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December 24, 2006
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June 29, 2006
March 9, updated March 30
Music to Speak of
Issa Bagayogo's CDs, Timbuktu and Tassoumakan)
They make me feel good.
Click here for my review, including links to song samples.
I will be showing up to three original prints
for you here tonight,
(and you had access to that music)
I would list some highlights of the playlist here tonight.
I'm VERY happy to find a CD of Santana, of the early variety,
that is new at least to me.
The CD's called Mystical Spirits
Get it, if you like early Santana.
Lots of great guitar,
some live sloppiness,
and must-have late sixties and early seventies guitar rock,
and some really good update remixes.
Classic, must-have Santana. A much-welcomed surprise.
Santana, Mystical Spirits
Sometimes when I view my images, I see and feel silence. This can be a shortcoming of photography and graphic arts.
My pictures are almost always born in the midst of an abundance and magnitude of music. (I also prefer to view completed images with music.)
I'm searching for a song to go with Her Inspiration. I'm sure it's out there. Haven't found it yet.
The Construction series of images is primarily inspired by, and is a tribute to, Trilok Gurtu. (Specifically his songs, Bad Boys, and Believe.)
But on the morning when I took this picture, Her Inspiration, I was listening to the music of another most-masculine performer: Miles Davis, and his ground-breaking CD, Bitches Brew.
This is the foundation of the image, and maybe of this series: masculinity.
And what do I know about that?
Ha ha! Not much!
But I'm inspired lately by the character of Chris Stevens (John Corbett) -
Still listening to songs, looking for something audible to accompany this image, Her Inspiration.
Something not as sympathetic as the voice of Kate Bush, singing to and with Peter Gabriel in his song, Don't Give Up, on the CD, So. I love that song.
But the feminine feeling of sound that I'm looking for, isn't sympathetic or maternal. Can you hear it? Do you know what it is? (Please tell me if so.)
(Yes, I know it's something in my imagination, this gracious, peaceful, energizing, femininity that I see in this image.)
Yet maybe it's not so mythical. Yes, in its purest, this femininity might elude all of us for a time. But even now, I do believe in and know a representation of it. Okay, there are many representations of it and I acknowledge them (you) all. Yet I am currently the most fortunate recipient of this, of this highest-potency and-purity dose of feminine spirit.
Still looking for music. Lots of really good stuff here, but not for this.
But for tonight I'll leave you with this: an older live performance by Carlos Santana, one sure to raise a tingle above your scalp, and maybe make your thighs squirm. It's Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile), from the CD, Moonflower. (The live version of the song.) It may not quite be about femininity, but it does address something as pure and lofty, and brings it all to the level of our ears.
I reserve the right to review, edit or delete the preceding in the morning.
I prefer to sleep on this kind of stuff before uploading it. But not tonight.
A new original print, Her Inspiration,
is online on the Construction page.
See the print now
at the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
Look 2006 Show
February 10 to 26, 2006
In addition, I was given the opportunity to participate in a display
When I was a kid, a young teenager if that, there was a record store called something like Kelly's, on Yates Street in Victoria, B.C., Canada. (Before A&B Sound came along.)
They used to have, in the early seventies, a little room at the back, with black-light posters, and late-sixties and early-seventies rock and other music playing. It was a small room with no furniture, and people sat around the perimeter, listening.
I can't remember knowing anyone in there. The faces and bodies, in my memory, are like ghosts. But we were together - listening, watching, feeling.
This is what I'm dreaming of providing here. Some form of visual thing, with easy access to suggested music.
The tools and laws are increasingly enabling and allowing this, but I'm not quite there yet. Any help, comments or ideas would be appreciated.
Sting and Ry Cooder, playing together.
Yes, that's my vote for president.
Ooops, I'm Canadian.
Hey for 2006.
where are you?"
He was my hamster, until last week.
Some Ground Hog Day, that. He died.
He became mine several years ago,
after he bit my daughter.
I keep wanting to talk to him when I go into the kitchen.
So I'll talk to you.
I planned to send a Christmas greeting.
And more on the name, Swine Hall.
These rock concerts, with living stars we knew from the sixties and seventies —
they're as much about aging as they are about music.
Music mysteriously bridges us across boundaries of culture, race and generation;
if life has kindly left us able to sing.
I've just watched two music DVDs. Highlights for me:
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival:
And, The Strat Pack, Live in Concert:
Joe Walsh, again, and
I HAD to get something out tonight.
It was a stormy night.
Actually it was a stormy morning, a month ago.
I was glad not to be in a boat, or under uncertain trees.
November 3, 2005
I looked at this site from several other computers on the net recently, and found that many of my images look horrible. This is very disappointing and discouraging. I have several images waiting to be printed and uploaded here, but now so many online to go back to and correct. (I'll just remove some of them.) The text colour is wrong too.
Tell yer friends -- some day -- there'll be good images here.
F......flounders, and applesauce.
If you'd care to comment on the miserable experience you've had at your monitor, I'd be delighted to hear from you. But really, any useful feedback you can offer, or stories of how your dog got sick in front of my site, please let me know.
Now, to get back to printing. The good news is that the post-calibration match between my monitor and this printer, at least on this image, is promising. If I can zero-in on the standard appearance for my monitor, then future prints of my images and their appearance on your monitor, ought to be kinda close to what I see here.
Now online, from the Swine Hall, Other Stuff page,
The Swine Hall of Links page!
