Samstag, 13. September 2014


Last night I dreamed of you. I met you in a stairwell, at first you looked at me in anger, but you finally broke the silence. I told you how sorry I was for how it all went down. You looked like you were struggling and didn’t know if you should go away or stay with me.
Out of the blue you leant over and kissed me. The way your lips wrapped around my mouth and pulled me closer– I have never been kissed this way. The kiss tasted sweet, full of passion, only a man in love kisses this way. I felt your body's warmth against mine.
I needed to be kissed like this. The kiss was your barrier; I felt how your resistance faded and how you opened up to me physically and mentally.

We strolled a long the street, when you reached for my hand to hold onto. You smiled and words weren't necessary anymore. I knew everything was going to be o.k. Then I kissed you, the touch was so intense it felt as if you were kissing me out of your own dream.

What a beautiful delusion. After a year of hopelessness, my mind grants me a glimpse into what your kisses may feel like because my consciousness knows the reality is not going to grant me this wish.
31 x

Freitag, 12. September 2014

Nine Minutes

I suck at recalling dates, but one I remember Sept 12th last year. You unfriended me, and it hurt. I called you right away, and we spoke @8:38AM for 9 minutes. At the time, I stopped on the shoulder of the road to speak to you, and after your explanation I was in shock. It took me almost 30 minutes to get my strength back to continue driving. That morning I sat in class, and instead of listening, I was writing on a piece of paper what you had said to me. I still have the page as a reminder of you.
I didn’t know then these were the last words you will ever say to me. The silence that followed is and was torture to my soul. I respect your decision, and still I hope I’ll see you tomorrow, but I know I won’t!
29 x

Donnerstag, 4. September 2014

Amandla the power of Music

You know how it feels when you hear a song that reminds you of a special someone, your emotions go wild and your memories are on express recall. Music is freaking personal and at times overwhelming. Imagine how it feels when your life depends on music. During the Apartheid regime in South Africa people used music to hold onto their hope, for a better life

For most of us, Apartheid is only part of history class, taught from a political point of view. This approach does not reflect the struggle black people experienced during Apartheid, nor does anyone today can relate to it. So why not use music to tell the story!
Amandla (Zulu for Power), a documentary, connects the historic facts to real people and the importance of music during the struggles of black people with the Apartheid regime.

The stories of revolution songs, footage of marches, interviews with young revolutionaries, and their experience and fears were mind blowing. I can relate, and therefore understand what it must have felt like. I can related and therefore understand how music was used to channel emotions and fears. Amandla tells the story from the peoples eyes. A story about music that throws the obvious in your face: how important the culture of music is to bring on social change.

Without culture a person could barley survive, and music is part of any culture. Music has the power to change your mood it makes you feel damn good, or freaking sad. Music shows your pride. Music is part of understanding cultural heritage. Music forwards ideas and ideals. Music brings people together. Music communicates, creates, and cooperates.

Understanding the Amandla of music, explains why so many oppressed groups use music as an instrument to confront realities, to fight back. The power music and lyrics hold, shows how fundamental important culture is to peoples identity. To understand music helps to see why South African Liberation Movement used music as a weapon to fight against Apartheid: ”Song is something that would communicate with people who otherwise would have not understood were we were coming from. Or you could give them a long political speech and they still wouldn’t understand, but I tell you if you finish that song people would be damn I know where you guys are coming from.” All people understand the language of music.

Even the French Revolution was driven by music, no other revolution led to so much drastically social change. Peasants, sick of their miserable life, wanted change. They fought for a new kind of society, an equal society. The none-aristocratic leaders of the French Revolution took music seriously because they knew it is a powerful tool to change the way people think and feel. In 1795, a school was founded to train bands for the new army, the National Guard. Laws were passed forcing the French people to sing republican hymns in theaters before plays were performed. Composers were encouraged to write revolutionary songs and within ten years more than a thousand songs were written. The most famous of them is Le Marseillaise, which today is know as the French national anthem. The same principle was used during Apartheid. Liberation Movement leaders used music to help connect people for the cause of social change.

Even the recent revolution in Egypt was fueled by music. A revolution that forced Egypt’s leader Mubarak to resign his position. The events in Egypt were just one part of the revolutionary actions of the Arab Spring that swept through Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere. The protesters in Egypt also used songs as a tool. Musician Ramy Essam, who played in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo during the protest, wrote the song Leave, which was inspired by the slogans and chants that were shouted by the people around the Square:

“We are all united as one,
And what we ask for,
Is just one thing: Leave! Leave!
Down, down Husni Mubarak!
The people demand: Bring down the regime!
He is going away. We are not going anywhere!
We are all united as one,
And what we ask for, Is just one thing: Leave! Leave! Leave!”

All Freedom Songs captured the frustration, anger, and hope of the countries they originated in, just like the songs during Apartheid captured the frustration, anger, and hope of oppressed South Africans. So next time you listen to music feel the Amandla music has, and the impact that comes with such great power to change a society.

Watch Amandla here or if you have a HULU account watch it there.
55 x

Dienstag, 26. August 2014


Midnight Planétarium by Van Cleef&Arpels

72 x

Freitag, 14. Juni 2013

Go see the Rain Room @ the MoMA in NYC

If you happen to be in Manhattan these coming days. You should not miss the RAIN ROOM @ MoMA.
You will walk through the rain without getting wet. It is awesome!

703 x

Freitag, 11. Mai 2012

One of my favorit paintings by Edward Hopper


"The long Leg"
1693 x

Dienstag, 24. Mai 2011

Will Cotton

What is there to say his paintings are amazing...

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