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30 Seconds to Mars

Oct
30
New Music always has a tendency to move me.  Members of my household have been enjoying "A Beautiful Lie" from 30 Seconds to Mars released all the way back in 2005 for the past several weeks.  The lush tones, and solid rhythm section absolutely suck me in - and then, there is all of the depth, power, and beauty of the lyrics. Music is three parts magic - it speaks to you, both where you've been, and where you are... sometimes, it speaks of where you are going.  And in nearly all cases a piece of music that resonates with you personally can change your life.

It's difficult to claim a "favorite" song on this album.  I suppose "The Story" would be an apt choice due to the introspective nature of the "conversation" the lyrics are having with themselves and where I've "been" for the last twenty years.  The hauntingly simplistic guitar melody that opens "Was It A Dream" is ultra competitive however - it's that sound I hear in the quiet moments of the morning when everyone else in the house is sound asleep and I stir my cup of coffee.
xmas 2012 San Francisco Pier Your defenses were on high
Your walls built deep inside
Yeah I'm a selfish bastard
But at least I'm not alone
My intentions never change
What I wanted stays the same
And I know what I should do
it's time to set myself on fire
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
Your reflection I've erased
Like a thousand burned out yesterdays
Believe me when I say goodbye forever
Is for good
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
(A photograph of you and I)
Was it a dream?
Was it a dream?
Is this the only evidence that proves it
A photograph of you and I
A photograph of you and I
A photograph of you and I... in love...
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What they taught you is probably wrong...

Oct
29

I originally posted this on Facebook on September 27th, 2011.  

I figured it was high time to bring it to my own blog and repeat it.


I think it's time folks remembered where the real POWER in this country really lies.  It finds its home in the hearts of We the People.

 

There's what they taught you about the "top down" view in School, with Mr. President at the top of the pyramid:


And then there is reality.  Flip that pyramid upside down, and reveal the strength of the People who built it.


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On Blogging

Oct
29

So it occurs to me there isn't much point of building a website unless I'm going to care for and feed it... this of course means I need to make a commitment to this verb, "blog" - daily.  Is anybody really reading or listening?  I could troll my access_logs and what have you, even create some pretty global usage statistics and such like I might for one of my downrange customers.  Ultimately if I'm really serious about this thing, I have to "put it out there".  That is to say, I have to become somewhat comfortable with the notion of "marketing" myself to my friends, family, and acquaintances with the promise that they'll find something "interesting" if they visit the site.


So I'll do that - I'll get up on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and start pimping my site.  I suppose if I were really "smart & stuff" I'd get some Google Ads running to generate perhaps enough revenue to keep the lights on where it's hosted?  I LOATHE advertising, in just about every form.  Mostly because it's a "push" where I would much rather see a "pull".  Then of course there's always this.  Not to mention I don't even remotely identify myself with the realm of "professional writers".  Lacking faith in myself, or inspiration or passion for what I have to say, this would be a losing proposition.

I'm making that commitment to myself first and foremost, to generate at lease one interesting thing to share on the blog, each and every day.  If I know I'm going to be in the wilderness or desert with a bunch of friends for a weekend, a week, or a month, I'll pre-program content scheduled for daily release to keep it interesting.  I make this commitment to myself, and then extend that commitment to you, my trusted... what are you?  Viewers?  Visitors?  We're going to have to come up with a name for that.  Kyrka.

Blogging (STOLEN FROM WORLD BANK!)
I shamelessly stole this image from the World Bank.  They're used to thieves, yes?
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On Creativity: Serious vs. Solemn

Oct
28
I stumbled on this short clip of John Cleese when I wanted a random video to test a function/feature... and after using it for my testing, well... I decided to share it as well.

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Let Go Of The Rope!

Oct
28

Let Go Of The Rope!

Sometimes, it's all there really is.
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How to be a Rockstar

Oct
28

It's part of an average morning - rise from bed, start a pot of coffee, scarf a banana - and have a look at everyone's (current) favorite social networking site, Facebook.

