There will still be stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in New York’s Central Park — the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center has posted the schedule online, and it looks like at least we will be recording some (but, because of our new camera’s limitations, not all) of the 1st June and 21 September events (the memorials for our dear friend, the late Diane Wolkstein). The 20th of July is also a strong possibility.
We have more to say on our website. And we hope to see you at the Statue sometime this Summer.
It’s the Rosegarden’s own Mr. Morgan (center, finding it hard to smile for the camera) with Atsumi Ishibashi (left) and Masashi Ishiura of Robin’s Egg Blue outside the Bowery Electric in New York, post-performance (12 May 2013).
Mr. Morgan can afford to act odd because it was his 51st birthday.
It certainly is. Meet my Nikon Coolpix P510. The capability to shoot in (most) low-light situations. A zoom that out-zooms either of my now retired Flips. A serious camera body that welcomes your hands. A lens that means business. 1080p high definition video (although restricted to less than a half-hour — gotta check the manual to understand why, but hey…). And a brand synonymous with photography.
This is no camera app, ladies and gents. This is the real thing.
Now let’s truly get busy.
A revised version of our recent e–card, with a few minor tweaks.
Because of a special client project, new episodes of Just One Story… are on hold until hopefully May.
We can’t stop playing this Prelinger mashup (see more on Vimeo and of course at the Internet Archive), simply because it’s too nutty to resist. (Of course, when you cut–up what is clearly a sales motivation film shown apparently to the staffers at many a Chevrolet dealer, you realize how absurd a phrase like “double dividend” really can be.)
See if you can’t play it more than once. And that’s… well, impact.
©2011 Lyndon Lorenz.
Spirituality = self-inflicted violence?
“Spiritual people can be some of the most violent people you will ever meet. Mostly, they are violent to themselves. They violently try to control their minds, their emotions, and their bodies. They become upset with themselves and beat themselves up for not rising up to the conditioned mind’s idea of what it believes enlightenment to be. No one ever became free through such violence. Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to heaven. But Freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and unselfconscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of a someone who is in control is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown.”
Would you dare? Just asking.
‘Tis the season for taking long breathers
For those of you who have been wondering about Rosegarden: I am taking an indefinite break from future videomaking and other associated activities because of the sad passing away of my friend (and Just One Story… star) Diane Wolkstein back on 31 January (while she was in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for the winter months). I hope I can get Just One Story… restarted eventually, once the period of mourning fades away. (I won’t try to rush it away. You should never do such a thing.)
Meanwhie, it seems I’m not the only ones catching my breath following the devastating news. I just saw this on Illegal Art’s Tumbler page:
Illegal Art is on indefinite hiatus.
This change in status is not due to any legal issues, and we are still committed to fighting any legal battles over our 15–year catalog of releases.
All active artists will continue to release material, just through other channels.
Our site will remain online and we’re working to add older releases until the entire catalog is available.
Just take a long look at the splash page for their website to see who’s benefited from IA’s fifteen years of existence; two of my heroes, Vicki Bennett (a/k/a People Like Us) and Ergo Phizmiz, are represented (The Keystone Cut–Ups).
And I can’t tell you how often I’ve played The Bran Flakes’ album I Have Hands. See if some of your own faves are here.
Steev Hise has written a most excellent tribute to the label that merits a read.
Ever since I began Just One Story…, I’ve always viewed Wintertime not so much as a time for hibernation but as welcome down time during which I can dream, imagine, and plan for something new to do. This Winter, however, has given new meaning to the term “down time” than I would have preferred.
At least I’m not the only one feeling it.
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news of the death of storyteller and author extraordinaire Diane Wolkstein. You will remember her from many a Just One Story… episode, and we have planned to share many more with you.
Sadly, her life came to an end on Thursday 31 January, while she was away in Taiwan (Kaohsiung). She was there doing what she loved to do: learn more about the stories she wanted to tell (in this case, an adaptation of the Chinese classic Journey to the West), and living her life as fully as she always would.
And now she is gone. And all that is left is her story.
But what a wonderful story it is to tell.
I am proud to have played a role in the making of this featurette, released in 2007 to celebrate the 4th decade of her career.
I only wish it could have lasted one decade more.
I love you and will miss you, Diana. Farewell, good friend of mine.
Philip David Morgan.
©2007 Cloudstone Productions, New York City.
Presented with the kind permission of Cloudstone Productions.
The gates to our Rosegarden will be closed for a short period of time, because of a deeply painful loss within our family. We cannot say more than that right now, as we will need some time and space to grieve.
Just know that this is NOT the end of the Rosegarden. Indeed, we will re-open our gates, hopefully this Spring, if all goes well.
Bless you all for your patience, understanding, and compassion.