These Are The People In My Neighbourhood – Say Hello To Berel M. Weiner

I am overjoyed to speak to you today about Acappella & barbershop, by way of my dear friend, Berel Weiner, President Island City Chorus and the passionate base of his quartet & chorus. Let me start with paraphrasing Berel’s vision for this joyful musical experience. I only tweaked the words, a little. wink, wink The … Continue reading These Are The People In My Neighbourhood – Say Hello To Berel M. Weiner

Old News

If the news isn’t the news anymore What do you call it? The names change, but The actions are always the same. Isn’t that plagiarism? This one dies That one dies It gets in the news And everybody sues. When did they decide to place The obituaries on the front page of the newspaper? The … Continue reading Old News

Hollow Men – Crowded: A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art: #71

Hollow Men - Crowded:  The History: This is my story and I’m sticking to it… for now. There's a scene in Pink Floyd’s The Wall where we see the children with melted faces, being ushered forward to the slaughter… into a giant meat grinder. I believe this to be one of the origins of my … Continue reading Hollow Men – Crowded: A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art: #71

The Hunter: A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art : #69

The Hunter: The History: This is my story and I’m sticking to it… for now. Having devoured, contemplated, and worries over Joe Coleman’s book Original Sin, I needed something to lighten my mood. A friend of mine gave me a catalogue of award wining illustrators and I found the lightness there, in their pages… it … Continue reading The Hunter: A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art : #69

World: A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art : #68

World:  The History: This is my story and I’m sticking to it… for now. Creativity is an expression of joy and letting go, as much as it is the effort of finding technical & aesthetic solutions to challenges. I believe when one lets go and completely trusts their instincts, the solution is pure fun. At … Continue reading World: A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art : #68

Odd Fantasies – A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art – Part 2

Part 2 - Odd Fantasies This is a collection of early works in the years after university. I had only taken a little art in college and it stimulated my hunger to create… I was spending a large percentage of my income on art books at the time and found a variety of unusual artists … Continue reading Odd Fantasies – A Creative Process – Through 500 Works of Art – Part 2

Christmas Music & Cigars

Did you ever try To figure out why Some things make you happy and sad at the same time? Like kids tumbling around in fluffy, fresh snow. Like the puffing out of the engine on a toy train. At some point, both will smell bad. Christmas muzak, cigars and smelly old memoirs. by M. Perron … Continue reading Christmas Music & Cigars

Smile

I passed an old lady on my way I smiled at her She gummed a smile at me. I saw her weary wrinkles soften for an instant. A smile is sometimes the most beautiful gift of the day. by M. Perron (Originally written February 24, 1993) Notes: Is it just me, or did I write … Continue reading Smile

Turning 50! What The Hell Is That Supposed To Mean???

Today I turned 50 years old. This past week has been filled with blessings, kind words, and good wishes. It has also come with variations of that perennial question: “How does it feel to be a year older?” I’ve never really known how to answer this question. Mostly I stumble over a verbose nonsense explanation … Continue reading Turning 50! What The Hell Is That Supposed To Mean???

More Mall People

The morning is bright for our hero this morning We’ve got the milk drinker spewing inanities to the crone who accompanies him. We’ve got the curly haired lady wearing sunglasses in the dimmest corner of the room, seemingly having a debate with herself. We’ve got another auto-conversationalist sipping his coffee, polishing his glasses, and stuffing … Continue reading More Mall People