5.26.2011

THE MAGIC ROCKING HORSE

song for you by Pinkerton's Assorted Colours.


Another fairy tale hit, MIRROR MIRROR, by this sixties British pop band with its ever evolving name.

5.25.2011

Window Kitty



5.23.2011

KIKI DE M

It's time for a few words from our beloved Queen of Montparnasse about her life in PARIS.

Chapter XX, 1922, FOUJITA

"I also posed for Foujita.

The thing that astonished him about me was the lack of hair on my sexual parts. He often used to come over and put his nose above the spot to seeif the hair hadn't started to sprout while I'd been posing. Then, he'd pipe up with that thin little voice of his: 'That's ve' funnyno hairs! Why your feet so dirty?'

I had a mania for going around in my bare feet and he'd forgotten to lay down any rugs!"

An excerpt from The Education of a French Model: Kiki's Memoirs.



I LOVE her. She is completely unpretentious and good.

No rugs, for shame! I find myself in similar situations often. How do one's feet get so dirty? Better yet, where does one find nice rugs?

The envy of all, Foujita was the first among artists in Montparnasse to have a bathtub with hot water. Perhaps he was nice enough to let her use it!

5.17.2011

SIBYLLE

Sibylle Baier recorded 14 songs in her living room on a reel-to-reel machine in Germany in the early seventies. At the time, she shared tapes of these songs with a few friends, among them was Wim Wenders. After acting in one of his films and recording her lovely songs, she set off to live life and raise babies. Her son uncovered the tapes this past decade and gave copies to family and friends, where after they were released for everyone (because they are so AMAZING). Thank you, Robby Baier.

Sibylle writes such neat English language lyrics. There is so much more play in her words as she allows for language to be more fluid and meaning less stoic. I wonder why she chose to sing in English. It is particularly curious since there doesn't seem to be an intended audience outside of her community in Stuttgart. But maybe she dreamed or maybe she just liked the sound of a foreign language on her tongue. Whatever the reason it's perfect!

A sample:

Tonight, when I came home from work,
there he unforeseen,
sat in my kitchen buttering himself a bread
and the cat was on his knee and
smiled at me (Tonight)

A favorite:

When I grow old I shall wear the bottom of my trousers rolled
(Says Elliott)

Another:

Forgett came in my house yesterday (Forgett)





Sibylle makes the most pretty music. When I was a working girl and commuting home every night on the freeways of Los Angeles, I would put her CD on and feel (she even has a song about DRIVING). Tonight always felt like tonight. It eased me back into being human. There is so much internal movement in Sibylle's songs. She makes my brain sway.

5.10.2011

WE ARE SIAMESE IF YOU PLEASE









President Rutherford B. Hayes' wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, was gifted a Siamese cat in 1878 from a United States diplomat in Bangkok. She was the first president's wife to be called First Lady and Siam was the first Siamese cat to be brought to the US.  She lived in the White House along with an entire menagerie and was the favorite of young daughter Fanny. Less then a year after receiving her, while the family was away at Spiegel Grove on holiday, Siam became ill. The White House staff tried lots of tricks, they fed her fish, chicken, duck, cream and oysters to no avail. They sent for the President's personal physician who prescribed her beef tea and milk every three house (MMMMMM BEEF TEA). Sadly, Siam did not get better. Fanny's friend, Nelly McCrary, daughter of the Secretary of War wrote to her friend about the doctor's prognosis "he thinks she will die and I do to[o]." Five days later she died.

MORALE: DON'T LEAVE YOUR CAT ALONE AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHILE YOU GO ON VACAY. SHE WILL DIE.

We are Siamese if you please, we are Siamese if you don't please.
We are former residents of Siam, there is no finer cat then I am.

5.06.2011

DREAM SHOES

Last night I dreamt of shoe shopping. In my dream my sister worked at a shop that was going out of business and was selling all of their stock for half price. The two pairs of shoes that I purchased were a pair of tall stacked heel glitter boots and a pair of flat platform crisscross black strappy Rachel Comey sandals.

My DREAM shoes (kinda):






PRETTY PRETTY PRINCESS SHOES! Miu Miu has made the prettiest shoes of all! I like the pink suede strappy glitter heel number BEST! The ones I dreamed of were plain glitter & tall, but these will do.

The other shoes I picked up DREAM shopping:


Not so dreamy, but very sturdy. In my dream, the heel was not cutout, they had just a straight curved flat platform. To be fair, I was only buying them in the dream because they were on sale. 


DEAR DREAMY SHOE GODS,
PLEASE SEND ME THE PINK GLITTER MIU MIUS. 
XO 

5.05.2011

KITTY COLLAGES


 

This is my favorite type of art. Pretty and not too serious. I would put this on my wall. I would print this on a pillow and cuddle it. I like your collages, Stephen Eichhorn.

By the way, my kitty does this strange thing. She slightly opens her mouth at times in this very disconcerting way (I feel like she is inhaling my soul). Have you seen cats do this? Apparently they have vomeronasal organs at the top of their mouths and are attempting to better smell you. But you'd think they would have evolved other ways of doing this, keeping one's mouth ajar is very impolite and scary!