October 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm (Uncategorized)
While visiting Lisa’s blogcasa at Underground Energy I found that she’d reblogged this great post by hastywords about depression and writing. It’s well worth your time to surf through to read the entire post–and to share it with anyone you think might be in need of the kindness of doing so. Take care of yourself and others. Namaste
Underground Energy http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/
There are some things we just have to experience to understand.
I couldn’t stand listening to them whine. My classmates, my co-workers, my friends and my family coming to me and sucking my positive energy dry. Those with so called “depression” were always so negative and I didn’t understand. I didn’t understand. I am ashamed of myself for not understanding.
I didn’t understand that depression wasn’t a mood or a frame of mind. I didn’t understand that my loved ones weren’t wallowing in self-pity. I was angry every time one of them attempted suicide or succeeded in killing themselves. I was angry at how selfish they had to have been to think only of themselves, to “take the easy way out”. I am ashamed of myself for not understanding.
I remember lying in bed one night with thoughts flying through my head faster than I could grab them. One night…
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October 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm (art, culture, entertainment, ethics, films, food, humor, issues, life, music, people, random, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: alt-J, aninmation, Bear, Birds of Tokyo, black and white, Bob Wayne, entertainment, Feed Me Seymour, Hunger, Hunger In My Soul, Hunger of the Pine, Issues, Little Shop of Horrors, MadArtistPublishing, Meatloaf, music, random, short film, theme, This Fire, Turkey in the Straw, video, Who's Hungry?, World Food Programme, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, YouTube
Yeah, I’m a running a tad behind with this round of theme music, Hunger. These things happen when you don’t pay attention to what day of the week it is AND you leave your timer somewhere out of sight so you can’t press the set hour time alarm button. I have no idea where the little green device is–except that it is somewhere in the house. Somewhere being the operative word. Time seems to be what I hunger for the most lately. As for hunger for food–don’t get me started. Other hunger costs more than a quarter a day to satisfy.
alt- J ~ Hunger of the Pine ~
Bob Wayne ~ Hunger In My Soul from Till the Wheels Fall Off
As soon as I read Bear’s theme choice was hunger this song came to mind–so here it is, complete with a fun fan compiled visual handbook . . . . hmmmm, yeah.
Meatloaf ~ You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)~
I couldn’t resist–sorry. Not.
Feed Me Seymour ~ Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors © Geffen Company / Warner Brothers
Sung by Rick Moranis as Seymour & Levi Stubbs as Audrey II
Reality Checks In:
Birds of Tokyo ~ This Fire
What can you buy with twenty-five cents? One answer is at — The World Food Programme’s 10 Hunger Facts for 2014:
I’ve spent some time on the fence arguing with myself about including this dark hunger story from MadArstistPublishing. It’s here, enough said. Right?
music = Turkey in the Straw
October 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm (books, creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, humor, publishing, random, Writing)
Tags: books, Cinder, Cress, fairytales, fiction, Marissa Meyer, pleasure, reading, Scarlet, teen fiction, wriitng
🙂 Yeah, the television tubes have been flooded with retakes and remakes of fairytale galore in recent seasons. It’s been virtual Grimm’s gag-fest galore. Some results have been gleefully giddy good Grimm fun galore and others have been romantic soap operas deluxe. Have you been suitably chastised about the perils of talking to strangers, wandering off in the woods, and greedy beanstalks? Some of us are awaiting the return of the modern Grimm Reapers complete with popcorn couch parties in the works.
Just when the market seems saturated with all kinds of re-workings of cautionary and sleeping beauty tales along comes the ultimate Cinder-rella—a glorious human-cyborg teenage girl with attitude, smarts and guts like none other. She lives in New Beijing with her wicked stepmother and sisters. With a few twists of her screwdrivers she can replace an outgrown metal foot or carve her name into the heart of the sort of charming pin-up poster Prince Kai. But before there will be any hot kissy faces there’s a plague to fight, an evil auntie to dethrone, a mystery or two to unravel and friends to make along the way.
