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  • heath 11:31 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asian RnB, Mumzy Stranger, Rishi Rich, summer song, UK Asian,   

    Summer song: Mumzy Stranger’s One More Dance 

    Here’s one of those summer songs one can’t get out of one’s head:

    The apparent repeats in the lyrics are close echos, not true repeats.

    The great beats, addictive mix and lyrics are why the song sticks.

    The official lyrics are here.

    Check out Rishi Rich Productions Making Mumzy’s “One More Dance” Video, too.

    One More Dance is the most popular song on my songs blog, and it’s the most searched-for post here.

  • derek 11:42 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: artist, artistic process, documentary   

    shameless self promotion 

    Okay, so I’ve been a busy little artist.
    Here is my youtube channel.


    or you can just type in “derek alderman” in the the search bar.

    More stuff to come……..


    • heath 12:59 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, what beautiful work!! 🙂

      Really great vid, too — beautifully scripted, lit, shot, scored and cut (npi)!!

      love, h

      (p.s. Tweet it?? I’m following you, empyrius, Harb, Kavita. I follow rishirichprod, who sent out a tweet for a new music vid this am, and as a result of the tweet, I’ll get the album on iTunes when it’s released. The rishirichprod Twitter page bg promotes the album to which the new music vid is related.)

    • Ed Croucher 2:45 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Derek, I have nothing but admiration for everything you do and say.

      Thanks, I have a tear in my eye, because it strikes a deep chord,


      • derek 7:35 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Guys
        Thanks, I think I’m going to use youtube to market my work. It’s easy to update and show all my latest work. Gene and I have a long way to go in refining a documentary format but I am having fun with this medium. I have been a documentary junkie forever. It’s not as easy as it looks. I will be putting up a slide show of work soon.



    • Mieke 1:12 pm on Friday, May 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Derek,

      It is great to see you so creative 🙂

      Enjoyed your video, every minute of it. I guess living in such an environment as yours, with the mountains in the back, etc. surely boosts one’s creativity.

      At least mine does as soon as I see them again (and these are only hills) on holiday.

      Does not mean that I do not like my own (flat) country cause I do very much.

      To me change of environment now and then gives me lots of inspiration.

      It is great seeing you develop into your own marketing manager 🙂

      Lots of success and love from


      • derek 2:24 am on Saturday, May 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Mieke
        So good to here from you. Thank you so much.

        I really am blessed to live in such a beautiful and inspiring place.
        So far I like the idea of a youtube channel as my website. It’s easily updated and most importantly, it’s free. Yo. I believe it will also prove to be more interactive than just a website.
        We’ll see.

        much love and peace to you Mieke


  • heath 2:25 pm on Friday, May 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: manual labor, Matthew B. Crawford,   

    An old way of looking at new work 

    A new article in the upcoming NY Times Magazine is one of most revolutionary things I’ve ever read from within the American sociocultural environment:

    The Case for Working With Your Hands — by Matthew B. Crawford.

    An excerpt:

    “..After finishing a Ph.D. in political philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2000, I managed to stay on with a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the university’s Committee on Social Thought. The academic job market was utterly bleak. In a state of professional panic, I retreated to a makeshift workshop I set up in the basement of a Hyde Park apartment building, where I spent the winter tearing down an old Honda motorcycle and rebuilding it. The physicality of it, and the clear specificity of what the project required of me, was a balm….”

    • cat 4:56 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it’s excellent. I got the link to the article on advrider.com this morning.

      Nothing quite like recognising the truth; something you’d always known, at some level, but never seen expressed so well.

      • heath 11:24 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi cat. Crawford’s article has struck a deep chord. He has a book coming out, from which the article is drawn. It’s “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work”, available in hardcover, and download for Kindle, at Amazon.

        love, h

  • heath 4:16 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: being creative when sick, web design   

    The benefits of a feverish mind 

    If anyone’s interested, I revised my personal web site this past weekend.  I was pretty sick and couldn’t sleep for more than 30 hours.  Partway through my sleepless marathon, I thought about a quick redesign, and said, “Why not?”

    One reason why getting sick should not be avoided altogether is the fertile and changed thinking that arises in a feverish mind, of which this revision is good evidence.  The bold coloring is a continuing spin out from love, with a sprinkle of exposure to Seidel.  Though I’m liking it for now, it’s not done —  I have a lot of content to add, I will probably try to create a WordPress install to support the writings section, and the design itself will change.  But anyway, it’s fresh and OK at the moment.

  • heath 11:49 am on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fearlessness, Juxt, The Young Turks, visual blogging   

    Fearless visual blogging 

    My two favorite visual blogs are

    The Young Turks


    Juxt Interactive

    In the best of all possible worlds, everyone would check these out and I wouldn’t have to say why they’re my favs — and since saying why is against the visual paradigm, that would suit me fine.  But this ain’t the best of all possible worlds, hai na? 🙂  So here’s why:

    (More …)

  • heath 12:30 pm on Monday, May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alessandra Stanley, betrayal, , relationships   

    Column title of the week… 

    More Than One Way to Skin a Cad” — a well-written and sharply, yet compassionately, observed opinion piece in the NYTimes by Alessandra Stanley, about public relationship betrayal.

  • heath 3:52 pm on Sunday, May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contemporary American poetry, Steve Toth, Willing to Change   

    A new poem from Steve Toth: “Willing to Change” 

    …Like the rain dropping
    everything but its desire
    to reach the ground…

    — from “Willing to Change” by Steve Toth.
    Read the full poem at the warriorpoets forum.
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    • ed 3:33 am on Monday, May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ……Like a eyeful of light
      being infinitely reflected between
      a pair of facing mirrors….


  • heath 10:16 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humaneness, humanity, , Times of India, TOI   

    Another way to see: TOI 

    If you’re an American cousin, check out the Times of India online.   The page layout — what content is selected for the first page, and how it’s organized — expresses India’s innate socio-cultural respect for humanity’s humanity.

    I love that respect.  It’s saved my life twice.  And it draws me back to India’s people and arts time and time again.

  • heath 10:01 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take), Miles Davis   

    Art is about… 

    …disagreement. Matlab*, showing another way to think, feel, listen, move, see. A teaching. Slyly, gracefully offered.

    * Matlab: meaning (Hindi).

    Here’s a piece of art from Miles Davis:

  • heath 9:48 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Lane, film reviews, Manohla Dargis, new Star Trek movie, ,   

    Better than the movie 

    Anthony Lane’s New Yorker Mag review (titled “Highly Illogical”) of the new Star Trek movie is dense, running on 24 levels, and funny as hell. There are too many good bits too thickly interwoven to be plucked out as snippets, so please excuse my providing no sample. If you want to laugh and think hard at the same time, give it a read: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2009/05/18/090518crci_cinema_lane

    And if you disagree with Lane’s take, try Manohla Dargis’s, in the NY Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/movies/08trek.html

    (Comparing the reviews should show you why I think Lane is the best living film reviewer at the moment.)

  • heath 9:26 am on Thursday, May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bristol Palin, , teen pregnancy   

    Gail Collins rocks. Seriously. 

    Disclaimer, of sorts: I try to resist reading Gail Collin’s columns in the NY Times because I’m a known fan and I don’t like being known for anything. But I always end up reading them anyway. So without further ado…

    here’s a link to today’s Gail Collins column — it’s heartbreakingly funny, on a very serious subject:


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