christmas poem.

e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

little tree
little silent christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you so very sorry to come away?
see       i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid

look             the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy

put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"noel noel"


biophilia review.

i phone app

the set up

in concert

i have had time to process this album, and i have to say that i am amazed once again. i can't decide if this latest work is a technological marvel, performance art work, a massive science project (sponsored by national geographic!) or just great pop music. she has broken new ground in all four areas. this was the first "app" album to be made and released using the ipad technology and she INVENTED new instruments, using the earths gravity to play giant harps and designing a digital organ. she also TUNED A TESLA COIL for a bass line. here it is:

it's definitely not for everyone, but i'm challenged and inspired by this album. i appreciate it for the fact that when you strip it down, the lyrics, choral arrangements and mixing are spot. on. perfect. she holds back and releases in just the right places. now, if she'll come to the states we'll be good....


just opened!

i need to get to the dma and SOON...


happy halloween weekend.

i love the teacher's expression.



one of my favourite electronic musicians, apparat, has amazed me once again with his latest release.  i have been a little obsessed with it actually.  he's put together a band, and his style has taken a more acoustic feel.  in an interview, he stated that he has loved making electronic music, but hated that it was 100 per cent in the computer.  if a board was wiped out, he lost everything.  this album plays beautifully on piano- pure at the roots.  i love that.  he's spot on musically and i would love for him to really be successful.  he doesn't take himself too seriously, which i always appreciate in a musician.  i know i have no chance of his ever touring the us, but i can still hope...

here is one of many of my favourite tracks featuring the brilliant soap&skin.  grab some headphones and listen to the end. 



photo by james clarke

everyone has always talked about fall and all of the glorious layers, orange vegetables and snuggling.  to be honest, i've never even given it a second thought.  the year has always just run together for me.  don't get me wrong- holidays are always appreciated, but the seasonal changes have gone quite over my head...until now.  maybe it's because i've become a mother.  maybe my cynicism is slowly dying.   maybe it's because i live in texas.  whatever the reason, with each new season this year i have been thoughtful and aware and have embraced each one with renewed energy and hope...and i'm thankful for that. 

so, enjoy these coming days.  make some "end of the year" resolutions.  visit a pumpkin patch...just enjoy. 



this is one of the more mellow tracks from this incredible album, but sometime it's nice just to sit back and relax a bit...


ode to jack.

it's about that time of year again when i start watching tim burton's the nightmare before christmas.  i watch it every year in the fall until christmas, and i've seen it too many times to count.  it still mesmerizes me just like it did almost 20 years ago (!) when it was made.  this movie had a huge impact on my developing creativity and it was when i was introduced to the music of danny elfman.  corpse bride, coraline and the like were excellently crafted but it's the adventures of mr. skellington where it all began. 
so hello again, jack.  i've missed you all year. 

(i hope that stop motion animation isn't a dying art form in the computer age.  it is such painstaking labor to make hundreds of movable dolls and pose them perfectly for every. single. shot.)


the quiet within.

i've immersed myself in beauty this summer- almost more than i can stand. i've revelled in all of summer's joys, yet as it comes to a close i find myself in a state of mental chaos, and i instantly know what i've done wrong. i've had headphones in my ears every single free moment and i've found myself online WAY too much. if i had recording equipment i would never leave my house and my family would be completely neglected. music has always been my idol of choice and i've let it go too far. i've usually been able to keep a decent balance, but my creative mind is in a state of unrest. i crave more yet i'm still unsatisfied.

i don't really delve too deep here at intothenest- my children, my faith are almost too precious to put into words, definitely too precious to blog about, but i feel as if i must address this and purge myself of a harsh moment of self discovery.

what do we do when we're alone? what do we think about? what do we NOURISH? it is our soul that we need to be feeding and that alone. as i enter into a phase in my life where i have more responsibilities of a spiritual nature, i am evaluating my inner self- my REAL self. it doesn't matter how people perceive you if you have them all fooled. let us be forced to take stock of the condition of our soul and let the only one nourish it who can. you have to let Him, but He will- even in this lush world full of beautiful, absorbing, empty distractions that will never satisfy no matter how hard we try.
remember this quote by the great c.s. lewis:



a second chance.

