roses, books, @2paperflowers and a train not taken.

darlings

firstly a mention for your aural/visual and imagination’s delight – may we present two very talented singer-songwriter-ballad-delivery-muses

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and then a gift (exchange) from Miss Vickie Lester given at Tea yesterday.

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signed copy – SIGNED COPY! of #TwiceOverLightly that we wrote so Extensively about (and from) during our last few months before Leaving Manhattan (not to be confused with that film by Mr. Nicolas Cage about *sad_look* Vegas – a very different sort of taking one’s leave from a city Indeed)

and then – today – we *almost* caught a Train.

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then got Rather distracted by a rose garden (sort of) nearby (if one took a detour through the Park en route to meet someone – if one wasn’t actually in the Wrong Bloody Place – and had to rush back to pick up the car – again – NOT taking a Train So Tempted as we were – and then drive another few miles south to the Correct Location). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but the roses were lovely.

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especially because they remind one of Mr. Brian Patten’s Poems from the (early) 1960s. 

And later he caught a bus and she a train
And all there was between them then
was rain.

or perhaps they remind You of stanzas by Mr. Betjeman and his contemporaries?

“The train at Pershore station was waiting that Sunday night
Gas light on the platform, in my carriage electric light,
Gas light on frosty evergreens, electric on Empire wood……..

ah yes.

trains and poems and roses and songwriters……

perfect for a Tuesday.

or any day, really.

non?

 

hello spring! words by e e cummings, music by mozart and flowers lovingly captured by teamgloria

darlings

it’s spring!

firstly some music!

https://soundcloud.com/xavier-de-maistre/w-a-mozart-concerto-for-flute

and now some poetry – intermingled with flowers that we took yesterday on a walk with who-we-are-in-RL for her birthday.

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Spring is like a perhaps hand 
(which comes carefully 
out of Nowhere)arranging 
a window,into which people look(while 
people stare
arranging and changing placing 
carefully there a strange 
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

e.e. cummings

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O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting

fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
and
poked

thee
,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy

beauty       .how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
(but
true

to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover

thou answerest

them only with

spring)

e. e. cummings

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbirthdays are getting easier and easier.

they used to be (almost) unbearably painful days for reasons we cannot divulge but which had (occasionally) nothing to do with us. the passing of time can be (if one lets it) be pregnant with regret or awful deeds OR – and here’s where we return to the sunny channel once again – they can be a deep but quite lovely Sigh about Everything that’s happened and what-is-about-to-happen-next and gosh-did-that-really-happen and did we get back to LosAngelesAgain (yes!), is who-we-are-in-RL now An Author (hurrah!)

in the meantime, there’s always mr. Mozart to wave us into a springtime of deliciousness…..

https://soundcloud.com/ray-chen-violin/w-a-mozart-concerto-for-violin

isn’t Monday always filled to the brim with potential?

we. think. so.

do you?

the decadent wit of The Dandy Warhols and other dance-floor-deliciousness

hello darlings

a mish-mash (but you’ll be on your feet by the end of this post and shaking out yesterday’s hairspray)

ready?

let’s start slow – like all the best DJs – sort of a warm-up with our latest article for Los Angeles I’m Yours.

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are you feeling all peaceful?

a bit hippy-ish-like?

how about Bohemian?

do you know where we’re going with this?

shall we look?

You got a great car.
Yeah, what’s wrong with it today?
I used to have one too,
Maybe I’ll come and have a look.
I really love your hairdo, yeah.
I’m glad you like mine too,
See we’re looking pretty cool.
Getcha!

So what do you do?
Oh yeah, I wait tables too.
No I haven’t heard your band
Cause you guys are pretty new.
But if you dig on Vegan food.
Well come over to my work
I’ll have them cook you something that you’ll really love.

Cause I like you,
Yeah I like you.
And I’m feeling so Bohemian like you,
Yeah I like you,
Yeah I like you,
And I feel wahoo, wahoo, wahoo!

Wait. Who’s that guy just hanging at your pad?
He’s lookin’ kinda bummed.
Yeah you broke up that’s too bad.
I guess it’s fair if he always pays the rent
And he doesn’t get all bent
About sleepin’ on the couch when I’m there.

Cause I like you,
Yeah I like you.
And I’m feeling so Bohemian like you.
Yeah I like you.
Yeah I like you
And I feel wahoo, wahoo, wahoo!

I’m getting wise
And I feel so bohemian like you.
It’s you that I want so please,
Just a casual, casual easy thing.
Is it? It is for me

And I like you
Yeah I like you
And I like you, I like you, I like you,
Yeah I like you.
And I feel wahoo, wahoo, wahoo!

thanks to Vickie Lester for that one – we’d never come across The Dandy Warhols before and she’s right – we Do Adore them!

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don’t they look EXACTLY like the sort of band that would have played in Brighton before-they-were-famous and bought those second-hand t-shirts from the bin at the back of the shop that no one knew about (only the Beautiful People) in that weird clothing store run by the guy who burned patchouli all day and wore a lot of silver rings with skulls on them (yes, the one by the Railway Station, with a nice view of the English Channel from the roof)

MORE?

feel like dancing?

we know we do.

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here you go – and don’t forget to stay until the end for Dolly Parton – promise?

what are wednesdays for if not dancing?

*looksdirectlyatcamera3withaWink*

a sunday morning in los angeles

darlings

this is a deeply *strange* time of year.

everyone is waiting breathlessly for the end of 2013.

winding down.

finishing up work. getting ready-to-fly (if that’s what they need to do).

no one is sure whether it’s still Polite to email about work issues or whether we’d be interrupting.

so we don’t.

we finish what’s on the schedule.

and then – *looksaround* – wait for 2014.

but it’s still *counts* quite a few days away……

so – we’ll take Pictures and listen to Music and Watch foreign Films and Read and take long walks and drives and enjoy it.

gosh.

how about you?

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we adore the foreign films of Christophe Honore. so terribly delicious french.

if you can see this transmission in your territory

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margaret tells of her own escape-from-corporate-america here…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and there you go.

music and movies and books and loveliness-with-white-roses for a sunday morning in los angeles.

*looksaround*

y-es.

this is almost exactly how we thought it would turn out.

which is delicious.

as for the rest?

well.

that will reveal itself in time.

*nervouslooktocamera*

we. hope.

quotes, poems and playlists entwined amongst moments of reverie over vision board creation on a dark winter’s night.

darlings

a few choice moments for you from our grazing-of-popular (and some most classical) Culture.

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.”
Somerset Maugham.

 

 

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.

some music to do the washing up to and plan a long Voyage to France (yes, the accordions said thus)

 

Then is it scentless, weightless, strengthless, wholly
Untruthful? Try whispering it slowly.
No, it means you. Or, since you’re past and gone,
It means what we feel now about you then:
How beautiful you were, and near, and young….
– Philip Larkin

 

 

just in case you need to wake up and get in the car and d r i v e into the morning (as opposed to slip into a warm bubble bath fragrant with lavender) – here’s a good mix (we’re Loving this 8tracks site – it appears to be full of 20 somethings filled with angst and Vinyl and homework-to-do and fantasy television evenings with friends sharing beautiful playlists with each other across continents and other worlds.)

 

need a giggle?

look No Further!

and now let’s w i n d down c o m p l e t e l y.

pull that blanket closer and gaze into the tea light flame on the mantlepiece.

ready?

e x h a l e

and we made a tiny satin-covered vision board because we just wrote about doing so for Good Housekeeping (the British one) for their March Issue *shiverswithdelight* and wanted to have a few up-to-date shots to send The Picture Editor (who is very nice).

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we bought them the day George took us to the flower mart. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

did you spot the oil burner?

delicious fragrance of lavender oil throughout the apartment here at teamgloria towers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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and here’s the finished piece!

yes.

it’s tiny.

and there’s a lot of bejewelledness. 
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which goes very well with the early morning sunrises…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and this was the sky over Beverly Hills as we drove back from meeting friends for coffee by the beach – Santa flying between the buildings.

how very los angeles.

in a really Very good way.

Mr. Jung, Mr. Emerson and some down n dirty jazz and blues from the delta.

darlings

so many inspirations whirling around today for tis Sunday over here and it always feels like a culmination of much Weekly Thought suddenly settles and is made clear(er).

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” 
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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George sent a lovely thank you note (we gave him a first edition of Vita Sackville West’s Garden Notes as a Hostess Gift when we dropped round for tea the other day).13ced3001d7011e3a97a22000a9f18aa_7

we believe in bookshops (especially since we have one of our Own coming out and we’d like there to be a shop for people to visit it in) and so once a month, on average, we like to go to Book Soup and Purchase A Book (in the flesh as opposed to borrow it from the Library or have a virtual experience with Mr. Amazon) 239eecc61d8311e3ac3122000a1fb77a_7

we decided on Adapt or Wait Tables by Carol Wolper – which is a (very) slim volume and sort of reads like having one’s good friend (the one that Gives It To You Straight) pop round for tea. 691ca9301d6c11e395e122000a9e2965_7

after we bought the book we took a long walk in the extremely humid temperatures that bask Angelenos in a late summer tan. c1815af61d7811e3b34b22000aaa2162_7

and curled up (note walking shoes, not Doctor Martens – it was that hot – canvas only, love) at a streetside cafe, under an umbrella, and read Monocle (also purchased at Book Soup)ca4901081d8611e38b3522000a1f9867_7

when we got back to teamgloria towers we swiftly read the Carol Wolper book and decided to pass it on to Tjenamoss (after we had written a thank you note to the Author – because we like doing that sort of thing). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

then back to some complimentary Study – namely Mr. Jung and Mr. Quentin Crisp (who have a Lot more in common than one might suppose)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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we’re not Quite ready to quote Mr. Crisp – there’s another couple of texts we’re devo(u)ring first before we do so.

for our evening’s entertainment (and it was indeed Very Entertaining) 
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we saw some Jazz and Blues – Live Music at the Mint with a delicious group of friends – we all piled into a very nice large vehicle and headed south to Pico Boulevard.

the venue is rather dark and has just the right sort of gloomy bordello lighting with faded gilt fixtures and red velvet drapes and vinyl records stuck to the ceiling above the small stage.

we danced.

and we hung out right at the feet of the musicians.

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it was g l o r i o u s.

and yes, we’ll be writing about it this week for Los Angeles I’m Yours because The Mint is a very good place to see music. WSWMMintDeltaSaints

including these deliverances from the Delta of pain-soaked lyrics and dark deliciousness who are playing at the Mint in October (this is what we in the Fourth Estate call a “hook” to hang a story on – it’s a lovely device and we’re looking forward to writing this up later.

but now – the Ocean calls.

as it must do, on a sunday morning.

de6e02241e1111e3986822000aa8062e_7when one is truly rested and awoke with the sun(shine).

we’re with the band. @HarperJSimon

darlings

we stayed up Terribly Late and went To a GIG.

it was an event to launch the New Album by the very gifted Mr. Harper Simon and took place at a legendary venue that used to be called Spaceland (nice musical history lesson here) and is now called The Satellite but Once Upon A Time was a 1970s gay-gay-disco-queen joint (cue: shiny lycra catsuits and glitter on the cheekbones, darlings) called Dreams (*sighs* – quelle deliciousness).

the GIG it was completely splendid and melodic and LOUD and guitar-gorgeous and vibrant and rushingly-excitingly and we Stood at the front and sort of got-down (when no one was watching) to the Beat and generally had a truly GLORIOUS time.

pictures?

mais bien sur!

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we had a tiny bit of a Flashback, actually, last night because *looksintomiddledistance* we used to take photographs of bands, many moons ago (when we had a Vidal Sassoon black bobbed hair-do and a tiny blue stud pierced in our left nostril – chic) and stay up Very Late and take photographs at gigs and on soundstages in London’s SoHo where bands were making-a-pop-video (MTV heyday, darlings) and we would take the film (yes, young people, the days of film-in-cameras) and go to Joe’s Basement to wait for the chaps to “develop the rolls” and sit on a stool at Bar Italia waiting with a frothy coffee before rushing over to the Production Office to show them the Marked-up-Contact-Sheets.

ah. heady days of Youth.

this is our completely most favo(u)rite Track by the deeply talented Mr. Harper Simon – he didn’t play it last night (because he was doing the event to say “hello to my new album” but we thought You would enjoy this one because it’s gorgeous and makes you want to get on a bicycle and sip raspberry cordial through a stripy straw and lie around making daisy-chains and probably kissing-a-great-deal.

here’s the Video – click on it and it will let you visit Mr. Harper Simon’s own site.

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and Right at the end of the GIG (which was After Midnight and we were Shocked we were still up so Late, darlings) a special guest was announced and a man came onto the stage to Great applause and popped on some dark glasses and we were ever so excited to see a movie star on the tiny stage at a music venue in east los angeles.

