Thursday, December 7, 2017

Artist Nick Cave

Today I went to Nashville to the Frist Center to experience Nick Cave.

Wow!

I didn't really know who he was; I was just attracted to his name. (As it happens there is more than 1 well known Nick Cave.)

One of the things Nick Cave is known for are his 'soundsuits'.

That is a picture of Nick himself standing beside one of the 'soundsuits." Several of them were on display at the Frist. This is what the program says about them
"...they speak to issues of identity an social justice - specifically race, gun violence and civic responsibility. His trademark human - shaped sculptures, made from upcycled everyday materials...playful...but began as a form of social critique. They were originally conceived as a protective type of armor in the wake of the (Rodney) King incident, when Cave felt particularly vulnerable as an African American man.  ...discarded, devalued, viewed as 'less than.' Sitting in a Chicago Park Cave began to gather twigs and sticks (also discarded and devalued)...stringing them into a wearable sculpture. ...created a second skin that camouflaged his race, gender, class and sexuality...shielding him from judgment."

He calls them soundsuits because of the noise they make when walking in them.

Other pieces of his art that were on display:

This is one of a 4 piece. 

And this:



Looking at the above pieces I was reminded of something that is true of a lot of people my age - what to do with mom and dad's STUFF. Not my thing but obviously Nick Cave could find a use for it.

My favorite piece was called the 'Enchanted Forest':

It is all long strings of found beads. And it was beautiful.

I would like to thank the Frist Center and Nick Cave for a lovely afternoon!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Y'ALL

Yep - I said it. Happy Holidays. Not Thanksgiving and it won't be Christmas, either. Some people are offended by that but I am offended by people who push their beliefs on others.

If you are offended that we celebrate a day when we befriended a race of people whom we later almost annihilated - so am I .

I can use that day as a day to be grateful and I will. The list is endless but starts with my family!

If you are offended that Christmas has become a time for spending too much money and or a day where Jesus Christ is shoved down your throat - so am I.

I can celebrate the changing of the seasons - though. And I will.

So I say again - HAPPY HOLIDAYS Y'ALL!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy places in my mind

I DVR Dancing With the Stars so I can watch the dances and the scores only. [Not all the judges talking - number scores only. ]

I mostly watch for Mark Ballas.

Right now when I wake up in the morning my first thoughts are how depressing my job is answering to my 2 never-on-the-same-page bosses.

I can come back from that by watching a couple of Mark and Lindsey Stirling 's dances from this season's DWTS.


The sci-fi themed Argentine tango




The Halloween themed Paso Doble



The Paso Doble is done to Lindsey Sterlings violin music. I am officially a fan. Will be adding some to my ipod next paycheck!

Beautiful. And thank you Mark. Thank you Lindsey.