Much like any other morning, there are things to "like".  A friend posted the following 5 Things to Remind Yourself Daily on his profile, and it moved something inside me.  [True confession: I read it on the iPad while still in bed - it's "what" drew me into my morning.]  It isn't often that a watermarked image like this will draw me to the website of origin, but I had a quick look at rawforbeauty.com, and fetched a second image with equal power.  It's not as likely to become a daily admonition device for me - but I felt it was blogworthy.

If you wanna be a rock star - start on the inside!

5 Daily Reminders

15 Things to Give Up
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RIP Lou Reed

Oct
27
The music world lost another great today - Lou Reed of Velvet Underground fame passed at the age of 71.  I guess ultimately it's to be expected that "Walk On The Wild Side" will be the most over-shared of his works for the next 48 hours.  If you _aren't_ familiar with it, have a listen:

And the colored girls go
"Doo do doo do doo do do doo ..."

I can confess I wasn't always the biggest fan of his works directly... but the man and his band influenced a TON of artists and musicians that have touched my life on a much deeper level.  Dave Navarro is one such example - spend a moment with his copy of "Venus In Furs".


Now tell me, lyrically, this ISN'T powerful art!

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
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Slaves of the Internet - Dance Monkey Dance!

Oct
27
Art Work IS WorkI am absolutely impressed by this article on the New York Times website. Tim Kreider speaks some invaluable truths about the times we face as artists - and I cannot help but wonder if, as he labored so lovingly to smith these words, if he was aware he would share more than HALF of the page with advertisements...  I  won't beleaguer the point with too terribly many pull outs, but start with this one perhaps.

"This is partly a side effect of our information economy, in which “paying for things” is a quaint, discredited old 20th-century custom, like calling people after having sex with them. The first time I ever heard the word “content” used in its current context, I understood that all my artist friends and I — henceforth, “content providers” — were essentially extinct. This contemptuous coinage is predicated on the assumption that it’s the delivery system that matters, relegating what used to be called “art” — writing, music, film, photography, illustration — to the status of filler, stuff to stick between banner ads."


This is an appropriate moment to segue into another similar story.  Mind you, the language might be too abrasive, course, off color or offensive for some, and it's questionable as to the "work safeness"...
Titled "I Jump for Cash Bitch", only one pull out is necessary to frame the whole story:

"That may be so but the label "some dick who wants free shit" does not require CSI profiling and while I am no lawyer, I question whether testimony comprising "I paid an agency to provide me files, I lost the files, I now demand some guy who used to work there give me new files" would have much legal standing but best of luck with that."
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Sitting in a new chair...

Oct
26

The view is quite nice!

This morning I had the opportunity to participate in production of a marketing video for All In One Productions,
Green screen goodies, a virtual tour of the studio spaces, and I got to play engineer.  Can't wait to see the finished product!
Ramsa S840 Series
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Art, Artists, and Committing to your Craft

Oct
25

A pair of really great articles to share on a topic that's really been hitting home with me.  The first does a good job of covering territory such as placing a firewall between your "other" professional life, and your art.  The second discusses your own view of yourself, dealing with the world and being honest - with yourself.  I've known many artists (myself included) who DON'T give themselves enough credit.  I recommend both!


"I spent too many years neglecting my muse. I believed creativity was finite, that when I gave my creativity to my employer, there was none left for my art. But creativity is not a fossil fuel of finite supply that must be transported in pipelines and on ships and driven around in automobile tanks. Creative thinking, I’ve learned, begets more creative thinking. A creative breakthrough at one’s day job can inspire a blizzard of creativity with one’s late-night or early-morning art."

"There are constraints and requirements outside of your artistic career that take up a lot of your time and attention. You must pay rent. You must eat. You must socialize and be able to afford some form of entertainment to keep yourself sane. Sometimes it feel likes you have to maintain a whole second life on top of the first one and that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s too easy get caught up in the “everything else” of our lives."

“You’re a professional performer and a writer. That’s how you should represent yourself.”
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