Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dreaming Awake

Sometimes those deeply hidden internal parts of us are revealed, the parts we know are there but seldom acknowledge. And when they materialize, and we become cognizant of them, it's as if we have been asleep for a long time, finally waking up to this other reality. It's all rather magical. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fall and Winter

I am lucky to know amazing people. Some of these amazing people embark on incredible journeys and create profoundly important things....Things like Fall & Winter

Traveling across the United States...exploring our global crisis, in an attempt to find solutions....

Fall and Winter Extended Teaser from Matt Manderson on Vimeo.

The result is breathtaking. Please visit their Kickstarter page, donate,  and be a part of the process. Let's get it done!

Friday, April 22, 2011

It was the best of times,

it was the worst of times.

When I was 14, I went to a Jesus and Mary Chain show and met a 19-year-old named Randy. He was in college and he was tall and had sweaty hands. We bonded over music and kissing. We went out a couple of times and then the fact that I was 14 sort of kicked in. I think he actually picked me up from school once to go on a date.

I always think of him when I hear them. (I hate disabled embedding.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

An open letter to the idiots....

Recently, as you may have heard, there has been quite the uproar over this image....

Stop the presses! A little boy with pink nail polish?!

Well, Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow (who claims to be a doctor) are outraged.

Forget about the tragedy in Japan and the subsequent radiation issues, forget about Libya and Egypt, forget about the fact that our country values crooks (who after committing major financial crimes, that sent our country into an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression, are unscathed and still receiving bonuses) over teachers that are responsible for shaping the next generation.

There is a little boy in a photo, with his mother, with pink toenails!!!! The world is ending!

In a piece for the Fox News site, these two morons have written the most inane, preposterous, untruthful and offensive drivel. (which I won't even bother to post a link to, as it is not worth reading.) Perhaps they are mentally disabled? I have no other explanation. We can disagree about politics, but this kind of crap is not defensible on any level.

Glenn Beck, "Dr." Keith, and the vast hoards of Americans of below average intelligence, you are wasting the water and oxygen for the rest of us. You are un-American. May the universe have mercy on your souls.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

File this one under things that wouldn't be awful.....

It wouldn't be awful if someone drove me around, while Bill Callahan sang River Guard, in the backseat. 


Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Beyond the Wild Wood Comes the Wide World"

It seems that so many people are waiting- waiting for things to change, waiting for something to happen, waiting for some miracle. But, they've got it all wrong. Waiting is a cop out, waiting absolves you of responsibility and, conversely,  robs you of the joys of discovery. In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Action is character. 

It is painful to see people you care about sit and wait, rather than do. They may even insist that they are doing. But, those who do, have no need for explanations, because they are moving, not waiting.

The Spring winds are here to stir things up. Why not let them carry you somewhere different, somewhere interesting, maybe even somewhere magical?

What are you waiting for? The world has already invited you.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Recently, I watched an episode of Masterclass, which if you have yet to see, I recommend. The documentary series, that first aired on HBO last year (and is being re-aired now), chronicles an amazing mentoring program through Young Arts. High-school students are given an opportunity to be mentored from some of the world's greatest living artists, in various fields.

The episode I watched featured 4 young writers and the playwright, Edward Albee. He said something to these kids about writing that has been stuck in my head, ever since. The only difference between something that works and something that fails is that something that fails is arbitrary, something that works is inevitable.

Couldn't the same be true in your own story, in life? If something is truly not working, maybe it's not supposed to be there in the first place. And conversely, try as you might, what's supposed to be there, will be, despite your defenses. Although I do believe that we create the world we live in, we manifest our destiny, I also believe that there are certain inevitabilities, for lack of a better term, that have to exist, on that specific path.

The beautiful thing about these kids, is that they are willing to take some risks. They are willing to try something. They are willing to reject boredom. At a certain point, in adulthood, we begin to lose that willingness to learn, maybe to believe that we can learn. That is a very painful place to live. My worst fear is to be uninspired. To quote Soren Kierkegaard, Boredom is the root of all evil- the despairing refusal to be oneself.

I'm getting way too philosophical for a Monday morning, but I suppose that's just me.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Yuck frontman, Daniel, did a little audio and video recording in his home. Enjoy the sounds of Daniel in solo project mode, Oupa. Also, A Grave With No Name, and the always awesome Porcelain Raft. It's Friday, people. Wake up!

Forget - Oupa (live in Daniel's home) from Oupa on Vimeo.

Balloons - A Grave With No Name (live in Daniel's home) from Oupa on Vimeo.

Amateur's Feeling - Porcelain Raft (live in Daniel's home) from Oupa on Vimeo.

I don't get people who don't love music.