Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rage day 2

It's working, after having a lovely listen to the Indigo Girls cover of Romeo and Juliet I've moved on to RATM "Roll Right". I'm totally ready to go outside feed the dogs and then pick up my spade and get to work in the garden, maybe even cut the weeds under the trampoline I'm tired of bouncing on top of them -.-.I will also get my laundry ready! I hate doing laundry but it must be done...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rage Against The Machine

I don't know what it is, but Rage always makes me more productive. I've vacuumed, made a weekly to do list, ripped 4 CD's to my hard drive, and still have a good amount of energy. I think it may be because when I was in high school almost every morning getting ready I would put on my Rage Against the Machine tape cassette, does that date me or what!? So subliminally I think it's ingrained in my brain wiring to associate Rage with waking up and getting to work.This makes me want to do some research for the next week first thing when I get up I'll play RATM and see if I'm more productive. Well and along with this productivity of course I want to make some kind of social change as well :)  Here's my all time favorite Rage song ENJOY!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Songs about killing your children!

So Mr. D has been telling me for weeks people are upset because The Decemberists song "The Rake's Song" is being played in the radio. I usually don't listen to the radio as my CD player plays MP3's. So I decide to find out what all the fuss was about. Here's the song.

I guess everyone's mad that the song is happy? Maybe he was forced into marriage. Maybe his told his wife before they married he didn't want any children and she didn't listen. Maybe he was always crazy and his wife should have realized that before she married him. Maybe we are all spending too much time and energy thinking about if this song should be on the radio or not. Perhaps if you don't like the song when it come on simply change the station or start listening to your Maroon 5 CD. I like the song, and I like the Decemberists. When Mr. D first told me about the hoopla I immediately remembered this awesome song by The Violent Femmes

The only difference is one Dad is remorseful and the other one is not. Meh...they are both good songs, give them a listen and then go back to your regularly scheduled program.

Also if you can think of other songs about killing your children let me know...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Studio

So I have been obsessing about having my studio pass the white glove test since Dan's B-day celebration is this weekend. It is the first room you walk into in our house. And I keep thinking it hast to be perfect. Well I picked up this book last night from the library.Art making and Studio Spaces I've been reading it and I've come to realize my studio doesn't have to be perfect and super duper organized. It should be somewhat presentable yes, but it should also reflect me and who I am. I would probably never pass a white glove test. I keep my fingernails short since they are always covered with clay, ink, paint, pear-ex powders. My clothes are not fancy because usually some of that paint will find itself on pants or shirts. I try really hard not to get stuff on the floor since this property is my G-mom's and one day soon someone else may every well live here. But my studio should reflect me. Colors and quotes, robots and cupcakes decorate the walls and small containers filled with craft accoutrement litter my big desk. unfinished sewing projects in baskets tucked under the cutting table. Fabric spilling out from the bookshelf designated loosely by color. That's me, and that's how I create. You may come to my house someday and I can clear you off a spot, find you a chair and we can be creative together. But please don't tell me my studio is a mess, it is 100% me.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Here's a quiz I took this morning. It was pretty fun and I like the results. I've been feeling more tethered to the earth recently.
Your rainbow is shaded red and brown.


What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate the roughness of nature. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

I don't know exactly why, rocks, trees, and my surroundings have kept me quite interested recently. It snowed yesterday and I already want it to be nice outside, I have this drive to go to the park and climb trees.  It could be my new shoes. Dan got me a pair for Valentine's Day and I absolutely love them. Since I am at home most of my days I do run around barefoot quite often. These shoes are the next best thing! I know they look silly but they feel wonderful on your foot. I wore them to the gym yesterday and it was so much more pleasant than wearing my athletic shoes!

Monday, February 1, 2010


Neverwhere is certainly of my favorite books. Neil Gaiman may very well be my favorite author. The thing I love about his writing style is that the pictures in my head become extremely well formed. I see the characters and locations clearly when reading his books, which leads me to want to see them in cinematic form.  Probably my visions of what could be as a film, would be smashed and ruined forever if the books actually became films. I can't speak for Stardust I haven't read the book. Sometimes I run across people or places and I say "Ah Ha!" that would be perfect for_______. I had one of those realizations today. There is much talk on fan boards who would play who and what not for Neverwhere. There is a character in the book Angel Islington, who is very androgynous. Which really an angel should be right? Many have said that Tilda Swinton would make a good Islington but for me I wanted a bit more masculinity and I don't think her voice would do either. I've decided the best person to play the Angel Islington is Brian Molko from the band Placebo.


See perfect! 
Here's my current video obsession and now I really want to see Daybreakers 

I also got the Placebo's album "Battle for the Sun" from the library and I really like it. I realized Placebo has been around for a long time. I've been listening to them since I was in high school!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


So ever since I heard Justin Timberlake covered Hallelujah for the Haiti thing, I've been intrested to hear his take on it. I finally looked it up on Youtube today. I'll post it you let me know what you think.. This is one of my all time favorite songs. Many have covered it, some are good and some are awful. I'll give you some different versions, decide which you like best.

First I'll let you hear the original from Leonard Cohen.

Cohen's version gives me chills. Hands down he is truly the master of this song.

Jeff Buckley, this is the first time I heard this song.

I believe this will always be my favorite cover. Buckley's guitar and voice are so haunting in this version.

Rufus Wainright

decent, not near as much feeling as the previous two.

Bon Jovi? Yes my friends here is his cover

Umm...check please. His melodrama with his hands really blew it. Sick to Rock ballads Jon.

And here is the Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris version from the Hope for Haiti

Eh...let's try it a touch faster and with more FEELING! I think JT has got a great voice but this version totally blows. I'm going to have to rate Bon Jovi higher on the list and they didn't even sing the whole song. I realize you know maybe the third verse isn't really cohesive with the telethon but it's my favorite verse and I think it is really where the depth of the song comes into play.

Let me know what you think!

P.S. I found another one I really like! Here's K.D. Lang

Really nice, I think she's another person that "gets" this song.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Love is watching someone die...

So my Lyrics of the Day for today are about a bittersweet memory I had while I was listening to DCFC after I dropped off my recycling. I remembered the moment almost two years ago now when I lost Stevedave. I was holding him in my arms as he took his last breath. I was thankful he was with me and G-mom his two favorite people on the planet, but grief stricken I had lost him in just under two weeks. So Let those you love, human or not, know just how much you love them.

Stevedave taught me everything I know about compassion, strength, and unconditional love.

Death Cab For Cutie-"What Sarah Said"

And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to father time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU that reeked of piss and 409
And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself that I'd already taken too much today
As each descending peak on the LCD took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines in a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend on a faulty camera in our minds
But I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose than to have never lain beside at all
And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground as the TV entertained itself

'Cause there's no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous pacers bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round and everyone will lift their heads
But I'm thinking of what Sarah said that "Love is watching someone die"

So who's going to watch you die?...


Whew it has seriously been FOREVER since I posted. Tons of stuff has happened since then and I will just try to be a better blogger from here on out. I think I actually say that in every post, but I mean business this time. I have so much to share, so much I've been doing recently and many many creative projects have been started and some have been completed. More on those things later I need to run to the library to pick up some books.

P.S. My Dad's quilt status= not finished, same as last post YIKES!