The song I’m feeling this week is breathin by Ariana Grande***:
I look up and the whole room’s spinning
You take my cares away
I can so overcomplicate, people tell me to medicate
How do I know if this shit’s fabricated?
Time goes by and I can’t control my mind
Don’t know what else to try, but you tell me every time
And oh, I gotta keep, keep on breathin’
Tonight I’m into acoustic covers on Spotify. When I listen to music I range on each end of the spectrum: totally upbeat, get-you-in-a-good-mood party anthems and at the other end, soul-twisting, make-you-feel-like-love-or-heartbreak ballads. This song hits particularly close to home as it was me and my first love’s “song” and I can never listen to any version of it without simultaneously reliving the joy of feeling what will probably go down as the greatest love of my life and the wretchedness of knowing I’ll probably never come across that again, at least not in the same way.
Poems at the spark in the engine that allows the fuel to do its magic. ✨
For those of you that like dance and can enjoy it even if you’re not good at it, watching and experiencing is the vessel to feed your cathartic needs. The best of visual and audio art is dance, and the best dance, is my guy Kyle Hanagami. I’ve come to be fond of many of his regular dancers and particularly what they do to his choreographies. This one hit a chord. Best played on full screen with good speakers/headphones. These vids are an instant pick-me-up for me, to see beautiful people doing beautiful things.
I found this heart looking for generic ones on my Google images page and discovered this artist (Jamie Derringer) and loved her statement about her works and methods. Likewise I think her approach to art should be a rule of thumb for all of us to use in everyday life.
Artist Statement / My work is an exploration of shape and colour, using layering as a guide. Everything is unplanned and completely intuitive—each mark is a response to its predecessor. The repetition of shapes and lines is an exercise used to escape from everything else around me. I’m a believer in embracing happy accidents and approaching each piece as an experiment.
My first MUSE is Warsan Shire, discovered through my lovely fellow blogger Jen Glantz and the first page of her book is now occupying the space on my Facebook cover image: