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Friday, July 16, 2010

Artistic frags

Mommy's Idea

If you're new to Friday Fragments, it's a cyber party hosted by Mrs. 4444s that gives us a chance to put out there the bits and pieces that are floating out in our brains.

This week, it turns out my frags all have a creative bent to them. Consider it my attempt to bring a little culture to the blogosphere.

First up: A haiku! You may remember from your literature class in junior high that a haiku is a poem that has three lines and a syllable pattern that goes 5-7-5. For some reason, Mike likes the haiku. So much in fact that he has a blog called "How You, Haiku?" that he updates from time to time. This week he wrote and posted one that I just love.

Frivolity stops
A beetle crosses boy's path
He sits and watches

It's about Robbie playing outside and stopping to watch a bug. I don't know why, but it makes me smile.


Today's second frag is a quote that a guy I knew in high school posted on his Facebook page:

Sound when stretched is music,
Movement when stretched is dance,
Mind when stretched is meditation,
...Life when stretched is celebration.
~Ravi Shankar~

The classmate who posted it is an artist himself, living and working in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I asked him when he became an artist. He said, in true artist form, "at birth." Grooooovy!


Last week, I got together with a bunch of my sorority sisters to celebrate our 40th birthdays. One of my friends is an attorney in Manhattan. Her husband is working on his music career as part of a "melodius acoustic rock" band called The Hillary Step. I've listened to a few snippets of music on their website and it didn't make me want to turn the audio off. I would probably even buy a song or two off iTunes. Mostly, I was interested because of the origin of the band's name. Apparently, the Hillary Step is the last step climbers take before reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, a nod to Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person ever known to reach the top.


Do you know what kind of art I just don't have an appreciation for? Ugly animation. All that Japanese anime stuff? YUCK! My boys love shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Dragon Ball Z Chai. I can't get past the ugly animation to see if I like the story or not.

Give me something with softer lines and more cheerful colors anytime. Something like this:

Or this:


Of course my favorite art is the stuff made just for me:



Sharon Cohen said...

I found myself say YEAH! so many times in this post. Well, except the celebrating 40 years part - if only and I wish.

I love, love, love the haiku. I write haiku when I am attempting to coral my racing thoughts. What you have in this haiku is everything the Japanese intended a haiku to be. I'm not that good with those rules!

And DO NOT get me started on Anime!

Groovy post. Thanks!

Sharon Cohen said...

make that corral!

Beth Zimmerman said...

That is a really awesome Haiku! Go Mike!

And I hear you on the anime! What really gets me is intelligent (supposedly) guys in their 20s who can spend HOURS watching that crap!

Doreen McGettigan said...

What is it with those cartoons..they are horrible..I loved Lyon King and of course Sponge Bob..
I used to write a lot of poetry but never Haiku..I think I will try!

Martha said...

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for sharing the Ravi Shankar quote.

I was wondering if I was snoring at the movies... I was sitting next to one of my daughter's friends.... Tara would have elbowed me, but I am sure Julia was too polite!!!

Shauna said...

I am not a big fan of anime, but I'm finding I like some of it quite a bit because of the story line. I really really really loved Avatar. It's such a great story with great characters. And I love Myazaki movies as well. The animation isn't great, but the stories are!

Teresa Dawn said...

I used to argue about this with my brother... he'd ask why I didn't like some show and I'd say that the drawing style was ugly. He never understood how that had anything to do with it.

4 Lettre Words said...

Awww...he did a GREAT job!!

I can't get into the Japanese anime stuff, tho Sam loves all those shows.

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!