Been thinking about Hugh Timlin and his bereavement video. Very sobering to view someone's amazing life captured in such a short video. Would like to have seen Hugh's art work included in the images of his life. The music, in my opinion, could have been better too. Would be interesting to know what Hugh would have wanted. Here's my preferred soundtrack as an aging Boomer and sojourner from the 60's: Spirit In the Sky, Fly Like An Eagle (Time keeps on slipping), Country Road, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, That'll be the Day, Imagine, My Sweet Lord, We Can Work It Out, Pretty Amazing (Neil Diamond), Blowing In the Wind. Some classical excerpts: Dvorak's New World Symphony (2nd movement), Carl Nielsen's Symphony #3 and Alladin Suite, Ralph Vaughn Williams' Symphony #5 and Lark Ascending, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem (Hosannah and Pie Jesu) Gregorian Chant (Kyrie Eleison). Any
other suggestions that would capture the spirit of our class and generation?
along with incredible art work. What a gift to the world Hugh was!
It's a journey after all, isn't it? Untidy lives, loose strings, old shoes, noise. Noise and the insane expectations of being treated fairly, loved, creating some kind of rational order, something of redeeming quality.
We journey through the myth that we are in control, that answers are rational, that life is contained.
I make Art simply because there are energies within me that need to be materialized in order to be understood and made whole.
Even though there is a temptation to equate cynicism with intelligence and significance with complexity, I can't help approaching my work with a certain dumb optimism and stark simplicity. Simplicity is difficult. But even with all the noise, I have come upon a few words that make ultimate sense to me:
An itinerant Jewish carpenter said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is within."
A German physicist said, "E = mc2"
An Irish writer, speaking through his sensuous female character said, "...yes his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."
On a side but relevant note: Been appreciating D.H. Lawrence more lately. Here's a quote from "Apocalypse and the Writings on Revelation" written just before he died at age 45:
"For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea."
Looking forward to hearing from you and to the reunion in October. Peace to all.