Here's a song I play over and over, by Glen Velez. It's called Pan Eros, from his CD of the same name. I have the song here on a Times Square Records compilation CD called The World of Drums and Percussion. I want to find the original CD.
I can't find much on the net for you in the way of links to pages about this song. But the current sound at Glen's home page is indicative of the drumming and percussion soul you'll hear on it. It's persistent and powerful enough to get under my skin and takes me somewhere, repeatedly. Wait for about three and a half minutes.
With a picture, http://www.emusic.com/artist/10560/10560752.html
I don't have an image to go with the song, but wanted to pass it on anyway.
Some beauty seems to come from someone seemingly capturing the overwhelming, exquisite enjoyment
of a climax of his or her life.
Other times, it seems to come from a miracle, exploding out of a tragedy.
They do appear, if we watch for them.
One last question, before the end of this month comes in a few minutes.
I need help with Colour Management, here with the monitor, calibrator, camera and new printer. Right now the gaps between the prints and the designed appearance on this monitor are unacceptable. Yikes man. Send me an expert!
So many products here, trying to talk to one another. No one of them seems to produce a manual to make the whole group talk well.
Epson R2400, PC and Dell flat panel monitor, Photoshop..
So many settings. I gain some ground and figure some out, and then hit a completely lousy resemblance. Very frustrating.
There is so much I want to print.
Whoa. Could it be a miracle?
Not one hour after asking the question above,
I get an e-mail with a link to this Windows XP colour management tool.
before trying it.
And last week,
If you can tell me where to find music videos or DVDs to rent in Victoria, B.C., Canada, I'd love to hear from you. And tips on where to buy 'em too. Paying something for music is a good thing.
And a quote for ya:
At bottom every man knows well enough
On seeing beyond
Tangent, August 25, 2005
Studio 16 1/2 are presenting a photography exhibition in their funky upstairs studio in Fan Tan Alley, opening the evening of Friday, August 19 through August 29. I submitted seven small framed prints for the show. Six of my photographs were taken within a stone's-throw of Fan Tan Alley. I like the way this show was assembled and presented.
Where can I find it?
Where is it in an image? I want it.
I have two images accepted this year to the Sooke Fine Arts Show. The two images are part of a larger series called A Battle Against the Elements, which I hope to show soon. They are from maritime settings, and explore the wondrous beauty which might be found preceding the passing from this life to the next. The two are called Letting Go and Glory Pre-departure.
The Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 30 to August 7.
I love this place. Every corner of it.
There's so much to see.
Some good news here.
The Rock Bay Remediation Project
A dirty, wonderful little spot,
which is being cleaned up.
More to come on this, here.
And watch for glimpses of yer swine host;
What that means, I'm not sure.
But I drew 'im.
I hear that Alpha Yaya Diallo has a new CD out.
Anyone heard it yet?
I bought some 12" LPs at a garage sale.
To have driven at lunch,
to my favourite...
(one of them)
Mount Newton Valley
(link coming, for that place someday soon I hope)
Anyway, a garage sale, on Thursday afternoon.
A one-hour escape.
They were so cheap,
Okay now I'm really tired and it's time to go to bed.
April 8, 05
and some more on
April 11, 2005
and agin on the 12th and the 15th and the 28th
or something like that.
Send it man.
April 29, 2005
Tangent, March 15
February 21 and 24
Updates to Eric Porcher
Updates to Music pages
Including concert photos of
Tanya Gillespie and Xavier Rudd
And an update to my page about this amazing man,
A collection of one year of thoughts and images
dancing to and from a
Even the Clouds Dream of Her
The Grace of Two
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria's
Look 2005 Show
The beauty of the world has two edges,
one of laughter, one of anguish,
cutting the heart asunder.
DECEMBER 30, 2004
And a small update
about a very large number
One addition to Why page
and to the Name (Swine Hall) page
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2004:
Image, Where She Is
Sidney Fine Art Show
October 15, 2004
Tangent, Teenage Arrest
Douglas accepted to show at Sooke Fine Arts Show
One of a collection, hopefully to come someday
Image, Piece on Skis
Tangent, Where are the Lights?
Image, Time is Short, But the Heart Smiles Sweetly
Sometimes things lag a season or so here
Image, It's Summer, but Autumn's Coming
Francis King Park
or, How much is too much?
A start of a page on The Breakwater, on Images
Revisiting Images index page, and Organic Truck tonight. October 6.
Yes Mom, I'm fine!
Some notes for my doctor
on Eric Porcher
(Well, not any more;
now they are here)
Tangent, Sure as Not
September 23, 2003
Saturday night, September 20.
Good evening to you.
The Local Fair
Images, Completed September 15
Why they call 'em She
Sept. 15, 2003 on Tangent
Nothing, and Everything
Sept. 11, 2003 on Tangent
I guess I took the month off!
Moonbeams An evening at the edge, recharging
Harbouring Canadians - Canada Day fireworks at Victoria's Inner Harbour
26th, Images: Lightexcitesme
18th, Image, tonight on Lochside: Organic Radiation
June 6, Images - Watering (more on the 10th and 14th)
June 5, Images - Fan Tan Alley, and Funky Apartment on Cook St.
June 3, Images, organic truck
Images 1, 2 May 25, 2003, another on May 27... and on the 28th
Images - China Beach
May 11, Images - 1,
- modified: 2, 3
May 5 Tangent
May 3 - one image
Images 1 2
and several other images, on pages not yet presentable.
The Day Started Going Forward
Words brewing but bottled-up here
This is quicker
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Page created: March 3, 2003
Updated: December 24, 2006