The Rebar Rust Quartet (in 4 movements)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I have long been inspired not only by the music but by the graphic design and album art on Manfred Eicher’s ECM music label.

Here is my latest in a long running series of imaginary albums. And yes everything is imagined; the title, the group, the musicians, the song titles etc.

Below are the original photo followed by front and back covers respectively. How do you imagine it sounds?

Travel The Winter IslandsTravel The Winter Islands album frontTravel The Winter Islands album back

inspired by ECM

So I’m sure we all have different tastes.  But here are some of my favorite movies to watch as halloween approaches each year.   Running the gamut from musical to silent I tend to like the more “nontraditional” films.   Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy yadda yadda yadda just more over-used characters.   So without further adieu in no particular order Here’s my 10 favorite movies to watch for Halloween.

Tod Browning’s FREAKS

THE CROW directed by Alex Proyas

F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW by Jim Sharman

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON by Jack Arnold

SANTE SANGRE by Alejandro Jodorowsky

CITY OF LOST CHILDREN by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro

THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, HER LOVER – by Peter Greenaway

Julie Taymor’s TITUS

NAKED LUNCH by David Cronenberg

Favorite movies – halloween

Living, one’s own terms
no judgement for suicide
Dying, ones own terms

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Sweet Sweet Suicide
The last exit from life’s stage
Stigmata of choice

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On a high blue bridge
She jumps, flying toward the earth
Releasing all cares

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It takes great courage
To take the reigns of death
There’s no mortal sin

4 haiku on death by suicide

No more dreams to live
Heart stops, brain ceases, life ends
A cold grave welcomes

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Freedom on the wind
A bird will fall from the sky
Its heart beats no more

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And when the end comes
Can there be beauty in death?
Flowers in the snow

yet 3 more haiku on death & dying