PALABRAS

The point of this language of “intention” and “personal responsibility” is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream.

~ Ta-Nehisi Coates | Between the World and Me

TRULY MADLY DEEPLY

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MAD ABOUT SIA FURLER

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I love shape shifters { Madonna, Bowie }. To me, the most fascinating one on the scene right now is Sia. I was first mesmerized by her voice when she was a member of Zero 7 and then later by Breathe Me,  the unforgettable song layered over the final scene of the HBO series, Six Feet Under. Uncomfortable with her increasing fame, she started performing with oversized, clownish wigs and the paper bags over her head. Of course, this has drawn even more attention {subconsciously intentional?}. Her personal struggle with addiction and her subsequent sobriety produced her staggering anthem, Chandelier::

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, push it down
I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, they’re ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love
1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3 drink
1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3 drink
1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3 drink
Throw ’em back, till I lose count
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist, like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight

She got sober and has gone on to write mega hits for the likes of Beyoncé, Rhianna, and Katy Perry. Sia’s just released her new album, This is Acting, which you can hear here. This NPR interview is pretty good too.

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Gracias, jD ♥♥♥

MAD MISSIVES

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ON BEING | Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don’t Control

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA | Oh So Charming + this

COMPOUND BUTTER | You Pussy

MET | Unfinished Artworks

LIFE & THYME | Prelude

 

photograph | Hans Breder

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♥ Ojai | 2012 ♥

GOOD NIGHT, OJAI

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NOTEBOOKS | 2016

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In the studio, warming up the hands, mind, and eye on some small notebooks. You can see the rest over @studioMadWhip  ♠♣♥♦

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Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life.

~ Yoko Ono