Lately I've come across some very cool things I wanted to share with you. Some are useful, and some are just fun, but I think you may like them. Or not. But anyway, here they are. (What a riveting introduction, right?)
My new favorite singer/songwriter is a young British woman named Thea Gilmore. I hadn't heard of her until recently, when I happened to see this on Public Television (where else?).
I don't understand why she's not more popular in the U.S. Her songs are sensitive and original, and run the gamut from folk to blues to rock, while remaining unmistakably hers. Her lyrics can stand alone as poetry; here are a few lines from "The List": "And some folks are drawn to the fire; And some just want to hide; But the lonely are the prettiest of all; They burn from the inside...."
I think her voice is amazing. As a songwriter, she has been compared to Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and Joni Mitchell, among others, and I think those are all valid comparisons. She happens to be a favorite of Bruce Springsteen's. Sometimes her songs give me goosebumps- what more can I say?
As a collage and mixed media artist /printmaker, I'm into paper, as you may already know. I blogged about my love affair with paper and some really great books about paper here, if you're interested. I recently bought this DVD called Between the Folds, which I believe I first read about on Dryadart's Weblog.
Speaking of the marriage of art and science, another of my favorite DVD's is Proteus, the story of the life and work of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel. From Amazon's editorial review:
The central figure of PROTEUS is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel. As a young man, Haeckel found himself torn between science and art, materialism and religion, rationality and passion, outer and inner worlds. Through his discoveries beneath the sea, Haeckel eventually reconciled these dualities, bringing science and art together in a unitary, almost mystical vision. His work profoundly influenced not only biology but also movements, thinkers and authors as disparate as Art Nouveau and Surrealism, Sigmund Freud and D.H. Lawrence, Vladimir Lenin and Thomas Edison.
Knowing nothing about him, I bought the book Art Forms in Nature when I was a teenager, simply because I was a science geek and an artist, and was captivated by the images. Until now, I had no idea he was such an influential scientist and researcher in the field of biology; I thought he was an artist who loved to portray the intricate forms of nature. I mean, this is the guy who discovered that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny"! Okay, maybe not everyone is as excited by that as I am, but the movie is great, and his drawings are exquisite.
And last, but certainly not least (speaking of being a science geek), it's CARL SAGAN DAY! He's kind of a hero of mine, and when I saw this story on DIGG, I knew it was another opportunity to share this!
I hope you enjoy!