This is a self-portrait. I understand that it may be disturbing, but many of you may relate to the experience of both physical and emotional pain. It is through a dark tunnel that one's deepest sense of purpose is challenged and either fortified or broken.Read More
If, as a culture at large, which has been rapidly advancing scientifically, we can reactivate the appreciation of the poetry in life we would all better exist in relation to one another and to ourselves. This means seeing some aspects of life as facts of physics and others as facts of psyche.Read More
The music video for “Daydreaming,” is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. It seems that even if half of what this video-essay assails is true, then these artists have distilled layers of meticulous and gorgeous clues throughout the work.Read More
My mind was in a lyrical appreciation of the textures: warm, smooth stones splashed by cool water; solemn, intense sun, in the broad cloudless sky heated the sand beneath my bottom.Read More
On a humid evening in the middle of Brooklyn, as thunderclouds indecisively condensed, threatened and then broke apart, I arrived at a long warehouse. There my friend Rachel and older sister Lizzie were putting together the final touches to the event space . At midnight I was to turn 25. But this year was monumental for another reason then my being on this planet for a quarter-century.Read More
For those who have ever taken psychedelics, or been through immense stress and relief, or been taken by the open ocean and come out renewed, you know what I mean by the metaphorical use of rebirth.
In many ways we are born each morning or each year, on our birth-day; each of us are also reborn in each new encounter or experience -- to be seen by new eyes, or to see the world with new eyesRead More
As a young person in the search of an authentic identity we play with ideas, ideals and sort out through relationships who we are. As we formulate our world view, we expose ourselves to different outlooks on life. In a process of aggregation and differentiation, these contents make up the fabric of our self-concept.Read More
The soft and effeminate singing is drenched in the washy moods of sentimental attraction, dulled passion, flatted out by a mind submerged in undefined emotion.Read More
How could it be that I felt trapped and yet in love? If love is openness and fearlessness, then that was not love; it was the restlessness of infatuation, of desire and longing to be known and to know some one.
...Blinded by the sin of man; all we seek is "pleasure." Enjoy yours darling. I can't escape, but will let you know at this moment, "I Love you."Read More
The full scene reveals the natural world, which surrounds my instinctual, primal, seductive image of the feminine. Her height and slender waist are like the tall and slanted trees and branches. Her long limbs are like the vines of the jungle, which swing across the backdrop.
All of this lush greenery and natural life breaths with fertilizing energies. And yet, within all this worldliness, she remains immaterial; her purple skin indicates that she is surreal and in all of her bodily beauty, she is transcendent and ethereal.Read More
Love, amorous embrace and sex has a mysterious power; it can be a base compulsion, or an access point to the transcendent bliss. For me, the body and sexual intimacy is easily exalted, made overly poetic and romanticized.
The Phoenician, or Middle Eastern backdrop sets the stage for the foreign, dream-like representation of sexuality. The song which inspired the painting sings, "You make me feel at home, when I'm far away."Read More
Everyone has heard of writer's block and many songwriter's recall fables of late nights in the studio where the "magic" came together. The source of creativity is elusive and so many artists tend to become superstitious about the process.
Whether you are the next artist of a generation, making your way into the business world, or pursuing a life back-to-the-earth, accessing and maintaining creativity can be exhilarating and practical.Read More
For the song "Blood and Tears" I have created a triptych, which illustrates three contrasting sentiments, which all swirl around a central theme.
The first image related to the motif's in the song, I call "Romantic." What is this? The innocent hope for a serine kiss; the joining of lovers in a certain "paradise."Read More
How guys are such brutes
And are shameless about their desires.
When my skin tans and freckles
And becomes pungent with sea salt and sweat.
While reading about Joni Mitchell I was impressed by how prolific she has been. Her talent has been immense. Not only has she proven a fantastic instrumentalist and singer, but her techniques and aesthetics have remained uniquely her own.Read More
Some of the most influential and idealistic songwriters, like John Lennon, have claimed that music can change the world. Other musicians, like Bono, have used their fame to effect political change. On the other hand, much of the popular music today self-orientated and superficial. Even still, this is entertainment; an example of music as not-so-much saving the world, but making it a less shitty place to be.Read More
This many years it, the old moniker “Radiohead” is like an old tattoo that Thom and his bandmates must force themselves to accept, despite its irrelevancy to their current psyche.Read More
Out of a discography of 275 songs, about a dozen were written and sung by George Harrison. The competition between John Lennon and Paul McCartney was notorious. Rumors at the time when the group split blamed Yoko. But it's clear that the frustrations between these strong personalities was beyond girl troubles.Read More
Hold me close,
So I won't have to see
The variety of atrocities.
Friday nights of booze.
I'm nobody to the schmoozing loons.
Although Turner's personality stands out, this record is written in collaboration with fellow Brit-rockers, also now living in Los Angeles, Miles Kane.
The songwriting and production brings into a time-capsule of a bygone era. For the majority of the record, I'm never to sure, or very interested, in what they're singing about. Instead, the rich and perfectly recorded sounds propel forward, in a twisting car-chase scene.Read More