It's the end of a long, frantic day. Turn down the lights. Pour a cup of hot tea, red wine, mulled cider. Exhale.
Images: wavy lines, coloured glass, paper stars, blue and green crayons. The smell of cardamom bread. The feel of cold ceramic against wet, bare feet. The bright dance of red oil paint across a linen canvas. The taste of maple syrup and cinnamon.
I experience all of these -and more -when I listen to "The Birth of Bellavista Nights", the latest creation from Daniel Lanois. Filmmaker Adam Vollick's intuitive, Zen-like shooting masterfully captures the dreamy, thoughtful nature of this composition. I've always had a magical, sensual connection with art that moves me most, and this is a perfect example. If you want more, check out their live show from the Bowery Ballroom, full of the same kind of magical artistry and intuitive creativity that makes listening to this such a powerful experience.
Lanois was, and remains, a true visionary, and one of my very-favorite artists. Ahhh. That Black Dub album can't come soon enough.