That far off feeling and some up close kind of ache :: songs and prose

“Travel and you leave yourself, escape your soul, fasten your skin against that great, numb blur of motion that puts everything to sleep.” – A.L. Kennedy, Paradise What actually defines travel? Is it the actual vacation type of escape where you plot and plan, have a ticket to leave by plane, bus or train? Fill the gas tank and cross a state line? Or is travel simply the act of movement into something new? Taking a different turn at the corner, trying a new restaurant, or a route to work, or getting off at a stop you have never seen to discover … Continue reading That far off feeling and some up close kind of ache :: songs and prose

Just sipping coffee :: songs and prose

“I never knew just what it was, about this old coffee shop I love so much, all the while I never knew.” I used to wear this red beret everywhere. It was some kind of statement, I guess, or maybe it was the fact that a beret, all stretchy and malleable, was the only thing to fit this big head of mine. She always wore the fanciest hats, picked from the shelves of vintage stores, estate sales and thrift stores. Her hats had history, color, and intrigue. I felt like my beret was so ordinary,  that it was trying to … Continue reading Just sipping coffee :: songs and prose

We are creatures of the wind :: songs and poetry

Breathing Wind (by me) May I take a sweet sojurn, in the curve of your arm, lie there, languid, careless, staring into your eyes? I would like to waste the hours away taking in the scent of your hair, falling all over the pillow, next to me. You know, I dream of you, walking towards me, smiling, your lips parting to whisper that I need not wait any longer, for this bliss. My visage of another day, without you, I just go through the motions, half-empty. No one really seems to notice, nor care. I think they could efface all … Continue reading We are creatures of the wind :: songs and poetry

Friday Five :: I’m gonna chase the sky forever

Silver Stallion :: Cat Power Friday Five 5 Things this song reminds me of: 1. Driving through the desert in the middle of the night, just on the outskirts of the Las Vegas lights, singing-a-long to a mix tape with you, and you leaning across saying “I want this night to last forever.” 2. That I have a musical crush on Chan Marshall’s voice. It is a little bit rough, with a slight sting to it, like a shot of whiskey late at night at some anonymous dive bar. It is a bit sweet, with a sensual slur to it, … Continue reading Friday Five :: I’m gonna chase the sky forever

All I wish is gone away :: songs and poetry

Keep Art Alive :: “Lifeboat” :: Art by Kris Lewis Edges (by me) Too many nights have come in-between, she tears the letters one-by-one, watches them slip through her fingers, falling along the wax and flame. They say that all you have to do is find it, all this time she spent digging up the dirt, of her past, and her namesakes. Still not finding a place, to belong. It is not in the arms of family, she knows that now. She carves the words Dad and Mom, in her tears, in her blood, in her regret. She crumbles the … Continue reading All I wish is gone away :: songs and poetry

Maybe I’m a mermaid :: song of the day

Keep Art Alive :: “Intrepid Drift” :: Art by Kris Lewis I thought you looked so naked and different, vulnerable and ugly and beautiful. “If you were a mermaid,” you said, “if you were a mermaid, I was the sea.” What did it mean for us? Because everything I did, everything that happened to me, that was what I asked myself – what does that mean for us. It meant I was farther away from you, different. It meant that if we let ourselves, we could get closer than we had ever been. Disappear into each other. You’d bleed an … Continue reading Maybe I’m a mermaid :: song of the day

Somebody Wrote In Red Start Over :: A Playlist

  Keep Art Alive :: Art by Kelly Vivanco Somebody Wrote In Red Start Over :: One is the Loneliest Number :: A Playlist Listen here on Spotify Cleanse Song :: Bright Eyes Take the Long Way Home :: Supertramp Behave :: Frightened Rabbit Psychic Beginner :: Johnny Marr Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken :: Camera Obscura Time Spent in Los Angeles :: Dawes This is a Low :: Blur Butterfly Nets :: Bishop Allen The Good Ones :: The Kills Twilight :: The Band All the Right Friends :: R.E.M. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted :: Jimmy … Continue reading Somebody Wrote In Red Start Over :: A Playlist