Wednesday, March 30, 2011

About the unforeseen in art

"The unforeseen is the most beautiful gift life can give us. That is what we must think of multiplying in our domain. … Art is inconceivable without risk, without inner sacrifice; freedom and boldness of imagination can be won only in the process of work, and it is there that the unforeseen I spoke of a moment ago must intervene, and there no directives can help."
Boris Pasternak

This quote from the author of Dr. Zhivago expresses so clearly one of the deepest truths about art whether it's painting, writing, music, etc.

Spring is here, its crisp light peeking through a dried up leaf that sat gracefully on this branch all winter.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tsunami disaster

The horror of the tsunami that is devastating Japan and killing so many is mind-numbing. Watching videos of gigantic waves crashing through entire towns, swallowing up buildings, cars, anything that lies on their inexorable path of destruction, is frightening. As if nature is pounding into us our insignificance and powerlessness, we, human mortals, against its fury.

My heart goes to all the people whose lives, homes, worlds were snatched away so suddenly, and to all those who have lost their loved ones and will need tremendous courage and fortitude to start all over again, and rebuild.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Music at De Sotos

Since I last wrote about the open mike that my talented friend Anthony Abbatangeli hosts at De Sotos, singers, guitarists, drummers, saxophonists, bassists, key board players, violinists, percussionists have been dropping by to create their own magic on Thursday evenings.

Music is such a visceral form of expression. It sweeps musicians into a rhythm that acquires a life of its own, and transports us into a state in which nothing else matters but the sounds and sensations that are pulsating through our bodies. It brings out spontaneity, creativity and a sense of camaraderie and warmth that is cathartic.

If you sing, play a musical instrument or just love listening to music to unwind from a hard day’s work, join Anthony and friends for a fun Thursday evening at De Sotos on St. Clair West and Lauder.

My dear friend Lynda Covello, jazz vocalist, sings a duet with Jim Fabro. Budi on bass, Noah on guitar and Bernie on saxophone.

Tony, our rock star sings Hot Legs. Anthony Abbatangeli, host extraordinaire, on guitar