[soundscape] and bravely, i.

[ed. note: refer to the first “and bravely, i.” soundscape for context]

photo: andreia

song: brother courage – “growing old”

“i imagine yes is the only living thing.” — ee cummings

there is one still point in a turning world. one piece of clarity for each moment. one bright star, winking at […]

[soundscape] tangible

photo: ‘first dance’

song: edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros – “man on fire (little daylight remix)” [mp3] | web

‘one day i will find the right words and they will be simple.’ — jack kerouac

when i had been 18 for two weeks, i decided i was moving from california to nashville. it was a spontaneous decision i made at 10:30 at night and by 5:30 the next morning, i had packed everything into my truck, mapquested directions, bought coffee and was on the road. i drove for 4 days — crying most of the way — listening to “turn the page” on repeat for at least 600 miles. it was the sort of decision that i made by closing my eyes and being quiet. it was the sort of decision that i made by listening to myself.

it was a simple decision to make.

really. it was one of those moments in life where all of a sudden everything is clear and sparkling and all the broken glass has turned into stars. the discordant humming turns into melody, turns into an arc, turns into something beautiful and graceful and clean.

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[soundscape] when everything went exactly as you planned except nothing did.

photo: ‘a beautiful captivation’

song: the shivers – “beauty” [mp3] | web

“all changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” — anatole france

one of my favorite things about being a grown up is being able to cuss in IHOP or Denny’s or some other family dining establishment. i find myself doing this on purpose, sitting over my $6.50 eggs benedict and peppering “fuck” into the conversation in every acerbic way possible. and i think i really like doing it because, despite stern looks from WASP-y moms two booths over who are afraid their children’s ears will start bleeding, i can.

i’m not 7, my parents aren’t there, and i don’t have to say “thank you” to the server for wiping up the water stain from my perspiring glass of water, or that i’d like salt, please.

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[soundscape] found

photo: ‘particles’

song: cocorosie – “lemonade” [mp3] | web

“it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e.e. cummings

it’s a funny thing. thinking about what exactly we’re made of [genetics, blood, sinew] and how those little particles play into the bigger picture of who we become. it’s an […]

[soundscape] the sum of its parts

photo: ‘things without name’

song: the mekons – “where were you” [stream only] (buy) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

“we are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of […]

[soundscape] imperfect

photo: ‘condemn’

song: leonard cohen – “sisters of mercy” [stream only] (buy) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

‘it began as a mistake.’ – bukowski

it began as a mistake. i was driving down the street and there was this perfect, little woman. she had old, kind eyes. she looked weathered but […]

[soundscape] this is how i want to remember it.

photo: ‘requiem’

song: bishop allen – “flight 180” [MP3] (buy)

‘now rushed into this brightness as if by a shutter that, once opened, can never be closed.’ billy collins

i want to remember how the laughter danced off my tongue in molecules. i want to remember how the sunlight fell on your shoulders. […]

[soundscape] solitary

photo: ‘fledgling’

song: van morrison – “sweet thing” [stream only] (buy) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

‘no one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.’ c.s. lewis

time is very often suspended in my life. what i mean is that i very frequently am driving, or riding my bike, […]

[soundscape] weight

photo: ‘weight’

song: elton john – “bennie and the jets” [stream only] (buy) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

accept loss forever. – jack kerouac

i was seventeen. i remember, somewhat tentatively, asking a friend what type of alcohol ‘booze’ was. i was wagering it was a kind of whiskey though willing […]

[soundscape] invisible

Editor’s Note: New (regular) feature, new contributor. Welcome photographer/writer Bari Sowa to our humble abode. In “soundscape,” she will provide a photograph she’s taken along with a song that matches the imagery. Think of it as music supervision for photography. Enjoy.

photo: ‘the twist’

song: damien jurado – “ohio” [MP3] (buy)

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