Oh the glories of teen fiction. 🙂
Marissa Meyer’s young adult spin gives the Cinderella story an overhaul like none other and I love it. The thing about writing for young adults is that you can’t miss a beat and expect your audience to stick along waiting for you to get back on board with the fun and games. Meyer’s never missteps in Cinder or in the other tomes that continue the story. Scarlet–Little Red Riding Hood has never been so full of piss and vinegar –and partial to the Big Bad-ass Wolf. Going where Grandma has gone is a tad more risky than a walk in the woods, but that doesn’t stop single-minded Scarlet from going hunting with Wolf watching her back-side. And then there’s Cress—ha, this Rapunzel is a computer genius with her fingertips on the pulse of the universe. Big Brother move over cause little sis has things to do and secrets to secret for her own escape agenda. Disney never will top this rendition of the long tressed girl in a tower. No way. Ever see a blind man rescue his lady in waiting? The brash, vain Captain Carswell Thorne doesn’t let anything keep him down –ever. So he’s been blinded by crash landing into the Sahara–who cares? Crsss is MIA and he’s going after her –cane and overly ethical escort droid in hand.
Ahhhh three books are ready for reading NOW–and Winter is coming in 2015. Snow White is clearly some kind of head case with teen angst to spare. I don’t suggest leaving out any bread crumbs or candy–this crew is too hungry for love and life to go backwards –ever.
Marissa Meyer ~ > http://www.marissameyer.com/books/
Go on, visit the cool author site.
It’s tricks and treats for everyone who craves some reading FUN.
October 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm (entertainment, music, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: entertaiment, Forever For Now, LP, music, random, Sensual Sunday, songwriter, vocalist, Whistler
O it’s goosey-bumpy time with the one and only supreme whistler ~~ LP. Yeah, the little woman with the HUGE voice is on the loose and singing wildly as ever. Caught between Jazz and LP’ s POP I may have to break down and invest in one of those mobile music machines. Get your dancing socks on now! It’s Sensual Sunday sounds in spades. Oh yeah. Dance burn time.
Forever For Now
Download “Forever For Now” http://bit.ly/1iS9MQd
October 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm (contemplation, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, life, living, movies, music, people, quests, random, relationships, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: Across the Universe, Beatles, Blank Maps, Burkhard Dallwitz, Cold Specks, Eddie Vedder, films, I Follow Rivers, I Want You, Into The Wild, Journeys, Keiko Matsui, living, LP, Lykke Li, movies, music, quest, Rust and Bone, soundtracks, surivial, The Journey, The Road, The Swing Scene, The Thin Red Line, The Way Back, theme, Tibet, travel
The Journey is such a deceptive phrase because it implies a beginning, middle and end when there really is none. One thing leads to another and then to another so there’s always an ongoing journey — an infinite plot-line, if you will, that never reaches any conclusion. If it did then entropy would set in, and that would be the end of, well, everything as we know it. On the other hand, that might not be such a bad thing for cleaning slates and starting over from scratch.
Roads and travelers come in all shapes and sizes–literally and figuratively.
Keiko Matsui ~ The Road album title track.
Into the Wild ~ LP – Live, of course. Whistle with her, if you can. I dare you. 🙂 So says moi, who can NOT whistle at all.
Rust and Bone soundtrack I Follow Rivers ~ Lykke Li ~ Who’s up for a hard-core, edgy and no punches pulled journey into love?
Blank Maps ~ Cold Specks. If someone has found the kiosk with the life maps, please announce it on the intercom for everyone’s benefit. Thank you.
Into the Wild –Eddie Vedder ~ There are a number of videos with this music connected to the film by the same name. I decided to stick with the focus on Vedder’s voice and lyrics.
Why Across the Universe?
Because of all the concrete and abstract journeys it contains: a young man’s journey from home to find his biological father; journeys of the heart and mind; journeys into and out of the war machine; journeys of friendship; creative journeys and spiritual journeys. The film is pretty much jam packed with a lot more than great Beatles’ music, though that alone is reason enough to give it some of your precious time–if you’re a Beatles fan, of course.
Across the Universe ~ I Want You
A great survival story is a great survival story—that’s my response to those folks who have issues with the source material for this film. Frankly, I just don’t give a damn. Considering the way serious political history is constantly abused, misused, spun, and misrepresented by some film industries, I can’t get worked up about whether or not everything in this film is factual or not.
