My lover’s arms, They beg me to stay. But I know the storms, They will sweep me away.
My daughter’s eyes, They are two tiny seas, Whose water will rise And then run down her cheeks.
“Father where do you go, So far out upon the sea, When are you coming home to me?” “Darling why do you leave, As the north wind begins to blow? Will you be coming home to me?”
The boat and the blade, They are all that I know; The sea calls my name, And so I must go.
And while they still sleep, I slip out through the door; But how can I leave, With my anchors ashore?
“Father where do you go? It’s farther than I can see, When are you coming home to me?” “Darling why do you leave, As the north wind begins to blow? Will you be coming home to me?”
What I have to say about it:
Quote, “This song is about being far away from the people you love.” - Dustin Kesure. Well there you go. No interpretation needed. The lyrics are haunting and beautiful, as is the piano. I want to note Riley’s drumming on this song. I count a time signature that is in 10, but I could be wrong. His drumming is quite awesome in this song (emphasized even more in the live version). Watch the video below. The vocal ending is a moment of shivers. Enjoy dear listener.
This is a really cool documentary with a bunch of American east coast tattoo artists. There are 10 episodes with different artists, episode 5 is fucked up with no sound, but the rest are really awesome. This Episode features Todd Noble, my favorite artist from the series. I’m hoping to get tattooed by him someday.
I Am The Avalanche have been teasing a new record for ages, so when word came that the band would officially be hitting the studio we thought that it would be a great idea to catch up with Vinnie Cuaruna to chat about the record. Vinnie and I discussed the mass amount of songs the band has, how the writing process has evolved for the band, touring, and even The Movielife reunion shows. Don’t miss out on this, it’s a great read!
There are stories tracing back over two years that I Am The Avalanche was recording its sophomore release, and now the band finally is in the studio tracking it with Brian. Can you walk us through step-by-step the long, long delays and road blocks from 2008 to now? Basically, the band kind of got into a routine of real life with work and paying bills, and writing and recording music. But we kind of took a break. Our label situation started to go into limbo, so when that was going on we quietly wrote music and played shows here and there just to say busy and keep relevant. As far as recording with Brian goes, we’re not actually recording with Brian. This record is being produced by The Ratt, who is our drummer. It’s being produced by him and the band. Brian’s involvement in the process is more just him kind of affording us some of his resources to help us do our thing in the studio. Not to say that we won’t be recording with Brian one day, because I really feel like him and I make a really good team.
We’ve seen Drive-Thru put many bands and artists like Hellogoodbye and Ace Enders through issues. Are you guys all through with them now? As far as the whole Drive-Thru thing goes, us and Drive-Thru are on good terms and the whole label situation with be worked out. We’re on good terms with Drive-Thru. Regardless of it, we’re making a record as we speak. The fact that we’re not signed isn’t holding us back from recording the record. It’s business as usual as far as recording. We’re completely in motion with that.
One of my favorite tattoo artist’s blogs. can’t wait to go through this and see whats to come. I have an Issue of International Tattoo Art with a feature on him that I always turn to for reference for a lot of my designs. I hope to one day be this good. Hopefully I can make it to Denmark or he comes to the states some time so I can get some of his work.
Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.
Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.
Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer “bailout” of 2008, now have more loot, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can’t bring yourself to call that a financial coup d’etat, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.
And I can see why. For us to admit that we have let a small group of men abscond with and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy, would mean that we’d have to accept the humiliating acknowledgment that we have indeed surrendered our precious Democracy to the moneyed elite. Wall Street, the banks and the Fortune 500 now run this Republic — and, until this past month, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.
I have nothing more than a high school degree. But back when I was in school, every student had to take one semester of economics in order to graduate. And here’s what I learned: Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows when we make things. It grows when we have good jobs with good wages that we use to buy the things we need and thus create more jobs. It grows when we provide an outstanding educational system that then grows a new generation of inventers, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and thinkers who come up with the next great idea for the planet. And that new idea creates new jobs and that creates revenue for the state. But if those who have the most money don’t pay their fair share of taxes, the state can’t function. The schools can’t produce the best and the brightest who will go on to create those jobs. If the wealthy get to keep most of their money, we have seen what they will do with it: recklessly gamble it on crazy Wall Street schemes and crash our economy. The crash they created cost us millions of jobs. That too caused a reduction in revenue. And the population ended up suffering because they reduced their taxes, reduced our jobs and took wealth out of the system, removing it from circulation.
The nation is not broke, my friends. Wisconsin is not broke. It’s part of the Big Lie. It’s one of the three biggest lies of the decade: America/Wisconsin is broke, Iraq has WMD, the Packers can’t win the Super Bowl without Brett Favre.
