Friday, March 7, 2014
Ok, I'm just gonna ignore how long it's been since my last post and get right back into it. Here we go. So lately what's really getting my thought wheels turning is running. I get on that treadmill, zone out to some good music and the thoughts just flow.
It's so counter-intuitive because you would think that something so meditative wouldn't generate such a good flow of thoughts but that's just what meditation is. It let's you roll through your thoughts instead of dwelling on them. Anyways, I digress just a tad.
So while I add onto the miles the music that is best conducive of this state is interestingly enough not high-tempo stuff. You'll see in some of the tracks listed, it's pretty loungey, instrumental/ ambient, groovy. This is the kind of music that really gets me going, that myself connects with and when I'm running really gives me that umph.
Again, interesting 'cuz this is in essence, me. I'm laid-back and calm. Cool yet chill, not over-the-top, obvious, or obnoxious. And that groove, well that's just my style baby. Anyways, here's some old goodies that I like to jam to sometimes, and some new good running chill-out, awesome meditative, thought provoking music.
1. UKO- Sunbeams
2. Hol Baumann- Handwritten Notes
3. Jimi Hendrix- The Wind Cries Mary
4. Queen- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
5. Bonobo- Nothing Owed
6. Mount Kimbie- Carbonated
7. Bonobo- Pieces ft. Cornelia
8. Nightmares on Wax- Passion
Friday, October 4, 2013
Quantic- Life in the Rain
"Sometimes I wonder if i know where i'm going. I go for a walk like this.
And it seems I have been walking for years and years and years.
And i don't know where i'm going. I hear the Sound leading me on.
And i don't know where it is taking me."
I heard another tune on this new radio station I discovered, The Lounge Channel on TuneIn Radio. A woman sang in French. I didn't understand a word of it but it was so beautiful and soothing. I took French in high school for this reason; such a romantic and sexy language. French music, art, and aesthetics really moves me (not to mention- food, but we will save that for a whole 'nother world of delicious posts). Of course this Lounge Channel is located in Monaco. Lovely!
Oh! Just watched Head in the Clouds with Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz today. So romantic and set in Paris for a good portion of it. Beautiful movie. Another one that comes to mind now is Amelie. Beautiful French movie, actually in French; romantic, cute, endearing, and thoughtful. Must see if you're a hopeless romantic like me.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
TED inspires and encourages my soul. As an artist, I like being challenged by seeing creatives pushing the envelope, promoting innovation. Here's a little TED playlist for me this week.
|The interspecies internet? An idea in progress...|
|Kate Stone: DJ decks made of paper.|
When I started watching this one, I have to admit I was a little dismissive..."oh great a feel-good talk about cloud spotting". But I watched it through and I have to say, I was inspired. Living mindfully, in the moment and doing nothing is such a simple yet alien idea to us. But we need it. We need to stop thinking sometimes. Stop worrying, stressing, doing, and being "perpetually busy".
Doing nothing is good for our ideas and creativity. So so true. "Keep looking up and keep living with your head in the clouds". Inspiration for those of us feeling a bit- or maybe a lot bogged down by the everyday. Then see what comes from such a state of mind. Limitless possibilities.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I absolutely love this song on the new Depeche Mode album "Delta Machine" - Welcome To My World. It is hauntingly romantic and beautifully sad. Makes me think of this idea of human interaction and no matter how short or long these moments last, they add to the "World" of individuality that we all possess and expand every day. Now I tone it down just a tad and say this goes out all the people in my life now and have shared with in the past- so beautifully written by Depeche Mode:
"And if you stay a while
I'll penetrate your soul
I'll bleed into your dreams
You want to lose control
I weep into your eyes
Welcome to my world"
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Found the most fabulous shoes today. I must have these heels by Marc Jacobs. Found it on the lovely blog Taghrid.
Okay and the other must-have for the Fall is this hat; so versatile and so sophisticated. Love it. Gotta love Fashiontoast.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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We think that the commercial world is the purveyor of our private lives now...the future is bleak. Augmented reality will be a new platform through which we will once again be bombarded by the ever-present hand that is capitalism.
Keiichi Matsuda, an architecture student in Berlin posits more optimistic possibilities. It is the kind of imaginative ingenuity that conceives a very plausible near future; innovation at its best. The possibilities are very exciting!
This technology may seem a bit overwhelming but it is the future. Read the original post on Dornob (see an additional cool video)- I agree that we would probably have thought the internet would be an "information overload", had we been presented with it a few decades earlier. I mean, WOW! My kids will be interacting this way decades down the line. Crrrazy!
Monday, October 4, 2010
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I ran across this material - Beetle Kill Pine- a few years ago when I was working at abe Designworks. It is a result of millions of acres of forest killed by mountain beetles; Colorado is especially known for these deforestations. The wood from these trees have characteristic blue streaks which makes this resource tied locally to Colorado.
