Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
nother week, and another series of storms. Howling winds, torrential rains, topped off by ice and half a foot of snow. Spun a 180 heading to work on Thursday (after skidding thru an intersection and into the path of an ambulance). Since that pointed me back towards home, I took it as a sign, and returned home, raised the drawbridge, and just said no to going back out (except for a quick side trip to the gym).
he spin out was an apt symbol for other behind the scenes events that transpired in my life (sorry but these spin outs are not for public consumption...not at this time). Will be going into surgery this Tuesday. Trying not to think about that. Will just show up and let the lasers start the slicing and dicing and hope for the best
"In the wee small hours of the morning
While the whole wide world is fast asleep"
I have not mentioned this, but I've been on an extended fast (technically not a fast; is called a “protein sparing modified fast” which means you take in enough protein to insure that you do not pull a Karen Carpenter and digest your own lean body mass to meet your basic requirements for protein. Have lost 27 lbs since November – though oddly gained a pound this week even though the calculations say that I should have lost two which is a three pound discrepancy. This process continues.
I am unsure what contributes to this week's Soup. But here it is.
1. and 2. Your Starter For Tonight and Tonight – The opening tracks off Miss Elton John’s 1976 Blue Moves double LP. Elton had great hopes that this LP would revive a career that was rapidly heading south following the disappointing “Rock of the Westies” LP. In this, he failed. This LP was panned by critics and fans alike, whose tastes had shifted away from rock and pop, and towards "reeking and flatulent, sequin encrusted platform wobbling cheap polyester draped sweat hog dancing" disco. It is a pity. Elton considered this his finest LP, and it definitely stands the test of time.
3. In the Wee Small Hours of The Morning -- This LP is arguably the first “concept” LP, the concept being late night isolation, and lost love. The LP cover is one of the all time great 1950’s pieces of commercial art. Many people have covered this song, but Frank shows that he owns the song in this stunning and understated rendition, filled with tender vulnerability.
4. The Note You Never Wrote -- This obscure song off Paul McCartney and Wings 1976 “Wings at the Speed of Sound” LP, was written and is sung by band member Denny Lane. I have observed that notes neither written, nor sent, can nevertheless at times speak louder than anything you might otherwise write. I have been both on the sending and receiving ends of such notes.
5. The Wide Eyed and Laughing – Also by Elton John and on his Blue Moves LP.
And the hearts that you played on the porch swing for me
Was a song that I'd heard in the past
For I had an audience somewhere inside you
That applauded whenever you laughed
All of this makes it's way into this week's soup. You can get your big ass bowl of Saturday Night Soup for the Soul by clicking the jukebox.
Friday, September 28, 2012
From the artist Cat Matta:
"Another one of those synchronic images which I finished just before you sent me that picture of Tony's Our Lady painting. Sometimes life is so mystical and beautiful. Peace and love to you, Brother Tony and the ever-amazing Krishna Kitties, too!"
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I hope I haven’t jinxed Betty White by placing her alongside her three departed co-stars for this painting, but I’m happy I can tell who is who, even though they are all skeletons.
I have memories of “The Golden Girls” going back twenty five years, and though the painting seems a bit silly to me, like the show, I painted it out of respect for these four women.
“The Golden Muertos”
24” x 30”
Acrylic on Canvas
Glad it’s October, Tony
Amid the news coverage of the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and now Southern California, I envisioned my next still life as not so still, but quivering and shaking during an earthquake. It was hard, but I forced myself not to use any black in this painting.
“Anthuriums In An Earthquake”
20” x 30”
Acrylic on Canvas
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The most famous church in Albuquerque, this is San Felipe Neri in Old Town. Completed in 1793, it replaced the 1706 church that was destroyed by floods and the Comanches.
Like all of my landscapes, it's completely out of scale, off color. and the wrong proportions. Just the way I like it!
"San Felipe Neri, Albuquerque"
24" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
Freezing here, TONY
oday, Saturday, in a parody of some science fiction movie, I am making a flying leap to attempt to jump thru the gateway that leads back to a place I call "the zone".
"What is this place?" you ask. Well, it is a intangible state of being where I can both focus, and not focus. A place where I can be enough in the day to day world, so that I can successfully execute my career -- but not be of that world, so that I can devote my finest energy and concentration to personally strategic long range goals.
This week was one where I was pulled many different directions at once, and I suffered a minor stress related fracture due to the mutually exclusive concurrent demands being made upon me. Somewhere in all this bullsh*t I passed out, and then awoke finding myself on a fast track to nowhere... and that pissed me off, and scared me more than a little. So...I am taking matters back into my own hands, and racing for "the zone" portal and leaping through, lest it snap shut trapping me in the bullsh*t zone.
Black-eyed angels swam with me
A moon full of stars and astral cars
All the things I used to see
All my lovers were there with me
All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt
Recovering from the annual flu shot. Seemed to have a bit of abad reaction to it this year. Not sure why I was hit so hard. I normally enjoy good health. That may have added to the feeling of discombobulation that I have.
So my love Catherina and me
Decide to take our last walk
Through the noise to the sea
Not to die but to be re-born
Away from a life so battered and torn....
There is a theme in this week's music, which is one of escaping back to submerged underwater worlds. Sort of a stand in for what I discussed at the beginning of this post. Will follow up this post with a Tony de Carlo painting from 1997 on the very same theme.
1. Bakif We start with classic Duke Ellington from his 1940's band. Duke, the great American musical genius with a career that spanned that spanned six decades. He never rested on his laurels, instead choosing to perpetual reinvention by reworking his vast repertoire finding the things in the old, and by continually adding new compositional gems up until the end.
This band (the “The Blanton-Webster Band”) is seriously stunning. The composition is exotic, latinesque and complex. The violin solo that winds thru this number is out of this world. Someday I will write about his musical alter ego – the shy and very gay Billy Strayhorn, who became his most trusted musical confidant. One of those great straight man gay man pairings that are so wonderful and unique (I know all about these pairings).
2. Pyramid Song By Radiohead and from from their 2001 Amnesiac CD. I included two RELATED YouTube vids above. The first is a live performance from La Belle France, and the other is the "official" video. It portrays a scuba diver examining the remains of a submerged life and its artifacts. This topic has been on my mind a lot this winter and is is something I will be writing about in my next “Road Trip Diary” post. Go here to learn more about Pyramid Song.
3. 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) Damn I love this song which is from the great Electric Ladyland by Seattle's own Jimi Hendrix. I have some wonderful LSD memories of thsi song and the hullicinations that occurred while listening to it.
The title track asks the musical question "Have you ever been to Electric LadyLand?" and then Jimi supplies his own answer "Well I have!" . Ditto for me. The picture above is the original UK LP gate fold, which was banned in the US. Yes, I added a few tweaks.
BTW: while I am here, "Hillary for President in 2016". Despite the collage, she is a remarkable woman and her husband Bill is a remarkable man. Would LOVE to see them back in the White House after the Obama second term.
4. You Haven't Done Nothing by Stevie Wonder from his 1974 LP Fullfillingness' First Finale.
This song is the finishing garnish that completes this week’s Soup recipe. Click here to read the lyrics and start the guessing game as to why it is an ingredient.
All of this makes it's way into this week's soup. You can strat your first serving of Saturday Night Soup for the Soul by clicking the jukebox.