Friday, May 25, 2018

Currently listening to...

..."Missing" by Everything But The Girl (previously here), a song that makes me nostalgic and heartsick every time I hear it.

Everything But The Girl was how musician Ben Watt and singer Tracey Thorn (previously here, here, and here) styled themselves and I adore them. The group started in the neo-jazz groove of the mid-80s and morphed into a spectacular dance band in the 90s. But it is Thorn's voice that has always been front and center, no matter what the music style. Watt and Thorn wrote some stunning lyrics but I have a soft spot for this particular song for several personal reasons. It came out around the time a very influential and important friend in my life died. After her death I would drive past her house in Berkeley and think, just like the lyrics to this song, "...but you don't live there anymore."

And to make matters worse, there is another layer. I stayed here in California when my parents moved back to the east coast in the late 90s; my mom wrote me regular letters and closed once with a quote from the song: "I miss you like the deserts miss the rain." She and my father passed away a year later.

Yes, missing....as in "yearning for," but also as in "disappeared."



I step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And past your door, but you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere like outer space
You've found some better place

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain

Could you be dead?
You always were two steps ahead of everyone
We'd walk behind while you would run
I look up at your house
And I can almost hear you shout down to me
Where I always used to be

And I miss you like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you like the deserts miss the rain

Back on the train, I ask why did I come again?
Can I confess, I've been hanging round your old address?
And the years have proved
To offer nothing since you've moved
You're long gone, but I can't move on

And I miss you like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you

I step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And past your door, I guess you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere like outer space
You've found some better place

And I miss you
And I miss you
You found some better place

And I miss you like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain



http://ebtg.com/
http://splash.traceythorn.com/

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Porch Weather 2018

Here in Northern California we are experiencing the winter that won't die...days are still chilly and grey...if the sun does come out and the day warms up, it might get to 65*. But then nights are back to 49*.

*sigh*

I am longing for porch weather!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Darling" by Douglas Dare

I'm a bit blown away by this amazing, one-take live performance of Douglas Dare signing "Darling."



Darling, darling, darling, you look divine
Resting like a bird ready to fly

Twelve flowers surround you, placed on the shelf
Chrysanthemums, roses… did you pick them yourself?

No one does it like you
No one does it like you

Darling, darling, darling, you look sublime
Your eyes, alabaster skin in the fluorescent light

Show us your best side, your make up perfectly applied
We’re all by your bedside, and with such pride

No one does it like you
No one does it like you
No one dies like you
No one dies like you
Darling
No one dies like you

Blackened ____, did you paint them yourself
Crisp hospital bed, did you bleach it yourself

No one does it like you
No one does it like you
No one dies like you
No one dies like you

You will always live on
You will always look young
Darling

You will always live on
You will always look young



http://www.douglasdare.com
http://aforger.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

BEAUTY: Illustration--Owen Gent

Illustrator and artist Owen Gent (previously here) makes lyrical, evocative images for an on-going project:

SAPPHO ]FRAGMENTS
Ongoing personal project, interpreting the remaining written fragments of ancient Greek poet Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BC).

Chosen fragments taken from Fragments of Sappho, translated and arranged by Anne Carson


http://www.owengent.com/

Monday, May 21, 2018

"Hank" by James

Celebrated English band James are releasing a new album on August 3, 2018 called "Living In Extraordinary Times" and this track "Hank" is a knock out. It's brash, loud, pounding, urgent, like a heartfelt speech shouted out at a political rally--because that is exactly what it is.

RESIST! THIS IS NOT NORMAL! There ARE Fascists in the White House!!!



This crack head’s tiny fingers
Accusing you of what he’ll do
White fascists in the White House
More beetroot in your Russian stew

Blinds roll down in the ghetto

Power’s out all over town
Jim Crow rules in the crack down
Bend your knee, stand your ground

Our weapon is a stand up

A jester prancing like a fool
In jest digest The Monster
This President’s a dangerous tool

Blinds roll down in the ghetto

Power’s out all over town
Jim Crow rules in the crack down
Bend the knee, stand your ground

Democracy sells easy

NRA high fives
Orlando, Sandy Hook, Columbine

CCTV’s grainy

His rapture's our decline
Hookers, hotel showers, dollar signs

Suppress the vote, electoral lies

Black Lives Matter, shoot on sight
We exist in multiple denials
He just says what they would hide
Rulers rule by divide
Why put your faith in facts when you can lie
Now every possibility exists in everybody’s mind

I'm in the story business

This Tower falls without a sound
Only our carbon footprint
Suggests an empire here unwound

Blinds roll down in the ghetto

Power’s out all over town
Jim Crow rules in the crack down
Bend the knee, stand your ground


https://wearejames.com/

Saturday, May 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography AND Hair--Luke Nugent and Lisa Farrall

After seeing "Black Panther," I was smitten with the absolutely gorgeous costume designs and the glorious women warriors of Wakanda. So I was thrilled when I found English photographer Luke Nugent...he photographs the amazing, jaw-dropping work of Award Winning Hair Session Stylist Lisa Farrall who shares the same powerful approach to African style and image as the women--and men--of Wakanda. Just feast your eyes on the gorgeous women and their GORGEOUS hair below!


https://www.lisafarrall.com/
http://lukenugent.co.uk/

Friday, May 18, 2018

Rise & Win Brewing Co. BBQ and General Store

Located in Japan in Tokushima Prefecture, about two and a half hours outside of the Osaka area, the Rise & Win Brewing Co. BBQ and General Store is a charming site visually as well as intellectually, as recycled materials feature prominently in the design of the structure. Of course the main feature is the double height wall of mismatched windows!

While it is indeed a brewing company (newly appointed brewing director Ryan Jones is American and they boast that he "he studied craft beer making in the real American...immersing himself in making beer until he was stoic"...clearly something got lost in that translation), the general store section, created from discarded wood, offcuts, recycled bricks, and old bottles for a chandelier, is dedicated to an eco-friendly way of selling and purchasing as well. Their website states:

"Old winning department store has been reborn as a general store.
As a proposal for excessive packaging and shopping that does not emit garbage coming from an inappropriate amount, we are doing selling by weight.
Please bring your favorite containers, pack nuts, dried fruits, seasoning such as pasta and rice, as much as you want.
Of course we also sell craft beer. Enjoying shopping leads to zero · waste."


http://www.kamikatz.jp/ja/toppage.html