February 23, 2011
happy birthday to my mom (kim) and my uncle (matt)
with a song by matt & kim
January 25, 2010
you can’t go to marrakech without finding yourself in djemaa el fna square… even when you aren’t looking for it, people will walk past you, point and tell you how to get there (almost as if you have wandered out of the tourist parameters and must be corralled back to the designated places).
having that said, it’s a must see. it’s where you find snake charmers, fresh-squeezed orange juice stands, henna tattoo artists, storytellers, music circles, dried fruit and nut stands, monkey walkers, cross dressing belly dancers and people with chickens on their head. then add, on top of all of that, the food carts that roll in around five o’clock every day and set up shop, calling out in four different languages to every passerby that their cart (insert number) is the best!
and there you have it.
i would definitely recommend trying one of the food stalls, and even more than that, getting an afternoon mint tea at café argana, where you can sit on the terrace and overlook all of the carts roll in and set up.
our last night in marrakech we found ourselves once again in ‘the big square’ walking around and taking it all in one last time. we noticed a large group of locals standing around in a circle which immediately piqued our interest. it was only a matter of thirty seconds or so before we were dragged into the middle and given front row seats to a music circle. at first we had no idea what was going on, but we deduced that the band refused to play until they got enough tips. here is what our money bought us:
December 1, 2009
it ranks right up there with the stockings my grandma needle-pointed and the glass icicle ornaments that we have had forever in things that remind me of christmas.
so it is only fitting that today i found myself longing for and listening to kenny g (and thus my confession)
but now it feels like christmas thousands of miles from home.
go ahead listen, you know you want to.
September 8, 2009
dancing around my apartment to billie holiday, getting ready for my first day of class!
August 19, 2009
if you are in brooklyn, especially in fort greene (i think you know who you are), i will be disappointed if you don’t go to this.
what: spike lee’s block party celebration
where: fort greene park, brooklyn
when: august 29th, 12:00 to 5:00
why: because i told you to go
July 12, 2009
i am a sucker for animated film shorts…
…which is the exact reason why i love this music video from sarah blasko.
June 23, 2009
i need to work on my paper plane folding abilities.
i haven’t quite mastered that perfect folding technique, that some people have, that lets it sail on for what seems like forever.
i could, however, fashion up a paper plane centerpiece, like the one pictured here.
or just buy a paper airplane necklace from finch metal .
but for now i think i’ll just listen to MIA paper planes.
May 29, 2009
i now have camera obscura‘s french navy stuck in my head thanks to nichole from littlebrownpen blog (which if you get a second, is all about paris).
now it can be stuck in yours too.
May 29, 2009
can you imagine living on abbey road and having to drive anywhere? at what point do you start honking at everyone? at what point do you just start running people over?
its probably best i never live on abbey road.
(having that said, i would do the same thing crossing the street).
May 22, 2009
if you’re looking for something new to listen to, you should head over to the smithsonian’s folkways collection. with twenty-four hours of music, these podcasts take you through 20th century american folk music with the likes of woody guthrie, bob dylan, pete seeger and leonard cohen.
make sure to check out #9 blues, #10 jazz and #11 bluegrass.