January 12, 2013
I believe in second chances far more than abandonment.
Fewer days thrill me more than those where I can take something that’s been discarded, breathe new life in it, and have it resuscitate the same in me. I’m constantly surrounded by hand me downs, throwaways, secondhand left behinds, and rescues… each by choice. With their used to be past, their visibly less than perfect flaws, and their distinctive individualities, each mirror my own life perfectly.
Popularity is generally temporary fluff. The combination of uniqueness, imperfection, and originality however, will always display a sincere timeless genuine beauty.
I believe in believing.
January 5, 2013
Some days find the greatest light hidden beneath the shadows.
December 17, 2011
With winter’s great pinnacle just a week away, I uncovered a few seasonal turntable gems that I haven’t played in many, many years. Some are even pressed in red and green wax. Do the joys ever stop? Seems doubtful.
I also discovered another seasonal gem online. The holiday Stella site experience and the free retro holiday jazz record collection is so well designed and certainly worth a visit. …cheers!
December 11, 2011
Nothing quite puts me in the spirit of trimming the tree and hanging the lights like listening to the lounge piano and strings of Peter Duchin’s Invitation on vinyl. Fah-la-la-la-la . Then again, maybe it’s just the festive time of the year.
Still a damn fine listen though.
December 10, 2011
Six days ago, I began my mission to transform our unused upstairs bedroom into a comfortable creative space… a place to listen to music, to write, to read, to think, to sew, and just a place of focused creativity. For nearly two years we’ve used the vacant room primarily for storage. Last Sunday, with a vacuum and a few hodgepodge items I’d picked up over the years, I began my mission to create a unique and engaging space.
This morning we set out on a thrift store road trip in search for pieces to finish the room. We had a great day and were anything but disappointed.
Aside from a few minor knickknack embellishments that I’d still like to add, my new retro studio lounge is nearly complete following our days finds. We located a beautiful Natuzzi suede mod sofa, a hip coffee table, and a fab chrome and red naugahyde chair. We also found a couple of nice lamps, and a gem of 1948 Fodeco 8mm film projector in pristine working condition.
Santa arrived two weeks early this year. And from the look of things, I’m guessing he’s been listening to a lot of the Rat Pack. Thanks Santa… you’re groovy!
December 5, 2011
I dig being surrounded by those environments that create energy. Good energy. I crave it. I find it in good people, good spaces, good music, good art, and good days of me. Certain times of the day are chock filled with it. Late nights and early mornings book end it. My studios absorb it, even on those days when I fail to locate the energy or the studio.
I spent nearly the entire day yesterday converting our son’s old bedroom into a brand new studio space for my sewing room and misfit dolls creation. The space has gone unused for nearly two years and it’s exciting to have life breathing in it again. It’s chock filled with a healthy mix of old and new energy, lots of good light, gorgeous guitars, inspiring art, classic cinema, vintage toys, discarded fabrics, my sewing machine …and a vcr player. The space is a welcome mat for creativity.
There looks to be plenty good days of me ahead.
November 11, 2011
Seemed only appropriate to turn it up to eleven today, even at the office. Rock and roll, liner notes, and a backstage pass… all the way to 11.
November 7, 2011
The American Idols I remember preceded microwave popcorn or the need for a remote control for my television. I still know their names.