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May 2012

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Above: the great June Tabor performs a gorgeous version of Joy Division's "Life With Tear Us Apart," along with her frequent collaborators, The Oyster Band. June is one of the finest British folksingers of all time, and I could listen to her smokey voice forever.

Below, June performs "Strange Affair" (by the brilliant Richard Thompson), accompanied by guitar master Martin Simpson. Simple and stunning.

From the more traditional end of June's repertoire, I also recommend her stirring rendition of the Border Ballad "Hughie Graeme." Alas, I can't embed this 2003 video, but you'll find it here.

The power of story

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses the art and the power of storytelling in the video above. The team that made the video discusses the subject further in an interview in The Atlantic. This video is wonderful, and relevant to all of us who create stories in our various ways. Please don't miss it.

The Boyhood of Raleigh by MillaisThe painting above is by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Stories and wildflowers

Bluebell-fairy magic

Tilly on the bluebell path 1

"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom." 
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Tilly on the bluebell path 2


"Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous."  - Bill Moyers

Tilly on the bluebell path 3

When I pierce the skin of a Devon morning, here's the equation I find within:
Bluebells + stitchwort + campion + sunshine + faithful canine companion = magic.

And that's my story today.

On taking creative risks

Tilly surveys the village 3

"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow." - Julia Cameron

Running downhill

 "The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead." - Charles Eames

Running downhills, 2

 "It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change." - Miles Davis


 "In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?"  - Igor Stravinsky

Love of the land. Love of home, family, and friends. Love of life and art itself. Yes.