golden age

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I watched the BBC documentary Hotel California: LA from the Byrds to the Eagles last night. 

It was wonderful, if a little lacklustre in the second half. The Eagles aren’t always to my taste.

But for seeing Joni, Neil, Gram, and David in their heyday, this can’t be beat (bonus: lovely rare footage and images of beautiful Laurel Canyon.)

“Old as I am, I continue to be amazed at the sudden emergence of daffodils and stories.”
— Ernest Hemingway, in Key West (1955)

Excited to see where this goes.

It’s Sunday and I have the evening off. I’m spending it at home doing chores and things and…does this ever happen to you?….you’re cleaning the house while listening to the radio, and bam, a song comes on and then all the sudden you remember that time you were on Access Hollywood? Life is weird.

Interviewer: Why can’t you be alone without Yoko?
John Lennon: But I can be alone without Yoko, but I just have no wish to be. There’s no reason on Earth why I should be alone without Yoko. There’s nothing more important than our relationship, nothing. And we dig being together all the time. Both of us could survive apart but what for? I’m not going to sacrifice love, real love for any whore or any friend or any business, because in the end you’re alone at night and neither of us want to be. And you can’t fill a bed with groupies. It doesn’t work. I don’t want to be a swinger. I’ve been through it all and nothing works better than to have someone you love hold you.

Interviewer: Why can’t you be alone without Yoko?

John Lennon: But I can be alone without Yoko, but I just have no wish to be. There’s no reason on Earth why I should be alone without Yoko. There’s nothing more important than our relationship, nothing. And we dig being together all the time. Both of us could survive apart but what for? I’m not going to sacrifice love, real love for any whore or any friend or any business, because in the end you’re alone at night and neither of us want to be. And you can’t fill a bed with groupies. It doesn’t work. I don’t want to be a swinger. I’ve been through it all and nothing works better than to have someone you love hold you.

John Baldessari

Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (detail), 1973

I Found a Reason - Cat Power

The biggest perk of my job (and also possibly a perk of my fascination with Carl Sagan as well) is an unwavering appreciation for my life and all the things in it. There are so many people I appreciate, but none more than Buck. He has the ability to wrap me up in so much love, I feel like nothing will ever be wrong again. 

“Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form.”
— Alvar Aalto, 1928

Wax Lettering by Lo Siento in Spain.

I love this process, and I love the contrast of messy and handmade combined with the simple elegance of white stock.

House of the Risin’ Sun - Bob Dylan

One of my peculiar likes is when singers sing a song meant to be performed by the opposite sex and change no pronouns or gender modifiers. It’s a specific and odd thing to like, but I do. This is one of my favorite examples.

I think Geoff McFetridge is a babe and I enjoy a nice cup of tea, so I was extra into this video, the first in a series of films showcasing what you can do ‘While You Were Steeping

 

NorCal, I’ll always be yours.

“Well Jack I was glad to learn how you felt about your summer’s work and your coming school year. The secret of success is concentrating interest in life, interest in sports and good times, interest in your studies, interest in your fellow students, interest in the small things of nature, insects, birds, flowers, leaves, etc. In other words to be fully awake to everything about you and the more you learn the more you can appreciate and get a full measure of joy and happiness out of life.”

Excerpt from a letter to 16-Year-Old Jackson Pollock from his dad, 1928. Brought to my attention by lovely friends at Sustain.

Overworked and underrested. Spending a few moments off drinking coffee and reading this article (and then thinking about irony). 

wyoming

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I remember learning in my government class in high school that the least populated state in the US wasn’t tiny Rhode Island or even foreboding Alaska, but Wyoming…I’ve been fascinated with it ever since. Going back to one of my favorite states in July.