Archive for January, 2011

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Una Música Brutal

January 19, 2011

by Maya

Hey you! I already told you that I am taking dance classes with my boyfriend. Last Monday we learned our first tango moves.  And then I found this stunning piece from Gotan Project. Enjoy! 🙂

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M. Ward – a well-kept secret

January 7, 2011

by Gibson Hummingbird

I would like to introduce you to a truly gifted musician and songwriter  –  M. Ward. You might know him from Monster of Folk or from the band She & Him (with Zooey Deschanel) however his solo work is amazing. A few days ago I listened to some of his tracks and was mesmerized by them. His music is sort of timeless; you don’t find it that often nowadays.

Growing up in Portland M. Ward released his first solo debut “Duet for Guitars” in 2001 followed by 6 other records. His last album  “Hold Time” was released in 2009. In 2006 he got together with Zoey Deschanel as the band She & Him. And then in 2009 he formed the band Monster of Folk  with Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and My Morning Jacket star Jim James.

This guy is a real genius…always ready for surprises…can’t wait for more.

By the way M stands for Matthew.

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Remember the Classics: Pink Floyd

January 5, 2011

by Maya



Today I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Coming back to life” on my ipod and once again realized how beautiful and meditative its lyrics and melody are. Enjoy!

Where were you when I was burned and broken
While the days slipped by from my window watching
Where were you when I was hurt and helpless
Because the things you say and the things you do surround me
While you were hanging yourself on someone else’s words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun
And headed straight..into the shining sun

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Me, and you, and… someone else- “The Other Man”

January 4, 2011

by Charlie:

“They belong together, their whole life. They complement one another, and if one of them disappears, the other one will lose the right to exist.”  This could be a great metaphor for a perfect pair of shoes. But what if you transfer this to a relationship???

“The Other Man” tells a story about a woman who loves two men. But is that really possible?

And, does that make you happy or is it just double cheating???

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Lykke Li

January 2, 2011

by Kaede

Recently I found this wonderful and charming swedish girl. I really like her eccentric style, I guess that I also have a soft spot for the little swedish folk. I don’t know why, but they have some kind of a subtle energy that I think is refreshing and inspiring. Anyhow, hope you like her music.


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– 2011 –

January 1, 2011

by Gibson Hummingbird

365 days are over again and already its 2011 – I don’t know why but Dec 31st is just not my day…it’s weird but I don’t like to say “good bye” to a year 😉 …anyway the last year has been quite good to me. I quit  a job that I hated and started a new one which I love…I was able to see places that I’ve never imagined to see and met so many interesting people. Some of them I will never see again and some will stay with me for a quite while. It’s been a great year and I can only hope that 2011 will be as good as the last year.

“Everyday when you wake up, you are gonna choose what that day is going to be. It can suck or it can be amazing. It can be terrible or it can be good. And you can decide to make whatever day it is a good day.”

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Letting go …. of 2010!

January 1, 2011

by Maya

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2011 brings you joy, happiness, health, success and so much more!

Before fully embarking on the adventures that this new year has to offer I too would like to take a closer look back at the past year. For me 2010 was an extraordinary year, extremely remarkable in so many ways. There were several moments that were special; some of them will stay with me forever.

Last January I experienced a truly liberating moment when I passed my final exam to get my second degree. For the past two years I had lived in a fish bowl, studying and working full time. And it was such an overwhelming feeling when all the hard work finally paid off and I came back to life again.

Attending dance classes with my boyfriend is another little gem of my 2010. It took me 6 years to convince him. I love dancing because it is one of the things that make me happy and I always wanted to learn how to dance. There is something indescribably intimate and erotic about a man and a woman who can dance. And it is amazing how much a couple can bond over dancing.

Our annual skiing holidays have been one of my personal highlights for the past 5 years. My boyfriend taught me how to ski 6 years ago. I really had a hard time learning because I am not the sportiest person. But now I can handle the red slopes and I am so incredibly proud of myself. It is one of the most exhilarating feelings: standing on top of the mountain and watching the snow, the sun and blue sky create the most overwhelming scenery. Those moments are really precious to me.


Reconnecting with my friends is another big point on this list. In 2010 I had so many special moments with my closest friends. In the last few years I had somehow neglected my friends and it may only be due to their commitment that these friendships had survived the test of time. In 2010 I finally managed to come out of my selfish bubble and really interact with the people who had been with me for such a long time.

This past summer I had to face another challenge: turning 30. 🙂 Oh, I was so scared of the big evil 30. It sounded so old, it didn’t feel like me. It felt like time was overtaking me. But then it was surprisingly easy. I had the most amazing birthday party with my family, most of my closest friends and colleagues. It was one of the best evenings of my life. Ironically, now at 30 I finally feel great in my own skin. I have never been in a better frame of mind, body and soul. It is like somehow all the pieces fell into place. In 2010 I felt strong, confident and sexy.


And there was also one thing that I finally managed to realize: the importance of letting go. Letting go of the age-old insecurities, of the pressure from without and from within, from what people expect you to be and your perfect image of yourself; letting go of people and of your own expectations towards them; of the past and, most importantly, of the future. Let go and just be. I still have a long way to go, so many things to learn about myself and my place in the world. But now I know that self-development is a lifelong process and I am looking forward to it. And how boring would it be if you were the perfect you at 18? 😉

I would like to close my own private 2010 with a quote by Albert Schweitzer:

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”