing Trump or any person, it’s a matter of degrees. And thus while there a number of qualities Trump has in common with the archetype, ultimately, it’s an unfair (to Trickster) attribution.

As to the deity, the archetype, the myth, the tale…Tricksters consistently denude emperors of their clothes, mocking power and its pursuit. Unlike Trump, they do not seek to accumulate it. Non-Western Trickster gods, mischievous, disruptive and playful, are a priori powerful by dint of creation: powerful because they are respected, and respected because they are powerful. They have a sense of humor. And they are as likely to be the butt of pranks as they are to play them.

This is unlike the humorless emperor or tyrant who seeks to gain power through conquest and war. Trump’s sense of humor is absent or hurtful to others in a generally unfunny way. He will not allow himself to be pranked upon. This Commander-in-Chief has not declared war or invaded another country, but he did detonate the biggest non-nuclear bomb in history; proactively support Israeli apartheid; and play foolish games of brinksmanship with North Korea. His 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides massive support to the wealthiest Americans.

Empire-building requires convincing your army and your citizens that they are fighting for good, and the enemy is evil. Powerful and amoral Tricksters never buy in to such absolutes, and pose a threat to imperialists. Thus they were bound and disarmed, made the court jester, the fool, or even the Devil.

Such cultural stigma intimidates us Westerners from letting go of learned notions of good and evil, and letting Trickster amorality into our consciousness. But consider Paul Radin’s seminal 1956 book, The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology, which states that [Trickster] knows neither good nor evil yet…is responsible for both. He possesses no values, moral or social, is at the mercy of his passions and appetites, yet through his actions all values come into being.

What’re You Having, Friend,  Oppression or Liberation?

For example, Trickster is antiwar. But not because war is bad, but because war is no fun. Huh? Trickster’s prevailing drive and moral genesis is to have fun. Trickster wanders from the amorality of fun into a moral stand. By reacting to war as just about the least fun human activity…values come into being.

Tricksters do not seek power, or to hurt others, but there can be collateral damage. Dave Chappelle explains this in one of his routines: …. Sometimes, the funniest thing to say is mean…. It’s a tough position to be in…. I say a lot of mean things…But…I’m not saying it to be mean, I’m saying it to be funny*. Witness Trickster types like Chappelle or Groucho Marx, Bugs Bunny or Marcel Duchamp, John Lennon, Robin Williams or Andy Kaufman…they use their Trickster magic to lead us into a world of honest wisdom, imagination, and laughter…paths of liberation.

Fertel alerts us to the co-optation of Trickster by power mongers like Trump. Such manipulators resonate with their base by drawing on the appeal of Trickster contrariness, but trick us into accepting an even more binding version of the status quo, generally in the interest of greed and empire. Tricksters play tricks as an act of sacred fun. Tyrants trick the poor and disenfranchised into accepting the burdens and bonds of a warlike and unjust society…paths of oppression.

The 2013 Black Mirror episode, The Waldo Moment, (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2386296/) very clearly explains this dynamic of tapping the appeal of Trickster in order to further bind, rather than liberate.

True Trickster Unbound

These articles—one likening Trump to Dionysus, and the other to Loki (both Western)—were intent on helping folks ‘get a handle’ on Trump, and Trump as Trickster.

Optimism about our future, though, compels a better grasp of the Trickster archetype, regardless of Trump. We don’t yet fully understand Trickster’s crucial role in helping society make progress and grow. Good examples of Trickster in the 21st century can be found in the phenomenon of Anonymous; it’s cousin WikiLeaks; speculative fiction like Black Mirror; Yippie style activists like The Yes Men; and prankster consciousness-raisers like the guerilla graffiti artist Banksy,

Demonizing Trickster is a common practice among reactionary Westerners in power and filled with shame and a morality borne of repressed psyches. When a healthier populism deals Trump and his base their defeat, we will yet face the struggle to not replace it with a misguided dogma of liberal morality, which comes with its own version of shame and repression.

The more tightly Trickster is bound, the more cataclysmic Trickster’s inevitable shrugging of the chains and amoral rampage. I should like to suggest that a good guide to public policy is to not bind the Trickster, but to take a more general approach to limiting harm. The #MeToo Movement could possibly be the best thing to have happened in a long, long time. But once offenders have been punished, once we as a society understand how we breed sexually unacceptable behavior, and then outgrow it, we will need to focus on enlightened dialogue. That dialogue must occur. It’s about all forms of discrimination and abuse: sexual, racial, ability-based. Ultimately, Love wins! Fun wins!

When the opportunity comes to save what is left of our planet, clean and productive jobs and/or a guaranteed healthy life must also come to those currently employed in the most toxic industries…like coal, nuclear and fossil fuels, or environmentally damaging agriculture, industry, and fishing. We must radically reform income inequality through progressive taxation, universal health care and full employment/engagement, but the spirit of entrepreneurship, research, and innovation must also be stoked and not stifled. When we are able to establish fair(er) elections in our nation, shutting down harmful trolls and foreign agents, we must also remember that information wants to be free, and fight for that freedom as well. And we will not wage war, because we are too busy having fun, we are too busy winning with love. Trickster unbound is best embraced as a liberating tonic, not as an elected leader.**

*  Equanimity and The Bird Revelation (Netflix, 2017)

** Unless we are ready to elect Groucho Marx or Bugs Bunny
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A Disruptive Play Podcast . . . Something’s Coming! https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/httpwww-playgrounding-com36-2/ https://www.shepherdsiegel.com/httpwww-playgrounding-com36-2/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:52:38 +0000 http://shepherdsiegel.com/?p=585 My book, Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture . . . . will be coming out this fall or winter. Play champion Kara Fortier allowed me to cast my pod in her direction and we got to talking about it on her Playgrounding website.

The Trickster Consciousness in a Polarized World with Shepherd Siegel

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