December 25, 2014 bits and pieces
I’ve been up since 3 AM. Yeah. Well, my sleep cycle is usually jacked up when I’m working on a project.
Figured I’d post something here today just so I get in at least one post for this month. That usually happens when I’m working on a project.
Have I told you I’m working on a project yet?
What is it? Don’t ask. I will say though that it is kicking my ass. Enough said about that… except that once it is completed enough for me to announce what it is.
Headed out for a walk at 7 AM. The streets were empty. It is one of my favorite times of the year for the morning walk… because the streets are empty. Took the pic above on my walk.
My Christmas decoration? (not that you asked) Here it is… meet Hamlet the Christmas Pig. This was taken at 3 this morning when I got up to get coffee started...Read More
November 27, 2014 Da Count
Da Count is a day early… not that I’ve been consistent with that or any such thing… but here it is anyway. Figured it is apropos since it is Thanksgiving and all. Here’s wishing you a good one with your loved ones today.
So, what is this count all about then? Well, I am presently in the throes of creating a new theatre piece… that’s what. In so doing I rely on my memory to inform me and provide substance and content.
Memory is a tool writers rely heavily upon. Some might be snippets from other works. Some on knowledge acquired. Some on experiences – personal or remembered and related by others. They all go into the stew pot of creativity where bits and pieces are fished out to form the story.
Often times it is like deducing the recipe of a dish...Read More
November 3, 2014 bits and pieces
Many homes of my parents generation had a copy of the “Stranger On The Shore” EP in their record collection. Like many in my generation our first forays into music was scouring our parent’s stash of records. For me it was an eclectic bag… everything from from Viennese waltzes to light jazz to skiffle to 60’s Malay pop to the “easy listening” sounds of Mantovanni.
In the process of growing up and developing my own somewhat harder and more contemporary edge to musical taste, what I sat in wonder listening to at a much younger age faded away. Though some stayed. “Stranger On The Shore” was one of those.
Though I would never cop to it to my friends in my teen years… I actually saw Mr. Bilk in concert… and met him briefly after.
Mum had bough...Read More
October 28, 2014 video
I like watching a movie, doco, etc via the computer these days. Truth be told, I have for the last 15 years or so. In this age when the home media center has become more affordable and can provide a “quality” experience, it is no wonder that most folk do the same as I do. “Heck, I can watch whatever I damn well please (at my own convenience) in my underwear within arms reach to the food and drink I desire.” I’ll freely cop to that reasoning myself.
A couple of Sundays ago my friend, Nate, started organizing viewing parties to watch episodes of a Swedish Reality Show that he is on at a local cafe. Actually, it is the back room of the cafe that is set up like a mini theater which can comfortably sit around 70-80...Read More
“Long enough to know better” is my standard reply.
It happens every time I embark on a creative project… every damn time. Especially if I’m creating from a personal place.
One could argue that everything I create comes from a personal place. That accumulated perception, knowledge, experience and the self (to this point and time) is funnelled through the sieve of craft to it’s eventual display for an audience.
It is the “unknown country.” But unlike the ruminations of the Prince of Denmark… one does return to face it… in a very public way. How is that for scary?
The source material (especially so in this case) is subjective… but the craft has to be executed objectively in order for effective execution. At least, one hopes for that result...Read More
Since this a random post here is a random thought… one of many that flit through my rabid mind from time to time.
We’ve all had it. You think and dream and want something so much (in secret) that when you finally get/achieve it you are… less than thrilled. It’s a “WOW… wow” moment. An anti-climax at best. The fevered build up to getting it… all that fantasizing about how your life will be so much better… just fizzles into a sad soft plop.
So, you either sadly set it aside and move on… or you wear your game face and extol all the benefits of having it to any and everyone you come across...Read More
September 24, 2014 bits and pieces
I was made aware of this with a certain briskness in the air on my morning walk. Nice. Though this also means my early morning routine also takes place with lesser light. I don’t mind that though.
Fall and Spring are my two favorite seasons in this town. Compared to other parts it is much more subtle… the change in seasons, that is. Still, it puts more of a sprite to my steps. Cool mornings, warm days and very pleasant evenings.
I’m also aware that the days of wearing shorts are fast becoming impractical. The sarong? I can use that all year round. (BTW… I’ve been sarong clad for most of Summer if you must know.)
As much as I welcome the season I’m in the midst of needing to resolve something inside.
You see over the last couple of months I’ve been at a loss of purpose...Read More