i fell in love with the brontes at a very young age.  i always held jane austen far beneath them in my esteem because she didn't seem dark enough and was "too fluffy".   i read all of her greats, but quickly tossed them aside.  well, despite myself, i managed to watch a bit of the newest version, and found myself a little intrigued at some of the nuances and story lines.  *a note aside- i am not a kiera knightley fan.  why does she have to smile so much?*  despite this distraction, i immediately re-read the book...and loved it.  i'm now going through all of them and enjoying them immensely (and finding them to be quite well written).  my first love will always be the bronte sisters, but it has been nice to rediscover jane austen. 
so, thank you kiera.  if it weren't for your cheeky smile i might not have given her a second chance. 


blood tea & red string.

hands down the strangest stop-motion film in my collection.
created by christiane cegavske.
it only took her 13 years to make.


not happy.

1952 / the unexpectedtales

anyone else tired of the heat?


batman crazy.

who would have ever thought that i'd be sitting here hand cutting all of these little batman logos? 
my sweet boy is about to have a birthday...


björk biophilia app intro narrated by david attenborough.

well, this would be just fine if i had an ipad...


propeller seeds.

so lovely, so intimate. 
it's about the beginning of her relationship with thomas ermacora. she didn't involve us as much this time, but i did submit a few words (that weren't chosen).  maybe the next one!  the music and video are both in 3D and available for purchase here.



bjork's first single from biophilia was released today and so much for this being a "quiet scientific musical".  i. love. it.  so much.  headphones are a must, but watch out for 4.18.  : )

crystalline lyrics

underneath our feet
crystals grow like plants
(listen how they grow)
i'm blinded by the lights
(listen how they grow)
in the core of the earth
(listen how they grow)

internal nebula
rocks growing slowmo
i conquer claustrophobia
and demand the light

we mimic the openness
of the warmth we love
doth till our generosity equalize the flow
with our hearts
we kiss all quartz
to reach love

internal nebula
rocks growing slowmo
i conquer claustrophobia
and demand the light

octagon, polygon
pipes up an organ
sonic branches
murmuring drone
crystallizing galaxies
spread out like my fingers

internal nebula
rocks growing slowmo
i conquer claustrophobia
and demand the light

internal nebula
rocks growing slowmo
i conquer claustrophobia
and demand the light

it's the sparkle you become
conquer anxiety
sparkle you become
conquer anxiety

sparkle you become
when you conquer anxiety
it's the sparkle you become
when you conquer anxiety



marlene dietrich in shanghai express (1932)


the red balloon.

i just watched this gem of a short film with my oldest son.  i've known about it, but i had no idea it won an oscar and the palme d'or at cannes in 1956!


san francisco.

sailing under the golden gate bridge

the muir redwoods


"the coldest winter i ever spent
was a summer in san francisco."

-mark twain



actress lila lee, circa 1920



this is a widely popular children's cartoon in europe, and bjork was featured on the latest movie's soundtrack.  interesting use of "dammit" and a little dark, don't you think?  we take our children to disney world...they go to moomin world (in finland).


wallace and gromit.

i don't remember exactly when wallace and gromit became a part of my life, but it was a very very long time ago.


"it is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
-abraham lincoln,
paraphrasing proverbs 17:28


if i had been invited...

...i would have had such fun finding the perfect fascinator.
i just might get one anyway-
i'm inspired by the daring brits.


happy easter.

harvey (1950)


the king of limbs.

radiohead's latest release 'the king of limbs' is genius, and it was inspired by a tree outside of their studio (i love that).  with only 8 tracks and a run time of 37 minutes, it seems like more of a follow up to yorke's solo release 'the eraser', but it fits nicely into my collection just the same.


new necklaces.

made with leftover beads from other projects
 (while watching two episodes of flight of the conchords)


current kindle reads.

a history of modern music.  most interesting!

again and again i come back...


"it is in our idleness, in our dreams,
that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."

