Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

 A panel discussion with Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneider,  and Frank Stefanko and moderated by Robert Santelli.  I had already met Danny Clinch and Frank Stefanko and  both were kind enough to take a picture with me and sign my album covers.  But, I really wanted to meet Bob Santelli and get Eric Meola to sign my Born to Run the unseen photos book.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity.  The seminar was held in the McCosh Lecture Hall which was an extra treat to sit in the beautiful architecture on Princeton Campus.  The meet and greet was held in the Morvin Museum, and was lovely with refreshments and wine and beer were served. We sold Bob Santelli's book in our store at Greetings from Geralyn, so I really wanted to talk, and get my picture taken with him.  He was really nice.  I am so impressed with his career.  He used to write for the Asbury Park Press and is now the Executive Director of the Grammy Museum.  His book "Greetings from E Street" is also set up like a scrapbook which I love with great reproductions of early posters, set lists and even a Stone Pony napkin.  His input of the influence of Asbury Park on Springsteen is extensive. I also wanted to get Eric Meola to sign a book called "Born to Run the unseen photos".  I had him sign right above the Elvis Presley button.  Because that is my favorite part of the book.  You can't really see the button on the album cover, but you can see it clearly in these pictures

Another nice conversation I had was with Ed Gallucci.  I was thinking how my favorite part of watching a Springsteen concert is the joy he exudes on stage with his smile.  But the photographs on the album covers don't reflect that.  But, when you walk into Ed Gallucci's room full of photos at the exhibition he captured Bruce's smile in most of his photos, like the one below.

 I ended the reception talking to Frank Stefanko who took the pictures of Bruce for Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River and the cover of Bruce's new book "Born to Run".  It was a great event and exhibit.   The exhibit runs until May 21, 2017 and for more info visit morven.org.  You can catch Frank Stefanko again on April 6 at 7pm  with the seminar:  Springsteen on the Radio 1973-21st Century.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Music to Live by

 Every now and then I try to find a playlist of songs to get me going in the morning.  I have been also doing mediation.  I have been searching for about a year for something to get me moving, words to live by that make me happy, and it dawned on me today.  Just make your own and get moving and stop searching for somebody's else's list.  We'll see how long this one lasts before I get sick of it.  But, hopefully it will get me moving.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How Great the Goal

 I bought this watercolor journal when Glen and I went on our cruise in the Mediterranean.  I never used it.  Our days were so full and I really soaked in every minute, so it was ok.  So, when I packed it in my bag again, I thought maybe this trip would be different.  Well, thanks to my daughter, it happened.  She packed her paper and paints, too!  The best was when we were going to the first stop, she suggested we bring cups.  I was shocked at what a great idea that was.  Then she said we could use sea water to paint with.  Well, that was brilliant!!!!
I painted three pages at three different ports.  I will continue to use the book and continue painting when I am waterside and using that water in the painting.  I love setting goals and intentions.  But, to follow through is the BEST feeling.  Thankful to have the company of my daughter on this vacation, and creating such great memories, that are now documented for memory keeping!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome 2017

Each year I try to pick a picture that represents the best of the year before, and pick a word going into the new year.  This year it was so simple to pick a picture.  This was the end of our trip to Europe.  We are tan and relaxed.  I am wearing a dress that seems to have been made for the background.  I bought the dress with a goal I had earlier in the year.  I knew I was going on this trip.  I saw a picture of the dress and wanted it very badly.  It wasn't really in the budget.  So, I decided to try to lose some weight on my own.  For every five pounds I lost I would buy a dress.  I only bought this one and bought it a few days before my interview at April Cornell.  
The word I chose for last year was flow, so it made sense how everything for me personally seemed to go with the flow.  The more I just went with everything and not fought against it, the better it was for me.  The loss of my brother on the other hand, was a whole other story.   That was one of the most challenging, saddest and emotional things I have ever have gone through.  I did have to take it all off myself and leave it into the hands of God, though.  I am most of all amazed at how he hung on to life so strongly at the end.  I am grateful he hung on like that, but it became so hard to see because he was suffering and couldn't really talk very well at the end.  
The year of 2016 was very good to my children, Glen and I.  We traveled, we went to as many shows Ian played in as we could, watched Kaylyn paint and sell many paintings.  They both would work full time jobs and pursue their dreams in the Arts.  Glen continued to drive a school bus and carried on Greetings from Geralyn by doing many Street Fairs and the Bazaar in Convention Hall.   I started a new job with a company I have always loved.  April Cornell says "Live like an artist.  Enjoy the beauty of the everyday".
So, this year of 2017 I chose the word Rise.  It is partly because of the staircase I climbed to get this picture.  Because as I climbed these steps; feelings stirred, surprises happened, health challenges arose and beauty unfolded.   It felt like life itself.  And it felt extremely good to climb those stairs and rise to the top.  That is what I would like 2017 to be.  I know it will be challenging and I am grateful to climb with the help of my friends, co-workers and family.  Looking forward to all that 2017 brings.  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How to feel like a kid before Christmas again:

