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