Okay, I don't really have the time or the effort to type out everything to do with my life at the moment, so I'll fill you in with a post later. I may even make a vlog (apparently it's like a blog but you just say what you want to say on a video and put it on YouTube, then put it on here...how very 21st Century!! lol) and give you the low-down of my life as it currently stands. Well I say 'stands' but my life is never standing still, so let's refer to each update on my life as a photograph, a still of something in motion! Yeah...I prefer that! Also, I'm making everything in the blog either public, or friends only, which is a vast difference to my last one which was completely private! Who knows what the effect will be! lol
So I've decided that for my first entry I shall include pictures/clips of all the things helping me through life at the moment. I guess you could say they're all "art" of some sort, but I suppose that's what life is, or should be! Anyway, here goes...
I have to admit I currently have a complete music fetish for female singer/songwriters, I love the whole teenage angst/'girl, interrupted' attitude of it all. I suppose it's something we all have to go through, so I shall just have to embrace it for the time-being! Okay so my most recent 'discovery' is the wonderful Ani DiFranco. Her music relates to me a lot right now, something about it helps me to embrace all my little insecurites and want to come out of my comfort zones etc."And you'll stop me, won't you
If you've heard this one before,
The one where I surprise you
By showing up at your front door
Saying 'Let's not ask what next,
Or how, or why!
I am leaving in the morning,
So let's not be shy!'""So fuck you,
And your untouchable face,
And fuck you
For existing in the first place
And who am I
That I should be vying for your touch?
And who am I?
I bet you can't even tell me that much."
And the first of my true female singer/songwriter loves is the timeless, the magnificent, the beautiful Joni Mitchell! Words can't describe how much her music speaks to me (I nearly used the word 'spoke' because I've kinda exhausted a lot of her music but its still very much applicable!) and how much I listen to it. She released an album last year and as far as I'm aware she is contracted to release another album at some point in the future. If it's anywhere near as good as her last album then it'll take a prestigious place in my music collection. It's strange; normally when people/bands make a come-back after doing it for so long, I find their music to be a complete let-down, like The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" which was completely contrived and nothing on some of their previous master-pieces! However, Joni, who left music after her 1998 studio album, Taming The Tiger, said that she had no intentions of making another album until the music for Shine came to her. So it was completely natural, and it was writing for a reason, not because she had a contract to fulfill! Well, at least that's what I think made it work."Well there's so many sinking
Now you've got to keep thinking,
You can make it through these waves.
Acid, booze and ass,
Needles, guns and grass,
Lots of laughs,
Lots of laughs"
"Everything comes and goes,
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes.
Things that you held high,
And told yourself were true,
Lost or changing as the days come down to you."
And finally, we move onto the one who has possibly meant the most to me. Tori's music has been one of my best friends and has played a huge roll in helping me discover who I really am (if any of us ever really know that!). All of her albums have touched me in some way, especially her earlier albums, Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, Boys for Pele and From the Choirgirl Hotel! She's an absolute genius, so much so that I'm only picking one lyric which has helped me and so many people, all the rest are on a par of excellence lol! She is another one who released an album last year, which turned out to be rather complex, and this led to a tour (which I unfortunately missed) giving me 20-something full-length, good-quality bootlegs to play with! :-)"I wanna smash the faces
Of all those beautiful boys,
Those Christian boys,
So you can make me CUM,
That doesn't make you Jesus!"
Okay, this one's not so much a female singer/songwriter, but a male singer/songwriter that dad got me listening too a lot! He writes so many amazing lyrics that I also relate to, they're very male orientated! His more recent stuff is basically story-telling which is why I find it doesn't quite speak to me in quite the same way as the ladies above, but his early stuff is an excellent combination of story-telling, picture painting, and heart-felt lyrics. A perfect blend. He released a huge album/compilation last year; basically a big collection of "songs that fell behind the stove while making dinner". Some very gorgeous songs on it, I must admit!"I hope that I don't fall in love with you
'Cos fallin' in love just makes me blue!"
