Mark Lamb . . . storyteller, dancer w/
Maryanne de Prophetis . . . voice
Chris Forbes . . . piano
“Chris takes off on the piano for the stratosphere with some inspired and intense free runs. “
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery review for Morcilla – The Manifestation Drama
Mark Lamb fuses dance, music and storytelling in order to paint a personal picture that somehow is universal in its scope. The New York Times has recognized his work as “quietly celebratory” “gently charming” and “an expression of communal joy.”
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Stories, thoughts, photos or poems about things I find interesting!
Ghazal calls forth saddness.
The rain begins to fall,
listen to its music
I go play with my stones…
Harmony from Earth
balancing them calms my soul
sometimes banal actions sooth.
Take a break from life. Sit back. Enjoy the sounds.| Welcome to a new friend: Soundtrack Of The Youth
Soundtrack Of The Youth
23 year old girl from Norway. Passionate about listening, sharing and talking about music. I like to keep myself updated on new songs, especially within indie and electronica.
My taste in music is pretty laid-back, I love songs that I can listen to in any occasion, songs that are chill, but mind-blowing at the same time. We live in an amazing era of music, there is so much to explored and enjoyed!
I like to make long playlists that function as a kind of soundtrack in my life, so that I can listen to songs that truly define the present, and that at a later point, those same songs will remind me of memories, moods and feelings from the past. I love the idea that music can define a certain time in life, just like a soundtrack.
Thought I’d share a couple of chill tracks on this mellow, relaxing sunday.
Secondly I wanted to share the collaboration between Dillon Francis and the English artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (yes, that’s actually his artist name), and their song called Without You.
Have a nice sunday!
If you’ve read the title and you’re still unsure about who I am talking about: I now present to you Matt Corby. He is your average girl’s big crush, and I actually believe there are also some guys who have kind of a mancrush on him (which is completely okay, understandable in fact). He is insanely talented as a writer, singer and musician. He has an incredible ability in his voice to go from low to high tones, and he has a sort of Jeff Buckley feel in his music. Being born just outside of Sydney, he first became famous after appearing on Australian Idol in 2007 (I know, lame) where he made second place, though he definitely was the contestant with the biggest female fanbase.. Although Matt Corby has been a known name back in the land down under since Idol, he has had quite a long and rough path to get to where he is today. In the past year or two he has had an enormous international breakthrough, and he is now touring with his latest EP called Resolution. This guy has stardom written all over him. He is one of my absolute favorite artists at the moment.
Be sure to check out the acoustic versions of his songs Souls A’Fire and Brother in the Youtube clips below! You can find more of his music on his Soundcloud profile or on Spotify. And, as pretty much goes without saying, you will hear a lot more from this artist in the coming months on this blog!
She’s got true blue
voodoo in her
kind that can make
you squirm like a
worm or flop
like a fish or
fall in love.
If you let them
give you the once
over one too many
times then it will
be all over before
you even see the crime.
Composed 2010. Part of the Sailor Jerry Rum Label Love Missives Series.
- Sailor Jerry Lives: Norman Collins’ epic influence on modern-day tattoo culture (deathandtaxesmag.com)
- Sailor Jerry- in his Own Words (tattoosdayuk.wordpress.com)
- Tattoo Artist Sailor Jerry Business Card “Feminigraphics” circa 1972 (ephemera.typepad.com)
- Sailor Jerry Presents: Cmrtyz ‘Freak Flags’ Exhibition Launch With Fear of Men | 05.07.2013 (sexbeatlondon.com)
Benji Taylor Wins
“Mythical musings on music and pop culture…”
Benji Taylor is a relentless traveller and music aficionado whose writings encompass film, music, art, & literature.
His mythical musings on music and pop culture are the eventuality of an anomaly inherent in the programming of the matrix which, despite his sincerest efforts, he has been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision.
Glass basks in the amorous glow of EDM connoisseurs Soft Metals…
Photo credit: Suzy Poling
In 2011, LA based electronic duo Soft Metals’ sound emerged from the hubbub of a plethora of bands riding the coat-tails of the retro-tinged synth revival, with their debut LP vastly outshining the work of their bland and vapid peers. Their debut proved one thing – that stimulating and meaningful synth-based music was more difficult to craft than many of their contemporaries realised.
Sophomore effort Lenses, released via Captured Tracks on 29th July, sees the duo refining the dense and textured soundscapes that populated their self-titled LP, and opting for sparser arrangements, and an aesthetic revolving around building tension and release. The result is an accomplished dance sound that crackles with intelligence and imagination, backlit by a marriage of vintage synths and 80s style drum beats.
