"Fast Horse" (Tori Amos cover)

15 May 2011

A cover of Tori Amos' "Fast Horse" (from the Abnormally Attracted to Sin album). I broke the high E string on my guitar a few minutes beofre recording this (oops!) so it's a 5-string version (LOL)

I'm no great guitarist, but I like to play, and when I discovered that I knew most of the chords for the rythum guitar accompaniment for Fast Horse, well, I just had to learn it! Maybe someday I'll do another recording, with all 6 strings in tact. (LOL)

If you're not familiar with this song, it's about a woman's need to get back to her Cherokee roots, her need to turn away from needless materialism and ungreatfulness for the things she has in her life. She's let Bad Medicine into her life, and he's been hurtful, damaging, and a corruptive force in her life. Good Medicine is the wise voice of her ancestors, the fibres of her Native Self even, reminding her and guiding her with helpful and healing advice. He says she needs to find a healer, maybe even a Shaman, to "smoke out" Bad Medicine, and help her to be greatful for her simple gifts, and to remember who she is, from the roots to the core.

There are currents in this song that strike me deeply, and resonate... The first time I heard it, I lit the Sage, invited Good Medicine to come in... I cleansed, and I remembered...

When I sing this song, I feel Spirits come near, and some of them hum and chant softly with me. Some are silent, just listening. When I sing it, I feel the Sage smoldering, and my roots remember.

The latest albino faerie is painted!

13 May 2011

"Équinoxe de l'Automne" is finished with watercolour and graphite pencil.

She and I have had several long conversations over the last few weeks, and it seems she finds my questions impertinent, and always replies with "None of your business." So, that being that, the contents of her little box are still unknown to me. When I inquire, she says: "You don't want to know."

Although certainly not a "bad faerie", she is unlikely to be much of anyone's friend, except perhaps for little white mice and small, fluttering creatures. She's silent, and stealthy, and appears suddenly from under shadow and branch, always accompanied by an gathering of little whispering companions. She may smile at you, and you are wise to smile in return... but do not ask to know what secrets she holds... you would be wiser to be without such wisdom. The most likely time to see her out-and-about is on the Autumn Equinox, particularly at the twylight of the evening, when both the sun and moon are hidden in haze of orange and violet light.

Sumi-e Styled Dragonflies

12 May 2011

I love ancient Chinese and sumi-e styled painting... so graceful, spontaneous, and gorgeous!

Although I don't have proper sumi-e brushes, I thought I'd try some of the techniques as best as I could, using synthetic watercolour brushes. Here are a few of the dragonflies that I painted last week, using transparent watercolour on paper...

I found this kind of painting to be freeing... the subtlety, the mixture of intent and spontaneity... it's focusing, inside... outside.