Clair de Lune et Soleil Levant


Your soul is a select landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fantastic disguises.
All sing in a minor key
Of victorious love and the opportune life,
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight,
With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
That sets the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall slender fountains among marble statues.

Paul Verlaine

Debussy - Clair de Lune (played by Alexander Lubyantsev)

I was watching a television show about a pianist and the three composers he most related to: Rachmaninov, Ravel and Debussy, and found out that Clair de Lune was written inspired by a poem by Verlaine. The piece compliments it and is such a perfect translation of words into music. The main tune has such a heart ache to it and the second prominent tune with the cascading bubbling fountain in the background. Debussy was labelled an Impressionist, and I don't see why not, looking at the score and listening to the piece, it's seamless as if bar lines don't exist. And I'm going to use the analogy, that Debussy paints a picture with his music, makes a film even!

Monet - Soleil Levant

If I recall correctly from my high school art lessons, the Soleil Levant painted by Claude Monet (other famous paintings include the water lilies) was the first Impressionist painting. And it is, just an impression, not realisitic, rather capturing moreso the mood that go with the scene. I think the Arts go hand in hand together, they all serve to make an impression on the reader/viewer/listener, take you away from where you physically are at that particular moment in time. Art, music, etc, they're all intertwined. In year 5 during music, there was a particular lesson where we listened to some famous pieces and used colours and lines to describe it. I remember the Ride of the Valkyries came on, and I got my red and black pencils and just went nuts with the crazy angry lines :)

Even with food this happens, now that I'm writing about this...

"The heart is an organ of fire" - Almásy

Image via IMDb

I bought a set of 3 dvds with The English Patient, Girl with the Pearl Earring and Chocolat a couple of weeks back for the bargain price of $20! On the weekend I watched The English Patient, never having seen it or having any prior knowledge of story line I really enjoyed it. So many lovely metaphors intricately woven throughout the story.

"Every night I cut out my heart. But in the morning it was full again."

In the movie Almásy, Hana and a bunch of people are stuck in the desert and Hana asks about water. Almásy tells of this rare plant and that if one cuts out its heart and leaves it overnight, the plant is full of water. Later on as they secretly become lovers, Almásy uses the plant to describe himself when they were apart and how he was in a contradiction, painfully filled with her love.
 This brings to mind how I think when the first time books, movies, music are read, seen and heard without someone telling you about it is when you'll know what your opinion of it is, unhindered by someone elses. And I guess someone may be endangered if they keep reading this, so divert your eyes if you haven't read The Perks of Being a Wallflower!

I remember reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and found it quite dark and realistically raw in the way feelings and situations were written and overall a really moving novel, however I do think it is a more mature read. Coming to the end of the book a friend of mine who had read it pointed out something I never took notice of, Charlie always cries. This quite frankly did make the last few pages hard to read because all I did was mentally highlight when it happened. I guess i'll never know what I would have thought of the book, and I'm a little saddened by the fact that I didn't appreciate the ending as much as I did leading up to it. One day in the far future when I forget the story, I'll have to read it again.

The Smiths - Asleep

I'll take you away

Image via Altamira

Angus and Julia Stone - I'll Take You Away

I thought the outfit in the photo was an awesome representation of some of the pieces I would like in my wardrobe.

The wardrobe

image via Dead Fleurette

I guess it's the best time to describe my wardrobe that is currently being culled.
A little less than two years ago, I ventured my way into experimenting with clothing exploding with colour happily provided by near by second hand shops. I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of a cheap, unique find and making people guess how much something was...and I guess I still do. My wardrobe is filled with oversized patterned granny shirt dresss and colourful maxi skirts.

However, as of late it's been a chore to dress myself, feeling a little out of control because clothes aren't fitting right on me, along side the mish mash of colour and accessories that don't go together. I think it's safe to say that the crazy experimentation days are over (even though they were fun at the time) and the future wardrobe will be clean and beautifully functional tailored to my body and lifestyle.

The Middle East - Jesus Came to My Birthday Party

Thinking in the wrong direction

Living in the southern hemisphere and favouring the colder weather saddens me during this time of the year. It makes perfect logical sense that autumn and winter are by far the better seasons for when you are cold you layer up, however when you are hot there are only so many things you can take off! With that being said, I stumbled across Tocca and their super fine Z Coat in Virgin Wool and thought how lovely it would be to invest in it. Is it too early to start thinking about Autumn/Winter?

John Pawson is an amazing architect, I really enjoy the way he plays with white walls and exposed concrete and his extremely clean lines. I constantly use his works as inspiration to my designs.

To put on the new self.

Hello there. Respective of my previous blog, this beginning officially puts it into deep deep slumber!

Right here will there be a faithful documentation of musings on things that tickle the creative mind of a girl living for Jesus for whoever happens to stumble across this and for me so I can look back on this part of my life.

And this how and why...
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen... Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:22-24, 29, 31-32 (NIV)