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posted by [personal profile] bethofalltrades at 04:36am on 23/04/2009 under , , , ,
I often forget that there are people who read my blog who don't read Amanda's.

This is a photo I took at Coachella:

We were at some fancy house in a fancy gated community near the site doing press. It was surreal.

My life is frequently very surreal.

I remember at some point this weekend, and god knows when it was, I looked at Katrina and I said, "Life is pretty amazing."

She agreed.

It is, actually. I saw Leonard Cohen play. He sang First We Take Manhattan and he got to my favorite verse and I cried a little.

I don't like your fashion business mister
I don't like these drugs that keep you thin
I don't like what happened to my sister
First we take Manhattan... then we take Berlin

Those words were written on a scrap of paper and pinned to my bedroom door all through college. I carefully unpinned the paper, which by that point was yellowing around the edges, when I moved. It's in a book somewhere, pressed between the pages to avoid wrinkles. And I got to see and hear the man SING IT LIVE. I closed my eyes and imagined that he knew that I was standing there and really feeling what he said.

I opened them and I was surrounded by a crush of thousands who were feeling it too. We sang the chorus of Hallelujah together.

The man is 74 years old. He spent five years in seclusion in a Buddist monastery. Leonard Cohen is an honest-to-god MONK. He radiated sheer JOY during his performance, joy and incredible grace. Seeing him play was transcendent.

Life is pretty amazing.

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posted by [personal profile] bethofalltrades at 12:30am on 27/03/2009 under , ,
Here is a photo I took at SWSW. On the left is Emily, Amanda's manager. I'm in the middle. You all by now know the lady with the ukulele.

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posted by [personal profile] bethofalltrades at 10:28pm on 11/09/2008 under ,
I should post. Yesterday we made a video. It was fun and wrong and we are all going to hell.

Nickie McGowan, amazing artist of all things photographic (made doubly so by the fact that she knows almost no technique--- or perhaps that's what makes her so amazing, in that if one does not know it, they are not hemmed in by it) sent me this photo of me in London.

I find it to be highly symbolic. This pretty much captures my London experience.

I already took an Ambien and things are starting to jump about, so I'm going to sleep and update you more later. But. Video = good. London memories = good. Sleep cat = very very good.

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A couple of weeks ago I had a shoot with the lovely Jennifer J. Winn.

More photos behind the cut. )

Another recent shoot: the incredible Abby Ahmad. She's been hard at work on a new album and I got to hear a few sneak peaks... let me tell you, this shit is off the hook. Note her now, because when the album drops around Thanksgiving you will be seeing a LOT of this woman.

More of Abby... )

Speaking of music and spreading the good word... here's a band I love right now. Space, three hot teachers (I know!), who I took photos for last year. If I could figure out how to get their song "To Whom It May Concern" onto the iPod of every broken-hearted mid-twenties chick in New York City, I would.

Proof that they're cute:

AND... here's one more musician I think is pretty rad, all Dolled up for her performance with The Boston Pops back in June:

The best thing about this photo isn't the pious cabaret girls or the naughty statues... it's the guy in blue in the background, who moments later came over and told us we had to leave, as the costumes were not appropriate for the grounds of the Christian Science Center.

Whew. This has been Beth Loves Musicians 101.




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