Archive for July, 2010

gordon lightfoot

July 31, 2010

his catalogue of music is long and acclaimed, having recorded many songs himself and many recorded by artists including bob dylan, elvis presley, barbara streisand and johnny cash to mention a few. fellow canadian, robbie robertson of the band, called lightfoot a “national treasure”. today he still captivates audiences with his rich baritone voice against the odds of health problems he has been facing.

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talib kweli

July 24, 2010

new york city is the cradle of street culture, as a result, hip hop was born and raised in the five boroughs and talib kweli is as new york as a folded slice of pepperoni pizza.

ask any backpacker hip hop head what turned them onto the sub-genre and there’s a good chance they will credit black star. equal parts mos def and talib kweli, the brooklyn duo created a unique sound that was rich with well crafted, thought-provoking statements while backed up by the signature swagger of the new york mc.

since blackstar, mos def has gone on to do major motion films, host hbo’s def poetry jam and several critically acclaimed solo albums. while kweli has not garnered the same attention from the general public, he has been devotedly building his brand as an mc’s mc.

talib means “seeker” or “student” in arabic. when holding this knowledge up to his music, it makes me think about the value of a name and the consideration of nature versus nurture.

check out his most recent album revolutions per minute with hi-tek under the project name reflection eternal.

john fante

July 18, 2010

in the tradition of great writing, authors have often found themselves romantically connected to the landscape that surrounds them. james joyce claimed dublin as his heart’s companion. jack kerouac, though restless, became synonymous with the excitement of san francisco. khalil gibran spoke of his native lebanon as heaven on earth. the list goes on and for good reason. when a writer conveys the beauty of influence and inspiration from their own perspective it draws the reader into the pages in a compelling way.

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lately i’ve been interested particularly in the portrait of los angeles painted by john fante. here is an excerpt from ask the dust that stood out to me.

“los angeles, give me some of you!  los angeles come to me the way i came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town i loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town.”

leonard cohen

July 14, 2010

his songwriting along with his words on paper have taken a deep look into solitude, human sexuality and the fragile nature of personal relationships. his smoky voice and vulnerable perspective has found new audiences for over 5 decades.

his influence in the canadian arts and well beyond is immeasurable.

read the favourite game… please.

i’ll look around

July 6, 2010

for those of us living in toronto, or even keeping an eye on the news surrounding the recent G20 summit hosted in the city this image will carry a lot more weight today than it would have just one month ago.

this piece is taken from “a new project in progress called I’ll Look Around. It’s basically a visual diary that started when I was traveling in Europe last fall. As I went from place to place, I would do small post-card sized sketches for my loved ones and send them back home. Now that I am back in Toronto, I am continuing this ritual of recording places, people, and memories related to my everyday life.” says erica brisson, an artist friend of mine who was raised in toronto.

if you have a moment to spare, i’d like to invite you to take a look at her project and see if it invokes any memories of hogtown, or if you’ve never been to toronto then see if it lines up with the way you imagine the city in your mind’s eye.

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http://illlookaround.blogspot.com/