Resuscititating a blog….and the Beauty of Language

To be honest, I had decided to retire this blog as this blog had been on life support for the past year. Now, so why did I decide to resuscitate this blog? Well, something made me rethink this.

I was posed a question as to whether I had the chops to make a Content Writer.Well,  I think I do. I may not like to write a lot of prose, considering I had spent a couple of decades writing esoteric prose on equally cerebral art pieces, but I realise that if I just stick to visuals like I had been doing lately, I am missing something. Something that made me pursue a career as a contemporary art curator for a large part of my life.

The saying goes ” A picture says a Thousand Words”, which is true but language has its own beauty and the nuances of literature cannot sometimes be conveyed through just a picture. True, just giving visuals leaves one open to a a whole range of interpretation and justly so, sometimes a visual should just be left at it is. Yet, at times, the beauty of language can prompt one to visualize in one’s imagination the whole range of a particular subject.

Take for example, the prose in a song. The depths of emotion and feeling one ascends to can be extended through language. Notwithstanding that a song can appeal just by the pure music and vocals and expression the singer puts into the song, but the passion and expression finds better purchase though the lyrics of the song too

This was brought home to me when I listen to the song, Keijijou Ryuuse (Metaphysical Meteor ) by Buck Tick. Some comments by You Tubers were that the song or vocals sound forced because of the singer’s expression and they didn’t like that. To me however, listening to that song Live, I empathize with the passion of the singer and  while music itself transends language, yet knowing the lyrics only adds to the emotional pathos of that song.

Metaphysical Meteor
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi
I see you’re a lost boy
Come with me
There’s no need to be afraid
At all
Step on my shadow
Come play with me
Until they can’t see us anymore
 
When you reach out your hand
Come look and see
When you reach out your hand
Your fingertips softly touching me
 
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
Ah I was dreaming
I was dreaming…
 
Blindfolding your eyes
Play with me
The face behind it
Who are you?
 
And when you speak aloud
It seems a lie
But let me hear you say it at the end
Once more, one more time
 
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
Its dissolution
And dissipation
Hold it tighter, tighter, hold me, hold on
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
I was dreaming
I was dreaming…
 
When you reach out your hand
Look out and see
When you reach out your hand
Your fingertips softly…
And when you speak aloud
It seems a lie
But let me hear you say it at the end
Once more, one more time
 
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
Its dissolution
Then dissipation
Hold it tighter, tighter, hold me, hold on
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
I was dreaming
I was dreaming…
 
La la la     la la     la la la la…
(Lyrics translation by Cayce from  nothegreatestsite (https://sites.google.com/site/lyricsyndrome/)
I guess this is a roundabouts way of saying, look, I am back and I haven’t totally given up on prose and that there is a whole lot of beauty in it! 🙂

Going Cats!

So, how do you know you are going Cats? You have an inkling  when you are spend the first night in your new home sleeping on the floor with only a blanket whilst your kitties spend theirs in comfort on their new cat tree. You wake up the next morning feeling every aching bone while your kitties are all bright eyed and bushy tailed waiting impatiently for their breakfast.

So, why are you sleeping on the floor? Well, you didn’t get time to unload your mattress because you spent that time getting a cat tree instead.

If that is not indication enough that one is going cats, how about realising that the first store you ever visited in your new town was Pet Smart. You find that not only did you  travel with a menagerie  when you relocated from Ontario to Alberta but you find out that your first order of business directly after you  have unloaded enough stuff from the UHaul truck  to have space, was to locate the local Pet Smart and buy a cat tree for the kitties.

Though there are plenty of signs as to who rule the household already when you realise that you spent an hour  at Pet Smart deciding on a Cat tree compared to the 1/2 hour it took you to decide on the apartment that was to be your new home……besides what you looked for in your new apartment was whether the bathroom was large enough to house the kitty litter box and where would the food and water bowls for the kitties go…..

Then of course, you had to purchase the cat tree which was NOT ON SALE because it was bigger, had 4 tiers compared to the one which was ON SALE which had only 2 tiers.

The next day after you had finally finished unloading all your stuff, you went back to Pet Smart for a 2nd Cat tree, for one piece of cat furniture just isn’t enough for your  kitties while on the otherhand you and your family make do with one armchair because that was the only chair you could bring along in your moving truck.

Then after all that, you find that your kitties much prefer sleeping on your one armchair and you end up sitting on the floor. That’s the time when that realisation finally hits, you are a definitely OWNED by your Cats!

MeMeNMJMeMeAndMJ2

 

 

The Bird & I Crafts is Relocating and this Blog will go on a short hiatus

AccchanNHide

The Bird & I Crafts is relocating from Ontario to Medicine Hat, Alberta so both the shop and this blog will go on a hiatus during our move. Probably for the whole month of April 2014 and possibly part of May too as we try to settle in.

We are rather sad to leave the Niagara region and the province of Ontario, after almost 20 years here but my hubby is taking up a job offer in a new province, so the family, which is myself and my daughter are also leaving everything behind to make this move. Of course our furry family is coming with us, so it will be quite a menagerie that we will be travelling with…..two exotic short hair cats, named MeMe and MJ (aka Floppy), a dwarf hamster named Hammy and two goldfish.

Still I am sure, once we are settled in, we will be back with fresh insights and new pieces and designs where the shop is concerned and lots of new things to share in this blog as well.

Till then, people have a Great Spring!

And I just have to leave you guys with this raw photo of Atsushi Sakurai and Hidehiko Hoshino of Buck Tick…finger lickin’good!