I just found out that one of my favorite songs ( and records of all time ) will now have it’s very own shoe! Lenny Kravitz has teamed up with Toms and is now entering the design world at the urging of his daughter Zoe. When I was just entering high school I picked up Lenny’s first record simply cause the cover was just cool. The music inside was even cooler. To this day, I still get that record out as it’s some of the best music that has been created in the last 20 years even if it is a throwback to all of his influences from the sixties.
It also speaks of a time of innocence when he was married to Lisa Bonet and Zoe was a little bambino. Songs like “I Build This Garden for Us” and “Rosemary” ( which Lisa co-wrote) echo a time of true artistry before industry and celebrity took it’s hold. I saw Lenny a few months ago at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles where he put on an awesome , awesome show. I will say that he had turned into a bonafide rock star and you could tell industry and celebrity had it’s influence. There were moments where he attempted to reach back and grab some innocence doing some songs from that era but once innocence is lost…it’s lost. However, the follow up albums like Mama Said and Are You Gonna Go My Way could definitely hold their own and his latest Black and White America is quite good and my favorite is Push off that release.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” — John Muir
Henry Jun Wah Lee is a Los Angeles-based photographer and independent filmmaker. His life’s commitment is for all of us to live powerful, whole and fulfilled lives.
Henry’s photography and film work is a reflection of that commitment — inspiring city dwellers to reconnect and draw inspiration from the power, beauty and wisdom of nature. There are a lot of lessons about life that we can learn from our natural world.
I’ve been drinking a glass of Kefir every day this week except for yesterday. Maybe it was the lack of drinking it yesterday or maybe it was just what my tastebuds needed but when I had my first sip of Kefir today… well, it tasted so good it made me happy. Just like this happy cow….Moooooo!
So yesterday , I just checked out the Annie Lennox site since I was talking about her and the philosophy on the music industry in my blog. Within her site, I stumbled upon this video. I ‘m a huge TED fan so thought I’d share.
A few years ago, I saw Annie Lennox at the Grammy Museum ( Yes, it was amazing to see and hear her that close). She was talking about how there was no “music industry” any more. Now, you have the “Industry of Celebrity”. I found that really encouraging and insightful.
It’s even more interesting to hear Sean Penn’s take on it.
So , a few moths ago I bought a Native American flute. I was inspired by the most peculiar circumstance. While on a run near the Warner Brothers Studios on Barham, I heard the most delightful sounds in the wind. It was calming, soothing and reminded me of my home in Santa Fe. In truth, it just made me miss Santa Fe even more than I usually do. Anyways, a long story short after 3 or 4 minutes of “the wind singing” I see a fellow on a skateboard across the street. There he was his hair blowing wildly in the wind and the sound of his flute embracing him on the journey.
I rushed back home and shared this “peculiar” happening with my hubby. I told him of an idea that had been inspired by this whole ordeal; how nice would it be for me to learn to play this instrument so I could accompany him as he plays the piano? He thought it was a marvelous idea. A few days later I was the proud owner of a flute thanks to Craigslist.
Well, many months went by and I picked up the thing … maybe 4 times total. Even though it sits right in front of my computer keyboard on my desk; I just never seem to remember to reach for it. While at work one day last week, I was streaming Calm Radio and heard a wonderful song by Scott August. I am a great student for whatever reason and decided to look up this artist in the hopes that I could get a few lessons under my belt. I contacted him and within 2 days I had my first lesson scheduled via Skype.
Well, that lesson is tonight and part of me is a bit scared. Not of the lesson, but of the journey. My life is a bit crazy and time is something that I can let get away from me. I also can have a habit of starting something and then just get bored and let it fall by the wayside.. like many create types.
But hey, it’s a new year and a new instrument… and I’m sure I’ll grow. I have that little nagging feeling of “why did I do this, I don’t wanna do this”. For me, that’s a good sign. Every time I have got that “feeling” in the past; if I push on through and do something that I DO NOT want to do… well, that’s usually where the most fulfilling experiences happen.