Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I am working on a hybrid, cross-genre memoir that combines essays, art criticism, personal memoir and other ruminations that should be of interest to readers. It's reveals my viewpoint on existential questions and art, my art and special effect photography and different opinion, from an outsider perspective. The excerpt below is part of a discussion of Matisyahu, Jimi Hendrix and, the value I place on their unique brand of genius.

Ultimately Mixed,

A Memoir with Self Analysis & Musings of an Afro-Euro, Italo & Daoist Han Chinese Abstractionist

I believe that Matisyahu Miller is a young performer who will continue to prove and improve himself at the transcendent level pushing his voice and cross-genre vocalisms to new levels of beauty in the years to come. I sense we have a not only a great deal to look forward to from Matisyahu Miller but, a great many wonderful surprises in terms of his contributions.

The caliber of these two huge talents, Hendrix and now, Matisyahu, serves as a role model to me and my creative efforts as a fine artist and special effects photographer. These vocalists exemplify for me, the finest, the artistically bravest and most daring artists whose vocals create something new and hybrid which is uniquely beautiful and innovative.

The themes of love, freedom and faith that Matisyahu sings of go beyond the sentiment of so much of American popular music, including some Rap music when with some Rap musicians we get the material world alright but it's ultimately boring and childish. We hear the same staccato, drumming over and over. We hear the same "shower" lyrics. Worldly interests that rappers sing about are limited to childish ramblings such as, showering girls with Champagne in the VIP room at clubs and, how nice it is to have so much money. Ultimately empty and meaningless lyrics one simply can't get much mileage out of or value of any kind for that matter because there is none. It makes no difference, young or old listeners, it dumbs us down.


Gertrude Stein Collaberations with Nazi Regime & Current Metropolitan Museum Exhibition of the Stein Family Art Holdings

Alan Dershowitz has written a real shocker of an article about Gertrude Stein and her collaborations with the Nazi regime.  I am posting it here because it is in conjunction with a major museum exhibition of the Stein family's fine art, now exhibiting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I found the content of the article to be so shocking that, I haven't completely collected my thoughts and feelings on what I have read.  It is an important article and, I wanted to share it with visitors who are familiar with and or interested in Gertrude Stein and some straight forward, like it was telling by Alan Derskowtiz.