Thursday, June 29, 2006

opening to grace

the first principle of anusara yoga (and to a dynamic life) is opening to grace. i've heard these words many times in class, thought about the significance, but didn't really start to completely understand the principle -- body and soul -- until recently. and i'm probably only a millimeter or so closer to true comprehension and to following that principle in my day-to-day life.

what does it mean to open to grace? grace is the godlike lifeforce that flows throughout all existence and connects us all, but you must be open to grace in order to experience that divine connection. i practice yoga and am trying to live a healthier life to dedicate myself to finding my way into that network of love. the grace is always there, but it's up to me to dip into that current so it can fill me, too.

perhaps it's obvious that yoga would make me focus on the way i hold myself. lately i've been i look at my typical posture, inherited over timid childhood years, a scared adolescent, folding into herself, standing as a 'mal soldado' as my abuela would say...but was it laziness that hunched me over, or was i putting my head down to protect myself from opening to the grace that flows through us all? was i preventing myself from fully feeling life and all it offers? maybe it was easier not to feel. especially if some of the feelings i negated were painful.
at wild rivers in New Mexico
i am trying to be more present and conscious of how i hold myself and how i interact with my community and how i engage in life...i think of the energy of a star, and i imagine i am reaching out with bright limbs radiating open from a calm center. okay, i can imagine, right? hell, the say that intention is the first step.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Indie-rock revolution, fueled by net neutrality

Read the op-ed by the Future of Music Coalition on net neutrality that ran in The Hill
For musicians, net neutrality means they should have the unfettered ability to make their work available to potential fans without undue interference from corporate gatekeepers. Similarly, music fans should have the ability to access this music via a range of legitimate business models. Net neutrality also ensures the continued innovation that has spurred the growth of the indie sector, the transition to a legitimate digital economy and, more widely, consumer adaptation of broadband services.
[snip]...What would happen if Sony paid Comcast so that sonymusic.com would run faster than iTunes or, more important, faster than cdbaby.com (where over 135,000 indie artists sell their music)? Would a new form of Internet payola emerge, with large Internet content providers striking business deals with the dominant Internet service providers? How would that affect indie artists? Would it shut down the burgeoning new economy and replace it with one that looks a lot like our closed media market?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Foreign Press Live @ Black Cat Tonight

Andy croons
Check out the Foreign Press ("thinking man's indie rockers," according to the Express) at the Black Cat tonight! It's only $7. Doors @ 9pm. More details on DCist here.

Photo by johnnymetro

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Lucifer over DC

We're sick sick sick of six six six
Hail Satan!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

living on the edge


leafy recently posted that edie sedgwick was 'pretty doomed' after finishing her bio. well, we're sharing books and current pop obsessions. (maybe im the one who's a bit more obsessed, though) and when i put down that book, i first had a bit of an angry reaction - why are we glorifying a drug addict who was more inclined to be captured as the party girl of the moment by filmmakers and photographers in the commercial and art worlds than be the one to capture a moment in art herself? why didn't she try to be the one behind the camera? (granted, her first aspirations upon landing in nyc was to be a sculptor and art student.) but i was missing the point.
yes, she was abusive - most so toward herself (pill popping, bulimic, always up for a poke of speed) but she played a significant role in channeling a moment and contributing to the New York underground Factory collective that helped launch a lasting Pop that defined late 20th century culture -- which still has relevance today. in other words, indeed, she was an artist who capture a moment in art.

she inhabited the edge -- vulnerable-strong; girl-woman, masculine-feminine; goddess-demon. the power of her spirit, which she dared to fully exhibit in front of warhol's camera, should not be overlooked. her exuberant yet wasted life challenges me to revere the power of the shakti, lament the plight of her unnurtured childhood, mourn the all-too-familiar devastation of her subsequent self-destructive urge that ultimately snuffed her vitality, even as her spirit lives on.