You can daydream with music … it takes you away and creates a new world. – Tim Buckley
I’ve always wondered about the word well-read, and by extension what could be called well-watched, or well-listened. How do we exactly cover all bases with these distinct areas of knowledge? Who decides what constitutes being well-listened? Am I well-listened if I can remember note for note all of Beethoven’s symphonies? Or am I well-listened if I say, “Megadeth makes my ears bleed. And I can confirm this because I’ve listened to ALL their albums, and they’ve consistently made me reach for fresh bandages.” Continue reading “Book Review: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”→
Dance like no one’s watching. – Undetermined Wise Person
I was at a wedding recently. It was an extremely dull affair, no dancing, no nothing. My cousins and I got so bored, we escaped to find a room (next to the caterers no less) and decided to dance. Except, they were too shy, while I was off. One of them asked, “Where did you learn to belly dance?” I was so lost in it all that I didn’t even hesitate to answer truthfully, “Shakira, Shakira!” Continue reading “Of Dancing”→
Today is World Music Day and International Yoga Day. Now, I don’t know if you’re up for yoga, so I thought we’d do some bhangra – Punjabi social dancing – today to combine music and movement. This track is from the Hindi film Kal Ho Naa Ho, and reworks Roy Orbison’s classic into an irresistible dance number.
I didn’t feel for Warhol the way Robert did. His work reflected a culture I wanted to avoid. I hated the soup and felt little for the can. I preferred an artist who transformed his time, not mirrored it. – Patti Smith, Just Kids
My brain’s been chewing on this for the last few days. Should an artist be a mirror, something even Shakespeare claimed to do, or a transformer? Should art itself stop at reflecting life, or attempt to change it?
I preferred an artist who transformed his time, not mirrored it. – Patti Smith
Coming up this week: Book reviews on Just Kids by Patti Smith and The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. Also essay called Of Blogging and Money, to celebrate the third blog anniversary of Of Opinions.
If you judge a book by the cover
Then you judge a look by the lover
Your reason for living’s your reason for leaving Don’t ask me what it means.
Two fantastic sets of ‘words of wisdom’, eh? I truly believe some of the best pieces of wisdom are out there in the most brilliant, perfectly perfect pop records. Continue reading “Of The Look Of Love”→