The truth is, there’s lots of money to go around. LOTS. It’s just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates. They know they have committed crimes to make this happen and they know that someday you may want to see some of that money that used to be yours. So they have bought and paid for hundreds of politicians across the country to do their bidding for them. But just in case that doesn’t work, they’ve got their gated communities, and the luxury jet is always fully fueled, the engines running, waiting for that day they hope never comes. To help prevent that day when the people demand their country back, the wealthy have done two very smart things:
1. They control the message. By owning most of the media they have expertly convinced many Americans of few means to buy their version of the American Dream and to vote for their politicians. Their version of the Dream says that you, too, might be rich some day – this is America, where anything can happen if you just apply yourself! They have conveniently provided you with believable examples to show you how a poor boy can become a rich man, how the child of a single mother in Hawaii can become president, how a guy with a high school education can become a successful filmmaker. They will play these stories for you over and over again all day long so that the last thing you will want to do is upset the apple cart — because you — yes, you, too! — might be rich/president/an Oscar-winner some day! The message is clear: keep your head down, your nose to the grindstone, don’t rock the boat and be sure to vote for the party that protects the rich man that you might be some day.
2. They have created a poison pill that they know you will never want to take. It is their version of mutually assured destruction. And when they threatened to release this weapon of mass economic annihilation in September of 2008, we blinked. As the economy and the stock market went into a tailspin, and the banks were caught conducting a worldwide Ponzi scheme, Wall Street issued this threat: Either hand over trillions of dollars from the American taxpayers or we will crash this economy straight into the ground. Fork it over or it’s Goodbye savings accounts. Goodbye pensions. Goodbye United States Treasury. Goodbye jobs and homes and future. It was friggin’ awesome and it scared the shit out of everyone. “Here! Take our money! We don’t care. We’ll even print more for you! Just take it! But, please, leave our lives alone, PLEASE!”
The executives in the board rooms and hedge funds could not contain their laughter, their glee, and within three months they were writing each other huge bonus checks and marveling at how perfectly they had played a nation full of suckers. Millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes. But there was no revolt (see #1).
Until now. On Wisconsin! Never has a Michigander been more happy to share a big, great lake with you! You have aroused the sleeping giant know as the working people of the United States of America. Right now the earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge. Your message has inspired people in all 50 states and that message is: WE HAVE HAD IT! We reject anyone tells us America is broke and broken. It’s just the opposite! We are rich with talent and ideas and hard work and, yes, love. Love and compassion toward those who have, through no fault of their own, ended up as the least among us. But they still crave what we all crave: Our country back! Our democracy back! Our good name back! The United States of America. NOT the Corporate States of America. The United States of America!
So how do we get this? Well, we do it with a little bit of Egypt here, a little bit of Madison there. And let us pause for a moment and remember that it was a poor man with a fruit stand in Tunisia who gave his life so that the world might focus its attention on how a government run by billionaires for billionaires is an affront to freedom and morality and humanity.
Thank you, Wisconsin. You have made people realize this was our last best chance to grab the final thread of what was left of who we are as Americans. For three weeks you have stood in the cold, slept on the floor, skipped out of town to Illinois — whatever it took, you have done it, and one thing is for certain: Madison is only the beginning. The smug rich have overplayed their hand. They couldn’t have just been content with the money they raided from the treasury. They couldn’t be satiated by simply removing millions of jobs and shipping them overseas to exploit the poor elsewhere. No, they had to have more – something more than all the riches in the world. They had to have our soul. They had to strip us of our dignity. They had to shut us up and shut us down so that we could not even sit at a table with them and bargain about simple things like classroom size or bulletproof vests for everyone on the police force or letting a pilot just get a few extra hours sleep so he or she can do their job — their $19,000 a year job. That’s how much some rookie pilots on commuter airlines make, maybe even the rookie pilots flying people here to Madison. But he’s stopped trying to get better pay. All he asks is that he doesn’t have to sleep in his car between shifts at O’Hare airport. That’s how despicably low we have sunk. The wealthy couldn’t be content with just paying this man $19,000 a year. They wanted to take away his sleep. They wanted to demean and dehumanize him. After all, he’s just another slob.
And that, my friends, is Corporate America’s fatal mistake. But trying to destroy us they have given birth to a movement — a movement that is becoming a massive, non-violent revolt across the country. We all knew there had to be a breaking point some day, and that point is upon us. Many people in the media don’t understand this. They say they were caught off guard about Egypt, never saw it coming. Now they act surprised and flummoxed about why so many hundreds of thousands have come to Madison over the last three weeks during brutal winter weather. “Why are they all standing out there in the cold? I mean there was that election in November and that was supposed to be that!”
"There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you…?"
America ain’t broke! The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on. Never forget, as long as that Constitution of ours still stands, it’s one person, one vote, and it’s the thing the rich hate most about America — because even though they seem to hold all the money and all the cards, they begrudgingly know this one unshakeable basic fact: There are more of us than there are of them!
Madison, do not retreat. We are with you. We will win together.
”—Michael Moore - Speech delivered at Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, March 5, 2011
-One of my all time favorite songs. I don’t know that I have ever had a song speak to me more personally than this song. Listening to this song I am always so tempted to take off on my motorcycle or in my car, with nothing but the bare necessities, and start anew in a new town and place, or live the life of a nomad.-j.
This was a project I did Fall of 2009 as a project for my digital design class, basically just scribbled a bunch on some tracing paper, and threw it on top of a bunch of photos I had taken the last few years with some other minimal effects. Totally put it together last minute, but I think it turned out ok ;)