Kim Laws who I still don't think I have met face to face, yet.  I would buy her product and they all were adorned with a ticket with JOY on it.  I followed her blog:  http://artjoystuff.blogspot.com, and I am friends with her on Facebook.  I love what she makes.  A few weeks ago I saw an invitation for an Artist Trading Card Swap and I jumped at the chance!
 I forgot to take a picture of the actual card, but I couldn't wait to make them.  I bought netflix for the first time and put Gilmore Girls on and had some Starbucks (which is a big treat I rarely indulge in) and I got busy.  It was a 6 for 6 card swap:  Here is the box they came in and Kim Laws was so generous to include an ornament  and a tag pretty enough to use as an ornament too.  If there is a link I included that.  One was anonymous. 
 Here's what the package looked like.  Kim Laws you are awesome!!!
 Waiting for Santa by Mary Walden
 Christmas Wishes by Kim Laws
JoAnne at http://vintagedragonfly.blogspot.com

 This was beautiful front and back.  Joyeaux Noel by Terri Wilerson junqueseeker.blogspot.com

 Cathy Steal www.catartnsoul.blogspot.com
And this was the beautiful ornament Kim included.  The theme of the ATC swap was White Christmas.  I love swaps, because making these little cards are so fun.  Then the anticipation of waiting for the package.  I just can't decide if I should make a garland or use them as ornaments for the tree.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blinded by the Light

Sometimes money can't buy what you really need to read or have.  Sometimes you already possess it and have to revisit all that you have.  Since, we started the record part of Greetings from Geralyn, we would spend a lot of time going through the big collection of records.  In the beginning we would use what we needed and threw away what we didn't.  This could become a problem, but a lot of time has been spent, mostly on Glen's end "weeding" out all of the records.  I am naturally a saver, and have been trying to control myself and not save everything.  But, this is one of my favorite finds!  I found it in a Janis Joplin record.  It was how Columbia records in the early days would promote other Artists within.  It is a record sleeve called the "Inner Sleeve".  It included Miles Davis, The Birds, and Bruce Springsteen.  It is marketing Bruce Springsteen as a writer and Artist.  I have been writing how my life has come full circle and this is one of those times.  I will see Bruce Springsteen for the third time in two weeks tomorrow.  I will go with my son(his birthday present) and my friend who we have seen Bruce together a number of times.  In summing up my admiration for Bruce Springsteen I would have to go to the beginning.  Which, is what he has been doing lately.  It is called the River tour, but he has been playing a lot from the Greetings from Asbury Park album.    I can say now I have seen him perform all the songs captioned on the little picture of Greetings from Asbury Park.  We even saw him do the acoustic "For You" in 2012 and were among only 600 people by the stage at the new Met Life.  Grateful is the one word I could use to describe how I feel to be able to witness such greatness.  I also would like to add I was in the pit that time and it was because of the customers at Greetings from Geralyn telling me how to accomplish that.  But, now we have regular seats.  I have to say I really need the seat and don't know how we did that a mere four years ago.  I really enjoy seeing all the hands in the air, the people dancing and really hearing everyone singing along when we sit far away.  I am looking forward to seeing Bruce and the E Street Band tomorrow and am ready for whatever surprises in the set list he has in store for us !  Like the ending of the inner sleeve written more than 40 years ago.  "Bruce is a writer that really has to be listened to."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true?

Casa Batllo in Barcelona Spain.  A very famous, brave courageous example  of  Art Nouveau Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

 With today's technology there are images to show the inspiration and genius of it's designer: Antonio Guadi

We visited there on the last day of a 10 day trip to Italy, France, and Spain.  We were pretty exhausted.  But, to say I was curious was to say the least.  The inside is centered by a gigantic spiral staircase.  The hues on the tile were the most beautiful blue I had ever seen in my life and as you climbed the different floors the colors became deeper.  When you reached the top on a very hot day, I thought it would be sweltering.  But, the whole design of the top was about natural ventilation before electric air conditioning.  They actually would do the laundry up there and had dowels on the rafters for drying.  On a folding table there was the hugest bar of lavender soap I had ever seen and the breeze of the ventilation sent the lavender scent throughout.  Then the biggest surprise was to find out we could go out on the balcony and get our picture taken.
I started this blog more then five years ago.  It was out of need to document my life, my dreams and inspirations.  My dad had been gone for about five years and I lost my job, my children were graduating high school, we were preparing to sell our home of almost twenty years.  I wanted most of all a place where if my children wanted to remember me or know what I was thinking, could come and hopefully get some comfort.  I do have a fear of developing Alzheimer's and getting angry with myself for never following through on documenting our life.
Sometimes the words come easy, sometimes life gets so hard you don't want to write anything.  So, today I woke up this September first and thought,  I want to write how thankful I am to have my mom  still alive and her wanting to be independent.   After spending a day with her yesterday, I realized how much we are alike.  I want to say to my children how proud I am of them as they have reached the milestone of being a quarter of a century old.  They have been the biggest and hugest inspiration to me and fill my heart up with joy.  And, finally to my husband I would really love to say after we just celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary that I do believe in fairy tale endings.  Our trip to Europe was just that.  It was a complete joy to have a handful of kingdom of days to rest, enjoy, soak, eat , and drink in all that life has to offer.
In the last week we were also able to take in some of the best music ever, sung or performed by Artists in their mid sixties to their late seventies.  I remember when I first started my blog I had said Glen had given me the River album at a time I didn't even have two pennies in my pocket when I was away at college.  Now, we went to see the River tour together, and it felt right.  Here are some lyrics I read from the song "I wanna marry you" off of the River album.  

Now, honey, I don't wanna clip your wings But a time comes when two people should think of these things Having a home and a family Facing up to their responsibilities They say in the end true love prevails But in the end true love can't be no fairytale To say I'll make your dreams come true would be wrong But maybe, darlin', I could help them along 
These words of Bruce Springsteen pretty much sum up my feelings.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my dreams come true.