Perfectly blissed out since hearing this tune at work today :)
Yūgen (幽玄): an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious to be described.
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems, and was also the name of a style of poetry (one of the ten orthodox styles delineated by Fujiwara no Teika in his treatises).
Yugen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience. All of these are portals to yugen:
"To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." Zeami Motokiyo
Zeami was the originator of the dramatic art form Noh theatre and wrote the classic book on dramatic theory (Kadensho). He uses images of nature as a constant metaphor. For example, “snow in a silver bowl” represents “the Flower of Tranquility”. Yugen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”. It is used to refer to Zeami’s interpretation of “refined elegance” in the performance of Noh. via: wiki - image: towardsmagz
After a year outside in the Canadian wilds, the Quaker Oat Cam is home and I’ve processed the image. Above is what 365 days (plus or minus) looks like from a telephone pole near the horse barn at Bondi Village. Given the few thousand miles between myself and the camera, there was zero opportunity to do anything but wait until we returned to Bondi for our annual family vacation.
I’m feeling the urge to make more cameras, toss them into the wild and then sit on my hands for a few months.
Born in Harlow, Essex, England, the New York-based artist Samantha Keely Smith’s artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and the tidal sweep of our emotional life, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. She attempts to map the place where these worlds intersect. The translucent layers of paint, contrasting soft ethereal brushwork and harder edged sweeping gestures, echo this divergence and depict a timeless place that hovers between dream and reality in a way that is simultaneously alluring and menacing. The work exhibits the struggle between and among the variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory, and which therefore constantly undermine our psychic and social coherence even as they endow us with vitality, soul, and life.
Tom Waits, on the occasion of his induction into the rock and roll hall of fame.
HAWAII BAR August 15, 2013
photos by Karl Leung
If you live in Toronto, tomorrow night (August 28, 2013 - 9:30pm till late) is your last chance to see ¡DO! perform at Hawaii Bar this summer!
These photos of the band are extra special because the film, flash, and lens were gifted, or on semi-permanent loan to me courtesy of my mentors C.I. and W.S.
A rare type of cloud known as a Morning Glory cloud can stretch 1,000 kilometers long and occur at altitudes up to two kilometers high. Although similar roll clouds have been seen at specific places across the world, the ones over Burketown, Queensland Australia occur predictably every spring. Long, horizontal, circulating tubes of air might form when flowing, moist, cooling air encounters an atmospheric layer where air temperature increases with height. Pictured above, photographer Mick Petroff captured some Morning Glory clouds from his airplane near the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia.
¡DO! is off until August 15 while Chris and Simeon play with other projects. In the meantime please enjoy some fantastic photos taken by Karl Leung, all on vintage cameras. They really capture the spirit of Aloha and generosity we enjoy at the Hawaii Bar. We’re playing three more Thursdays in August (15, 22, 29), please join us! Mahalo!
Chris and Simeon, the big kahunas of exotica/jazz phonque performed an incredible night’s worth of music for us, and this was a rockin party.