As a collection of songs it’s heavily indebted to the dance floor, and to the night. Many tracks boast a feeling of audible sexual tension, no doubt owing to the fact that Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall – the miss and mister behind the duo – have been romantically involved since the band’s inception.
Ultimately Lenses reflects itself as the light of a bigger, brighter and braver Soft Metals. It’s a superb record that – since it boasts just the right mix of house-flavoured dynamics and reverential 80s sounds – should see the duo finally recline in the acclaim that their sound warrants this summer.
Photo credit: Suzy Poling
Lenses showcases a dancier sound than your self-titled debut. Who were your key influences on this record?
My article on Amsterdam and Canal House for Glass Magazine…
“The key jewel in Amsterdam’s cultural crown, though, is the Rijksmuseum which, reopening after ten years of wide-ranging renovations, triumphantly re-positions itself as an artistic citadel of dreams..”
Published originally at WhatCulture…
“Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled…” – Cutter
Of late it’s sometimes easy to forget that Christopher Nolan, the genius behind the Dark Knight trilogy adrift amidst a sea of awards and accolades as a result of his labours with the franchise depicting his vision of the caped crusader, previously made a quartet of insidiously intelligent films: Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, and Inception. All of these films are amazing in their own way and worthy of separate analysis, showcasing Nolan’s developing directorial talent throughout the first decade of the new millennium. Today I’d like to discuss The Prestige, Nolan’s dark and bleak visually spectacular mind-twister of a movie, and my own personal favourite from this quartet of films, which was adapted from British writer Christopher Priest’s 1995 prize winning epistolary novel of the same name. Over the past few years I’ve discussed my interpretation of the events of the movie and its key overarching themes with so many people that I decided it was time to put my thoughts into an article.
The ingenuity of the movie arises from Nolan’s handling of the non-linear exposition of the film which, at its core, revolves around two talented magicians in the early 1900s who become engaged in a lifelong game of progressively daring one-upmanship. The movie’s narrator- Michael Caine’s Harry Cutter- is an ingénieur; he conceives then concocts the mechanisms which facilitate the magicians’ dazzling of their audiences. Cutter explains to the viewer the three key elements of any magic trick… every trick, he tells us, has three crucial stages:
The Pledge – the preliminary object or action;
The Turn– the action or the deed that misdirects and distracts the audience from the true purpose of the trick;
The Prestige- the final reveal which leaves them spellbound.
If you’re reading this article then you probably know the story which, in a nutshell to refresh you, charts via a series of flash-backs and flash-forwards the events surrounding the sentencing of Christian Bale’s Alfred Borden for the murder of Hugh Jackman’s Robert Angier. The murder seemingly occurred as the culmination of a series of escalating trade-offs between the two magicians which had their origins in the death of Angier’s wife Julia who, in tragic symmetry to the death of Angier, drowned performing a water cell act.
Next we will discuss the ending, and then seek to understand how it is representative of the key themes embodied within the movie’s narrative…
Published originally at WhatCulture
SPOILER WARNING: Whilst the majority of this article relates to theory, speculation and deduction, it contains a few potential spoilers relating to the events of all five currently available “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, and to Season One & Season Two of the “Game of Thrones” TV Series. Where possible, I have omitted any spoiler-esque information unless I consider it essential to the article’s subject matter.
Who is Jon Snow? Our initial introduction to the 14-year old Jon Snow is in the first chapter of A Game of Thrones as he accompanies the man that we the readers are led to believe is his father, Lord Eddard (Ned) Stark, to execute a deserter of the Night’s Watch. As the apparent bastard child of the Lord of Winterfelll, Jon might well have lived a better life than 90% of the population of Westeros, but he has been made to feel something of an outsider by Ned’s wife Cateyln Stark, since his presence has proved to be a constant reminder of Ned’s supposed infidelity.
The alienation that Jon feels arising from his bastard-born status ultimately compels him to leave his half-siblings in Winterfell and join his Uncle Benjen on The Wall as a man of the Night’s Watch. Before he leaves, Ned makes a promise to Jon that, due to the interference of the Lannisters, he is ultimately unable to keep: “The next time we see each other we’ll talk about your mother, I promise…”
What I’d like to discuss in this article are the hints to Jon Snow’s true parentage that are presented within the books (and to a lesser extent the TV series). I believe that it’s quite clear from the raft of clues that the text provides us with that Jon Snow is not in fact Ned’s son – he is actually
Sofar Sounds: An ‘Underground’ Musical Experience
The following excerpts are from my article on underground musical organization, Sofar Sounds. The photography and video are from two separate performances I was lucky enough to attend in NYC and Philly. Head to Butlerway to read the article in full and if you’re a music lover definitely check out Sofar Sounds to see if there’s a group in your area! It’s an experience not to be missed!!
