Bless the Minnow, Bless the Whale

November 26, 2015

For Thanksgiving Day:

Bless the minnow, bless the whale
Bless the hardy, bless the frail
Bless the straight, bless the turn
Bless the world from stem to stern
Bless the sky and all that’s in it
Bless the start and bless the finish.

(My poem Inspired by “The Robin’s Song, an Old English Rhyme)

The Boy Had Seen A Frightening Movie

November 26, 2015

Still working on my big sci-fi novel titled “Writings in Science”. Here’s a short poem that will be part of it.


The boy had seen a frightening movie
with aliens pictured as bloodthirsty monsters.
But his father said, “Son rethink your fears.
Listen to me carefully and I will explain.

If they are advanced enough in technology
to travel to Earth then somewhere in their history
they must have discovered the parts of the mind
that work in tandem or conflict sometimes.

And learned how to merge them into one self.
End the inner war, not project it on others,
which ends the conflicts and the violence,
and the need for domination.

In essence if smart they’ve already learned
the technology necessary to live in peace.
And the smarter they are, the more loving they are
because it’s through love that the fittest survive.

And it is love that builds up wisdom
enough to prosper and think up rockets. ”

Paintings to be Constructed in Your Head

November 23, 2015

Here’s some concepts-y’all without the art. And by just READING them, the idea of concept art changes from pompous to poetic (and fun).

(based on Yoko Ono’s idea of paintings to be Constructed in your head from her book “Instruction Painting”)

Pick a color
Slash it all over the canvas
Until you’re happy.

Get a blank canvas
Let anyone who wants to, touch it.
When it’s all worn away it’s finished.

Paint a painting in your head.
When you’re finished, imagine it’s the size of a mountain
People are coming from all over to stare at it.
That’s a big draw!

Paint a painting with no colors only smells.
Then close your eyes.
How does it look?

Paint a painting in your head.
Now imagine that it’s beginning to shrink
Just like it’s out of “Alice in Wonderland”.
It’s getting smaller … smaller …
Now it’s so small that only atoms can come to your exhibit.
Look they all have teeny glasses of wine in their hands and
They love your painting.

Imagine a blank canvas in your head.
Wherever you paint red, the canvas gets hotter.
Wherever you paint blue, it cools down …
Finish the painting.
What does it look like?
What does it feel like?

Imagine a painting in your head.
The canvas is so thin … that all the paint bleeds through.
You look at the other side and THAT side looks better.
So you hang it up backwards.

Paint a painting in your head of things that feel good, bad, or unusual:
Pudding, carpet, nails, sand.
When you’re done close your eyes and feel the art!

Imagine you can paint with sounds –
A train whistle here, a bird song there,
A jackhammer in the corner.
Are you done? What? What??

Imagine a painting in your head.
You’ve done a portrait of the person you love the most.
Do I know ‘um?

Imagine a blank canvas in your head.
You turn it sideways and paint on the edges
Slashing brushstrokes left and right
Until you’re done in a flurry.
Everyone that sees it thinks you’re a master!
You take a bow.

Imagine a work in progress in your head.
It’s a dark room
You load your brush, not with paint,
But from a tube of pure light.
This one’s going to be glowing!




Two Works for The Winter

November 23, 2015

Two art works for the winter ahead.

The Psychology of Keys in Music, (from the Musea Vaults)

November 22, 2015


Can knowing the key of the music tell you what the music will be like? WE THINK SO! Does it matter what type of music? (Excluding atonal) WE THINK NOT! Take a look at the list, then compare for yourself. Check Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Chopin’s Preludes, or my own Bagatelle Variations – each set has compositions in each of the major and minor keys. Note Masculine keys = A-G, Feminine keys = Ab, Bb, C#, Eb, and F#. Self keys Ab-Bb, Sociable C#-G and B (with C a mix of both). Lightest key is Bb, heaviest E.

A: Reserved, conservative, prudish, domineering, intelligent, shrewd self-centered, closed, color deep-red, bullish, narrow, Bachian, stern, haughty. (see F#m)

Am: Brooding, brutal, uncomplicated, angry, pouting, self-centered, primal, 2nd most powerful minor, childlike, selfish, self-oriented, spoiled (C).