The Way Back ~ Tibet by Burkhard Dallwitz
I’ve served The Thin Red Line on other occasions–sigh. Listen closely and let Private Witt speak for himself.
The Thin Red Line ~ The Swing Scene
Where have Bear and the others gone? Let’s find out.
Bear ~ http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/journey-music-themes/
Maddie ~ http://1earthunite.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/%e2%99%aathe-journey-where-do-your-tracks-lead-music-themes/
So far we’re all on different tracks. Oh yeah. No visas required. Yet.
Johnny ~ http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/music-theme-journey/
Lisa, Lisa ~ http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/music-theme-the-journey/
the incredible red dot lady herself ~ willowdot21 ~ http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/the-journey-musical-theme/
~~~ Like Johnny said, there are 7 billion life maps out there and none of them are the same. In other words, all our journeys are unique with this musical theme.
ps. This is subject to massive revision without notice. 🙂 Don’t forget your meal tickets.
Feel free to offer some detours of your own.
October 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm (books, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, living, Native Americans, people, politics, quests, random, relationships, satire, searching, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, Buzzfeed, Colorado, Columbus Day, creative writing, Democracy Now, dialogue, dramatic dialogue, education, exploring interconnectedness, fact, history, Howard Zinn, Indigenous People, internal monologue goes external, Issues, journalism, lie, media, Mexican American Studies, mind control, Native Americans, Noriega, poltics, protests, Sandro Botticelli, satire, Writing, Young Turks
~In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue~
He was Bad News for the Taino People ~
But some people don’t want to think about that reality.
Because then they’d have to learn a new history.
~Ooops–but isn’t history supposed to be true and honest?
Depends on who is using which facts to support which version of what happened.
~Are you saying people manipulate facts to suit their own agendas?
Me? Why would I ever say something like that? It might be politically incorrect, and we can’t have that, can we?
~Hmm, but what’s Politically Correct for one group isn’t necessarily PC for another group. And people do have a tendency to abuse PC everywhere in order to create conflict and sometime even abuse other people who had no intentions of abusing anyone. There’s been some very rough irony involved in demands for PC over the years.
No way! Who would do something like that?
~Who doesn’t? Come on, look at the conservative media, the scared shitless media, the controlled media, the alternative media, the foreign media, the underground media, the social media–everyone spins everything to suit their vision of reality, right?
Do you think that’s what pissed off those high school kids in Colorado so much that they pretested in the streets about changes in what history would be taught?
~What do you think?
I’m not sure yet. But–I do recall what happened in Arizona with the Mexican-American Studies program being shut down because it presented a different viewpoint of history than what the TPTB wanted taught in schools.
~Hey, are you saying there’s a conspiracy to teach lies in American schools?
Look, I don’t go in for conspiracy theories. But I don’t think this is a coincidence either. Maybe it’s just like minds acting out in similar ways. Or not.
~ Like minded people, right. Ah ha.
Lie. Lie. Lie.
Deny lying and lie some more.
Because if the truth is known the people might rebel.
There’s a very good chance they’ll refuse to be cannon fodder.
They might even learn other languages in order to talk to the rest of the world about issues that affect everyone.
Howard Zinn on Honesty In History
Humor ~~ Warning! Contains Sarcasm, Irony and Questioning of Authority
If you’re still in the dark about the history curriculum issue in Colorado:
As for the Mexican-American Studies Program in Arizona, check this out from Buzzfeed’s David Noriega:
Am I spinning the facts? Me? No way. Why would I do something like that?
A few of the many Italian things I really like:
Friendly Italian people
Sandro Botticelli, artist ~ http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/
~~No, I’m not going to talk about the Pope or the Vatican. One should never discuss religion. It’s very Un-PC. Or it used to be. I’m not sure anymore.
October 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm (culture, drama, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, issues, life, living, movies, music, people, photography, quests, random, relationships, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: entertainment, film, Journey, Journeys, movie, music, music themes, quests, random, Sin Nombre, The Journey, theme
After a little kibitzing with The Bear about who wants to do what and when, I’ve selected The Journey as the Music Theme for next Thursday, October 16, 2014. Yeah, we’re slip-sliding the order of things from one line-up to another simply because we can. So without further explanation or ado:
We experience many kinds of journeys in our lifetimes. Some are outward ones that anyone paying attention can observe and others are inward and invisible to others.
