Friday, January 28, 2011

songs for the evening - the mediaeval baebes

One of the most enchanting and haunting groups I ever discovered was this group of British women who take existing songs/poetry etc in old english, latin, gaelic etc (ie pieces from what would be called the medieval period) and give them modern twists, beautiful acapella renditions, or very period (with period instrumentals as accompaniment) recordings.

I have yet to see them live - though I would love to. They do the ren faire circuit, but never seem to make it up to the NY festival in Sterling forest that I attend.

I love these gals for their voices, their talent, and their body of work. And, yes . . I'll admit, I am a big ren fair geek and have been for ages.

More about them here:

The Medieval Baebes website -

Thursday, January 27, 2011

sketchbook project - we're not finished yet!

Here are a few more:

pgs 26-27

Left :"April showers bring May flowers"

Right: It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees." - George Eliot

pg 28-29

"Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby." - Langston Hughes
pg 30-31

"You took your coat off and stood in the rain./You were always crazy like that./And I watched from my window,/Always felt like I was outside looking in on you." - Jewel
pgs 32-33

"I've seen fire and I've seen rain. . ." - James Taylor

the magic garden

While downloading music for my little girl, I came across some from one of my favorite TV Shows:"The Magic Garden.  Come to think of it, I believe this was my first introduction to the "girl and acoustic guitar" genre of music.  I'm sure Carole and Paula, along with my favorite grade school music teacher, Mrs. Seamon and her guitar, Sunshine subliminally influenced me toward this particular sound..And to think today, I am quite a lover of the folk/folk rock sound and even picked up the guitar and took lessons for myself.

Which reminds me - I really need to find time to get back to the instrument.  I really kind of miss it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

song for the evening - curtains the musical

I saw this show with Tom a while ago . . I couldn't help but smile during the entire musical.  It was fun, lively, filled with quirky characters - and had everythingthat made me fall in love with the musical genre in the first place

sketchbook project - even more pages

pg 20-21

Lyric from "Rainy Night House" by Joni Mitchell

pg 22-23

Left :"A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing." - Liberian proverb

Right: "Night; and once again,/the while I wait for you, cold wind/turns into rain." - poem by Masaoka Shika

pg 24-25

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm but to add color to my sunset sky." - Rabindranath Tagore

pr 26-27

Purple Rain . . get it?:)

sketchbook project - more pages

More pages from my sketchbook . .  .

pgs 14-15

"Somewhere over the rainbow/Skies are blue/And the dreams that you dare to dream/really do come true." - The Wizard of Oz
pgs 16-17

Left: "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone./I can see all the obstacles in my way." - Johnny Nash

Right: Poem by ee cummings

pg 18-19

Left: "Because he was human/Because he had goodness/Because he was moral/They called him insane/Delusions of grandeur/Visions of splendor/A manic depressive/He walks in the rain." - RUSH

Right: Raining cats and dogs

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

sketchbook project - pages

Well, the deadline was extended - and yes, I'm well past it and still not done.  But I'm pretty happy with most of the 40 pages I have done so far.  ( There are a few here and there I may re-visit before I send tthe booklet in.)  And I'm cranking them out as fast as I can to get the book back to the Brooklyn Art Library (hopefully before the exhibition opening in February!)

But here, for posterity's sake, I'll post pics of all of my pages.  Here are a few for this evening . . .

Pg 4-5
Left: " We need good ideas/And we need them now/So put your heads together/and we'll write them down/There's no bad ideas/When You're Brainstorming." - Imagination Movers

Right: "Raindrops keep fallin on my head/But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turning red/Cryin's not for me/Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin/Beacuse I'm free/Nothin's worrying me."
Pgs 6-7

Right: "Can't stand the rain against my window/Bringing back sweet memories." - Ann Peebles
pg 8-9

Right: "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands." - ee cummings

Left: "Don't you fret, Msr Marius/I don't feel any pain/A little fall of rain/Can hardly hurt me now/ You're here/that's all I need to know/And you will keep me safe/ And you will keep me close/And rain will make the flowers grow." - from A Little Fall of Rain - Les Miserables
pgs - 10-11

Left: "I am walking out in the rain/And I am listening to the low moan of the dialtone again." - Ani DiFranco

Right: "Grey skies are gonna clear up/Put on a happy face/Brush off the clouds and cheer up/Put on a happy face." - Bye Bye Birdie

Monday, January 10, 2011

lorne and neil

Many friends know that I am a HUGE fan of the fabulously talented Canadian band, RUSH.  I saw this video on Lorne Wheaton's MySpace Page.

Noah Peart

Fester DeJoux | Myspace Music Videos

Lorne is Neil Peart's drum tech.  And yes, Neil is the amazingly talented drummer of this prog rock trio.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Lorne a few years ago at a RUSH concert in Boston, MA. Such a wonderful, kind man. He'll always be tops in my book - not only for being kind enough to get my hubby ( who is a fan longer than I was) and I a meet and greet at that concert, but he was so very kind to my friend's daughter who is a budding drummer and a big fan of his boss.

Well, anyone who is familiar with Neil Peart / RUSH knows that the man plays a mean drum solo at each concert.  Here is one of my favorites (and yes, I can tell the difference between each solo - you can hear it) - O Baterista from a tour a few years back:

I admire the band members of RUSH for their creativity, their dedication to their craft and to each other, their willingness to develop their sound and to experiment.  I like the fact that they took their careers into their hands - made music their way.  I like the fact that they are still going strong after all these years and that they have a truly loyal fan base.

And I love, love, love, love watching them perform.  There is magic on stage when these three fellows get together.  There is joy, there is energy, there is technical talent and there is some damn fine music.

We'll be seeing them again this April (b'day present for me) at Madison Square Garden in NYC.  I can't wait.

More about these talented gentlemen:

Lorne Wheaton's website:

RUSH - Official website:

Neil Peart's Official Website:

the king's speech

Oh a must see . . such wonderful performances - and so wonderfully written and directed.

Colin Firth was one of my long time actor crushes - I've admired his career/work for some time and it pleases me so much to see him in a film such as this.

dear me . .i'm behind

I'm starting to panic a bit about my Sketchbook Project.  I've got 5 days to postmark it and it's NOWHERE near done.  And I'd hate to send off something half assed.

I'm really going to have to find a way to find some time between, taking care of baby, home, husband and myself ( i've been horribly ill lately) and get a crackin!
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