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Hi World:

Here’s the official video for Eyeshadow by No Devotion.  It appears to be just a recording of their first live show.  

I like it…it honestly reminds me of Lostprophets' (who?) videos, as several of their videos were of the band playing together, and/or were of what appeared to be live performances, but once you hear this song, the smoothness of Geoff Rickly's vocals, and the synthpop vibe, you'll realize it's a whole other sound and breed of music, all together (well, at least for this day and age…remember Depeche Mode? As Matt Good sang in his former band, 'I miss new wave…and real intent').

Maybe it’s just me, but I like it.  It’s simple, straight forward, and it shows the band working hard doing what they love to do - play and perform music live.  Rickly, also, seems like a very laid back, calm singer and frontman. He brings a nice gentle vibe to the concert going environment and appears to be at ease, even though this is his first time being on stage with the band.

All in all, No Devotion's debut video brings the message of new music to the broken hearted and/or curious, wide-eyed music lover and listener.

I’m happy to see the band carrying on in their musical endeavors.  After quite a break, they can now be be able to share their art with the world. Now, in great hopes, the world better be ready. 

:)

Cheers, boys. Proud of you. 

xXx

Hey World:

I saw the 1994 film, Airheads, last weekend.  Since I like music so much and am fascinated by the entertainment industy, I thought to give tis film a watch.  It stars Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler.  They are in a heavy metal band, called The Lone Rangers (not really lone, are they?), trying to get their big break (get a big record deal).  After seeing a band at a big show (who got their big break from having their music heard on a rock radio station), The Lone Rangers attempt to play their demo on that same radio station - however, they end up accidentally taking the station hostage, in that process.

A quirky and humorous film - the most interesting part to me was that Brendan, as the lead character (Chaz), did not just want a record deal for the sake of having a record deal and becoming famous  He, and the other band members, really wanted for the record executive(s) notice them for their music - their art.  Even though they may not have seemed to be the greatest band, they had integrity and passion for their music.

I wonder how common that concept is nowadays.  Do people still care about the art and/or music they create or is it all about ‘selling out’? (Tell me I sold out, tell me I sold out, go ahead…)

The best scene in the film is the above video — it shows how passionate the characters are about music. 

Who would you choose, Van Halen or David Lee Roth? 

Was changing the singer strictly a business decision and did he ‘sell more records,’ or was he really the more passionate singer and a greater musical artist than Roth? Hmmm…

Consider it and feel free to message me and let me know! Discuss! 

Best,

M:)

"Robin Williams - what a concept"

…and what he concept he was. While I had tweeted and instagrammed about Robin Williams' sudden passing, it suddenly occurred to me I had never blogged about it. I usually do not blog about entertainers' deaths and/or any other folks for that manner, (except for two - Whitney Houston and Adam Yauch.  Both had made significant contributions, of course, to the global entertainment and arts world, but they also had touched my world.)

Robin Williams is another exception to my usual posts. His death was extremely shocking for me.  While I got up, went to work, and came home, I think for a good day or so, I was in disbelief and honestly couldn’t comprehend that he had died. I had grown up with his works, from watching Mork and Mindy as a child on Nick At Nite ('Nanu, Nanu - calling Orson, come in, Orson), Happy Days, to seeing Aladdin, the first movie I saw in a movie theater. Later on, I remember seeing Mrs. Doubtfire on video and Hook, eventually through a video rental. As I got older, Good Will Hunting, to me, really emphasized his role as a serious and not just comedic actor.

Throughout the years, and when my younger sister was alive (rest in peace, Fatimah), I re-lived memories (‘How about we call you Lad or what about Din? Or how about ‘Laddie?’) from the Friend Like Me Disney Sing-Along Songs video and then eventually getting a double DVD version of Aladdin. (Yes, I was one of those people who watched all of the behind the scenes footage from that DVD set. I think that’s my favorite cartoon Disney film. It is humorous and happy - just like the way we all perceived everyone’s favorite friend, Robin Williams.)
I also made new memories when we got the film, Jumanji (creepiest game of all time), saw Patch Adams (another film I saw in the theater - 'Donner! Party of 50!') and I saw some of his other works like Jack, Jakob the Liar, 1 Hour Photo (another creepy and serious role he played) etc… Most recently, I had finally seen Dead Poets’ Society (I had actually seen the very end of that film, though,  at least five times….thank you, AMC).
There are a lot of happy and interesting memories from my childhood to today that included watching Williams' films. His range as an actor was incredible but what saddens me is how unhappy he may have been inside - had he always been depressed? Or, did the entertainment industry and its many demands have anything to do with it?)
Perhaps we’ll never know, but he certainly paved the way and/or inspired comedians and non-comedians alike.
As a comedian, you create your own art…and the critiques are almost immediate …someone either laughs or doesn’t.  However, it still is art, all the same.
Thanks for making us all laugh, Robin, and being a light in the dark.

I’d like to think he’s out there somewhere in the heavens, laughing, himself.

Finally free of pain, sadness, and mental illness.

Just free to be the Genie he is.

Ya got that, chief?

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hijabishijab:

☪peace☪ ♥love♥

I heard part of an interview with the band, Imagine Dragons, yesterday.  The guys in the interview said that you should not make music because you think it’ll get you famous (as there’s an infinitismal chance of that happening)…you should create music simply because you want to and you love doing it.
I think this can refer to any art out there.  What a nice reminder to all artists, including me and my writing. Regardless of what you create, put your passion into it and give it your best.  Love what you do - for that is what will keep you going - fortune and fame is a nice but rather fleeting concept. 
Do what you love for the right reasons…not the wrong.
Consider it.

hijabishijab:

☪peace☪ ♥love♥

I heard part of an interview with the band, Imagine Dragons, yesterday.  The guys in the interview said that you should not make music because you think it’ll get you famous (as there’s an infinitismal chance of that happening)…you should create music simply because you want to and you love doing it.