It’s happening. You’re going to see your favorite band perform live! All the necessary arrangements have been made. The babysitter’s been scheduled and the tailgate cooler’s packed. You’re so excited to see “Band X” until you arrive at the sold out venue to find it’s wall to wall packed and you’re now stuck between the seven foot tall guy and hordes of screaming teenagers. Suddenly the music experience you’ve been hoping for isn’t going according to plan.
Enter- Songs From A Room. The global movement, dubbed Sofar Sounds, takes the live music experience and eliminates the outside noise and glitzy components, stripping it to the core and bridging the gap between artist and fan, musician and listener.
Co-founders David Alexander, Rafe Offer and Rocky Start were tired of attending shows with unappreciative or disinterests audiences. Looking for an alternative in which they could support fellow musicians while sharing their love and passion for music, the three friends created an acoustic setting in their living room. Sofar Sounds was born.
The idea behind the innovative project is to share new music between enthusiasts, artists and industry professionals in an “unplugged, intimate, unusual space or venue.” Performances typically consist of 50 people or less in a “living room setting,” revealed only two days prior to the show; while the lineup remains a mystery until arrival.
Guests are requested to sit upon scattered pillows and cushions, silence all phones and respect the no talking policy while artists perform. In between acts, the room returns to its social atmosphere of chatter, networking, or taking advantage of the BYOB policy to freshen up a drink.
Although the emphasis is placed primarily on music, it’s an overall explosion of art, incorporating painting, photography, poetry, videography, dance, and spoken word. New artistic blends are constantly infused as Sofar grows from a passion project to a music business.
Indie folk-rockers, Seryn, are one of the most talented bands currently making music. Watch the following snippet of them performing “Beach Song” at Sofar Sounds NYC.
- Sofar Sounds: Growing A House Party Network (plutonicgroup.com)
- Sofar Sounds NY – May 21st, 2013 (nycsofar.wordpress.com)
- Sofar Sounds DFW ( Sounds From A Room) (bohemianbeats.org)
- You’re Gonna Love This (natemaingard.com)
- Day 2 – Live Music in a Living room (my365daysof30.wordpress.com)
[Terry: It’s not every day you have someone show you the birth of a new communal experience. ]
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They stir my soul, they purr my whole,
They shiver me with cries.
Angelic voices give allure
To plaintive earthly song
With rhythmic Gaelic tribal sighs.
Their fiddle starts my middle parts,
Their folk harp sweet surprise.
Each solo rings with tones bell-pure,
Notes hung where they belong.
And they’re most easy on the eyes.
to Janis Joplin
May 18, 2013
- Janis Joplin’s porche (bellmotors.wordpress.com)
- Rock and Roll 101: The Show Must Go On (hangout.altsounds.com)
- Live Musical Theatre: “One Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse (irom.wordpress.com)
- ‘One Night With Janis Joplin’: A Project From the Heart (advocate.com)
Hello, welcome and this is me… Martin Shone and I live in Wolverhampton, England.
Thanks for dropping by.
Please translate these poems in any way you feel
read them as if they are yours
see in them whatever you want
make of them what you will.
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Spare a thought
for the melodies
upon which life rests
Denise Fletcher is the author of “A Thread of Hope” and her creative works have appeared in journals in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including Kaleidoscope magazine and Open Minds Quarterly. Ms. Fletcher holds a degree in recreational therapy from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a massage practitioner certificate from the Minneapolis School of Massage. She currently resides in the Tampa area.
Come Let Us Worship Jesus
…he is alive!
“I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” ~ Psalm 13:6
“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” ~ Psalm 100:2
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” ~ Ephesians 5:18, 19
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
“Is any afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.” ~ James 5:13
“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:15
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” ~ John 4:23, 24
“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” ~ Hebrews 2:12
“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” ~ Psalm 7:17
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.” ~ Psalm 33: 2, 3
“Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.” ~ Psalm 149:3
“I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” ~ Psalm 9:2
“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” ~ Psalm 30:4
“Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.” ~ Psalm 68:4
“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” ~ Psalm 69:30
“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.” ~ Psalm 96:1, 2
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” ~ Psalm 40:3
What tomorrow might bring….?? “Yesterdays is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.”
Posted on March 5, 2013 by yunichar
Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses much more;
He who loses faith, loses all
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Friends, you and me….
You brought another friend….
And then there were 3….
We started our group….
Our circle of friends….
And like that circle….
There is no beginning or end….
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
Show your friends how much you care…
Please reblog and spread the word!