For some inspiration I’ve turned to the film Sin Nombre for a music selection because there are both outward and inward journeys undertaken by its characters.
Sin Nombre Soundtrack
October 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm (art, culture, entertainment, films, movies, music, play)
Tags: art, composer, David Arkenstone, dreamlands, Forest Elves, imagination, Into the West, Lorenna McKinnett, Magic Forest, movie, music, Night Ride, original music, Patrick Doyle, play, Qntal, unicorns
WHERE the Unicorns Play—Ooooooooo in the wild forests of our imaginations. Yeah. Well, at least in mine.
Forests where the imagination lives to create.
Where do Unicorns play?
Anywhere they want, of course.
Like who is going to stop them? Hmm? Park Rangers? The Thought Police?
Loreena McKennitt ~ Night Ride Across the Caucasus
Dream Journey ~The Last Unicorn ~ Qntal
Unicorns play in The Magic Forest of the Mind.
music by David Arkenstone, “Magic Forest”
Unicorns play in dreamlands.
my heart shall see light
hön’marën kena-uva kala
our hearts shall be forever
go forth, rest in dreamland
nör’ande sëra mi lorien
i’ll soon be there
îm’eri ratö naya
Wait for me my love
larya nîn mëlissè
You know I’m here
le sinte îma sinomë
To join you in dreams
ána sama lemî oloorë
You have nothing to fear
le ar’uunèr ana kaurë
Fiery sun, begone
Moonlight, protect us,
Heaven’s star, shine through,
telume siila tere
Flame of hell, vanish
na’are utumno wanya
Lonely voice, cold and bare
Asleep, yet awake
Safe in dreams
Shelter from the storm
türma ei ràumo
Merry’s Personal Channel:
Jordi’s Personal Channel:
Into the West (Suite) ~ Patrick Doyle composer
If you can’t see the horn reset your imagination.
This is what came to my mind and I’m sticking with it for today. Tomorrow might be another story.
As soon as I get my questionable act together, links to other themes will be forthcoming. This theme was Lisa’s idea. 🙂
Bear ~ http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/where-the-unicorns-play-music-theme/
Lisa ~~ http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/music-theme-where-the-unicorns-play/comment-page-1/#comment-4435
Johnny ~~ http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/music-theme-where-the-unicorns-play/
Maddie ~~ https://1earthunite.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/%e2%99%aawhere-unicorns-play-music-themes/#comments
Willow ~~ http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/music-theme-where-the-unicorns-play/#comment-18740
John ~~ http://johnbalaya.com/2014/10/10/music-theme-where-the-unicorns-play/
October 4, 2014 at 9:37 am (culture, entertainment, films, history, humor, issues, life, living, play, random, searching, Uncategorized)
Tags: amazing, atomic bomb, awesome, culture, entertainment, humor, it's complicated, language, people, videos, words
Yes, it has finally gotten to the point where I can no longer refrain from have a jolly good rant about three words that have been abused so thoroughly by the writers of television programs, movies and by the social media addict generation. I can’t wait to no longer hear: Amazing, Awesome and Complicated—as in the utterly useless, evasive phrase, “It’s complicated.” never ever uttered again.
You’ve heard them all. I know you have because they’re impossible to avoid these days no matter if you’re in a coffee-shop, the grocery store or the hardware store.
Amazing implies a fair degree of wonder and surprise. How many ways can people or things be called amazing? Really? What ever happened to you look very lovely or very handsome? That’s a beautiful dress or a very flattering suit–but I’m not astonished at your appearance. Nope, I’m not, sorry.
Awesome, hmmm, I guess this word conveys open-mouth, drop dead AWE and Shock of that inspiring AWE that has pulled the rug out from under our flat feet. My meddlesome mind associates Awe–some or a little of it–with truly above ordinary events and things. Dresses, food, shoes, hairdos, cars are far too mundane things to be imbued with real awe. Who wants to talk Nuclear Bombs? Hmm? Now those are fully awe inspiring in many ways—from their power of destruction to views of the aftermath of their deployment.
It’s Complicated–wtf? Is this or is this not the most banal evasive phrase ever uttered in response to any inquiry about human behavior?
