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One important identity that Ms. Letissier’s Christine wears is that of a dancer. As she sings, Ms. Letissier gets inside her music, punctuating the beat with a silken authority or sliding her body between notes to give her songs an unusual kind of energy. She isn’t dancing to the music; she is the music.

“Movement never lies,” Martha Graham liked to say, and Ms. Letissier’s use of dance in her videos and stage performances brings her closer to the essence of Christine. “When you dance, you own everything you have,” Ms. Letissier said. “You are really in your own body. You do it with your muscles and your bones and your weight and your height — it’s how to love yourself by moving.”

– from Christine, A Pop Star Who Sings With Her Muscles, NYT, 10/5/2016

letissier-photoHéloïse Letissier, the French pop singer-songwriter behind
Christine and the Queens.
Photo by Jeff Hahn

Video here – or click on photo above…





“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

– Charles Bukowski

C2C (once known as Coups2Cross) is an electronic/urban music group based in France who use their turntables as musical instruments. They’re winners of multiple awards for their style and abilities – including their sense of humor.

Sometimes I go this way…get happy…it’s Sunday…

More music with video here



It’s Saturday morning…Fury, Sky Pilot, and Andy’s Gang are long gone. But you can still go back into the pages of a book and ride the wave of a weekend morning…

The video was created by Salon Alpin, a design studio based in Lisbon, Portugal that specializes in “visual art, typography, graphic design, illustration, animation, film direction and music.” More about the making of this animated film here

[h/t to Letterology for a great way to start the weekend…]

From the director’s comments:

this film is a celebration of sigur rós’s music and the benefit it is having in the elevation of consciousness that is happening with humankind. people are finding strength in love, care, and respect for themselves, each other, and the world we live in.

for the last twelve years meditation has been a way of life for us. going within, releasing emotions, moving through negativity, judgment, discouragement, and the fears that are so often in the mind.

in meditation we are able to feel and move through our emotions allowing us to drop deeper within our hearts. from this depth of heart we are finding more acceptance, compassion, love, gratitude, passion, clarity, intuitive thinking and much much more.

Sigur Rós has funded a dozen film makers, asking them to create these moving images from the impressions they have of the music found in the album, Valtari.

These additional videos can be found on the group’s website

I’ve always believed in a strong inseparable link between words and images. Which is why each of my posts has an image, a capsule of color that tells a similar story.

Every word of every story we read, truth or fiction, and if done well, recreates the same sounds, shapes, and characters that exist in the storyteller’s mind. But yet they’re still only words on a page.

The video below turns that process around. Creates words from images and connects them in an unwritten and unending stream of movement.

Watch…then go tell a story…

[h/t to Dave Kanigan of Lead.Learn.Live for the lead-in…
additional videos at Everynone...look for “symmetry”…]

For Those Lost, Just Not Forgotten

In the vacuum of leaving and being left,
People are made.
The loved and lost.
The rejected and the survivor.

Life disciplines in silence.
Teaching when our mentors are gone.
In the light that creates shadows,
The darkness that craves the Sun.

Our comings; and our goings.
Our meetings and departings.
Make of boys, fathers
and women, daughters.

And the people that are made.
In the vacuum of leaving and being left,
Are never lost, just forgotten.

Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Cole Webley
Poem by Chateau Bezerra
Music by Adam Taylor
Narration by Jessica Vizzone

I’ve always said words and images are inseparable…now I’ve got proof:

Thanks to Ji Lee ….

Switching it up a bit this morning…decided to add the visual imagery along with the spoken…Coldplay and parkour…so much poetry…

I stole a key
Took a car downtown
where the lost boys meet
Took a car downtown
and took what they offered me
To set me free…

More lyrics here

Maybe because I took a break yesterday and watched a few events in the US Olympic trials. Some track and field, mostly men’s gymnastics including floor exercises, parallel bars, high bars and pommel horse. Absolute near perfection of body, movement, and timing.

I thought how each event is a fiercely powerful and delicate dance with gravity and friction with great leaps of calculation and faith.

Just like any other day…

[h/t to Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast for the lead in to the video…]

Just a little fun this morning…and I’m really testing my French…and the spirit of existentialism…but the voice, the music… the angoisse

© Bill Israel

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