Saturday, February 4, 2012

if the choice were mine

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along
I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I’ve said too much
My silence is my self defense
And every time I’ve held a rose
It seems I’ve only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose
But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break
And this is why my eyes are closed
It’s just as well for all I’ve seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows
So I would choose to be with you
That’s if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows
written: 1983 released on Columbia: 1990

Friday, February 3, 2012

there are no new ideas

Seven years after our ClockTower in 1893, the New York State legislature established a Board of Commissioners for a monument to the soldiers and sailors who had served during the Civil War.

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument stands 96 feet high, and is made of marble and granite.
The winning design was patterned after the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens.
It’s basically a marble cylinder capped by a conical roof and ringed by twelve Corinthian columns.

In 1899, New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone, 34 years after the surrender of the Confederate army.
89th Street & Riverside Drive

Thursday, February 2, 2012

let them

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was an artist from the Netherlands, active in the same pre-WW1 period when Picasso and George Braque were developing cubism in Paris.
He moved to London, then settled in New York where he later died of pneumonia in 1944.
His fame is based upon his resolute work in black grid with yellow, red and blue infill.

From the Oxford University Press:
Even in his lifetime he was regarded as the founder of the most modern art. His artistic integrity caused him to be honoured as a classical master by artists who were aligned with entirely different styles, as well as by musicians and architects. He was able to make a living from the sale of his works in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, England and the USA.”
Everything from fashion to culinary has been influenced by Mondrian’s work.

They wear his dresses.

They eat his cake.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

no excuses, either

remember how great

When I was in grade school, cigarettes were everywhere and vinyl was king. I saw a record offer in a magazine from Lucky Strike.
“Mail in the coupon and 10 empty Lucky Strike packs”, the ad said, “and we’ll send you a copy of “Remember How Great!”, a collection of the greatest radio hits of the day. 
On my walk to school each day I passed a local taproom, a bar, and the sidewalk out front was always littered with empty cigarette packs. So I started looking for Luckies.
Eventually I collected 10 empties. 
My Dad helped me mail them off.
AND IT CAME! It was so cool! I played it over and over, I loved these songs, especially the Chordettes, they were part of the soundtrack of my childhood.
I still have that lovely LP, tucked away with other treasures.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012


spare change we can believe in