Friday, May 28, 2010

What Makes Sense is Constantly Changing

"I guess what I mean is maybe only parts of our lives make sense—and only for a moment—and when that moment changes, we change, and when we change that part that made sense goes out of focus and is replaced by another part that makes sense and so on and so on.  Only sometimes what makes sense to us at a particular moment can end up changing our lives forever because it leads us to do things we wouldn’t even conceive of doing during other moments."

- Gordon J.H. Leenders. May Not Appear Exactly As Shown. pg 195

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Omnipresent Metaphor

Here's today's quote,

"Adults try as much as possible to avoid metaphor, though they are never wholly successful."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 160

Here's my thought on it,

"Not me! I love metaphors!"

Further thought, 

I do understand this quote though because often in regular conversation, it seems that my metaphors are not appreciated or fully understood by others. People seem to try to avoid them in conversation as well.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The LOST Mixtape

"Making a mixed CD is an art. When done well, the end-result is a beautiful, well-constructed piece of work... A true mixed CD requires thought. It's a recipe, a thought process, an expression."*

With that said, I'd like to present you with "The LOST Mixtape"

I made it partially because things have been up in the air for me a bit lately. I've been feeling kind of lost. That tied in with the LOST television series finale that aired this weekend and sparked the idea for this tape.

This is a mixed tape where all of the songs blend into each other. It's based on the show and focused around the theme of being lost.

I hope you enjoy it.

Create a playlist at

You can also download this tape for free, Side A and Side B


Oh, and just for fun, please leave me a comment either here or on Twitter about this mix. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the theme, the song selection, the order of the songs, and how they tie in to the LOST television series. 

The best comments will be put into a draw and you could win something. I'm not sure what yet but it will be cool. However, it might just get "lost" in the mail (I'm kidding.)

*Quotation is from "Tape That" by Roxanne Hathway-Baxer from Andy Magazine: 100 Mile Music Issue, Spring 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LOST Duct Tape

Miles: " I don't believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in Duct Tape."

- LOST series finale

If you want to hear my thought on the series and the final episode, please check my main blog Silent Cacophony. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Perpetual Passion

"There is going on in the human heart a perpetual generation of passions, so that the overthrow of one is almost always the establishment of another."

- Maxim 10 from La Rochefoucauld's Maxims.

Happy Victoria Day Everyone!

I hope you have a great holiday weekend.  

Friday, May 21, 2010

Culture Cannot Be Contained

"Culture is a funny thing in that it is not something that can be controlled and locked in the basement. Culture travels at the speed of light (or Internet cable lines) and doesn’t respect borders."

- Dalton Higgins. Hip Hop World: A groundwork guide. Anansi Press, Toronto. pg 51.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spoonful of Authority

"Print is a powerful source of authority. It seems to be objective . . . and prints stays put, acquires a kind of fixedness, so you can refer to it, quote it, reread it, and rely on it as one unalterable version."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 304

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DJ Scratch Kills It

Check out this awesome set. You need to see this. DJ Scratch does some amazing things here.

I especially love when he starts playing Black Sheep at the 6 minute mark.

The visual tricks here are just as amazing as the musical ones.

This is a true DJ. Enjoy!

DJ Scratch at The Core DJs Retreat in Orlando from Hella Yella on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Setback is a Gift

Dr. Tom: "Where would we be without struggle, without hardship and pain? It's easy to forget how much these moments teach and shape us, how different we would be without them."

Erica: "I guess it's hard to look at a setback as a gift."

Dr. Tom: "Why, when that is exactly what it is?"

- Being Erica television series

Monday, May 17, 2010

Maxim 106

"To know things perfectly, we should know them in detail; but as this is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect."

- Maxim # 106 by La Rochefoucauld

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Science Can't - Religion Can't - Story Can

"Science, once the great explicator, garbles life with complexity and perplexity. Who can listen without cynicism to economists, sociologists, politicians? Religion, for many, has become an empty ritual that masks hypocrisy. As our faith in traditional ideologies diminishes, we turn to the source we still believe in: the art of story."

- Robert McKee. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principals of Screenwriting. ReganBooks: New York, 1997. pg 12

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

DJ Basics 101

Something different for today's What Wednesday!?! Learn how to DJ. This is part of a whole series. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Strength Within

"Sometimes we don't know our own strength. It can be hard to tell just how much weight you can safely bear, or how much will crush you. I'd like to think you can shoulder as big a burden as you believe you can, that it's all a matter of will. Certainly a comforting thought...Other times it's hard to remember you had any strength at all. Then you can only hope to have someone to remind you, you were once fierce and able."

- Narrator from an episode of the television series Everwood.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Check! (?)

Check! (?)
Originally uploaded by christinelind
"Correction does much, encouragement more."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happy Monday Everyone!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Audience is Smart

"The audience is always smarter than us."

- Word on the Street festival – Writer’s workshop.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Magic is in the Book

"It’s better to transmit these nursery rhymes . . . with the aid of a book, so that the value and authority of the book are present from the start, and so that the magic remains in the book."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 156

Parents, please make sure to read to your kids when they are young so that they can appreciate the magic that is in a book.

What a great message!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Matthew and The Birds

I went to the Fourth Annual Jack Richardson Music Awards Youth Competition last month. I was completely blown away by this band.

They are called Matthew and the Birds and they have a diverse array of instruments including guitars, drums, saxaphone, and trumpet players.

Even more impressive is that the band members are still in high school and many of the members are involved in the formal music program at their respective schools. They just released a CD this week as well. Go pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

I interviewed them, along with the other bands at the event and you can download this podcast for free.

Please check out this video for today's What!?! Wednesday, click on the links below, and support local talent.


Matthew and The Birds

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Professors Are Salesman.

Professor: "Ya know, professor's aren't teachers, they're salesman."

Student: "Okay. What do you sell?"

Professor: "You to you."

- Lion for Lambs, the film by Robert Redford.

Monday, May 3, 2010


my tree at dusk
Originally uploaded by joiseyshowaa
"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now."

- Chinese Proverb