“Why did you cheat on your significant other?”
I bet it is: pheromones and hormones influence humans in very complex ways. Don’t you just adore your nose? The Complicated things it tells your brain are Amazing and Awesome beyond compare.
Language, it’s Complicated.
Or are people simply too damn lazy to go beyond using stock phrases?
For the hell of it:
And then there’s :
It’s terribly complicated, dreadfully awesome and downright utterly amazing.
October 2, 2014 at 5:45 am (art, culture, drama, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, films, humor, movies, music, random, thinking, Writing)
Tags: animation, art, Artist Publishing, competition, culture, entertainment, Karl Hadrika, Killers, Mad Artist Publishing, music, Psycho Killer, Talking Heads, theme, videos, YouTube
The Music Theme is Competition—got that? Right. Yeah, I didn’t quite stay totally on the targeted task. Absolutely my bad. If that disqualifies my effort, so be it. I’ll give the next theme another go instead. But I am grateful to Johnny for stimulating my blogging –even if the cake isn’t quite what was expected. So how did this selection come about? Easy, I was fishing for animated videos about competing and had an unscheduled brainstorm–ooops–yes, those are like thunderstorms the weather channel never mentioned. Anyway. These videos all have music and they’re all going to compete for you. Which one do YOU like the best? I gave them all common ground of being about killers in one form or another. And, aside from the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”, which introduces the sub-theme of killers for the animated works, all entries are from the Mad Artist Publishing channel on the tubes of you. I thought that was a way to narrow down my field of selections and possibly introduce anyone with similar sensibilities to their creative madness. Hence the presence of a link to enable net surfing to more animated delights.
Yes, there are many other animator channels on the tubes–and if you find a wonderful one I demand a link.
If you would like to share a favorite which does not appear here, please do so.
For anyone paying attention, I kept these to a time limit in order to keep down the required listening time–otherwise there’d be OTHERS, many others. I am interested in who likes what. This is supposed to be a competition so comment accordingly. Or not. 🙂 No pressure. No stress. Just killer animations.
Talking Heads ~ Psycho Killer
This is a Music Video I created as my Final project for my Typography III Class.
Check out my work at wix.com/jesijean/portfolio
The lyrics were inspired by the character Norman Bates in the movie Psycho so I designed this with Saul Bass in mind since he was the graphic designer that created much of Alfred Hitchcocks Movie Posters.
When You Kill Little Creatures On The Road There Are Consequences ~
CREDITS: Directing, Design, Animation, Modeling, Rigging, Sound Design and Story by Karl Hadrika (http://karlhadrika.blogspot.com/, http://khadrika.wix.com/karlhadrika). Voice Talent by Lidia Łabuda. Song: “Just Feel” by Carol Williams. Owned by Verse Music Group.
Screening and Publishing permission granted Karl Hadrika on August 27.2013. If you’re interested in screening this film please contact MadArtistPublishing@gmail.com
CREDITS: All visual aspects by Paolo Cogliati (www.paoloanimates.com, http://www.serialtaxi.com)
Voice Acting : “Boris”/”Newscaster” by Jonathan Cooke, “Girl”/”Radio Singer” by Rebecca Parham
Sound Design : Mutante Media
CREDITS: Morten Helgeland, Casper Wermuth, Lasse Rasmussen, Carina Løvgreen, Kirsten Bay Nielsen, Polina Bokhan, Peter Egeberg, Magnus Myrälf, Maria B. Kreutzmann
Film Used with web screening license permission on March 19, 2013. The original film can be found at https://vimeo.com/34072719
Film was produced and was the Winner of the “Uplift Universe” Cgtalk challenge. Greg’s superb animated film is featured in the Collectible & Interactive Art Book Vol.1: “Contests” & Vol.8 “Animation Stories” Both digitally available for free at http://www.sketchozine.com
Credits: This 2002 Short Film was Animated & Directed by Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Sound by Adam Sukora.
For Bear’s Musical treatment of the Competition Theme go here where the links to other treatments will be posted as they put in appearances at other blogcasas –>> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/competition-music-themes/
I shall try to keep up and supply other links here too.
Here’s Lisa! http://undergroundenergy.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/music-theme-competition/
And Johnny http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/music-theme-competition/