2. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I make music, that I play. When I play a song there is something that happens in my right brain that allows me to synthesize my life in ways that would just never happen if I didn’t carve out the space and indulge a little.

    I wrote this song, “Ruby,” in 2011. That was a big year for me. So much happened, and along the way it felt very confusing. Writing songs helped me process things from a different angle. I didn’t understand this song at the time, and I still don’t though certain parts evoke certain feelings or memories in me. 


    Somewhere on a hillside, lost in space and time / there was a castle, ramshackle. For years it stood / moss and rotting wood. One day a rider was approaching. Silently but swift / a satchel at her hip / the next day she left empty handed. Almost overnight the castle took on a new life. The people inside celebrated.

    Knights stormed in one day — raided shelves, ruined grain. They found a magical ruby. The wizard was pleased. He needed that ruby. His crystal ball needed mending. With the jewel in his hands; over at the ball he glanced. But the fog grew even thicker. His smile went flat. The ruby just stared right back. Without the castle it was worthless. If the stone couldn’t be his then he would destroy it, but try as he might it was no use.

    Overcome with guilt / his crystal ball as clear as milk / he vowed to return the ruby. He went inside / placed the ruby in the tomb / right back from where it was taken. He came in with squinted eyes. As he left he felt his spirit rise. Clarity was returning. His crystal ball intact / the castle with its ruby back / they all lived happily ever after.

  3. My cousin mentioned getting heart tattoos, and I definitely like the idea. Though when I actually think about getting a tattoo I kind of freak out! That doesn’t stop me from having ideas though. While thinking about a heart tattoo, I had a thought about a simple stencil of a brain on the inside of each wrist: right brain and left brain. I also wanted to have a symbol in each one. My first thought was a heart and a sigma symbol. The heart symbol embodies how I feel about the right brain, though “~” would definitely work too. I like the sigma symbol because it always seemed so mysterious to me when I saw it in equations. The sigma represents summations, and is just kind of a beautiful symbol to me. I wish I could draw better, but this is about as close as I can get!

  4. I came across Right Brain Terrain tangentially from something else I was looking at. Check out their Manifesto. This is the work of Frederick Turrell, who I know nothing about. But after seeing this I’d like to learn more!

    Here’s a snippet from the manifesto:

    You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.”

  5. I miss programming. It is so logical and left-brained, and yet what really gets you through the trouble patches and compiling errors is the creativity of the right brain. I miss getting immersed in the code, and of course the rush of pure joy as the program finally runs.

  6. I’m a sucker for left-brain-right-brain-spacey-mathy illustrations.

    (Source: taticarolina, via hearingadifferentdrummer-deacti)

  7. dollarsandcentsblog:

    Left and Right Brain by Ben Tautfest

  8. I’m drinking tea. If it’s good enough for me then it’s good enough for you. We can have tea for two. How do you do?" ~ Brendan Benson

    Here’s the scene…I’m drinking a cup of Kava tea. Jose Gonzales station on Pandora. I have left work behind and am officially freeing my mind to more right brain pursuits.

  9. Oh you two!

    (via morgancandace)