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but things like That happen all the time here.

divine.

thank you Mr. Harper Simon for a splendid evening and best of luck with your new album.

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BERKELEY GIRL

She is juniper and roses
She is amethyst and pearl
And though she makes her home in Hollywood
She’s really just a Berkeley girl

She’s the breeze on Sunday morning
Blowing down a country lane
She’s got the style of Paulette Goddard
And the smile of June Fontaine
And she drives a car in gear
Through the streets of Silver Lake
And the hills are Velcro Park

She is criminal in satin
She is leopard skin and lace
Hard to believe that she believed in me
When I was such a hopeless case

And she knows from love and service
Yes she knows from peace of mind
To be not sinister in purpose
And to never be unkind
And she loves a Tulsi garden
And she loves her rock ‘n roll
And she’s never far from my mind

She is juniper and roses
Guess I’ll sing it once again
And though we are no longer lovers
I know she’ll always be my friend

So if you’re ever right beside her
Drivin’ down the 101
Be thankful that you’re with a Berkeley girl
Who’s beautiful beneath the moon and the sun

 

where do you go to escape, darlings?

hello darlings

are you having the most delicious FRIDAY?!

do. tell.

we had the loveliest cup of (non-caffeinated) tea today with a new friend and we got into the discussion about Escaping.

now.

as you know – we adore to escape.

into being a virtual character with her own book deal

into movies…. 

and music that sears into the soul and is Particularly evocative on a full moon, listened to in the dark with the shutters open (just a suggestion)….

we escape by slipping into bubble baths, sipping tea, listening to Radio 4 podcasts, going to live events–hangingOutOnTheInterweb–and BBC program(mes), pouring over glossy Novels of Life-in-Beverly-Hills (when everyone wore Giorgio and burned exotic candles like slightly caramelized gardenia-on-sunburned-skin) and most particularly flying off at a moment’s notice into Foreign Travel Adventures 

what do you do?

do. tell.

we love to hear from you.

oh!

we almost forgot (getting a Tiny bit serious and cerebral for a quick second).

another way to escape the trials and tribulations of every-day-reality (strange and curious word), for us, is to meditate.

like we did this morning.

peaceful

isn’t that delicious?

OM. darlings. OM.

the new york playlist.

so it’s 2.56 AM in new york and we’re doing what many other people are probably doing Right Now – making a mixtape, darlings – waiting for dawn to come up (the sun, not a delivery person with late-night-chinese-order but that Did occur to us too)

can’t sleep.

music helps.

we even joined this new fangled (to us) website that allows one to create a list and share them…..isn’t that delightful?

just in case the instructions didn’t quite work (or there’s a geo-blocking for our friends outside of the Tri-State Area) – here’s the list.

if it sounds familiar that’s because we probably texted you (if we know you in RL) a little while ago – we were making a new york “app” but it needed more functionality and we’ll “re-visit” the concept when we have Left for the West and have more time.

although if we have any more sleepless nights, time is something we clearly have on our hands.

#sigh

oops.

nearly forgot – here’s the list!*

1. Arthur’s Theme: Christopher Cross

2. Walk on the Wild Side: Lou Reed

3. Gloria: Patti Smith

4. 1999: Prince

5. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song): Billy Joel

6. Get Into The Groove: Madonna

7. Sunday Morning: Velvet Underground

8. The Only LIving Boy in New York: Simon and Garfunkel

9. Everybody’s Talkin: Fred Neil

10. Let The River Run: New Texas

11. Take the A Train: Duke Ellington

12. Rapture: Blondie

13. Life During Wartime: Talking Heads

14. New York Minute: Don Henley

15. Autumn in New York: Charlie Parker

16. Hot In the City: Billy Idol

17. New York New York: Liza

18. Fashion: David Bowie

*the cool tracks are from our cooler friends – the Liza is All Ours, love.

we Adore a (music) Parcel

divine, darlings!

William sent us a Parcel of Music from England.

Just in time for us to pack up our Day Job office into crates while thrilling to the deep delicious melancholy of William Byrd (1540-1623) Masses for 4 & 5 voices to tumble our spirits into becoming Ready for (sigh) a smaller office and a Different View (same company – fear not – just a rationalization of space/time continuum).

How lovely.

The late 16th century and early 17th are just what we need today.

as well as the dark embrace of caffeine…………..

do relish your tuesday.

despite the strange red hearts everywhere and fragrance of everyday chocolate ;)