Refusal of the Call

by Beth Kinderman

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"Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or 'culture,' the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless—even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire of renown. Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him his minotaur. All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration." - Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces

This is a preview single from my upcoming concept album The Hero's Journey, which is currently in pre-production.


caterpillar inch around
the blossom of the milkweed
wonder how it ever finds
the courage to start
it builds itself a pretty cage
& hopes no one will interfere
but if it wants to live
it has to tear itself apart

seeds about to fall out of
their home up in the canopy
wonder how they first got the
idea to grow
the chance of ever sprouting is
just one in an infinity
but if they want to stay
they have to make the wind not blow

but I am comfortable
& I am warm
maybe I'm happier
in larval form
so would it be a sin
would it be strange
or just a punishment
to never change?
to never change

I picked up some stones & then
I made myself a labyrinth
built the walls so high til I
could not see the stars
so tell your metamorphosis
that it is not invited here
those sounds you're hearing now
are anything but minotaurs


so now the time has come to work
my way into the center
knock out a few walls til I
can look at the moon
cause the forest floor is littered with
the chrysalids turned carcasses
of all the butterflies
who fell in love with their cocoons

(chorus 2x)


released September 9, 2014
Elizabeth Greenberg - violin
Justin Hartley - djembe
Beth Kinderman - vocals, acoustic guitar
Dave Stagner - 12-string guitar, synth, tambourine

Lyrics & music by Beth Kinderman/Beloved Porcupine Music, 2014
Produced, engineered, mixed, & mastered by Dave Stagner at Extraterrestrial Highway Studios, Minneapolis MN




Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters Minneapolis, Minnesota

If you like epic song cycles based upon multi-thousand-page fantasy novels, thought-provoking lyrics, violin solos, complex vocal harmonies, huge drums, and weird guitar effects, but you also think that more musicians should write songs about surviving the zombie apocalypse and attempting to sleep with video game characters, Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters are the band for you. ... more

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