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Life-Changers

May 4, 2011

There are so many connections abounding in our lives, whether they be spiritual, personal, romantical, religious, secular, familial or what have you.  But what’s most important in this is to never shy from love.  In my philosophy, love is living, and art is heart.  It is not good enough for us simply to love, but to in a very real sense also become that love.  If love is the agent of change, change being the only constant within life, it is not enough to simply believe in it, but follow it, fight for it, and never be afraid to take a chance no matter how silly you might think it is, chances are someone will find it sweet that you care so much, and that you express yourself in a way that truly belongs to you and nobody else.  And this talk of love, which seems so out of place in the current climate of hate, that seems to be what drives this so-called American life, a dream become a nightmare, decaying much more quickly than it ever has, an oroborous(snake eating it’s own tail, symbol for infinity among other things) of vengeance, this talk of love becomes even more important than it has ever been.  “Give Peace a Chance.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg8rlSi5MlA

Love’s strongest manifestation is in the people you surround yourself with.  If you remember an old post I had about soul friends versus soul mates, and of the fractal nature of the human heart, how there isn’t necessarily another half, but a number of others that each fulfill a different role in relation to yourself. The people I surround myself with, who I deem lasting friends, and potential lifelong companions, these people are soul friends.  And soul friends are life-changers, and the best kinds of life-changers.  I had a friend in high school, we went everywhere together, and had a falling out over something stupid, and deigned contact for two years. When we returned to one another after so long, nothing had changed, and it  was like we had seen one another only the day before, and then we recorded our album, songs written with him in mind.  That is a life-changer.  The big life-changers are those you never need to hide anything from, the people who accept you as yourself, can have the most fun in the world with something so simple as getting cocoa on a monday, or walking through the park, those people who carry you through your worst moments, and know you’ll do the same in theirs.

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The big life-changers take on many forms, being dressed like a waitress or a cat on halloween, barefoot and bearded on the radio, a fellow poet who drinks a few beers with you and talks of her past life as a tree with such conviction, a purple-haired steampunk obsessive who thinks skunks to be the cutest animals ever, the girl who watches zombie movies with you, puts up with the stupidest shit from you, and still has the desire to take you out and buy you coffee, or someone who helps you realize your hopes and dreams again, when you have fallen into a rut of despair, or a loss of self-worth.  Whether it takes place in a cafe on a monday, on a blue cement block in a parking lot, a concert in vermont where you lose your shoes, and get a mustached hooligan to sign your underwear, at your favorite record store, over the air, playing a song on a street corner, a rainy day walk through a cemetery or lying on a futon in a dorm room talking into the endless hours of night, or anywhere these adventures may take you and anything they may involve, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that it changes lives.

Peace and Love,

Craig

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Countdown newness

March 29, 2011

This week’s countdown will start with my new feature, Inspiring Mustaches.

1.Freddie Mercury- Freddie was an amazing voice and continues to be on recordings everywhere, and where does that power of awesomeness come from you ask?  The mustache in this video is a fine indication of that.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE&NR=1

2.Life is What Happens in-between- I watched the film, Intermission, over the weekend, which is about the intersections of a bunch of people that from the inception of their stories makes you think they are not particularly related to one another.  As the movie continues, everything seems to fall together, and you begin to see how few degrees of seperation there truly are between one event, one person’s action and another.  And the moral of the stories as it were, seems to be that life is what happens in the spaces between. Life is what happens, when you just let it play out naturally.  I rather like the idea, and I think much can be learned from seeing the world in a more collective sort of way.

3.The week’s song obsession- Army of Me by Bjork.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyEJxzQM24Q    Watching the film Sucker Punch twice in this, it’s opening weekend really made me become greatly attached to this song, especially seeing how well it was used in the film. Which leads me to number four on our week’s 11.

4.SUCKER PUNCH- Hot girls? Check.  A story that apparently takes place in Brattleboro? Check.  Lots of fast-paced action, and pure imagination, and a very quavery boundary between dreams and reality? Check.  I was glad to find a story that isn’t overly complicated, pretty visuals, a perfect choice of music on the director’s part, including great covers of songs by The National and the Eurythmics sung by the star herself, Emily Browning.  And I already mentioned I saw it twice. And the pacing of the movie is never too slow like I found the director’s take on Watchmen to be.  Thank you for a great time at the movies! Twice!

5.Speaking of Movies….this is an item of not so greatness, yet it is a big piece of the pizza that was my week.  Kipling Cinemas, located on the Northern end of Bboro mysteriously shut down after their thursday night movies, for the indefinite future.  This is a strange turn of events, for the movie going populace is in full force around these parts.  http://www.reformer.com/ci_17695652?source=most_emailed

6.Headroom Stages- My usual shout out to a business or a person that helps keep the quality of life to a high level. This week, Headroom Stages on Elliot Street in Bratt, former home of my once beloved, and smelly Tinderbox.  http://headroomstages.com/wp/  I had the pleasure of experiences my first show there.  I witnessed the bizarre multi-voiced folk of Dred Foole, who mentioned having played a show in that room before, with the added comment, “it never looked like this before.”  And when I say multi-voiced, I mean that he sang most of his songs in two or even three different voices, making a one person call and response that could be described as almost musically schizophrenic.  Add into the mix random babbling and other gibberish, he is his own effects pedal.  Next to hit the stage was Kurt Vile, a one man band on acoustic guitar, that has to be heard to be believed.  Let’s just say it was the loudest           “acoustic “show I have ever been to.  And I had that opinion before J. Mascis, Indie champion of Dinosaur Jr. fame, (or not as the case may be) took the stage, showcasing some of his newest solo work.  Great use of looping, and a rawness that can only be felt in the live performance, and an overall fun time, that I would be more descriptive on if I could have seen better over the heads in front of me, and if I had not been exhausted beyond belief and nearly falling asleep at the end of the set.  Go see a show at Headroom Stages!

7.Paul Is Undead–  An amusing alternative history of The Beatles, if they were a bunch of zombies.  It’s a highly silly, and deeply intriguing read. Check it out.

8.Good Omens- A great read, and a great take on the apocalypse, full of humor, the highest level of absurdity I have come to expect from most of the works of the authors, Mr.s Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, while still feeling down to earth and real.  It’s all in the way they draw the characters.  And it gives me more ideas to write my own apocalyptic, sacrilegious, irreverent, heartfelt and sentimental tale, code-named: Satan’s Darlings. More on that to come, and expect a deeper review of this book on my book review blog  http://booktalking42.wordpress.com/.

9.More hot tunes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n3OepDn5GU

10. Let’s go to comic-con!  http://www.comic-con.org/cci/  And for a nerd-fixation to keep you on your toes until then, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU.

11. April is going to be the month of ROCK!   http://www.spin.com/reviews/foo-fighters-wasting-light-roswellrca

Until next week, keep it real, (or fake) and be spontaneous!