Today's music is Gang of Four, Husker Du, Wire, Public Image Ltd., Fugazi, Black Flag and Sonic Youth. Read a poem about angst. That's about it... Bed Music: Courtesy of Melvin Gibbs
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One of my favorite musicians particularly Traffic-his band. Selections from Spencer Davis, Blind Faith, Traffic and Cream for 20 songs. Share The Great Longing by Kahlil Gibran Bed Music: Courtesy of Melvin Gibbs
So the weekend after Thanksgiving a good time to reflect. i had been thinking about doing something to remember Mom since her passing on 7/2/20 of this year-declared a Covid 19 death. Mom had not been the healthiest-the picture above was at her 80th birthday party early this year. She looked pretty good, actually the best she had in a long time. Anyhow, the rest of what I want to say is in the podcast. Love you Mom-it wasn't always easy but it was always real. Wouldn't be here without you and I'll never forget that.
Just got through first big holiday of the double whammy holiday season that has been my life for the last 30 years. Today is actually my 30th year anniversary of living in Taiwan. Not a big holiday fan do to the synthetic nature of holidays topped off by their usually being co-opted by commerce to pressure you into buying a lot of junk you don't need but are brainwashed into believing you must have. Like Mick Jagger sang in Satisfaction,"When I'm watchin' my tv and a man comes on and tells me how white my shirts can be." Actually this one wasn't so bad and even though traders have managed to hitch a big Black Friday wagon to the holiday the holiday itself is kind of nice-eat a nice meal with friends and family and think about reasons to be thankful for your existence on Planet Earth. I was actually invited by some Taiwanese friends to come and share a meal with them that had turkey but also Szchuan Dan Dan noodles. I served as the Thanksgiving expert due to my US citizenship and life there.
So I told the basic tale of the Pilgrims and Puritans and the friendly Indians that taught hem how to survive.Didn't want to throw a wet blanket on dinner and mention how the Europeans probably infected them with some nasty germs they had no antibodies for and probably killed off many of them until the rest did develop antibodies. Here's another song lyric from the Handsome Family that had some short-lived success doing the theme song for True Detective season 1; from Weightless Again,"Those poor lost Indians when the white man found them most died of TB, the rest went insane". Thanksgiving's vibe is very similar to the Chinese New Year's eve or圍爐 which literally means gathering oven-side to enjoy a meal together. Now to deal with Christmas, New Years and Chinese New year late this year due to the Lunar Calendar they follow which had 2 Lunar July's this year...I know it hurts your brain to think about it...
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These recent months with the progressively awful pre-election rhetoric and then the aftermath of the result have not been America's or the World's finest moments in my opinion. I'm glad I haven't been living there for selfish reasons-it has spared me a lot of the direct impact of this news echo chamber day in and day out. For the record-I wasn't a supporter of either candidate feeling that elections have become a thing of 2 bad choices each time-or slightly different flavors of the same bad choice. Rather, than think too much about what will happen or if the news media is finally going to get it right I felt moved to take my head out of that dark cloud and put it in a "happier place" an art cloud if you will. I decided to go back and sort through my archives to make some new versions of my original shots and to take some new shots as well. Definitely the right choice because the process only leaves me feeling upbeat and fulfilled. If you get can enjoyment out of them that only adds to the value of my derision. These 3 images all from 2010 for whatever that's worth-still the early days of my photography odyssey.
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