Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Jeff Peckman wants firefighters to think outside the tinder box

Jeff Peckman thinks outside the box -- in this case, the "tinder box." Two years ago, he asked voters to approve a UFO welcoming committee, an idea he pushed further as a 2011 candidate for mayor of Denver. And now he wants to help end the High Park Fire.

"All TV and radio stations broadcasting in Colorado should donate time to play a specific musical piece called the 'Rain Melody,'" says Peckman, noting that the 45-minute tune "helps to bring rain in areas of drought, according to experts of the ancient tradition of Gandharva Veda Music."

Fortunately, since broadcasting companies would have to see flames licking at their office doors before they turned over 45 minutes of airtime, Peckman does have an alternative: Government radio frequencies as well as people living in the path of the fire should play this music 24 hours a day.

Explains Peckman:

"The Rain Melody" can even be broadcast on sub-frequencies. It does not matter if people are listening to it but it is more powerful if they do, especially at a live concert. In the mid-1990s I organized tours for Maharishi Gandharva Veda musicians and heard stories from different locations about rain starting during concerts even when no rain was predicted for that day."
This is not Peckman's first foray into public policy. Almost a decade ago, he proposed that Denver find "Safety through Peace," and that ballot measure earned Denver a visit from The Daily Show, In 2008, he helped promote Stan Romanek's video of an alleged alien. Initiative 300, which would have established an extraterrestrial affairs commission for Denver, made the ballot in 2010 -- and brought out-of-this-world attention to Colorado.

If aliens can't be persuaded to douse the flames from their spaceships, why not give "The Rain Melody" a try? Peckman provides more details from

Traditionally it ["Rain Melody"] is performed to bring rain because it replicates the frequencies present in nature when it is raining. It is very soothing and relaxing as well as refreshing... It uses sound, melody, and rhythm to restore balance and harmony in mind, body, behavior, and environment...
All together now...

Colorado has inspired many out-of-this-world ideas -- many of them centered on the Denver airport. Read "DIA conspiracy theories take off" here.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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