Archive for February, 2010

Freeeee As a Bird Now!

Highs of the Day:

1. Riding my bike 5 miles.

2. Having a delicious dinner cooked for me.

3. Knowing it’s Friday.

4. Enrolling others in my life.

Lows of the Day:

1. ???

Music of the Day:

It was only a matter of time before I would mention this upcoming band known as “Manzania”.  No, I’m not only promoting it because I live with the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist.  They are actually an extremely talented duo that should be given credit for their unique style and dedication.  So watch out world, here they come!

Blog of the Day:

I was excited to discover that  my friend Bekah had created this blog called Bekahsphere.  Her photos are truly inspiring pieces of art.  Bekah is someone that I spent a lot of time with and have many fond memories of.  Our California days will forever tie us together and included many long nights doing homework, listening to music, attending shows, and being young at heart!  Keep it up Bekah, my good ole’ Brooks Institute mate.  “It’s ciggy time!”

Other Inspiration:

Thinking of my friend Bekah made me think of her father, Simon Bull,  as well.  His paintings capture everything that I like in a piece of artwork, great subject matter and splashes of vibrant color.  I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bull and he truly is just as kindhearted as he is talented. 

Quote of the Day:

“I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.”  -Anonymous

“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who come alive.”  -Howard Thurman

It’s One of Those Days!

Highs of the Day:

1. Riding my bike 10 miles

2. Enrolling others in my life.

3. Knowing tomorrow is Friday.

Lows of the Day:

1.  Wanting to see my friends and family more.

Music of the Day:

I can honestly admit that I did not know who sang the song “Never Been Any Reason” when it came up on the radio today.  Really though, how many of you know the whole song but not who sang it?  Yeah, I bet I’m not the only one!  It’s another Midwest band from Illinois named Head East.  It’s sad when you actually think about it.  We know all these songs but not the artists.  This song brings me back to my youth and hearing it in the car with my parents and brothers.  I’m fortunate that I have such “hip” parents and brothers who appreciated true classic music, such as this song.   

Blog of the Day:

If you  need a good little laugh, check this blog out; definitely a winner in my book!  Hey, maybe you will even see a picture of yourself or someone you know on there!  I haven’t stumbled across myself yet, but I’m going to keep digging.

Other Inspiration:

This piece by Ali Schmeltz entitled “Radar”  is an interesting interpretation of L.A.  Having lived north of there for four years, I can relate to her view of  L.A. as having a “love/hate” relationship.

Quote of the Day:

“That’s my peanut butter sandwhich!”  -Ander Lilla Rose, my daughter

“Quote me when I’m in quote mode.”  -Chris, my musician

Nothingness!

Highs of the Day:

1.  Enrolling others in my life.

2.  Sunshine and warm weather.

3.  Riding my bike 15 miles.

4.  Bringing cookies to a woman that turned 91.

5.  Feeling full from the cookies, peanut butter, and chocolate eaten the night prior.  (This would normally be a low, but I turned this into a high!)

Lows of the Day:

1.  NOTHING!

Music of the Day:

Journey, Journey, Journey.  Just saying their names brings you on a “journey” of imagination, but try seeing them in concert.  I had the pleasure of doing so with a highschool boyfriend of mine that was really “into” them.  We saw them at the Iowa State Fair in 2002 I believe.  Uh oh, I hope I didn’t put an age on myself with that statement.  Anyway, they rocked the kernals off the corn, nonetheless.  Classic, truly a classic.

Blog of the Day:

The pictures in this blog are amaaazing.  I love how they have photos as the main focus of the blog, hence the title, “The Big Picture.”  The photo that grabbed my attention on there today was this one:     

It reminded me of my all time favorite photo that I took, entitled “Luscious Lips”.  Hey, do you think the photographer could have been inspired by my photo?  Chances are, probably not; but hey, you never know!  I’ll let you be the judge!

 

Other Inspiration:

These are definitely the most creative websites I have ever seen.  Be sure to check out the one on the top right of the photo shown above; it’s a trip!

Quotes For the Day:    (New category to the repitoire.)

“It’s not that I don’t like you….”     -Sam Marquez, my co-worker

“Hey! Finally got to try some blue agave nectar in my tea, not too shabby, kinda like pancake syrup fused with a honeycomb during a crazy night involving many shots of tequila :)”  -R.B Brummond, longtime  friend

i can take crazy. i eat, breathe, sleep, crazy. i have crazy for breakfast! i make others feel calm i’m so crazy. sometimes i’m so crazy i spell it with a K! Krazy dont stand a chance next to this 🙂  -Jill Goldman, one-of-kind person & friend

And the Tie Goes to?

