Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Birthday

Ansel Adams
2.20.02 - 4.22.84




A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams




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There is another birthday of note today. . . . .

I can't make up my mind if he should be remembered as a tortured artist, unable to control the demon muses that produced his genius, or as a rich punk who cheated himself, his family and his fans because of his selfishness.

I won't solve that debate today.










02.20.67 - 04.5.94


Lithium

I'm so happy
Cause today I found my friends
They're in my head

I'm so ugly
But that's ok, 'cause so are you
We've broke our mirrors
Sunday morning
Is everyday for all I care
And I'm not scared
Light my candles
In a daze 'cause I've found god

Yeah he he yeah

I'm so lonely and
That's ok, I shaved my head
And I'm not sad
And just maybe
I'm to blame for all I've heard
And I'm not sure

I'm so excited
I can't wait to meet you there
And I dont' care
I'm so horny but
That's ok, my will is good

Yeah he he yeah

I like it
I'm not gonna crack
I miss you
I'm not coming back
I love you
I'm not gonna crack
I killed you
I'm not coming back
I like it
I'm not gonna crack
I miss you
I'm not coming back
I love you
I'm not gonna crack
I killed you
I'm not coming back

4 comments:

ouyangdan said...

I can't make up my mind if he should be remembered as a tortured artist, unable to control the demon muses that produced his genius, or as a rich punk who cheated himself, his family and his fans because of his selfishness.

that is a very good question...

he robbed the world of his art too soon...and who knows what the lives of his wife and child would have been like today...

while i see why people say so, i hesitate to call people who commit suicide selfish, only b/c it's hard to tell what people are going through when they reach that point...it's a dark dark and scary place...there is no rational thought in that place...

but when you are spiraling there, there are things you can do to help you not arrive there...

i think the acts leading up to, including if you are blowing your mind on drugs constantly instead of getting help, are selfish...which makes their deaths selfish...

it's a sticky term for me...but i know what you mean...and sadly, we may never know the truth...

wonder if he actually believed in nirvana...

PS, did you take the photo at the top?

Brave Sir Robin said...

while i see why people say so, i hesitate to call people who commit suicide selfish, only b/c it's hard to tell what people are going through when they reach that point...it's a dark dark and scary place...there is no rational thought in that place...

Yes, I used to call him (and others) selfish, until I looked into that abyss myself. We can never, ever know the darkness someone faces. I have since changed my way of thinking, and of talking. I know for me, it was the thought that it would have been a selfish act to deprive my children of a parent they needed that made my situation clearer.


did you take the photo at the top?
Heavens no. (I wish)
That is a photo by Ansel Adams. In re-reading that, I guess I didn't make it clear that it is his birthday.
:(

ouyangdan said...

yeah...sadly i never learned to read...it says "ansel adams" at the top.

DOH!

and as far as the dark abyss...i made the same choice for the same reason...

Boxer rebel said...

I see Cobain as a tortured soul, but then I am of the generation that was inspired by him. I remember the rapid rise of Nirvana and the inability he seemed to have in handling this. I still can listen to Nirvana and hear an echo of my past and my life at that time.