Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Living In An Open Place" by De Lux

De Lux (multi-instrumentalists Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco) sing a giddy, compelling tune called "Living In An Open Place" that should have been my Summer Song this year! Oh well, a few weeks of summer are left, it's not too late to pop this on in the car and roar down the PCH...I love its electronic/disco/retro New Wave vibe and "perpetual motion" sound!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Just For A Second

“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.”
--Lauren Oliver, from her novel PANDEMONIUM

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, Tori

Today is the birthday of unique singer-songwriter Tori Amos and to celebrate, here are some videos of a few of her songs that have haunted me over the years: "Spark," "Winter," and "Silent All These Years."

Happy Birthday, Tori!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

BEAUTY: Painting--Ian Fisher

The lovely paintings of Ian Fisher capture clouds...but only clouds, candy-colored, out of context with our earth, an alternative dream world of atmosphere with nothing below.

Top to bottom: Atmosphere #24; Atmosphere #41; Atmosphere #44 (Theater); Atmosphere #50 (Follow You Into The Dark); Atmoshere #58; Atmosphere #64

BEAUTY: Interior--Marky Morel

I love what Los Angeles-based interior designer Marky Morel designed for a client who wanted a kitchen with a French vibe, one that seemed to have been collected and assembled over time, a kitchen with history and patina...a bit Parisian, a bit Provençal, and generally all around Old World loveliness.

And check out the sad, sad, sad before photo...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BEAUTY: Illustration--Yosuke Yamaguchi

Japanese illustrator Yosuke Yamaguchi's imagination runs in a direction that is sympatico with my own: a bit magic realist, a bit surrealist...a bit like dream logic...and a bit like a shaman might see while deep in a trance. Enormous spirit animals protect humans in forests, magical rites are underway, and lycanthropy is alive. Human/animal, animal/'s a fine line. We're all animals after all.

Top to bottom: hidden history; nemure 1; nemure 2; nemure 8; nightwork; shiranaikoto; slowending; someday; viridarium cymicum; we know you; wolf in her breast; yakoku 11-12

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BEAUTY: Photography--Evelyn Bencicova

Photographer Evelyn Bencicova created a fascinating series called Asymptote which deals with ideas of anonymity through conformity. She was born in Slovakia which must account for the setting of institutionalized Soviet-era sparse grandeur.

Asymptote: In analytic geometry, a line that a curve approaches, as it heads towards infinity.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

You Should Have A Dog

I had a dream a while back that I owned a beautiful collie named Shelby, and while we must wait until our beloved cats have moved on (we just can't turn their world upside down, they trust us too much), I know Shelby is out there waiting for us. He'll be with us at some point...

(Images from "Awful Orphan" with Porky Pig, 1949)

Hang on Shelby...we'll see you soon!