When I listen to Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus I always imagine the memo telling her to wear stilettos that she never received

Get to the club in my taxi cab
Everybody’s looking at me now
Like, “Who’s that chick that’s rockin’ kicks?
She gotta be from out of town.”

So hard with my girls not around me
It’s definitely not a Nashville party
'Cause all I see are stilettos
I guess I never got the memo

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Sometimes pop lyrics create ridiculous images in my head. I have decided to depict some of these using google images and openoffice.
Here is the image that comes to mind during the first 2 lines of Katy Perry’s Firework:
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

Sometimes pop lyrics create ridiculous images in my head. I have decided to depict some of these using google images and openoffice.

Here is the image that comes to mind during the first 2 lines of Katy Perry’s Firework:

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

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The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect | Poets and Writers

'the Internet has also been a great aggregator of anxiety and an enabler of our worst tendencies. It has allowed us to trumpet our own opinions, to win attention by broadcasting our laziest and cruelest judgments, to grind axes in public. It has made us feel, in some perverse sense, that we are entitled to do so.'

'People wind up feeling powerless, which leads them to seek the cheapest available form of power: the power to judge.'

'But entitlement is the enemy of artistic progress, which requires patience and gratitude and, above all, humility.'

'A story is important because a human being made it, not because it ran in this or that magazine or anthology.’

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Redeemed - Amitava Kumar interviews Cheryl Strayed

So many good things to take from this but this is one of my favs:

'My job is to simply keep doing the work. Like—well, you know—a motherfucker.'

also

'Ask yourself: What is the best I can do? And then do that.’

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Metal Mike: Dispelling the Myth of Being Self-Taught | Guitar World

Now I know what to say when people tell me they don’t want to learn music theory because it will stifle their creativity:

"Imagine you decide to brush up on your English. You study it from a reputable source and become great at it. You learn new words, new ways to put together sentences, etc. Can you still forget it all and talk like a caveman if you want to? You sure can. This is always your choice. No one is going to pull words out of your brain. Would it make it easier to know several ways to express a thought with the new words you’ve learned? Of course it would.

By learning more, you have more choices, not to mention possibilities you didn’t know existed.”

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Leonard Cohen on Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting

I’m writing all the time. And as the songs begin to coalesce, I’m not doing anything else but writing. I wish I were one of those people who wrote songs quickly. But I’m not. So it takes me a great deal of time to find out what the song is. So I’m working most of the time.

[…]

To find a song that I can sing, to engage my interest, to penetrate my boredom with myself and my disinterest in my own opinions, to penetrate those barriers, the song has to speak to me with a certain urgency.

To be able to find that song that I can be interested in takes many versions and it takes a lot of uncovering.

[…]

My immediate realm of thought is bureaucratic and like a traffic jam. My ordinary state of mind is very much like the waiting room at the DMV… So to penetrate this chattering and this meaningless debate that is occupying most of my attention, I have to come up with something that really speaks to my deepest interests. Otherwise I nod off in one way or another. So to find that song, that urgent song, takes a lot of versions and a lot of work and a lot of sweat.

But why shouldn’t my work be hard? Almost everybody’s work is hard. One is distracted by this notion that there is such a thing as inspiration, that it comes fast and easy. And some people are graced by that style. I’m not. So I have to work as hard as any stiff, to come up with my payload.

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Jenny Holzer, “Survival Series”

My fav is 'Spit all over someone with a mouthful of milk if you want to find out something about their personality fast'

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Jenny Holzer, “Survival Series”

My fav is 'Spit all over someone with a mouthful of milk if you want to find out something about their personality fast'

(Source: nautics, via fleurishes)

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - That’s All

'We've got to have more love, more understanding, everyday of our lives, and that's all'

I’m with you Rosetta, but you forgot cheese! We’ve got to have more cheese too.

Seriously though, original guitar goddess.

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Like any normal narcissist I like to google my work every now and then to see if anyone has plucked my video from obscurity, and I always love that ‘Holy Women of Byzantium' is in the top 20 search results

Like any normal narcissist I like to google my work every now and then to see if anyone has plucked my video from obscurity, and I always love that ‘Holy Women of Byzantium' is in the top 20 search results

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The Joy of the Guitar Riff

Great programme, but sad not to have seen ANY Jimi!? Also very little on two of my favourite riffbusters Jimmy Page and Keith Richards, but happy that this left space for a good segment on female guitar players (Joan Jett and Lita Ford of the Runaways, Heart, and Jennifer Batten) and sexism in rock, as well as unconventional/avante garde riffy stuff from Robert Fripp and My Bloody Valentine.

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 Sylvan Esso - “Hey Mami” - Noisey Acoustics

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Photo Real: On Photoshop, Feminism, and Truth | VICE United States

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'They could take or leave you, so they took you, and they left you'

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