Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My New Favorite Music

iTunes has become my new favorite waste of time. I want to fill my new red iPod nano with new music in addition to my standby favorites. There are artists I love and will never get enough of (namely Buffy Sainte-Marie), but there are new ones that have captured my attention.

Right now I’ve found two recent releases that I love, and a glimpse of a new CD that I cannot wait to buy.

First there’s Kelly Clarkson’s “My December.” As an artist she has grown tremendously and this CD shows a stronger more confident woman. The songs are brutally honest and introspective. It’s by far her best work and a great step forward. I hope she doesn’t backtrack and fall prey to the demands of the pop-music executives who want to fit her into that pop-kitty category. I applaud Kelly for standing firm and pursuing her own musical direction.

The second CD comes as an incredible surprise. It’s Maximo Park’s “Our Earthly Pleasures.” I just downloaded it the other night and cannot stop listening to it. It’s got great energy, great production, and great songs. This is the second release for this UK band and if this CD is any indication, they’re gonna be around for a long time.

And finally… Buffy Sainte-Marie is my all-time favorite. Recently Kauai radio played songs from her upcoming CD “Running For The Drum,” due out in March 2008. What I heard is stellar. As a singer/songwriter she continues to be relevant, outspoken, and truthful. Hopefully this CD will bring Buffy the commercial success that has sadly eluded her in the USA.

So there you have it… the music that’s rocking my world these days.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Moonlight On Water

My ten weeks in Kauai have sadly come to an end and I’m now back home in Los Angeles fully immersed in my so-called life. I love living in Los Angeles but there was something about Kauai that unleashed my inner self, my spiritual being; a powerful part of myself I never knew before. For that I am truly, truly grateful.

The night before I left Kauai I wanted to do something that would connect me with Mother Earth one last time. I wanted it to be a personal ceremony, something I never would forget. I thought and thought and thought and on my way back to my hotel room to start packing it came to me…

As the moon rose above the ocean I walked towards the rolling waves. Closer and closer I stepped and with each step I shed a piece of clothing. By the time I reached the beach I was as naked as the day I was born.

I danced. I sang. I jumped in the water. I had a grand ‘ole time.

And that is how I said good-bye to Kauai.

(What were you expecting, pictures? No way! Just use your imagination.)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Up, Up, and Away

To celebrate my last weekend on the beautiful island of Kauai I went with a group of friends for a helicopter ride over the island.

At first I was a bit apprehensive because for years I’ve suffered a fear of heights. Rollercoasters, Ferris Wheels, Stepladders, open balconies, and glass elevators would create such fear that I couldn’t move.

So when I got invited for the helicopter ride I immediately decided I’d forego the opportunity of a lifetime and spend the day walking around Kapaa and treating myself to mango flavored shaved ice. Then I thought about it and decided I was a complete ass for even thinking about not partaking. I dug deep inside myself for an ounce of courage and made my way to the helicopter landing.

It wasn’t until I got there that I was told – and saw - it was a helicopter used in the movie I’m working on, and one without doors. I didn’t have time to panic. My group was the first to go.

As we edged forward to the big metal bird that I was about to entrust my life I just accepted my fate and silently prayed that nothing would go wrong.

I buckled up. The propeller started spinning round. I closed my eyes. Liftoff.

Up, up, and away we went…Beautiful.Absolutely beautiful.It was an incredible experience, one I’ll never forget.

I’ll get the mango flavored shaved ice another time.