While this blog has been extremely good for me, it’s time to move on, to transition, to transform and to grow and evolve. If you’re interested in keeping in touch or reading about new endeavors, you can find me blogging at Clover Dew Creative or on Twitter @cloverdew.
It’s been just over a year since I started blogging again and it’s been a great year. I’ve learned a lot, gotten to know a lot of wonderful people, been inspired, discovered new parts of myself I didn’t know existed, uncovered interests I had no idea were there. The time has come, however, for a change.
I’ve grown, stretched myself, been challenged, and now I want more: change.
It’s time to evolve. What better time to do that than spring? I’ll be taking some time away from this blog to think, design, and plan. I’ll be back soon with more focus. Looking forward to it.
The Painted Ponies:
♥ In honor of the fabulous Alice in Wonderland movie, musical genius Danny Elfman interviews cinematic treasure Tim Burton.
♥ Want to get away? Check out the Huffington Post’s 15 suggestions of Places to Visit This Decade.
♥ Art is a universal language. Want proof? The Global Action on Aging reports on Art for Refugees in Transition, an International Example of Intergenerational Solidarity.
♥ Sweet Tooth? Cupcakeries are sprouting up all over the place in DC and many other cities, too.
♥ The Definitive Color Wheel from Fuel Your Creativity
Merry Meet And Merry Part And Merry Meet Again.
Ever have those days where you simply cannot get a song out of your head? Yeah, me, too. When I become a huge fan of an artist and album, sometimes I just listen to the thing on repeat. Aural Fixation is a blog feature where I will talk, ramble, express my love for, and otherwise babble on about musical artists I am a huge fan of, whose albums I can put on repeat and never tire of, who pick me up when I’m down, who complement my various moods, and who will remain staples in my extremely varied and sometimes obscure music diet.
Recently, I went to a concert at the 9:30 Club here in the District of Columbia. A good friend bought me a ticket to see Jamie Cullum, who is a great modern jazz artist. I had a blast at the concert and enjoyed him thoroughly, but was pleasantly surprised by his opening act, Imelda May.
This Irish beauty, who has a thick Dublin accent, plays her own music, as well as covers of classic rockabilly tunes. She invokes Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash, but her sultry voice has a jazz quality which is reminiscent of Katharine Whalen of Squirrel Nut Zippers and a hint of edgy, gothic post-punk singer Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Imelda May is a force to be reckoned with on stage, she sings with tempered power, grit, and cheeky quirk and backs herself up with the bodhrán and tambourine. Her husband, Darrell Hingham, plays guitar in her band. She is also accompanied by Al Gare on the double bass and bass guitar, Steve Rushton on drums, and Dave Priseman on trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion and guitar. It’s the kind of rockabilly that makes you want to dance no matter how tired your feet are or how late the night gets (and it’s the kind of music that’s extremely easy to dance to, so even if you have two left feet, you’re compelled to keep them moving all the same).
The combination of styles is what makes Imelda May and her band anything but boring. Without being too over-the-top, her best-known album, Love Tattoo, includes jazz, rockabilly, swing, and bluesy-rock. She sites Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran as influences and previously fronted a Dublin-based band called the Liberties, doing “rockabilly rave-ups”. Through a combination of styles and a varied and uncommon history, Imelda May puts forth her own music with a confidence of having found exactly where she belongs in the music business and the world, a refreshing treat for anyone who enjoys the organic sounds of guitars, piano, trumpet, double-bass, percussion, and powerful, smoky vocalists.
I’ve been going through a really rough time in my life lately, but the great thing about going through a terrible time in your life is that you find out just what great friends you have. Friday, Michelle took me out for old fashioned gin cocktails, dinner, and dessert at Founding Farmers and I came home to find a copy of Pronoia the Antidote to Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring To Shower You With Blessings by Rob Brezsny, which comes highly recommended from one of my favorite bloggers, Gala Darling sitting on my doorstep – a gift from one of my oldest friends, which she overnighted from out of state.
Tonight is the night I’ve been waiting months for. It’s the night that the women of my church get up on stage and talk about vaginas. This may sound strange, but it’s part of an international movement started by Eve Ensler over 10 years ago. We are taking part in the VDay Movement and performing the Vagina Monologues.
Eve Ensler interviewed 200 women of all ages and backgrounds about vaginas, and by extension about their views on sex, relationships and violence against women. Her work has turned from an off-Broadway production into an international movement reaching many countries all over the world. The VDay non-profit has raised over $50 million dollars for women’s anti-violence groups through the benefits of the Vagina Monologues.
Our production, which I will be narrating this evening, benefits BARN, a local organization which benefits homeless women and their dependent children. The women performing in this production range in age from sixteen to seventy-eight and vary in size, shape, background, and voice. Each one brings a gift to this world through her performance and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this production and in a church community that supports women speaking out against violence, raising money for a charity that directly affects our local community, and encourages women to say the word VAGINA.
VAGINA IS NOT A DIRTY WORD.
I’ll type it again: VAGINA IS NOT A DIRTY WORD. It doesn’t get as much attention as “penis” and there are all too many negative connotations associated with words for the female anatomy, but vagina is not a dirty word. It may not be the prettiest word, but it is a clinical word, part of the female anatomy. It’s not going anywhere, so you’re just going to have to get used to it.
(And, if you’re in the Northern Virginia area, come out and see our production of the Vagina Monologues.)
Saturday March 13, 2010
Bull Run Unitarian Universalists
9350 Main St. Manassas, VA 20110
Life’s Little Confections features all the little things that make my life just a little more delicious.
♣ MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC: of all kinds. Lately: Enya, Motown, Chuck Berry, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Imelda May, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Adams, Kate Nash, the Smiths, M. Ward, She & Him, Greg Edmondson (the Firefly soundtrack), Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, Sondre Lerche, Erlend Øye and Kings of Convenience. What music are you listening to lately?
♣ Long-distance phone calls.
♣ Emails from friends who might as well be family, who have known you forever and known you through everything beyond life itself.
♣ My iPhone and all of my nerdy news apps: BBCNews, Huffington Post, NYTimes, and NPR, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations. Yeah, I’m a huge dork. I embrace it.
♣ Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil.
♣ Multi-grain tortilla chips.
♣ Going to the salon for hair dying and new style. Pampering myself in general. Might even get a manicure!
♣ Making peace with the fact that I can’t afford graphic design school just yet. But I will find a way. I am determined.
♣ Having guy friends I can just chill with. The balance of energy is different than with girls and I’ve missed having friendly, non-romantic relationships with guys.
♣ Hot caramel mochas.
What’s making your life sweet this week?