Bb: Gentle, wistful, energetic, brisk, bright, musing, reasonable, youthful, quick, contemplative, cool, light blue, reflective, dry, airy. (Gm)

Bbm: Airy, action restrained, windy, conventional front, frustrated, restricted, wanting to escape from formalities, youth restrained, sociable, deceiving, flattering, crafty, suffocating, entertaining, longing for freedom, theatrical, polite, energetic, regretful (C#)

B: Independent, futuristic, hopeful, inner peace, pleasant, liquid, wintry humanitarian, healthy, mature, fresh, self-satisfied, dark blue, enlightened, content, open, strong, optimistic. (Abm)

Bm: Agitated, guarded, scary, independent, liquid, airy, weird, aquamarine blue, offbeat, perverted, disturbing, medium (not heavy or lite), insane, worried. (D)

C: Active, angelic, basic, not embroidered, plebian, all-encompassing, straightforward, honest, heavenly, creme white or beige, common, sincere, solid, self-expressive, unpretentious, constructive, hardworking. (Am)

Cm: Brooding, tragic, solid, anguish, heavier than C#m, lighter than Em, more evolved than Am, passionate, expressive, moving, active (Eb)

C#: reasonable, facile, polished, cosmopolitan, polite, refined, sophisticated, show-off-y, wise, intelligent, understanding, sociable, wanderlust-ful, people-oriented, achieving, pure white, civilized, fashionable. (Bbm)

C#m: Profound, darkest most intense and introspective minor, heart-
rendering, refined, purest white light, orgiastic, sublime, ethereal, not of this world, subtle, beyond reason, cathartic, enlightened, graceful,

Nirvana (E).

D: Proud, royal, trumpet-like, regal, sunny, boastful, powerful, crisp, bright, haughty, kingly, active, questing, chivalric, yellow, ceremonial, rousing, stately. (Bm)

Dm: Tempestuous, stormy, most aggressive minor, active, rumbling, forceful, lofty, moody, dynamic, haughty, revengeful, stirring, energetic, theatrical, nature-like, windy. (F)

Eb: Hospitable, most sociable of all keys, charitable, pale yellow, charming, luxurious, compassionate, yielding, fun, gentle, generous, open, cultivated, lighthearted, understanding, sophisticated, entertaining, party like, melancholy, warm, philanthropic. (Cm)

Ebm: Melancholy, light, girlish, open, sentimental, mystical, wizard like, innocent, petulant, warm, remorseful (F#)

E: Powerful, heavy, grand, robust, dynamic, stout, open, substantial, charismatic, dominant, watery, emotional, paradise like, moving, strong, gold, most powerful and heaviest key, frank, honest. (C#m)

Em: Powerful, anguish, inner darkness, despair, brooding, emotional, sweeping, tragic, dramatic, heavy, depressive, angst, open, lushful, moody, the heaviest minor, passionate, strong feeling. (G).

F: Pastoral, bucolic, dry, simple, pleasant, calming, restful, light, busy, earthy, at ease, soothing, green, not pretentious, peaceful, country like (Dm).

Fm: Sparkling, dark, busy, dry, earthy, nervous, quick, not heavy, hardworking, natural, not pretentious, mournful, sad (Ab).

F#: Playful, childish, sweet, cloying, wimpy, youthful, clinging, mischievous, dry, virginal, spooky, frightening. (Ebm)

F#m: Childlike, spooky, dark, crafty, hidden, mischievous, sullen, suspicious, secretive, frightened, fluttering, closed, plotting. (A)

G: Joyful, jovial, fun, friendly, regal, dry, solid, frolicking, sincere, moving, grand, honest, frank, unpretentious,, graceful, manly, broad, sweeping. (Em)

Gm: Active, passionate, optimistic, stirring, graceful, youthful, honest, understanding, longing, the most romantic minor, light but solid. (Bb)

Ab: Nebulous, feminine, hopeful, full of faith, solid, sturdy, unreal, maternal, motherly, emotional, excited, imaginative, intuitive, feeling, optimistic, girlish, giddy, not practical, instructive, the key of faith and hope, full of expectations. (Fm)

Abm: Fear, terror, haunted, hopeful, solid, full of faith, full of expectations, worrying, crying, feminine, helpless, dreading, filled with danger. (B).


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