An example of one of these businesses taking advantage of Colorado beetle kill pine is Corbin Woodworking. A Colorado entrepreneur Corbin Clay started this woodworking shop to take advantage of this abundant beautiful resource to create beautiful designs. Read more here. Conceptually it is what green is all about - home-grown materials for a quality local product that supports the local economy. And not only that, there is attention to design that makes these works both beautiful and functional.
Also check out his Blu-Chairs.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
'em 'cause my girlfriend's a
vegetarian. Which more or
less makes me a vegetarian,
but I sure love the taste of a
- Jules, Pulp Fiction
I have my own little stints of musical preferences, but likes Jules oh-so-beautifully explains, couples tend to take-on each other's likes and dislikes. This is purely anecdotal but it is true that couples tend to become more alike, sharing characteristics and demeanor. But I digress -
Lately I've been picking up on some really sexy minimal techno Mick Finesse has been introducing me to. Here are my top two favs of late:
FACT mix 182: FourTet
FourTet: I've been a fan of FourTet since my college days. His chillout style has got me through some rough nights in studio. Check out the link above for the mix; great article on the artist as well. The mix is only up for three weeks though so get it quick.
Labrynth SSGS Special Mix: Steffi
Steffi is a new gem for me. She's gettin' a lot of praise for her mixes and performances as resident at Panorama Bar at Berghain- acclaimed by some as the best club in Berlin. Berghain defines techno for Berlin. I hope to make the pilgrimage here someday. Definitely on my list of places to experience.
Both articles have tracklists as well. Enjoy!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Ned Kahn's "kinetic wall" which is proposed to be built along the side of Australia's Brisbane airport - car park bulding. Check out the article here. Not only is it a visual art installation, the aluminum panels that sway in the wind functions as passive cooling for the car park interior.
I think it is an ingenious way to tie form and function; it creates a visual rendering of nature by means of thousands of aluminum panels. This paradox created from the man-made materials and the kinetic / organic design is a beautiful marriage. Plus it functions as a passive cooling system for the program it serves (a car-park), which by conventional means is for the most part always so dull and massive and plainly depressing artistically.
I would love to see this installation in person some day. It just looks so natural, like the ripples in a lake, but metal, and vertically oriented. It stimulates my senses architecturally and artistically.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
As everyone is aware, there has been a huge political shitstorm leading up to this year's 9/11 anniversary. All I have to say is let's remember those that so tragically lost their lives that day. This is not about where a mosque should or should not be built or the childish reactions of a hateful pastor in "Po-dunk" Florida. Michael Daly of the NY Daily Times sums it up gracefully:
"Ground Zero is a mosque.
It is also a church and a synagogue and a temple and an ashram on ground made holy by those of all faiths who died there.
The God of this hallowed place is the one to whom I heard even atheists appeal as the towers burned and innocents trapped in hell on high leapt to certain death"... read more.
I have to say I've been quite in the dumps lately; I tend to be a worrier and with a little one on the way and our economic situation where it is, I have found myself lost in worry - I'll be washing the dishes thinking about how to stretch our last few dollars as long as we can, and the next minute I'll be in tears. I keep telling myself I can't keep doing this. Stress is one of the worst things I could pass onto little Aston. I try my best to keep my hopes up and I've got my adoring husband Steve to thank for most of it. I am luckier than lucky to have someone that is always so positive. I tell him he's my rock, and he is.
So here it is. I've been inspired to look at things differently. The phrase "Quality of Life" keeps resonating in my head. What are the things that make me happy? This is a good opportunity to explore this question and question the things that keep me going or not. I've always thought I was a vain person; now it's time to really delve into the idea. More to come. Aforementioned news segment below.
Friday, September 10, 2010
So it's obviously been way too long since I've posted last...
A lot has been going on. Or rather, not enough - depending on how you look at it.
First off, I'm pregnant! Crrrrazy! I never would've thought I'd be here, nor was it in my initial plan but things never go as planned. Suffice it to say, I have not been more happy with anything in my life. I can't wait for little Aston to join this happy little family. I have come to terms with the pregnancy a few weeks in and have bonded emotionally with the little one. I'm due on Dec. 23rd so it should be an amazing Christmas!
I could go on indefinitely about my experience so far with the pregnancy but that is for another page. So I'm trying to figure out where to start with my first post back. I'll just pick up where I am now; which is craving sweets! Ahhh! I find myself going back to this baking blog Bakerella nearly everyday. The cake pops look so delicious and cute, I've decided to make them for the baby shower. :D
Saturday, April 10, 2010
So I am in love with Greg Wilson lately. His aesthetic lifts my spirits and I am immediately in a happy mood. Check out some of his mixes below and here's a very interesting bio on 2020Vision. I love when I come across gems like this.
WMC 2010 mix.
Resident Advisor mix.
Sidenote: I think it's interesting to watch the progression of the type of music I progress into. I've not been as diligent to document that here but I plan to in the future. Happy listening!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
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The coffee press makes about 1 1/2 small coffee cups of coffee and it is deeeeee-licious. Makes an amazing cup of coffee; plus no need for those wasteful paper coffee filters.