Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Here is another recent love.  I've fallen hard for Karine Polwart's tune 'Sorry' and it's been on repeat a great deal over here.  I think the instrumentation on this is just fantastic... spare and true.  I want to find myself a cymbal playing accordionist!

(The tune kicks in at 0:49.)



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Prophetik - A Little Love Letter

Fashion is one of those things that draws me in and yet makes me feel at odds at the same time.   I know what I like and I know what suits me. I know the details that call to me...  pin tucks, a long row of buttons, embroidery, a deep ruffle.  I am a romantic.  If an item quotes a day gone by, it's very much assured to catch my eye.  I'm clear on what I like, but I'm not totally certain fashion deserves the weight its given.  Oh, I could debate with myself forever on this topic...  personal expression vs. the greater environmental good.

Often I go the vintage route to express the style I love and this has lots going for it... lovelier and long lasting materials, very good workmanship and a lighter ecological footprint.  I do buy new things too but I'm very much in buy-to-last mode.  Even so, investment pieces do not always make me feel entirely justified in buying new things...  there's just so much resource mismanagement, pollution and unfair working conditions associated with the garment industry...  all this for something pretty to wear?  It seems more than a little wasteful.  (Sorry to get heavy, lovely readers. Bear with me... this post will get better!)

I also try to buy clothes made from environmentally friendly fibres.  I'm wearing my favourite hemp knee socks as I type this!  But I'm even at odds with this.  I feel a bit horrible that I'm not a person who could be completely happy in most eco-friendly designs.  It's such a struggle...  I know there's a better way, I want to do the right thing, but I also want to express my inner life externally and most sustainable fashions are either a little more earth-motherly than I want to wear, or resolutely modern-looking, nary a scrap of lace in sight.

But there is a man who calls to my whole heart with the outer and inner beauty of his designs.  His name is Jeff Garner and he's the talent and vision behind the line Prophetik. It strikes me that there is something so beautiful and true about these designs... care and attention being given not only to the end creation but a deep respect for the process and materials as well.  I love to see old souls carving their place in this world and I sense he's doing it a stitch at a time. 

Please enjoy this little glimpse into his world.


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Putting Things to Rights

An interesting thing about darkness is how completely it disappears when some light is shed upon it.  This is what has happened to my sadness.  It seems all it took was to share my angsty frustration with the anonymous world for it to run in the other direction.

Other things have helped...  Spring is here and is pretending to be summer.  I took a nap face down in the lawn today!  I wrestled some weeds out of the ground too...  it wasn't all laziness.  And I've taken on the large and satisfying project of putting things to rights in my world.  This is a hard thing to explain... bear with me.

It started with my grandmother's silverware; a set I inherited and always loved but there were missing pieces and so it rarely got used.  I finally clued in that eBay might be a good place for sourcing the missing bits and now something that felt regretfully under cared for is finally being used and appreciated.  My grandmother would be pleased.

I also had a lovely old necklace that was my great grandmother's repaired.  While at the jewellers I lamented that I only had one matching earring as the other had been lost long before I arrived in this world.  They helpfully set up an appointment for me to meet someone who could do custom work and my little earring is now having a new partner created.  My great-grandmother would be pleased.

These little resolutions have been easy enough, but there's a gap in my life that has been not easy to fill. There is nothing I can buy to solve this one, well... other than studio time.  For a long time I've thought my second album was going to be my last one.  This idea caused my Dad a great deal of sadness.  I struggled with so much self doubt after the last release and just wanted to hide behind a 'normal' life but his belief in me never wavered. 

Finally the writer's block has lifted...  there are new songs.  I've booked a Juno award winning producer.  It may take me a while to get album number three together, but it is in the works.  I heard myself played on the radio today...

My Dad would be pleased.




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