(from Dec 18., 2017)
Bonjour from Paris!
I'm here working on the soundtrack for an upcoming film. The weather has been cold and gray and wintery. My favorite things about Paris so far:
Chambelland Bakery – On Rue Ternaux- the best gluten free bakery I’ve every been to. I love it.
Shakespeare and Company. Great bookstore! They published James Joyce’s Ulysses back in the day. James Joyce’s son married my great grandmother so I have a special connection with this place. I actually read all of Ulysses in college (yeah I’m bragging a little). What a tome of stream of consciousness! A log of how our minds work – both awake and asleep. My great grandfather was a publisher in Paris in the twenties. He published Ernest Hemingway and had a fling with Peggy Guggenheim. Many great poets and writers have actually lived and written in the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore throughout the years. I just bought the new Phillip Pullman book there, which I quickly devoured.
Riding a borrowed 10 speed bicycle through the Bois de Vincennes with our Editor Pierre (him on his unicycle). Pedaling through the wintery sunlight of a December afternoon.
The Eiffel tower – maybe it’s corny but I love the feeling up there and the panoramic views of the city.
It’s been quite a year. Working on two films. Travels to Transylvania, Zurich, Egypt, Lugano, Lisbon, San Sebastian, Kentucky, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York. Playing shows in Minnesota and California.
All the motion and jet lag can be exhausting, but I am grateful to be working on interesting creative projects and experiencing new places, people and languages.
Highlights for me this last year have been:
Swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea. Riding a camel at sunset with a view of the Giza pyramids. Sunrise on an Arabian horse galloping through the desert in Saqqara. Singing with Ingrid and the bats inside the sound pyramid at Dashur. Swimming in a salt lake in Turda, Romania. Jumping naked in the ocean after hiking down to a hidden beach in Portugal. Daily sprints up the stone steps and diving in the lake in the tiny village of Gandria towards the south of Switzerland near the border of Italy. Evening tapas and morning rainbows in San Sebastien, Spain. So tasty.
May this be a joyous holiday for you and yours. Here is a free song for you that I hope brings a smile to your face and a bounce to your step in spite of it all. Thanks to my kickstarter backers for making it possible.
“Oh What Joy” https://forestsun.bandcamp.com/track/oh-what-joy
The painting of mine below is called “Revelry”. Sometimes you just need to laugh in the face of all that gets you down. This piece and more of my paintings and artwork is available for sale at the online gallery www.mesart.com/forestsun