Monday, September 19, 2011

On my mind

Two phrases have been circulating in my head over the past few days. One is a lyric from a song called Tutti lo sanno by The Marine Girls "Hate is a passion and that's near to love anyway" and the other phrase is just something that was floating around when I woke up the other morning "How close can you get to something without touching it?" I was trying to demonstrate this concept to a friend by putting my thumb as close to my forefinger as I could without skin touching skin.

If you hold your fingers up to the light when doing the above exercise, a tiny sliver of light should be visible between your thumb and forefinger. It's this weird space I reckon, almost imperceptible to the naked eye but existent every single time we reach out to touch an object or another human being. That one moment before the actuality of contact, between something not happening and happening. Touch cannot be simulated which I think is why it is romanticized so readily.

As for the Marine Girls - they were a post punk group from the late 70s/80s and I sort of feel like with the above lyric they're kind of referencing Joni Mitchell's song People's Parties from the 1974 album Court and Spark - "Laughin' and cryin' you know it's the same release". Alluding to interconnectivity between intense emotions, how they get distorted the more passionately you feel them. There are people I love so much, with so much vigor that at such an extreme point I'm not sure if it is love anymore or just a passion, both positive and negative but at the same time neither, just existent.

In this penultimate paragraph I'd normally try and summarize and conclude by relating the two points I have made in this post together, but tonight it's not going to happen. Too much time spent at Art School has made me grow tired of extracting obscure connections and justifying them. These are just things I have been thinking about.

I made a playlist that you can download here: and below the track listing are some drawings I did today.

1. Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend and Lover
2. Gonna Get Along Without You Now - Skeeter Davis
3. In Love/Honey - The Marine Girls
4. Mother Nature's Son - The Beatles
5. People's Parties [Live] - Joni Mitchell
6. You And Me - Penny and the Quarters
7. Baby It's You - The Shirelles
8. Shoop Shoop De Doop Rama - The Clinger Sisters
9. Jeane - The Smiths
10. Tutti lo sanno - The Marine Girls
11. La pluie du ceil - Chantal Goya
12. Kimberly - Patti Smith
13. Guess Who - Gladys Knight and the Pips

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