-virginia woolf


dare to be different.

photo by bill brandt



today is the release of imogen heap's new song, lifeline. 
i'm infused with inspiration and thankful for the opportunity
to have witnessed such an amazing artist in action.
see the video here and buy the track here.
(the noises/beats are all from "found" objects.)

 "my bones stay strong,
my days, still long,
my heart has many heartbeats,
and home is where love is."


jane eyre.

how fortunate i am that my favourite book is made
into beautiful movie form every few years.



bjork unveils new work.

this summer, björk will introduce biophilia, an extraordinary immersive project and her most ambitious work to date. the multi-media endeavour encompasses her music, installations and live shows, celebrating the use of modern technology. the project aims to explore ideas like how sound works, the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structures. the world premiere of björk’s biophilia live show will be held at manchester international festival for a three-week residency – across six intimate shows in the campfield market hall for audiences of 1800, as her first UK dates in over three years. for these six special shows, björk will be performing new tracks from the forthcoming biophilia studio album as well as with a small group of unique musical collaborators. the show will feature a range of specially conceived and crafted instruments, among them a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns – creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp. the biophilia live show will travel to major cities around the world following the manchester premiere.  the manchester festival will also be working with young people in manchester to explore the musicological, scientific and technological ideas behind the project. in a series of educational workshops schoolchildren will be given the unique opportunity to experience the world of biophilia first hand, and to immerse themselves in the endlessly rich and inspiring place where cutting edge technology, music and nature meet.



in a country of 128 million, i find it amazing that there has not been one case of looting reported.  the shelters are organized (even recycling) and the people remain calm, patient and helpful.  the government won't have to enforce rolling blackouts, because the survivors have voluntarily given up the use of unnecessary power.  communities are staying together and even offering food to visiting journalists!  i saw just this morning that a 4 month old baby was found alive and well yesterday which gives hope for others...the japanese have always shown such remarkable strength and honor and i continue to hold them in high esteem. 

what would we do in the face of such calamity?


my 10 mottos.

1. never apologize for the way you look.  chances are, the other person thinks you look beautiful anyway.
2. never talk bad about yourself- it gives others permission.
3. age as gracefully as you can- fighting it just makes things worse.
4. eat as naturally as you can.
5. don't be afraid of sadness- it has something to teach us.
6. be the same person alone as you are in front of others.
7. be true to yourself.  don't let the insecurities of others influence you.
8. live as creatively as you can.
9. appreciate the simple things in life.
10. live as peacefully as you can- be calm in your heart


banksy: last day. (the oscars)

banksy might not have won for best documentary,
but it was a fun week just the same.
at least trent reznor won for best original score.


banksy: day six.

i love this one because it reminds me of one of my favorite movies, 12 monkeys.  also, the academy has officially "lifted the ban" in case he wants to actually attend the academy awards.  a man in a monkey mask at the oscars?  
i haven't been this amused in a while.


banksy: day five.


banksy: day three.




iceland does it again.

the music that has been coming out of iceland lately has been perfectly brilliant.  the latest is an amazing artist by the name of johann johannsson.  don't obsess over the surreal imagery of this video- in fact, close your eyes....and LISTEN.  oddly enough, this song can also be heard in the battle: los angeles trailer that seems to be everywhere these days.  let the good music be heard by the masses!

full lyrics:
the sun's gone dim and the sky's turned black
cause i loved her and she didn't love back.



the lovely grace kelly.


the adventures of prince achmed. 1926.

a decade before the release of snow white, a woman with an obsession for paper cutting created the first full-length animated film using only her scissors, paper and back lighting.  her name was lotte reineger and she is one of my heroes for her creativity, brilliance and patience.  (it took three years to make and was the first of its kind.)  i'm so glad it's available on dvd for stop-motion animation fanatics,
such as myself, to study and love. 


my first cricut project.

i unpacked my new cricut today.  instead of being overwhelmed by its endless possibilities, i'm just going to use it for projects that come up. 
the first of many is this lovely card. 




the quietest person i've ever known

someone who truly loved bluegrass music

the one responsible for my grey eyes

my father, william, who would have been 77 years old today.