The fine art of Luxuriating

In this age of instant messaging, instant gratification, instant news, instant access, instant food, and..well, instant everything; we have forgotten about languid luxuriating. People still relax, but it usually involves iPads, iPhones, laptops, or some other device. We cannot seem to stop instagramming, tweeting, engaging on Facebook, or other social media platforms. Nobody seems to know how to switch-off and just enjoy our own company; our own inner dialogue. Why not appreciate lying around and really relaxing? We should all luxuriate more. (I do!)

You could enjoy breakfast in bed …
..or sleeping in …..
You could lie around eating bon-bons, and petit fours, all by yourself …
Make yourself a frou-frou cocktail …
Or you could..I dunno…..do whatever she’s doing (?)

You’re Not Gonna Believe Who This Guy’s Dad Is…

Aaaaaaaanyway…

I was very serious about creating this image. I wanted to present J.C. with reverence and respect, with a personal truth but also with something very new. The same son of God, depicted in the same stylized and over-painted way we have seen him for generations yet with a new ethnicity. Hispanic is my update. I thought maybe it could sell in South America. My honest and uncensored depiction of Jesus would not be complete without a divine sensuality that heats a forbidden glowing layer of desire…like a glossy layer of clear love smeared over his lips, his watery eyes, over his whole beautiful face. The content of this art comes with your pondering stare – making it blurry in your mind as you gaze into it and beyond it’s few details. This is introspection, the individual’s unique third-eye point of view . I hoped to put all that on top of the half-man’s mortal masculinity that made this famous prophet, at least in this artist’s mind, quite hot.

Thanks MSM For Respecting Our Music

Thanks Manhattan School Of Music for allowing me to present some of the greatest house music in history to such a receptive crowd of musical academics and for recognizing my community’s unique form of dance music as important, highly developed, influential and relevant. Rest in peace Frankie Knuckles and all those masters, mixers, dancers, artists and beat lovers who have danced beyond this world. Our beat marks the very passing of time, itself a beautiful and fascinating illusion. See? Sometimes there is some pretty enlightening stuff happening out there on those dark dancefloors!

How about this suggestion? – The Philosophy of House Music (Focus ’90s) 101 with Professor Billy Beyond DJ – sign up soon, space is limited!

Never Lose Sight of Your Sound

You must always continue to research, re-listen and reconsider your collection of lounge music. Edit it. If it’s rotten, toss it. Don’t stop the stream of collecting. If you gave up on vinyl then you just have to finger through the dusty stacks in another way – and with no dust so that’s good.

You may know of my penchant for The Brass Ring. I discovered them in Los Angeles which is typically my style because they were the East Coast answer to Herb Alpert in the golden age of instrumentals, the late 1960’s. In this group of talented studio musicians a guy named Phil Bodner plays Herb Alpert. The only switch being his saxophone replaces Herb’s trumpet and, well, very few people could ever be as cute and sexy as Herb Alpert so there’s that aspect too. I recently had to tell Alexa to shut down, turn off the TV and silence my phone when I noticed this track sneaking out of my imac in the corner of the room. This one deserves a clear high-volume referencing. The Album is “Love Theme From Flight of the Pheonix” and this is a Dunhill Records recording. You can find it on Spotify (click the album below to find it) and I suggest you make it a part of your permanent lounge music collection.

The Shadow of Your Smile – The Brass Ring

From the Album Love Theme From Flight Of The Pheonix
Please DO NOT SMOKE IN BED. Maybe that’s why she is alone there…helleaux.

I Like This One Better

Better than POSE I mean. This series is real. It’s interesting because life is so damn interesting…WHEN YOU ARE IN IT, DARLING! Catch, this show is cyoot to a taste. You may see some of the girls from ovah dare up in this program and you can see Dashaun in it too. Oooh Dashaun. Kissy.

Check it, it’s from Viceland and it’s cawled MY HOUSE

This series is approved for viewing by The Legendary House of Beyond which is brand new and legendary at the same time…uh huh. You want information about the house? – you know the number… 917-397-0759 – We are currently recruitering members of all experience levels including older than me…IF YOU CAN STILL TAKE IT between your daily Geritol and Metamucil doses! (can I get a Senior Coke with that and do you recognize AARP discounts? – cluck )

helleaux. gahbye.

click away now, you’ve got other blogs to blink at, Binky. oh. see? uh huh. This is how it is now. We are The Legendary House Of Beyond and we are so far ahead that when we attend a ball…WE COME EARLY.

The T has been released. Prepare for the coming conflama.

this is done.

Judy, Judy, Judy…

Multitalented. Multifaceted. Multiplicitous. She was a legendary talent and a complex person. It’s nearly impossible to seperate the human being from the mythology. She completely inhabited the countless estimable roles and characters which she embodied completely. I’m unsure why anyone would even consider attempting to portray this enigma. Seriously.

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Pat Dry’s Classic Three Bean Salad

Pat Dry’s Classic 3 Bean Salad:

-1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained

-1 can red beans, rinsed & drained
-Similar amount of green beans, blanched in boiling water 3 minutes & plunged in an ice bath
-1 minced shallot or some finely chopped red onion
-chopped Italian parsley
-simple vinaigrette. I like extra virgin olive oil & white balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice)

Mix it all together. Eat it.

Jingles, Imagination and a dash of Surrealism; advertising in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

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Hello gorgeous!

After a long absence from blogging.. (maybe that’s a good thing for you dear readers?)…. I’m back with my usual musings, random rambling thoughts, and (derailed) train-of-thought, objectless observations.

Let’s consider the state of modern advertising.

(YAWN)

We are constantly bombarded with ads everywhere; from television, radio, Facebook, Instagram and a plethora of other media platforms. Hey, I get it, they all gotta make a buck. (who doesn’t?). My issue is with the way that they advertise. The current template for ads is dull, dull, dull. It’s formulaic stuff with crap about “families” which prominently feature smart-ass, precocious children, and dim witted adults (à la the Disney Channel). Everything is all about portraying inclusivity, and unchallenging normality. It’s all very safe and there is a presiding feeling of sameness. As for the music? Gone are the days of catchy little jingles. Those have been replaced by background music; a mix of uninteresting mainstream pop pablum.

Music is viewed by advertising agencies as an important “background feature” in advertising because of its wide use and ability to enhance viewer “arousal and affect”. Say what? I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine who (if anyone) is being “aroused” by the pedestrian choices of mainstream music paired up with various products. Evidently, the prevailing theory of the huge global advertising/marketing agencies is:

“The value of articulating popular music to a product is seen as very important; especially to advertisers competing with products similar, if not identical, in use-value”.

……blah, blah, blah. Tell me how linking McDonalds Mighty Wings with the song “Lip Read” in a television commercial is selling more chicken? The annoyance of these kinds of songs is now making me annoyed with the products in the ads that feature those irritating interchangeable tracks. If you’re not old enough to remember the golden age of advertising (and chances are that you’re not) you have no idea just how FUN it was. No. Seriously.

A Busby Berkeley style soup commercial…

https://youtu.be/5jU2pl7bqKg

Family Fun Fast-food Jingle..

https://youtu.be/KJXzkUH72cY

A catchy shaving cream jingle..

https://youtu.be/7ClijtnPkfU

And oodles of surrealism….