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On the Sublime: Sigur Ros

In Art, The Bay Lights on April 11, 2013 at 4:39 am
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The Bay Lights – screen-shot-2013-04-10-at-9-33-21

(not sure what the new blue business is right center)

Soundtrack: Sigur Ros’ Havarf- Heim

Ok, so I’m jaded. Jaded by the sights and sounds of Sigur Ros, and the fact that I will be in their atmospheric, misty midst in a mere six days. My show is stopped, my breath taken, and my belief in the universe as limitless is confirmed. Listen: Samskeyti segued into Staralfur. Damned if I’ve ever heard–or seen–anything more sublime. Psst to Sigur Ros: Catch The Bay Lights when you’re in the Bay Area April 15-16.

Heaven is in the Humble

In Art, Cultural Musings, The Bay Lights on April 3, 2013 at 4:08 am

The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-04-02 at 8:07.42 PM

Soundtrack: Mercedes Bahleda’s Domine Fil Unigenite. I hear–and feel–Heaven every time this plays. (Thanks, Erich Schiffmann, for introducing me to her music.) When I recommended it today to a fellow “lover of the gloaming” blogger, I just about did a cartoon slapping of my hand to my forehead: Now, this is the perfect accompaniment to The Bay Lights.

When the lights came on to Domine this evening I saw Heaven in their shimmer. They flicker like candle glow. Bahleda makes The Lights a Heaven. And on such a pedestrian (I know, I know) thing as a bridge for cars…for Heaven’s sake.


The Bay Lights: Homage to Warhol and Picasso

In Art, The Bay Lights, This Evening's Movie on March 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm
--The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-03-28 at 8.20

–The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-03-28 at 8.20

Soundtrack: Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Tonight’s The Bay Lights are a ripple of Warhol’s film The Empire State Building wrapped in Picasso’s Blue Period.

Fireflies Spotted in San Francisco!

In Art, The Bay Lights on March 27, 2013 at 5:05 am

The Bay Lights, full moon

Soundtrack: Julianna Barwick’s Vow. Fireflies, or lightning bugs, are beetles. My tidbit of a research tells me they aren’t west of the Rockies. They don’t live anywhere near San Francisco (though Utah lays a claim).

So while I’m crazy about living in Sonoma, in the north Bay, I miss these bugs. The perennial, crepuscular Celeoptera. Stilted, I know, but they provoke the laudatory.

I used to live east of the Rockies, most recently in Greensboro, NC, where I had nightly meditations on their light effects. Each year, early June, I’d sit in the courtyard of my apartment building, and wait for the first sighting of the year, kinda like waiting for the first snowfall. Just as magical each year, no matter how many times I’d seen them. The anticipation of the known only added allure. It was sometime during my first summer of evening viewings that I noticed an operational detail: they don’t just start lighting up the sky once dusk settles in, they slowly, dopily, rise up from the ground. Make that: they waft up. They are wafters.

Here’s where the “Fireflies spotted in San Francisco!” comes in. I’ve been watching the live cam of The Bay Lights “no two patterns ever repeat” light display for a couple of weeks now. I get kind of mesmerized by the way the lights play of lights across the span of the bridge, and I’d already noted their ascent and descent. Here’s the thing: tonight I noticed that at times the LED lights…waft up. Like…fireflies.

The full moon didn’t exactly put any dents in the experience.

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