Tuesday, October 27

Sun & Moon


the power of white:
helps with mental clarity.  encourages to clear clutter. evokes pure thoughts/actions.

White is the traditional color worn by brides in the western world, as well as in Japan.
The ancient Greeks wore white to bed to ensure pleasant dreams.
In the Bible, white represents the color of light and is an emblem of the divine.
According to Pantone Inc., white is the best selling color for the classic american t-shirt.
White feather: a symbol of cowardice
“White covers a multitude of sins.” -- Jonathan Milne
“Black and white are absolute...expressing the most delicate vibration, the most profound tranquility, and unlimited profundity.” -- Shiko Munakata
White hot: extreme manner of intensity
The appearance of white in a dream is thought to represent happiness at home. White castles are a symbol of achievement, destiny perfectly fulfilled, and spiritual perfection.
In general, white and pale flowers are more strongly scented than their darker counterparts.
"Moon gardens" consist of all white flowering plants. This type of garden gives the illusion of glowing in the moonlight, making them a good choice for areas you spend time in during the evening.

Monday, October 26

michelle: hopeful and grateful

"I feel hopeful and grateful.
For a while I thought we had lost everything. It makes you want to love better and live better and treat people better
There is a great Gloria Steinem quote—and I'm paraphrasing—
'Become the man you want to marry.'
 I've taken that on.
 What qualities do I find attractive, and can I find them in myself? What am I missing? Can I be that for myself?"

Saturday, October 24

Joan Wasser

she was the long time girl friend of jeff buckley. that's how i first hear about her. i really like her music.. Joan as Police Woman
"I figured if something terrified me that much I had to figure out why. That's my personality, learning how to sing was really my way of growing up, learning how to be more happy, which included a lot of learning how to respect myself and others. All that stuff sounds really staid but it's actually really sexy."

"I couldn't do what I'm doing now at any other time in my life, I go into any initial meetings with people with a very clear idea of who I am and the fact that I will do things that make me comfortable and I won't do things that won't make me comfortable … When you're very clear from the beginning, you run into very little opposition."

"Honestly, I was going through some hard times. Writing songs actually kept me focused and sane. I think part of my survival mechanism kicked in. Strife can really create an extra ability to make art, in my experience. Too much comfort can, at times, create sloth. I think, more than this, I love working. There are only so many days in one’s life!"

"For me, creating a place to house those emotions has helped me better understand how loss affects me and to ultimately find more joy. It’s not like the knowledge of one's loss is ever gone, it’s just placed somewhere else, so one can live a normal life. Expressing my feelings about it in the most beautiful way I know how helps me remember that it’s not as desperate of an experience as it might seem if it had just remained untouched and smoldering in my
 body and mind. Singing about it reminds me that I am not unique, that everyone experiences the same general troubles, and this is where I feel the most thankful that we have the power of communication. As time passes, it reminds me of the honest feelings I had at that time. If I didn’t have the songs, I know I would re-negotiate my memories and decided that I felt a way that I really didn’t. I don’t know if it’s possible to remember honestly how bad/hurt/abandoned/angry/depressed you feel. I think it’s hardwired into humans to remember a lighter experience, so that there’s some momentum to go on. Music is such a good meter for knowing that feelings can change, things get better, life truly does go on. " 

Wednesday, October 14

sensitivity isn't being wimpy

  "No, I haven't really thought about an audience. This music isn't just for me, even if it's just a crowd of bridge-and-tunnelers at a show. I can offer stories people can relate to. I'm just like anyone else, with a brain, heart, loves, coffee stains, whatever. Anybody who is into music I hope will want to hear me."

"People weren't into it at first. I had to fight to be heard. Then I had to stop fighting. Whole months would go by where people would just be talking. I even got a headache from a performance one time. [What changed?] I learned how to use everything in the room as the music. A tune has to resonate with whatever is happening around it. So if people are talking, I let them talk. That just means they're part of the music. I even had to learn the noise the dishwasher makes at this little cafe; I had to play in B flat, or it wouldn't sound right."

 "Art works better in places where you are allowed to have your deepest eccentricities come out."
"Sensitivity isn't being wimpy. It's about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom."

"There are really majestic qualities about people that can be reached through music. People are incredible to me even though I'm healthily cynical sometimes. It's because we are spirits and the whole tension is that we don't know that we are. Yet, music is able to touch this."
"Do you ever have one of those memories where you think you remember a taste or a feel of something, maybe an object, but the feeling is so bizarre and imperceptible that you just can't quite get a hold of it? It drives you crazy. That's my musical aesthetic, just this imperceptible fleeting memory. The beauty of it now is that I can record it onto a disc or play it live. It's entirely surreal. It's like there's a guard at the gate of your memory and you're not supposed to remember certain things because you can only obtain the full experience by completely going under its power. You can be destroyed or scarred. You don't know, it's like dying. Anyway, music is the only thing I've got. It's the only thing that's been really great to me all the time. There was a point where I was extremely depressed and I couldn't go near anything."

"I like the way that songs sort of have light, and sort of travel around despite you. It's good. It helps to have songs that you love, that you can be inside. It's good. It's part of the invention. On the outside of that you can say that I find great joy in the things that are sad. That's the way emotions are in people. They fall down on you and there's no way to get out, except to go through it. There's no way you can control it, there's no essay you can write to answer yourself out of it. It just soaks you like the rain. There's nothing you can do. Then it's gone and then another comes around. But tears are not all I deal with. I'll leave that to the next album.”

Sunday, October 11

bob dylan

"I loved working with Bob Dylan, but he can be confusing. He can sit there and have a conversation with you, and look you straight in the eye and be totally engaged with you, and then an hour later, he'll look through you like he doesn't know you." - chris o'dell

bob and pattie smith

 Dylan as Renaldo and Sara Dylan as Clara in Renaldo and Clara (1978)

george harrison, bob dylan, leon russell performing for bangladesh. madison square garden, 1971.

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