Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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a daily breath...

A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

cloud songs

        Our dreams, scattered
     amidst our memory, last night
            or the one before.
     The dream, the day
     inconsequential as
          the music that plays
            in the coffee shop.
            It is all noise
       cluttering the silence
       we think we want to hear.

02/02/2023                                                                       j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays

I seem to spend more time reviewing the camera manual than I do shooting with the damn camera.
   With my new camera, about six months ago, I have already enjoyed many hours capturing the sights and my surroundings at all hours of the day. There are several images I’ve created over the months, of both people and places, that I’m especially proud of.
   I make an attempt, as often as I can, to practice a craft I have spent much of my life studying.
   But I want to learn more.
   I continue to establish what has often been trial-and-error proficiency in the craft, and art, of photography. It is what I do, and have done.
   It is about finding value in what you do and how you live.
   Involve yourself in what you can, find the lessons or the learning as you go, in everyday experiences. It becomes a rewarding challenge as you broaden your interests with a new topic, or focus deeply on what gives you pleasure
   Not everything is immediately enjoyable, but with a concrete focus you might see greater possibilities.

01/30/2023                                                                                                 j.g.l.

the influence

There are a handful of albums that signified a change in music in the late ‘70s. Many of those albums were British, but you could hear an immediate response — even revolution — from a select few American bands.
   Television was one of those bands, and Marquee Moon was one of those definitive records.
   You didn’t hear the music on the radio, not in the middle of the Canadian prairies, so I listened to it intently on the stereo at home.
   In the years that followed, I could hear the influence of Television’s singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Tom Verlaine on other bands of the time; even on the radio. I still hear it now.
   Tom Verlaine passed away yesterday at age 73.

01/29/2023                                                                                          j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
well-rounded,
other times
dull or
occasionally
broken.
Still I write.

j.g. lewis
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.

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wanting more

Posted on January 8, 2023 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

Many of us — certainly me in particular — have long maintained a fascination with other people’s stuff.
   Collections in museums and galleries have often provided historic relevance to the life and times of human beings like us, and the recent installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario furthers our fascination with renowned Canadian Leonard Cohen.
   Everybody Knows: Inside his Archives provides a deeper view into Cohen’s poetry, his songs, and cultural influence. This is the first museum exhibit to showcase the contents of his collection and career spanning more than five decades.
   Insightful and inspiring, the AGO exhibit provides a glimpse into his early life in Westmount, Montreal (his lifetime home) and showcases personal diaries, Polaroid and photo-booth selfies, sketches on napkins and drawings and paintings of an artist whose myth and legend is well know beyond this country.
   While the multi-media screens broadcast interviews and performances you cannot help but be spellbound by, it is the intimate handwritten notes, report cards, and letters to and from Cohen that provide context to the deceased artist’s life.
   So much has been written about Cohen and so much more is to be seen.
   Everybody Knows leaves you wanting more.

01/08/2023                                                                                         j.g.l.

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