#41 – Tuesday December 27th
One of my favorite avenues for finding new music is NPR.org Music and my absolute favorite section on this site is: “First Listen: Preview New Albums”. It’s exactly what’s promised and always features three new releases (prior to commercial availability) by artists from the spectrum of musical idioms. Pop, classical, reggae, gospel, world, punk, thrash, rap, ambient, jazz, electronic, salsa, big band, and . . . Simply put ”FirstListen” will preview anything and everything. Listen to an entire album, or just selected tracks, which brings me to another favorite of mine “Guided By Voices”. ”First Listen” is currently previewing GBV’s new album “Lets Go Eat The Factory”. GBV is impossible to pigeon-hole. Songs that are sharp, concise, humorous, poignant, melodic, and obtuse. My two favorite tracks . . . “Hang Mr. Kite” and “We Won’t Apologize For The Human Race” .
As the year falls off its end, this past week and next are basically lost. I’ve joyfully given in.
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#40 – Tuesday December 20th
A bit of an anomaly . . . my traditional orientation tends toward the vertical, but every now and again, one of my canvasses just wants to go sideways, and who am I to argue. The jumping off point for this painting, a late afternoon while watching raindrops drip from the boughs of a fir tree. It was after a hard days efforts, under a sky the color of bruised skin, and as the afternoon slid toward evening, and happenstance would have it, into night illuminated by a full moon. It all begins somewhere, and the adventure from start to where ever, is the wild ride . . . over under sideways down . . .
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#39 – Tuesday December 13th
A few of weeks back, while perusing the New York Times Magazine, I stumbled on a several images I found simply . . . remarkable . The images accompanied an article titled “17th-Century Modernism ? “ Which piqued my interest even more, because my own aesthetic is bent in a distinctly modernist direction, and the prospect of “modernism” being connected to a three hundred year tradition of painting, was well worth investigating. The article turned out to be a review of the book “Tantra Song” a collection of contemporary anonymous paintings from Rajasthan, India, compiled by french poet Franck Andre’ Jamme, documenting the practice of creating visual images for use in private meditation (a practice dating back to the sixteen hundreds). After reading the review then visiting the publisher’s web site Sigliopress.com, I knew I needed to own this book. “Tantra Song“ features over 50 illustrations of these timeless and amazingly beautiful paintings. “Tantra Song” is published by Siglio Press and includes contributions by writer and Berkeley Art Museum Director Lawrence Rinder, poet and art critic Bill Berkson, and scholar André Padoux. A few days after receiving my copy of “Tantra Song” another package arrived from Siglio Press. A small folio with “siglio EPHEMERA #5″ stamped on the front and containing a collection of cards by Selena Kimball, and two booklets, one featuring a poem by Henri Michaux. The second collages by Richard Kraft. The siglio EPHEMERA folios are based on Dada, Surrealist, and Fluxus printed materials, and are created in collaboration with artists and writers the folks at Siglio Press admire. Siglio Press gives these editions away for free ” in the hope that we (Sliglio Press) delight or suprise, provoke or engage, in some unexpected way” And for myself, Sliglio Press has far exceded that simple goal.
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