Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In my opinion we don't even look like we are related in this picture, the only feature that is somewhat similar is our hair. Megan, truth be told, bares more of a resemblance to our older sister, Alana. However, what is identical about Megan and I is our voices and I think that's where we foiled you. I even notice it in my own voice especially when speaking to cats or babies or bemoaning the merit (or lack thereof) of someone's art. In these instances I hear Megan's voice standing in for my own. Its very strange. Another thing that may confuse you about which one is Megan and which one is me is that we both love White Christmas. A LOT.
Last year one of the many stations that played the film made a dire mistake in cutting out the most important dance number in the whole film. Let's re-live it!
This number, Megan and I both agree, is integral to the plot of the rest of the movie! The best things really do happen while you're dancing! But how would anyone know that without witnessing this amazing absurd dance interlude!?
So it should be noted that this blog post was written purely for the enjoyment of Megan and I. We are both sitting in front of our computers giggling right now. Which of course is a past-time of ours.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Robin Dann and her branch lashes
Alex Samaras in costume
Paige Culley and her house lashes
Paige Culley is the dancer, the two singers are Robin Dann and Alex Samaras and not pictured is Matt Dunn on lap steel and Jordan Armstrong on Clarinet.
And just for fun here's a little low-quality video of a small section of the performance, so you can really see what you missed (or re-live it!)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
In other news get ready to have your socks knocked clean off! This is a video of the two singers (Robin Dann and Alex Samaras) who will be in my performance practicing a Meredith Monk piece they will be performing on Friday evening at Somewhere There.
What a treat!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The music is coming together, with the loops of Peggy Seeger made by Randy playing in the background while Jordan Armstrong play live clarinet and Matt (Doc) Dunn plays lap steel over-top. The result is other-worldly! Tomorrow I meet with singers Alex Samaras and Robin Dann to hash out their role in the performance.
I did take a brief vacation- I was on the island on Monday and Tuesday working out backing track stuff with Randy. Monday was a beautiful day to walk the 3.5 km from Wards to the art centre, and I climbed a tree and took some lovely shots I like to gaze at:
Here I am in a tree. If at the end of my life you split up where I spent my time in a pie chart a large slice (I would hope!) would be in a tree, and another large slice would be in or on the water.
I could just be some branches.
Sing it Nick!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The progress I made yesterday was minimal at best. A few more felted balls, another tree started and another tree finished, a bit of sewing. I can say that what I did make yesterday could be classified as a fine mess! There is a thick covering of cardboard shavings along the floor here and an impressive stack of dishes in the sink. Coming back to a house abandoned and filthy does not make me feel productive.
But I must soldier on.
I did watch a documentary on Philip K. Dick yesterday which was very interesting. Philip K. Dick (in case you did not know) was an American science-fiction writer, he was born in 1928, and died (of a stroke) in 1982. If you think you are not familiar with his work it is pretty likely that you have seen or at least heard of one of the many movies based on his books - Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report. He was born into poverty, and he had a twin sister, Jane, who died a year after they were born. He always felt that he had killed her because he seemed to eat more and to need to eat more. The idea of his sister haunted him throughout his life. He had been married five times, and none of the marriages ended well. He had a child- a son, Christopher, with his fifth wife and one day she noticed something in his diaper and so took him to the hospital to check it out. The doctor reassured her that it was simply that she was not cleaning him well enough between changings. Philip K. Dick then had this dream or vision wherein it was communicated to him exactly what was wrong with his son which was that he had a very serious hernia and if it was not operated on immediately he would die. They took him back to the hospital and the vision was true. He drew on this experience to write his book VALIS (an acronym which stands for Vast Active Living Intelligence System). It was based on this idea that had god all tied up with artificial intelligence. Anyways, there are a few other instances where his books and his real life experiences collide (unknowingly) with biblical events or some concept of God.
It is something I may never fully understand but it certainly is mind-boggling to think about. If you are interested I would recommend getting a copy of Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said- its my favourite. Let it be known though that there are a lot of stinkers in the PKD oeuvre, Jonathan Lethem wrote an essay (I think its called You Don't Know Dick, its in the Disappointment Artist) which talks very plainly about what you would be getting yourself into. I recommend checking that out as well.
I cannot say I have any brilliant insight to offer on the life of Philip K. Dick (or even the writing for that matter- I have read very few of his novels) But if you are in search of a biographical journey, start following his paper trail. Its fascinating.
Now a few words about the present- I thought I should update you on the schedule- Today (Saturday) is for forest making (its getting so close!)
Sunday during the day will likely be more of that, and Sunday night starting at 8pm SHARP I will be screening Valerie and Her Week of Wonders- an amazing Czech new wave film that is beyond description (in my opinion)
Monday I will NOT BE HERE. DO NOT COME VISIT ME ON MONDAY! I have to take a field trip to get some music things accomplished and we will be back to the regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday.
Also tickets! If you would like to reserve a ticket for either the Saturday November 20th performance (at 8pm) or Sunday November 21st (also at 8pm) please let me know (you can send me a message here or an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org) Tickets are $10.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Here she is making my life difficult (though considerably cuter)
And here she is trying to fool Randy into thinking she is sweet and gentle and docile. Admittedly even my cold heart is warmed with this one.
Today I cut out a buncha moths, but its never enough!
And of course Wednesday we are cutting thousands of tiny paper moths and Thursday we are felting so if you are lacking wonder in your life I can give you a quality hit.
Until we meet again!
Monday, November 8, 2010
I'm going to impart some wisdom- today I've learned that my stomach wants only for me to fail at everything I try (I'll show you stomach!), I've also learned that twelve foot cardboard tubes are deceptively heavy, and that its real good to have people around that will bear some of the load for you, (both physically and metaphorically). Stay strong everyone, and stay tuned.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday November 12th- Tree texturizing and wrapping
Sunday November 14th- Screening of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 8pm- PWYC
I'll be screening another film as an introduction to my second week and the coming together of the idea. Valerie and her week of wonders follows the story of a young girl turning into a young woman and the power that she possesses is enticing and mysterious. If you haven't seen it you must! If you have seen it come watch it again!
Monday November 15th- Details- sewing embellishments on the costumes
Tuesday November 16th- more paper cuts
Thursday November 18th- Loose ends- (anything and everything that has yet to be completed)
Friday November 19th- Finishing touches and Rehearsals
Saturday November 20th- Opening Night! Performance starts at 8pm- ticket price TBA
Sunday November 21st- Closing Night! Performance starts at 8pm