Sunday, May 1, 2016

North Fork

I had a glorious time today riding out east. I cruised to Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island.

Here are a few photos I took. Do you like any?




Saturday, April 30, 2016

Marina And The Diamonds

A week ago I caught a televised musical performance by a relatively-new singer. I was instantly hooked by her melodic songs, their deeply-personal lyrics and the singer's fabulous costumes. I went right to Amazon and bought her latest album, "Froot." Her stage name is Marina and the Diamonds. (Diamonds, a play on her actual last name, Diamandis, is a reference to her fans.)

Marina grew up in Wales. Her mother is Welsh and her father Greek. After growing up poor but happy, she moved to London a decade ago to pursue a musical career. She's largely self-taught and her songs ooze authentic emotion. She became a singer to express herself, not grab fame.

In the old days (Seventies), we respected singer-songwriters who wrote their own songs, explored their personal lives, and connected with fans in a direct way. Today, that's disappeared. Current pop-stars sing songs written by other people, they dance to choreography designed by other people, and their music is produced and auto-tuned by other people to a ridiculously-artificial degree. It's hard to connect to such fake art.

Marina's music is different. The lyrics are honest and interesting. Her melodies are sweet and engaging. Best of all, though, are her costumes. They've been described as "retro, surreal and cartoonish." They definitely have a 70s-vibe and are beautiful works of art. Marina has her outfits specially designed and made for her, with their aesthetic appeal being the motivation. They vary widely in style.

In the past five years, Marina has attracted a devoted cult following. She hasn't achieved pop stardom but it doesn't appear that she wants it. Her music is too genuine and she doesn't want to compromise it. I respect that.

If you haven't heard of Marina, give her a chance.




Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lake Ronkonkoma

Lake Ronkonkoma is on Long Island where I live but I've never gone there. My entire life. So I visited today and took these photos.




Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Notes From The Road

Observed on the road during my recent trip to Beantown:

- Nothing lifts your heart higher than having a little boy wave at you the intense enthusiasm.

- I always experience a primal thrill riding my bike over big bridges. Without a metal cage around your body, you instantly sense the immense scale of the world as you, a tiny dot, pass through it. The world feels majestic and you're lucky travelling through it.

- I find it feminine and irresistibly attractive when women, sitting in a passenger-seat of a car, slip off their shoes and lift their bare or stockinged feet onto the dashboard or window. Extra points for bright nail-polish.

P.S., The above view is famous to anyone who's visited Boston. It's near Kenmore Square with Fenway Park being the building on the right side.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Art Art Art

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is one of the largest museums in the world. Over a million people visit it each year. I spent a joyous morning there on my trip to Beantown.

That's the museum shown above with art (an inflatable flower-sculpture) in front. The sculpture is beautiful and moves gently with the breeze.

There were three exhibitions I wanted to check out and all were great. The first is an exploration on how fashion is merging with technology and will become curiously different in the future (#techstyle). The second is a collection of fashion illustrations by Kenneth Paul Block, the most important fashion illustrator of the past century. The third is a group of art photographs (mostly about women) by Hiro. Of course I also wandered around and saw sculptures and paintings. They have a room full of Picasson paintings on loan.

The #techstyle show is fascinating. It presents multiple different mergings of fashion and technology. There is clothing embedded with sensors that respond to the environment, garments with built-in lights and computers, and ready-to-wear pieces made by a 3-D printer. One dress has solar panels -- two hours in the sun will charge your cellphone. (It's shown third-from-last below.) Leather treated with a special dye changes color depending on its surrounding. Items made using laser-cutting of metallic materials are weirdly beautiful. As odd as these creations are, they are a sneak-peek at our future.

Here are some pictures I took. What's your favorite art museum?