Aldo Luongo

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Aldo Luongo, “On the Beach”

I love these passionate paintings by the Argentine Artist, Aldo Luongo. I was first introduced to his work years ago by a former boyfriend, who had two prints hanging in his home. They really are beautiful and romantic. If you want to see more of his work, I’ve linked his website below.

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Aldo Luongo, “First Kiss” 1970

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Rock dreams & Joe Perry’s Memoir

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As most who know me can attest, I’m not what you’d call an over-sharer but I thought this was cool. I tend to dream a lot and often remember them when I wake up, so years ago I started writing them down upon waking, the gist of the story and any impressions.

A few years ago, I had one after watching an Aerosmith concert. I saw a man standing over Joe Perry watching him sleep. My notes: the man had dark hair, wore a light gray suit, white shirt, black tie and a gray hat w/darker gray ribbon running around it. After a few minutes he opened his hand and in it there was a gold chain w/circles and a gold medallion with a largish red stone (probably a ruby) in the center. I felt that there was either some writing or designs around the stone. He dropped the necklace beside him and said, “Joe, I’m proud of you.” As for my impressions w/regard to the man, I wrote: “think Don Draper” – obviously a reference to the era and clothing and also I felt for obvious reasons that it was probably a father/grandfather.

I wrote it down and didn’t think of it again until yesterday when I was reading Joe’s memoir. In it were some things that I noted surprisingly… First, he wrote that his father worked for Draper Corporation, I’m guessing the ‘60’s would be the right timeframe.

Secondly, Joe wrote in his memoir about his father’s passing: “My mother, stoic throughout, gave me Dad’s college ring from Northeastern University. I put it on a gold chain, and as I write these words, it still hangs around my neck.”

The gold ring, looks like it has a red stone -and a class ring would likely have writing and designs around the stone. So I guess it wasn’t a medallion after all. The kicker, came when I read this on page 128, where Joe recounted sharing some of his success with his dad, “I wanted him to say, I’m proud of you…”. I nearly dropped the book.

I doubt I would have remembered that dream if I hadn’t started reading his memoir and I have no idea why I had this dream as I don’t know JP. It seems that the necklace was meant to convey who the man was. Kind of cool right? Well, there you have it.

I started reading his memoir, “Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith” yesterday and so far it’s very good – haven’t wanted to put it down.

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Least Romantic Night

One of my absolute favorite film monologues was delivered by Alison Janney and written by Josh Radnor, in his film, “Liberal Arts”. In this scene Jesse (Radnor) has just had a quick roll with his former college Professor, Judith Fairfield and finds himself unceremoniously kicked out of the sack. After idealizing pretty much everything, Professor Fairfield sets Jesse straight about life, love and people. Listen up class, she gets some of it exactly right…sorry to say.

Love is the Answer

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“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a Flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” ~John Lennon

Complexities in Love

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So much is going on under the surface in this scene – true to life we often dance around how we’re feeling, unwilling to just come out and say we care about someone. Sofia was able to convey with such beautiful subtlety, our tendency to complicate something as simple as truly connecting with someone. Truth is, there are many facets and depths of love – not all are deeply romantic and we often feel if it isn’t, it’s not valid and therefore should go unspoken. Leaving love implied but not spoken may be romantic in itself but long term it robs the relationship, whatever it’s depths, of true intimacy.

Lady,i will touch you with my mind

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Lady,i will touch you with my mind.
Touch you and touch and touch
until you give
me suddenly a smile,shyly obscene

(lady i will
touch you with my mind.)Touch
you,that is all,

lightly and you utterly will become
with infinite care

the poem which i do not write.

~E.E Cummings

(from E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962)

Photo: “Le Grand Amour” Just Under the Surface // Pinterest

Artistic Collaboration: Judy Linn & Patti Smith

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EVERYONE I THINK LOVES A GOOD SNOW DAY (ASIDE FROM SHOVELING SNOW) AND I’M NO EXCEPTION. SUNDAYS AND SNOW DAYS ARE WHEN I GRAB THE ART BOOKS OFF THE SHELF AND CURL UP IN A CHAIR WITH AN AFGHAN TO SAVOR THEM. THE OTHER DAY, I WATCHED PATTI SMITH’S “DREAM OF LIFE” DOCUMENTARY AGAIN. I LOVE THE RAW FORMAT OF THE DOC AND HER SADNESS FROM THE LOSS OF HER GREAT LOVE FRED “SONIC” SMITH IS THE MELANCHOLY THRU-LINE SILENTLY SINGING IN THE BACKGROUND FROM START TO FINISH. I HAVE TO ADMIT, I DON’T LOVE ALL OF HER MUSIC BUT I DO BELIEVE PATTI SMITH IS A GREAT ARTIST, POET AND I FIND HER INFINITELY INSPIRING CREATIVELY. IN HER MEMOIR “JUST KIDS,” SHE MENTIONS THAT SHE TRIES TO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EVERY DAY, EVEN IF IT’S JUST A PHOTOGRAPH. HER MEMOIR IS TERRIFIC IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY READ IT – IT’S DIFFERENT FROM MANY OF THE MUSICAL MEMOIRS CURRENTLY FLOODING THE MARKET – IT’S SOULFUL IN A WAY THE OTHERS ARE NOT.

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ALL OF THIS LED ME TODAY TO GRAB OFF THE SHELF JUDY LINN’S TERRIFIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS “PATTI SMITH 1969-1976″. PATTI MET JUDY THROUGH ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE AND THEY STRUCK UP AN EASY FRIENDSHIP. JUDY WAS HONING HER SKILLS, TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH HER LEICA AND PATTI LOVED TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED, SO PERFECT TIMING.

Linn Smith 03THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SORTS, MEMORIES OF PATTI FINDING HER ARTISTIC TRUE NORTH AND JUDY’S GREAT START TO HER CAREER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NEW YORK CITY AT THE END OF THE SIXTIES/EARLY SEVENTIES AS THE BACKDROP. HERE ARE THREE OF LINN’S PHOTOGRAPHS – IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO LOOK THROUGH THIS BOOK, YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.

PHOTOGRAPHS ©1969-1976 JUDY LINN