i love words and music and writing and poetry and art and adornment and art as adornment and adornment as art and the hand in art and adornment as an artistic accent and passion and process and the act of creating something and following your nose and your passion and the movement through the fog and coming out of the myst in to the tangible. and tilting at windmills and all that.
i love a lot of peoplethingsplacesfeelings.
and some of the things that i love are the pieces of writing that follows. so much so that i need(ed) to spend (lots of) time hammering them into metal.
i have most of their albums and even though i have a few other bands on the chrysalis label, whenever i see that blue with white label from either near or far it evokes such a distinct ...feeling. of blondie or a time of blondie in my life. so vivid it's almost a scent. too undefined (or specific) to really describe by words. but it definitely exists somewhere in side of me.
and this video! that takes me right back to the days after school at my best friend nina's house, drinking diet coke from glass bottles, eating oreos and greenpepperonion pizza from secret pizza. and watching mtv when mtv only played videos. which was amazing and awesome. and ALL of the music.
i knew when i started this piece it would be wordy and long, and while that may seem like a no-duh statement, i didn't correctly estimate just how nearly endless this song is. i thought if i made the panels large enough it would be a single bracelet, then as it went on i decided it would be a choker. it grew past a sensible choker length and evolved into the paired wonder woman wrist adornment that it is now. which is perfect for so many reasons.
oh man. whatever. so much has been said. not exactly sure why Mr. Bowie's passing rattled me so. my mind keeps going to something I read that Ozzy said "I guess I thought he would live forever." sigh. lots of people have shared how they heard the news or where they were or what their reaction was. mine isn't terribly interesting - but here it is, anyways. i woke up for no reason i could tell at 4:30am eastern us time - and picked up my phone which i really can't stand to do and usually wouldn't at that time. but i did. and on top of that i opened instagram. and saw a bowie photo. then another, which i thought was a little odd. then another and then i thought oh no oh no. sigh.
i had planned to do this piece really quite a while ago. and then after january 10, i got pretty confused as to which song i wanted to do. moonage daydream, lazarus, rocknroll suicide - so many . then ultimately went back to heroes. good lord.
after spending time with this poem/passion/song as i end up spending with the hours each of the projects require, i think this piece would be an amazing engagement set - either two identical(ish) bolts with the song in total on each, or smaller bolts with the song in continuation across both. for those who do not prefer rings. and/or the traditional.
and dang it! lemmy. ok. sigh.
ace of spades
wow. listening to this always ALWAYS amps my adrenaline. LOVE it and for a fairly short song, they packed a lot of words in that space. (dammit) rock and roll perfection. and the rocknroll stance is even better. motorhead was so cool for a bunch of reasons but one i remember is, in the stringent and closely adhered to social classifications of 1980's high school culture, it was one of the few bands the skate punks and the metalheads could share. not that they (the skate punks and the metalheads) really cared about sharing anything with each other, but i thought both were pretty neat and it made my mid high school transition from iowa city, iowa to muncie, indiana easier to be able to speak both languages. but that's a post for another time.
and again. after spending more than a few hours with the lyrics (and consequently more than a few days with the song embedded in my head) it would make an amazing, shared ode to love - devil may care till death do us part in your face awesome (in either ring or pendant form). check it out here. (lovinganvil.com/shop/aceofspades)
i think i was ...14 years old when i committed jabberwocky to memory. we were still living in iowa city, so i must have been about 14. or 15 but i think 14. so in between angsty teenage stuff and listening to bowie, motorhead, the avengers, dead kennedys, blondie, stiff legged sheep (if you know anything about the band the stiff legged sheep email me! they were my faves then) etc etc, i loved reading lewis carroll and norton juster and all that long before anyone had called anything steam punk. as far as i knew, anyways. i wasn't running with groups that talked much about reading of any sort. i remember feeling that it stuck to memory fairly easily and was surprised by that. and all these years later i can still recite it well - although when i made these i absolutely had the book in front of me. no need to get cocky.
i though this was vincent price reading. so i went with it. now i'm not so sure who's reading it but it's the one i liked most from the choices i found. man, youtube is something else with all their ads. i remember when the youtubes was a new kid in town...
sympathy for the devil.
not much needs to be said about this song. and this piece sold almost as soon as it came off the bench. but i would love to do it again. so drop a line and lets. the words are amazing, and the whole thing ridiculously rhythmic. internal rhyme, external rhyme, the ground covered, the suggested and the obvious. awesome.
i spent a lot of time looking at the various video versions and this is by far my favorite. i mean, speaking purely of the fashion i think i was born in the wrong era. it’s too much.