"You know there ain't no Devil,
Just God when he's drunk!"
"Just like the bamboo babies
Down in the south-sea tropic zones
T'ain't no sin
To take of your skin
And dance around in your bones"
Now that I've covered some of the big players in my music collection at the moment, I feel it's time to discuss some other forms of art that I'm currently head over heels for. The first would have to be the works of the incredible (and somewhat seedy!) Thomas Lanier Williams a.k.a. Tennessee Williams! An absolute genius, I discovered this playwright when sitting my Advanced Higher English and I swear I could recite for you 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Glass Menagerie' word-for-word! I read them non-stop, and then picked up a few other collections of plays, and now I seem to have quite the bank of Tennessee works (including his journals released last year which are interesting, to say the least!). I haven't been reading as much of his stuff lately, mainly because I haven't got my hands on any other work, but I've been looking up certain things on eBay etc. and it's looking promising."BLANCHE: He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one! There's even something -- sub-human -- something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something -- ape-like about him, like one of those pictures I've seen in -- anthropological studies! Thousands and thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is -- Stanley Kowalski -- survivor of the Stone Age! Bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle! And you -- you here -- waiting for him! Maybe he'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you! That is, if kisses have been discovered yet! Night falls and the other apes gather! There in the front of the cave, all grunting like him, and swilling and gnawing and hulking! His poker nights! -- you call it -- this part of apes! Somebody growls -- some creature snatches at somethin -- the fight is on! God! Maybe we are a long way from being made in God's image, but Stella -- my sister -- there has been some progress since then! Such things as art -- as poetry and music -- such kinds of new light have come into the world since then! In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning! That we have to make grow! And cling to, and hold as our flag! Inthisdark march towards whatever it is we're approaching. ...Don't -- don't hang back with the brutes!"
Okay, now we move onto my biggest hobbie! Sports acro! I started sports acro when I was 10ish, and trained until I was 17, then left Avondale basically because I had lost passon for it. I couldn't see myself going very far with it etc. Then recently I started back, at City of Glasgow in a mens pair (which is possibly going to turn into a mens group) and I am loving every second of it. I'm in the best shape I've ever really been in, I train for roughly 20 hours a week, and I hope to do FIG some time within the next couple of years. It's introduced me to a lot of new people that I LOVE, and provided my life with a little bit of gossip (which I shall discuss in my vlog! lol). My new coach is Keri, who's an incredible coach and a lovely guy. He works everyone really hard, keeps motivation up etc. and his such a fire for acro it's unreal! You'll no doubt see his name appear a couple of times in this blog! ;) Oh and I'll let this video speak for itself with the acro!
Okay, this is a random one, but I've been watching a lot
of Kathy Griffin these days. Someone on YouTube has uploaded ALL the episodes of her 'My Life on the D-List' show and it has been the source of much entertainment for me in the last few weeks. She's so fucking hilarious, her entire stand-up act is mainly about all the A-list American celebrities that she loves to take the piss of. And her TV show is basically about her constantly trying to become famous. Her timing/tone etc. are what make her so funny in my opinion. The below pictures were a joke and a very funny publicity stunt! lol"Suck it, Jesus!"
"I may have made a very harmless joke about Lindsey - that she's lost a lot of weight recently due to diet, pilates and crack...............without the diet and pilates!"
Okay, that's me done for the day! I thought that was only going to take a couple of minutes since all I planned to do was upload pictures/videos but eventually I started listening to whole songs and picking out favourite lyrics and looking up my little bookmarks etc. Expect A LOT of that sort of thing throughout my blog...I tend to include a lot of (pretty much irrelevant) information, so I recommend that you skim read for the most important points! So that's me, I didn't include quite a few things I probably could've, but no doubt they'll randomly pop up throughout the blog (or vlog depending on how it goes ;) lol.
I'll see you in a couple of days hopefully, by which time I should've found the time/space to make my video for you! x