I think this can refer to any art out there.  What a nice reminder to all artists, including me and my writing. Regardless of what you create, put your passion into it and give it your best.  Love what you do - for that is what will keep you going - fortune and fame is a nice but rather fleeting concept. 

Do what you love for the right reasons…not the wrong.

Consider it.

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Hey World:

A good friend of mine who is also a talented artist, Nadia Janjua, just did an interview on CCTV.  I really enjoyed watching it and I just wanted to share it with you all.

I hope to include at some point in time more interviews from artists about their work, including musical artists…and maybe if I am so lucky/blessed, to even be able to conduct an interview all by myself. :)

In general, though, it’s really nice to hear from artists directly on what inspires them to create the work they do and/or how they started out following their creative endeavors.

One of the most interesting parts of the interview for me was when Nadia started talking about art and how it can hold sentimental value.  Art, and anything really (e.g. every day objects), can hold such value —- however, we, as humans, give that value to such objects.

I never thought about it like that before, but I wholeheartedly agree with this - this explains why some things in life we just throw and/or give away, regardless of how much they cost monetarily; However, every once in a while, there are some things, for some reason or another, you keep and cherish - and it may not even have cost you a penny!  This really goes to show that not only is beauty in the eye of the beholder, but value is in the mind of the valuer (to quote my favorite Economics professor, Dr. Rustici. Yes, I am a GMU Alumnus :) ).  

Going back to the interview, though, the most fascinating part for me was when Nadia mentioned she scrapes dry paint and reuses it in her work.  Not only is this environmentally friendly, but what really touched me was when she discussed the meaning behind it and what it means to her to use something like that.

Overall, the interview was beautifully done and that particular part really meant something special to me.  It made me think about how I view art.  More often than not, I’ll say I like it, do not like it, and/or use my favorite word (not really), it’s ‘interesting,’ because it’s not good or bad - it’s just is what it is.  When I look at the work Nadia does and/or other artists who dabble in the painting/coloring/drawing/sculpting, etc… fine arts medium (and this may be inclusive even to all arts), I’m baffled by how I honestly more often than not cannot come with any interpretation besides the obvious.  Yes, I see the colors and I can see how they were put on the canvas, but besides an artist wanting to choose certain colors, I have no idea otherwise, what the painting/piece of art may mean and/or signify.  I guess the same thing can be said for music, sculpture, and writing…why/how are certain words put together?  Is there a memory attached with all art that an artist creates or is it all imagination? 

I believe art can take you everywhere and imagination can surely take you everywhere…but how does someone see beyond what’s in front of them (imagination or not)? 

This may be an overall metaphor for life…but while you mull on that, I don’t want to ‘give away the ending,’ so to speak, so feel free to check the interview out above. :)

For anyone interested, her website is www.nadiajart.com. 

Congratulations, Nadia on this great interview and letting us into your world of creativity, imagination, love, and passion!

Best,

M:)

"be gentle.
fill yourself up with love instead of hate. fill yourself up with art, books, knowledge, experiences. surround yourself with people who have nothing but love to give.
these things are important. they will help you learn how to love."

(a.y)

this is just beautiful. art and books are keys to the soul, at times.

(Source: h-o-r-n-g-r-y, via ding-ang-bato)

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If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

"

Roald Dahl, The Twits (via ding-ang-bato)

what a nice thought —- sometimes the writing in fiction books are the most factual…consider it. 

(Source: feellng, via ding-ang-bato)

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Here’s the video by Young Guns, “I Want Out.”  

Great video!  

Many a time I hear a song and I have such high hopes for the video and imagine what it may be like.  Then, I see the video and am 99.9% utterly disappointed.  

In this case, I actually could not think much of a visual or really had an idea of what to expect with the video.  (I’d say that’s a good thing.)  However, when I saw the first snippets of "I Want Out," by Gustav Wood and John Taylor on Instagram, the first word that literally came to my mind was, ‘beautiful.’

And, it certainly is.

The imagery and the effects are incredible.

I recommend this song and this video to anyone who likes UK rock, the band, Young Guns (an obvious one), music and great lyrics (with a focus on a love that is on the brinks of not existing, anymore amongst other topics), and to anyone who appreciates abstract videos with unique special effects and design.

Enjoy and feel free to re-post and/or let me know what you think!  

Happy Sunday. 

Best,

M:)

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bluetapes:

frOm thE loSt diAry oF kiD syNaPtiK by paolobarzman on Flickr.

creepiest picture of the eiffel tower. ever.
hauntingly beautiful.
what medium is this?
ebony pencil?

bluetapes:

frOm thE loSt diAry oF kiD syNaPtiK by paolobarzman on Flickr.

creepiest picture of the eiffel tower. ever.

hauntingly beautiful.

what medium is this?

ebony pencil?

simply-boho:

simply beautiful, simply boho

who ever knew the night sky could be a work of art?
Nature and God’s work at its finest. 
Now, what does this all mean?
Consider it.

simply-boho:

simply beautiful, simply boho

who ever knew the night sky could be a work of art?

Nature and God’s work at its finest. 

Now, what does this all mean?

Consider it.

(Source: k641739021, via nadirkeval)

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the-designcorner:

Industrial Structures Turned Musical Instruments (Yanko Design)

Incredible.
If this is not genius and creativity at its finest moments (dual usage of an object that one would usually not see as a piece of art), then I do not know what is.

the-designcorner:

Industrial Structures Turned Musical Instruments (Yanko Design)

Incredible.

If this is not genius and creativity at its finest moments (dual usage of an object that one would usually not see as a piece of art), then I do not know what is.