Friday, February 29, 2008

Aziza's Place

Romeo and I may be headed to Cambodia soon.

I am very excited to have a position coordinating an art program for an organization called Aziza’s Place. Aziza’s is a home and learning center for children in Phnom Penh.

I’ve been studying up on Cambodia and delving into the extraordinary history and art of the Angkor civilization. I’m working on forming all of these ideas into art activities. Lots – o- fun. So we are looking forward to meeting the good folks at Aziza’s and making time to run around Southeast Asia a little too.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Elizaveta - Breakfast with Chopin

Elizaveta is an extraordinarily talented singer and songwriter, classically trained in voice, opera and piano, she also writes contemporary songs for piano and guitar.

Her newest work is a piano/voice album that will debut at the Fringe Festival in Adelaide, Australia in February. She will also be performing tracks from her last two albums, Like Water and Breakfast With Chopin.

Breakfast with Chopin, a very special EP that was released in December of 2006, features original songs written to accompany the classical piano pieces of composers such as Chopin.

Check out these albums on her website and stay tuned for the release of her piano/voice collection early this spring. Also note the fine artwork in the CD packages and on the website, designed by yours truly. With complementing styles, I couldn’t think of an artist I’d enjoy collaborating with more. Elizaveta is a wonderfully generous and thoughtful person, a keen mind (ask her anything about alternative medicine), and a musician deserving of the utmost success.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Only a fool.....

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
- William Blake

* Once again I remembered this incorrectly. In my mind it read.."Only a fool would persist in his folly, but he then would become wise. My memory is without doubt selective, but secretly I like it.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

You'll Never Make It to Ithaca


When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon -- do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.

Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber, and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.

Always keep Ithaca on your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what these Ithacas mean.

By: Constantine P. Cavafy
(April 29, 1863–April 29, 1933) Greek poet who lived in Alexandria, Egypt.

*I don't know why, I remembered one of the final lines reading "You'll never make it to Ithaca...but if you do..." I must have made that up, but I like it. And I like this poem.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008