Today we are pleased to share with you a powerful quote from Neil Gaiman: ‘The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can’. There is no need to add much more, it speaks by itself.
Our kudos for Neil Gaiman, cherished author and respected creator. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.
We highly recommend you this TED talk by Bruce Rosenbaum. Collaborating with Dr. Ashleigh Hillier, associate Psychology Professor at UMASS Lowell, Rosenbaum has created a 9 week program called Steampunkinetics: Building Art into Science for kids on the autism spectrum. The program uses ‘Janusian Thinking’ and other creative problem solving techniques to turnSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into STEAM (adding art) into STEAMPUNK (adding history).
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We are pleased to announce that Irene and I have participated in a project promoted by the Spanish association Asociación Joyas de Autor (AJA): the publishing of an ebook about the future of Designer Jewelry in Spain (Spanish language).
This digital publication is one of the initiatives that celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the AJA and twenty jewelry designers linked with this organization have contributed. We want to express our gratitude for giving us the opportunity to take part in such an exciting project!
Darkher is the alias of Jayn H. Wissenberg, a West Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter. Let us quote Metal Temple in order to introduce you to Darkher:
‘Her work weaves Gothic themes and eery atmosphere around a base of dark ambiance. It is hard to pick out individual notions between the mix of entrancement, sadness, introspection and soul-searching curiosity that washes over you’.
‘Ghosts tears’ is the first track of her first ep, ‘The Kingdom Field’. Singular music, isn’t it?
Just a couple of years ago we told you about the tradition of telling spooky tales upon a Christmas night. This time we are sharing with you something related with this.
From the Valentine Wolfe newsletter:
“Marley was dead, to begin with.”
This is the opening to my favorite Christmas Story, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. When I was a child, the fact that it is a ghost story wasn’t immediately obvious to me. But I loved it. I had storybook and record of the tale, and I generally would listen to side one (the ones with all the scary bits in it) over and over instead of turning the record over for the happy ending. And when the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol started coming on television, I never missed it, looking forward to the fog, the lanterns, and the ghost hearse. Especially the ghost hearse. A Christmas Carol was scary, and not like a horror movie, and while young me didn’t quite understand the distinction, I knew I loved this story the most.
It is easy, therefore, to imagine my delight in finding out that a cultural tradition around Christmas involved families gathering on the 24th of December and telling ghost stories. The notion of passing Christmas Eve in sheer terror of the return of the dearly departed sounded…well, fun. And instantly brought me back to memories of cold winter evenings and the spectral visage of Jacob Marley.
So in the spirit of the Ghosts of Christmas past, we’re offering you ten tales for your musical enjoyment this season. There’s nary a reindeer or a kindly old elf to be found, but there are memories and echoes of the past abounding, both in the texts and textures of the music.