My Party Polemics by Sam Abelow

    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.

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Rosko's Book of Songs and Visions: Birth Certificate by Sam Abelow

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 eyes

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Rosko's Book of Songs and Visions: Butterflies by Sam Abelow

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."

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Rosko's Book of Songs and Visions: Do Was a Deer by Sam Abelow

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.

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Rosko's Book of Songs and Visions: Home by Sam Abelow

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."

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Highs and Lows of Creative Inspiration: tips on how to be full of ideas by Sam Abelow

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.

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Artists Role in a Selfie Generation: Melody Mouthpiece Versus Authentic Artistry by Sam Abelow

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.

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Review and Cover: The Last Shadow Puppets by Sam Abelow

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.

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