Wednesday, September 29

Wise quote.

"Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Tuesday, September 28

Saturday, September 25

freedom is my slavery

silver swings
got me in a medical mood
moving the mercury between
lifeless and cold
when i come riding the bull
full of self-loathing
like the boy on the poster
welcome to back to earth
you lovely assassins
gives us an illusion of wealth
on the mental health


you had
a placid kind of clarity
to say I was mad
but this come-and-go lucidity
it's all that i have

unlucky things
reduced to infirmity
and impotency
to say no one does anything
worthwhile after thirty
well thirty seems ages ago
there's no leftovers
no supernovas
for you to scavenge, or to savage
that was a long time back
and they don't make people
like us anymore

you had
a funny kind of charity
to say I'd gone mad
but this come-and-go lucidity
is all that i have

it's all that i have
all that i have
all that i have
all that i have

it's all that i have

Thursday, September 23

From deep in the archives... "Happy Lovers United" (Morrissey, 1988)

Happy Lovers United

Happy lovers
Back together
Oh, and I do feel proud
Happy lovers reunited
Oh, and I do feel proud now
I'm not the type to boast, as you know 
Though it was me who brought them back together 
He is so kind, and she is so clever 
But they don't want me now 
Hanging around

Happy lovers, at last 
At last united 
Happy lovers, at last 

I rang to her to explain 
Of how he really wants to see you again 
I said more or less the same thing to him too 
Which wasn't true 
And now they walk hand in hand
All is planned with the silent glimpse 
I believe that only lovers share 
And I'm proud to have done something good
For once in my life


Another rare song: "Lifeguard On Duty"

Tuesday, September 14

Roger Federer at 2010 US Open

You can hear John McEnroe doing color commentary actually call it too before it happens. I've done this shot in both tennis and table tennis for winners, but of course, not in front of a few thousand fans and on television, etc. I've also missed it quite a few times...


Thursday, September 9

As good as The Smiths' albums are, I think they were even better live...

I never did see them in person (to my dismay), but when I hear recordings like this is makes me think it would have been an amazing experience.

My favorite bands to have seen "original and complete" would have to be:
The Beatles
The Smiths
Pink Floyd
Joy Division
The Doors

Either because they broke up and then someone up and died, or because they will never get back together and I'll never have that live experience, no matter how many old films I watch.

Then there are artists like Nick Drake and Dan Fogelberg who aren't "bands" - just solo performers I never saw and would have loved to :-|

What about you? Which bands do you regret either being too young to see live or just missed your chance and kick yourself now about it?

Music: "Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Piano Magic. Film: "Dead Man" by Jim Jarmusch.

Just a reminder...

Art is just art, and I consider this an "art" blog. Whether that art is any good or not is up to the reader to decide.... But as art, it's a bit more complex than a straightforward "confessional" blog, which is like someone's diary or journal slapped right up onto the Internet. Mine's not like that - there is a layer of abstraction there.

Here I express myself directly sometimes, indirectly at others. Sometimes I use satire or sarcasm, sometimes I'm deadly serious. But don't trust what's here in the sense that it's a verbatim transcript of how I'm feeling right then. I do often write confessionally and that abstraction all but disappears, but not always. And sometimes poems are from weeks or months or years prior to when I post them, or songs or pictures just find there way onto a post because I've been meaning to get them on there for quite some time and was waiting for the right time. But it doesn't necessarily have significance for that day.

The reason I'm saying all this is that much of what I post is pretty dark, though some of it's not, some is cute or funny or just music videos and other random things (which still have value; they all ultimately say something about me, since I chose to post them, after all). But the point is, if I go on a spree of posting Joy Division lyrics or my own darker poems and some bleak pictures one day or over several days, I may be expressing that to get it out of me, or just as an admiration of how art can be both dark and beautiful, or for one of many reasonsbut it doesn't mean I'm going to jump off a bridge that night.

I know people worry about me and frankly, so do I sometimes. It's no secret I have pretty severe depression and anxiety, and that's something I'm not ashamed to say straight out (because it's not my fault, it's chemical and maybe psychological, but doesn't mean I'm possessed by devils or anything stupid that people used to think). However, it's certainly no damn fun nor is it glamorous in any way. It's awful, and I'm working behind the scenes so to speak (in my non-blogging life) to get "better" somehow and to steer a course into more pleasant pastures. But that struggle is semi-independent of this blog.

That is, while what I post may reflect how I'm feeling (and it often doesI won't pretend otherwise), it doesn't always, and one definitely shouldn't infer anything from the posts on this blog in and of themselves. This is my little sandbox to play in and dump words, images, and music into. If I need someone to talk to I will email or IM my best friends or parents, and if it's worse than that I will seek professional help. Here, on this blog though, I want the freedom to express any emotion, even the most negative or hopeless, without worrying everyone I know.

So... just wanted to clear that up. Thanks for reading, and as always I sincerely appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit, no matter if I'm happy, sad, or somewhere in the middle. Life's always better with friends, and I care about you all and thank you for making my life a little better each time we chat or you stop by to leave a comment. I'd hate to lose that - feedback is something I always enjoy.


Monday, September 6

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