imagines the french.

March 5, 2012

it was not as much what you said as what you did.
keeping the pieces clean and modern with an element of something gritty.
it was rebellious and beautiful at the same time.
retro silhouettes, shadows cast on me.

this return to grunge.
a brink she would stay on for the ensuing decade or so.
who drove him over the edge?
perhaps it’s where i missed the memo.

when it comes.
the colors and the momentous shift from calm to chaos that happens.
it took me a long time to begin to understand what was wrong, what was needed, what to do.
stay busy, find a way, make a life without you.

easier in one year than in another.
and feelings of guilt and shame.
without a doubt they are unequal.
frustrations are not the same.

and neither are my satisfactions.
compromised, without the compromise.
but to us this looks like a perfect storm.
our cautionary tales of demise.

a wonderful thing.
comes with a certain amount of damage.
i forgive you for not being perfect.

 

-(made from phrases found in various magazines)

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i’ve been thinking…

February 7, 2012

I’ve been working on a new post, but it has required a lot of research and time. So I didn’t want to wait until it was finished to share my thoughts on something that has been on my mind and in my life for a while.

And it has to do with parenting.

While I am far from becoming a parent myself, I have given it a lot of thought. I know there are many things I will do, and a lot of things I will not do. One of those things I will not do, is judge my child.

Like I do with my close friends and family now, I will support my child in just about any decision they make.

If they want to be gay, fine.

If they want to express themselves, fine.

If they want to dress differently, fine.

And if my child comes to me and tells me that they don’t want to participate in drinking or drugs, great.

Children come to an age where they have more freedom, they are away from their parents more, and they can begin to explore things on their own and find out what kind of person they want to become. As a parent I would be ecstatic if my kid felt free to be their own person and make their own decisions. Whether that decision was to smoke pot, have a few drinks, or refrain from doing either, as long as they were responsible and came to the decision on their own, I would support them.

It kills me to see great kids get put down by their parents. I hate it when a child feels like they can’t be who they want to be, because their parents won’t approve.

I will not judge my child.

February 2, 2012

Art is suffering, art is happiness, art is a loud voice, a proud mind, art is expression. Art can be created in a variety of medias with a variety of motives. Art is a therapy, art is a hobby, art is a lifestyle. Art is something formed by one mind and heart to be shared with other minds and hearts. I believe that we need art just as much as art needs us. While we use it to express, entertain, or educate, art uses us to provoke and provide. We can use art to express our feelings, entertain an audience and viewers, or educate about an issue or subject. Art can use us to provoke feelings and ideas that we have inside and bring them to the light, and it can provide us with a deeper insight of people and minds. The goal of art can be anything from bringing a smile to someone’s face, to causing a riot, from stretching the imagination, to question sanity. All of these things have a common source, the desire of expression.

Good and bad, high and low, can these terms possibly apply to art? What do they even mean? If art is a form of expression, who are we to tell someone that their thoughts and feelings are good or bad? Who can be the judge of determining high or low art? From a technical standpoint, we can say that a painting has good brush strokes and an excellent grasp of color and tone, or we can state that a classical music piece uses a structured dynamic and a fluidly changing tempo. We can do this because of the basic rules of technique for certain art forms. But when we get down to the personal interpretation, how can you tell someone that his or her opinions are good or bad, high or low?