Category Archives: Music

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

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Waiting Marc Chagall

I love this painting – Marc Chagall‘s Waiting.  The painting is owned by the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.  Several years ago my friend and I were admiring the painting and she indicated this was one of her favorites.  I have to admit at that time I didn’t have a favorite Chagall and I had never read anything about his work.  My great friend moved away and I miss having her and her observations on art.  I remembered some of the painting, but couldn’t recall the title so I emailed her and she found it!  I don’t know why, but her finding the painting and knowing the title made a big difference to me.  I think it makes me feel like my friend is closer – not all the way in Texas.  Here’s to Candyce!

For some reason my mind works in strange and mysterious ways and after she emailed me the title of the painting the song The Waiting by Tom Petty came to mind and would not leave.  I have this type of thing happen all the time.  I will be thinking about something without even knowing it and will realize a song lodged in my head and sure enough the song has something to do with some current circumstance I’m going through.

Right now I think I am in a season of waiting.  Waiting and wondering what it is I’m supposed to do.

Let’s listen to Tom Petty for a spell.  Okay – that’s better.

Now for some history on Marc Chagall and this beautifully, unusual painting:

As many of you may know, Chagall used many symbols in his paintings.  Many of his works have roosters which symbolized fertility; as many of his paintings were about or pertaining to lovers.  Marc Chagall was a Russian painter whose work stretched many different mediums.  Chagall created works in nearly every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.  Here is a list of symbols and their supposed meanings.  Take what you want from this, but it’s kind of fun to look at his paintings with the symbol meanings close at hand.

  • Cow: life par excellence – milk, meat, leather, horn, power.
  • Tree: another symbol of life.
  • Rooster: fertility, often painted together with lovers.
  • Bosom: fertility of life – Chagall had great respect for Women and it is shown in his art.
  • Fiddler: In Chagall’s village Vitebsk the fiddler made music at major events such as weddings and holidays.
  • Herring – a flying fish: Commemorates Chagall’s father who worked in a fish factory.
  • Pendulum Clock: time, and modest life.
  • Candlestick: two candles symbolize the Shabbat and the life of devout Jews.
  • Windows: Chagall’s Love of Freedom.
  • Houses of Vitebsk: Feelings for his homeland as most of these paintings were done during his years in Paris.
  • Scenes of the Circus: Creativity and Joy.
  • Horses: Freedom.
  • The Eiffel Tower: Up in the sky, another symbolic metaphor for freedom.

Candyce is still in Texas, but thanks to Chagall’s Waiting, we have been brought a little closer.  It’s true what Tom Petty says in his song, “the waiting is the hardest part.”  We will once again stroll through an art museum together, but for now we will have to be patient and use the technology at our fingertips.  We can share art online perhaps and, of course, wait.

Until next time.  Be patient and please wait.

Johnny Be Good – Rzeznik Rocks!

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I have more clips and links of Johnny Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Here’s Johnny with Limp Bizkit doing Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.  This is really great!  Check it out!  http://youtu.be/9tJnMo4GsKM

John hanging out at Norman’s Rare Guitars in Buffalo, NY – http://youtu.be/LMcfiW2LyYk

Johnny shows up at a Taylor Swift concert at Madison Square Garden to play none other than Iris – http://youtu.be/y6N5HU4zn84

Check out my past Johnny Rzeznik posts here and here.

And, as always, check out the Goo Goo Dolls website for the latest information and their blog.  Happy New Year!

do I need an exorcism or does your medicine need changed?

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A Clockwork Orange at 50?! – are we desensitized to this?  Are these “ultra-violent” times? the Rolling Stones connection?  Listen to On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Mochi thingsiPhone case and wallet.  How many of these cute things can actually exist?  Enter Crown Smartphone Pouch v2

My kindergartener rocks.  She is so intelligent and such a joy to be around.  Well, most of the time . . .

An exercise class is fun.  Here are some cool songs:  Too Close by Alex Clare (have you seen this video?), Hot Chelle Rae’s Tonight Tonight, Rihanna‘s Where Have You Been, Adele’s Rumour Has It, and Deadly Handsome Man by Marcy Playground

Do I need an exorcism or does YOUR medicine just need changed?  Why does it seem like the people on medication really need everyone else to be on more medication just to make sense?

Sites to See Potpourri

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Some cool things I have found on my travels . . .

Miniature Artists Books – I love miniatures and books

Elephant with books

Elephant with books

Making paper with seeds – good Spring gift

Yoga sleep pose – from the Yoga Journal

Stereomode site – for whatever mood ails you

Tile Coaster DIY from The Cottage Home

The 99% – not the 1%, but the 99%

feel more better – If you want to feel better go here

the jealous curator – speaks for itself

Lists of Note – lists from all walks of life

Let me know what your favorite “go to” site is right now!

Rzeznik Tattoos Realized

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The Dream

The Dream

One of my all time favorite paintings is Picasso‘s The Dream.  I just realized today that one of my all time favorite bands, The Goo Goo Dolls lead singer, Johnny Rzeznik, has The Dream on his right upper arm.  I love the painting for what it says to me – it shows the woman with her head to the side “dreaming”.  I have always seen it as soothing and an “emptying out” of the days events.  Wiping the slate clean if you will.  I wonder if Johnny feels this way.  Here’s a little bit of what Johnny says about his many tattoos, including The Dream.

YouTube Rzeznik – I will warn you this video ends rather abruptly.  Sorry – not my fault

Go to hotstufftattoos to see the artist who has done many of Johnny’s tattoos

See my earlier post Goo Goo Over Rzeznik here.

Rzeznik's The Dream

Rzeznik’s The Dream

 

Big Love to Listen

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Buckingham Nicks album cover 1973

I heard *Big Love and **Go Insane today. Seeing them performed reminded me of the extreme talent of Lindsey Buckingham. Such beautiful guitar playing. Did you know he didn’t have guitar lessons and doesn’t read music?  That’s amazing to me!

Below I have included the lyrics to Big Love and a link to one of the best live YouTube video of the song.

*Big Love

Looking out for love

In the night so still

Oh I’ll build you a kingdom

In that house on the hill

Looking out for love

Big, big love

You said that you love me

And that you always will

Oh, you begged me to keep ya

In that house on the hill

Looking out for love

Big, big love

(Oh, oh, oh, oh)

I wake up alone

With it all

I wake up

But only to fall

Looking out for love

Big, big love

Just looking out for love

Big, big love

[Instrumental + oh, uh, oh, uh, oh, uh, oh, uh…]

FADES OUT

*Suban theater Beverley Hills April 2011

I think we all know why he’s listed as one of the top 100 guitar players in the world.  One of the really great things about Lindsey is his passion for these songs and all the songs he does.  He puts himself into every song.  Doing that makes the song and his performances ever greater.

Rumours, Fleetwood Mac‘s most popular album (went platinum 19 times!), is written about most recently in a book entitled Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, by Ken Caillat. There is a fascinating history here and I can’t wait to read this book to see what else may be revealed. I guess at this point there’s not much left, but I like reading about Fleetwood Mac anyway.

**Go Insane (See live video of Go Insane)

Two kinds of people in this world

Winners… losers

I lost my power in this world

Cause I did not use it

So I go insane

Like I always do

And I call your name

She’s a lot like you

Two kinds of trouble in this world

Living… dying

I lost my power in this world

And the rumors are flying

So I go insane

Like I always do

And I call your name

She’s a lot like you

So I go insane

Like I always do

And I call your name

She’s a lot like you

She’s a lot like you

She’s a lot like you

She’s a lot like you…

Powerful song!  What does it mean?  I think it describes how he compares all the woman who have come in and out of his life since Stevie, but they all pale in comparison.  They’re a lot like her, but still not her.  Everyone says it’s also about his old girlfriend Carol Ann Harris and he feels regret about how the relationship ended.

**Phoenix, AZ, October 2011 Seeds We Sow tour