Kitchen Music with Amanda Palmer

•April 24, 2010 • 1 Comment

Amanda F'ing Palmer - Photo credit: Gabrielle Motola/AFP/Getty Images

Probably one of the most fun “music videos” I’ve seen in a long time (note: not suitable for young children or those who don’t like swear words and freakin’ amazing experimental music using random utensils and seldom-used instruments), check out this clip of the always fabulous Amanda Palmer with sometimes collaborators Jason Webley and Sxip Shirey performing “The Truth” on a recent webcast:

The entire webcast is found here:

Seriously…. Amanda, Jason and Skip:  can I hang out with you guys?

I have a totally rad spatula and can do some mean whisking!  And that’s nothing but the TRUTH!

Sincerely yours,


Avril in Wonderland, Labyrinth

•March 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

While I have mixed thoughts on Burton’s latest film creation, the revisioning of ALICE IN WONDERLAND in Disney Digital 3-D, I am addicted to the soundtrack by Danny Elfman and the single released by Punk Pop Princess, Avril Lavigne – “Alice (Underground).” Check out the video here!

Tim Burton provides his thoughts on Avril’s interpretation of the story and use of the film’s rich, but dark, imagery here:


Interestingly, I also recently stumbled upon this mashup of the same song set to imagery from Jim Henson’s classic fantasy LABYRINTH (1986)…it works! I hadn’t thought about the similarities until now, but I do kind of wish that Burton’s film offered some of the emotional elements that Henson captured nearly 15 years ago…

Any way you slice it, it is a great song…


~Calliope (in Underland)

And just as an extra…here is a clip of the first track from Elfman’s always genius score for Burton’s ALICE!

Oh, Alice, dear where have you been?
So near, so far or in between?
What have you heard what have you seen?
Alice, Alice, please, Alice!

Oh, tell us are you big or small
To try this one or try them all
Its such a long, long way to fall
Alice, Alice, oh, Alice

How can you know this way not that?
You choose the door you choose the path
Perhaps you should be coming back
Another day, another day..

Ads I Love (right now)

•February 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

A couple “pop-culture inspired” ads made me smile today, so I am sharing them here.

The first, from KIA, features some familiar faces and a rockin’ tune. LOVE IT! That one-eyed monster is “Muno” from YO! GABBA GABBA, by the way!!

The second, I’ll admit, is a nod to my guilty (TWILIGHT) pleasure. Verizon hits it home with a very cute parody on the immortal love story.

“So….s’up?” HA!



New Muse

•February 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Something I love today…



Just You and Me

•February 13, 2010 • 1 Comment

For this Valentine’s Day weekend, make a difference in the world that is meaningful.

Donate. Give. Share the Love.



Alice’s Wonderland Illustrated

•February 7, 2010 • 1 Comment

Wonderland fever is upon us and I am starting to feel the magic!

With tickets already in hand for the March 5, 2010 opening of Tim Burton’s 3-D ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA, I can’t begin to express how excited I am to see this fantastical world re-imagined yet again.

Originally entitled “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and published in 1885, Lewis Carroll (his real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) authored a nonsensical fairy tale that transcends all others in wonderment…and inspired filmmakers, illustrators, designers, musicians and more with its unique and abstract story structure. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (as it is most frequently called) and its even stranger sibling sequel, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND, WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE. It certainly inspires me!

Camille Rose Garcia's illustrated ALICE IN WONDERLAND

In my own adventuring down the rabbit hole that is the internet, I randomly came across this “making of” video from artist Camille Rose Garcia, talking about the new illustrated ALICE IN WONDERLAND book from HarperCollins Books. A fan of her goth-toon (yeah, I just made that up) artwork for many years, I am very excited to see this re-imagining of Alice’s Wonderland world through her eyes and paintbrush!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention this AMAZING video featuring the super cool pop-up ALICE IN WONDERLAND book by Robert Sabuda (set to music from Hess is More). Another great, inspired work of art!

Oh, and have you SEEN the featurette for the TIM BURTON film yet? Well then, here you go!

Curiouser and curiouser!



Be Happy

•February 1, 2010 • 1 Comment

© Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Inc./CORBIS

…sometimes, we are just so moved by something that we are compelled to share it with others. I guess that is why I have this blog.

At any rate, I am sharing this wonderful little piece that was published in a January 2010 issue of People Magazine.

I loved it so much, I ripped it out and put it on my refrigerator. You should know, I never do that. It’s that great.

3 Ways to be Happier

University of California psychologist Sonja Lyumbomirsky offers a how-to for living more happily.

Engage in physical activity, meditating, smiling and laughing.

Pay close attention! That means taking delight in and going over life’s momentary pleasures, whether it’s by thinking, writing, drawing or sharing with another person.

Keep a journal or write a letter in which you work on letting go of anger at or resentment of someone who has hurt or wronged you.

Image by © Andy Warhol Foundation/CORBIS