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Scientology tunes heading to area homes

Title: Scientology tunes heading to area homes
Date: Saturday, 7 June 1986
Publisher: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Author: Lesley Collins
Main source: link (117 KiB)

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CLEARWATER — Could the composing abilities of the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, nudge Madonna and Billy Ocean out of the top-20 in pop music?

Some 600 Clearwater residents will have the chance to decide.

Parishioners at the Fort Harrison Hotel, the sect's Clearwater headquarters, have forked out the money to mail out more than 600 cassette tapes that contain Hubbard's musical statement on what Scientology is all about.

"The Road to Freedom" cassette — with a cover that shows a white bridge traveling into a cloud-filled sky — contains 10 songs with music and lyrics by Hubbard. The elusive Hubbard, who had not been seen in public since 1980, died of a stroke Jan. 25 at his California ranch.

"Some parishioners got together and thought others might enjoy the music," Scientology spokesman Ludwig Alpers said.

"This cassette called 'The Road to Freedom' is a gift to you," reads a letter enclosed with the tape.

"Please listen to it. Enjoy the music and listen to the words. We think you'll find it most enlightening."

"The Worried Being" includes the following verses:

There was a worried being who did secret acts
He felt he had to hide, hide, hide, hide, hide.
Oooo what a sad song!
A careless teacher gave him false data
And he went dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.
Oooo what a sad song!
That bad experience gave him engrams
And he began to hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt.
Oooo what a sad song!

More cassettes will be mailed to residents, Alpers noted. And, if future plans hold up, Hubbard's songs may be played over the airwaves of local radio stations.

While the packaged cassettes take their route through the U.S. Mail, a musical video version of the tape is airing on a Tampa cable television station, he added.

Hollywood notables John Travolta, Frank Stallone (Sylvester's brother) and Leif Garrett are some of the vocalists for such upbeat, contemporary tunes as "The Evil Purpose" and "The ARC Song."

A flap on the cassette cover lists the definitions of Scientology terms used in the lyrics.

The letters A-R-C, for example, stand for Affinity, Reality and Communication. To Scientologists, the initials have come to mean good feeling, love or friendliness, the cassette cover explains.