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Don’t Stop

31/03/2010 — Leave a comment

Despite unrelenting rain for the last few days, I’ve been in a pretty great mood lately, yesterday especially. But today, a warm, glorious sunny day, I’m feeling blah–seems I’ve strained my upbeat muscle(s). So, I’m trying to perk up with music in the form of a fairly ridiculous and silly playlist this afternoon. Among the tracks is:

Listening to this sort of music makes me want to cook up a storm and host a massive dinner party for all the people from around the world whom I love. Imagining everyone in one place for once in my life is absurd and thrilling, but maybe some day, right? Perhaps for my next house warming? Who’s in?

Art Rock

24/03/2010 — Leave a comment

A brief video of the current installation at the Barbican in London by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot which explores the unexpected rhythms of daily life.

ToneMatrix

19/01/2010 — 1 Comment

Generally I try and avoid brief posts about random novelties, but this is just too cool to pass up. People, have you seen the ToneMatrix? Seriously, this is such a neat application– simple, elegant and just plain fun!

It has always fascinated me how seemingly trivial things can trigger one’s memory on a dime and transport you to another time or place in an instant– hidden snapshots of one’s life peppered throughout our daily comings and goings.

This morning, paying bills at my desk and watching the rain pour down, iTunes surprised me with a memory jolt– a musical time machine back to college:

This song always propels me back in time to a rainy night in Pittsburgh— biblical rain, soaking you to the bone and waiting on Carson Street for the 54C back to Oakland. The experience or night holds no significance to my present life, no new characters came into my life that night, no profound observations were made on that day, the rain did not catalyze anything other than hailing a taxi and yet it remains as a warm and vivid memory: Crumpled up in an old leather jacket, waiting beneath a street light flipping through sketchbooks with the other regular from my coffeeshop (who was also waiting for the overdue bus), wet licorice streets, headlights exaggerated by raindrops…

It seems strange to me that such an insignificant moment in my life remains so firmly imprinted upon my memory and yet it does.

What random moments are firmly implanted in your memory, dear readers?

It’s just one of those days; we all have them– you wake up and the world feels grey and unwelcoming. You scuff around and feel sorry for yourself and maybe mope a little. Well today, I’m having one of those days.

BUT instead of moping about like a fool when I feel like this, I rally my inner troops and forge ahead. This generally involves a longer visit to the closet– pulling out especially fun shoes and a colorful jacket, a bigger than usual cup of coffee, a longer lunch break and a tightening of the circle of dearest friends. When the world feels unwelcoming, I find it best to simply become the ultimate hostess– welcome the unwelcoming and just outshine the grey.

One of my longest standing friends from childhood, loved the Beatles when we were kids; countless weekend hours swam by to the soundtrack of the fab four and today my mind has drifted back to those days:

Watching this clip from the movie Help!, the semi-sad lyrics of the song mixed with the subtle silliness of Paul and George perks me up and makes me smile.

How about you, dear readers? How do you perk yourself up when you’re feeling down?

Tuesday Tunes

29/12/2009 — Leave a comment

This morning, I was not feeling terribly motivated– it has been a bitterly cold, WINDY winter day in Charm City and my inner bear just wants to hibernate this time of year. But I’ve kept my favorite mug full of fresh coffee and even went so far as to pull together a playlist to keep myself motivated. If your motivation is waning or you just need some new music, you can find most of my playlist available through iTunes as an iMix here.

How do you stay motivated and productive at work, dear readers?

It’s been a quiet weekend around the studio, drawing mostly; but for some, it’s been quite a busy week. Released this past Friday, Leigh Delamere is the second video from Underpass’ debut album put out by Urban Planning Records:

A visual contrast to the first video from the album, which explores the urban Cardiff nightscape, this video takes us through the more organic side of Underpass’ world. It’s been hard not to watch this repeatedly as a visual break from my own work; even so, I’ve had the song stuck in my head all weekend.

Ok, so this is how hip hop sounds in my head:

Seriously. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe how much I love this video– it has help mend my awful, bad day by making it a little better. The history of hip hop in five minutes of “chap hop” with a banjolele? Yes please!

What videos have made your day lately, dear readers?

This was stuck in my head while working on the most recent daily portrait, Maybe Sparrow by Neko Case. The video was done by Julie and Paul Morstad.

Cheer up mix

02/06/2009 — Leave a comment

This morning came in swinging and I, unfortunately, am not much of a boxer. Feeling pretty awful, I paused a moment to take stock of the present and perked up a bit upon the personal remembrance that life is ultimately pretty darn good. Then I built a playlist of Cheer Up music to set a more upbeat and playful tone to the day (about half of the playlist is available for purchase as an iMix here); by the first few songs, I was already feeling better.

This song always reminds me of standing in the pouring rain under a streetlamp waiting for the 54C.