Highs of the Day:

1.  Running 4 miles.

2.  Riding my scooter with Ander as my sidekick riding her bike.

Lows of the Day:

1. Rainy weather.

2. Knowing that tomorrow is Monday.

Music of the Day:

The Beatles are always welcome into our home and hardly a day goes by when that invitation isn’t met.   Today it was  more aparent than most.  After their faces graced our television for several hours, their music continued to echo  the room from the computer.  Hey, I’m not complaining, they are one of the best, and I am glad to have them in my house.

Blog of the Day:

Flat out, this blog kicks ass!  We have all received one of those notes, whether it be on our front door, on our car, or in our mailbox.  I have a note on my fridge right now which I have  kept for years and plan on sending it in to them.  It makes you realize how bold,  but yet not so bold people can be.  It’s easy to write things on a piece of paper, but try telling it to them face to face.   

Other Inspiration:

I am not that old by all means, but I have been aware of Andy Warhol’s work for quite some time now.  Wow, what an interesting character he was and how I wish I could have bumped into him in New York.  No matter how times I view his work, I always find myself gazing into the abyss of color which evokes a surge of inspiration throughout.

High as a Kite

 Highs of the Day:

1.  Running 5 miles.

2.  Riding my bike to the store.

3.  Eating dark chocolate.

4.  Riding on my daughter’s Plasma Car with her.

5.  Having dinner prepared for me.

Lows of the Day:

1.  Rainy weather.

2 .  ……..

Music of the Day:

I’ll be blunt with you, I am not into a lot of newer bands. (Side note: by newer I mean within the past five or so years.)  Maybe it’s just my lack of ambition to really dig through all the crap that’s out right now.  Maybe it’s the fact that I ride my bike to work everyday and I am not listening to the hip radio stations in my car.  Very rarely will I stumble upon something new that snags my attention.  Usually it’s a friend that ends up showing me a new band that they are “into” at the moment.  Really though, where is the longevity in it?  Do you honestly think that we will be remembering these bands 50 years from now like we remember the Beatles, Elvis, The Stones, and so on?  Who am I to answer that question, I guess.  I just have a hard time believing that the answer could ever be yes.  Oddly enough, it just so happened that the band “Cold War Kids” grabbed my attention today with their song “Hang Me Up to Dry.”  I had heard it before but it was until today that I sat down with head phones and really “heard” it.  I haven’t quite put a finger on exactly what I like about it.  Maybe it’s just the coffee that I sucked down or the effects of my Reflexology from Thursday that are kicking in, I don’t know….maybe I just, “like it.”  It has a really nice beat and his screaming voice is not too overpowering.  If you turn it up loud enough, you can hear some funky sound effects going on in the background.  I’m definitely digging the black and white video as well. 

Blog of the Day:

Information is Beautiful-Ideas, Issues, Knowledge, Data-Visualized!

I love that this person has created captivating visuals for us to understand things.  Being a photographer, I can relate to using visuals to convey a message.  I applaud you David McCandless, and if you were here, I may just give you a hug.     

Other Inspiration For the Day:

Yes my friends; just imagine the possibilities with this brilliant idea and tasty treat!

When the Highs Outweigh the Lows

Highs of the Day: 

1.  Eating my morning banana.

2.  Drinking a double espresso con panna.

3.  Riding my bike towards head on traffic while feeling high as a kite from my espresso and lack of lunch.  (No worries, I was on the sidewalk!)

4.  Coming home to dinner and a clean house.

5.  Being greeted at the door from my daughter.

Lows of the Day:

1.  Forgetting to restock the paper towels in the bathroom before leaving to go on my break.

2.  Forgetting to bring my office key with me, which left me locked out for 20 min.

Music of the Day:

I was recently introduced to “The Fabulous Flippers”, which was a band based out of Kansas and took the Midwest by storm throughout the 60’s.  Being from the Midwest, I immediately found myself having a connection with these dudes.  Even despite that, what they brought to the table was just incredible in my opinion.  Just watch them do the shuffle! 

Good luck competing with that modern bands!

Blog of the Day:

http://unsignedbandpromotion.com/band-promotion-blog/

I came across this blog when perusing my fellow friend Google.  This site is very informative and I feel this guy really knows his shit about getting bands marketed before they are signed.  I myself am not in a band but I am with a musician and have been an avid music lover since the day I heard Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. 

Other Inspiration For the Day:

Alex Steinweiss did the most incredible album art known to this day in my opinion.  Now this is real artwork people!  To be frank, I really don’t care what your band looks like!  I want to see how creative you really are by what you have on your album cover and how you sound!