Waterlogged

IthoughtI thought I caught the edge of a familiar shape

floatdownAnd so descended in haste through heavy waters

downbelowMany a soul caught there, cold and unwavering on the base of these depths

decendingBut the yawning hollow was not half as wide as it seemed. 

upforairSo I refilled my lungs

returnTo return again, to search for you

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Nash and Weill

Need a tune to hum? Look no further than the songwriter combo of Nash and Weill.

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“Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief.”

– “Speak Low” Ogden Nash & Kurt Weill

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The Covert Light of March

I’m out and about this week guys, exploring and wandering around a new city. Until I’m back and can tell you all about it, enjoy a little ode to March from master wordsmith Mr. Neruda.

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‘March days return with their covert light’

March days return with their covert light,
and huge fish swim through the sky,
vague earthly vapours progress in secret,
things slip to silence one by one.
Through fortuity, at this crisis of errant skies,
you reunite the lives of the sea to that of fire,
grey lurchings of the ship of winter
to the form that love carved in the guitar.
O love, O rose soaked by mermaids and spume,
dancing flame that climbs the invisible stairway,
to waken the blood in insomnia’s labyrinth,
so that the waves can complete themselves in the sky,
the sea forget its cargoes and rages,
and the world fall into darkness’s nets.

– Pablo Neruda

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Bite-sized Wisdom: McKellen

There’s always more than meets the eye. Don’t be afraid to redefine yourself and find out if another role suits you better:

“Try and understand what part you have to play in the world in which you live. There’s more to life than you know and it’s all happening out there. Discover what part you can play and then go for it.”

-Ian McKellen

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Genet

What are you all listening to these days? Here’s hoping that good music finds its way to you this weekend.

“Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me.”

– Jean Genet

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Directing à la Kazan

On director Elia Kazan (acclaimed stage and film director of successes such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, and On the Waterfront):

“Stimulation and dissimulation were his twin talents. ‘He would send one actor to listen to a particular piece of jazz, another a certain novel, another to see a psychiatrist, and another he would simply kiss,’ [Arthur] Miller recalled. During rehearsals, according to Miller, Kazan ‘grinned a lot but said as little as possible.’

‘Instinctively, when he had something  important to tell an actor, he would huddle with him privately rather than instruct before the others, sensing that anything that really penetrates is always to some degree an embarrassment…A mystery grew up around what he might be thinking, and this threw the actor back upon himself.’ Kazan’s trick was to make his own ideas seem like the actors’ discoveries. ‘He let the actors to excite themselves with their own discoveries, which they would carry back to him like children offering some found object back to a parent.’

– Kazan on Directing, Foreward by John Lahr

This book was one of my Christmas gifts this year and I’m loving it. Recommended reading for those looking for insight into one of the great director’s methods.

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