Moments of Calm

Remember the 100 Day Project that I participated in last year? There were a few circumstances that drove me to pause my participation (including Ginger falling ill), and I never started it back up.

I salvaged what videos I saved locally and added them to a “Moments of Calm” YouTube playlist:

It’s kinda nice to revisit these and have them stored in a focused place. I hope to add more to this playlist in the future, in the 100 Day Project and beyond.

Take Away Shows

I’ve recently become enamored with the music vlog Concerts à Emporter (“Take Away Shows“) from the French music blog La Blogotheque. And I feel compelled to share it with you.

The concept behind the show is simple: catch up with musicians passing through Paris (for the most part, amongst other major cities) and have them perform live… impromptu, on the streets, wherever they may be. There is something quite zen and calming about many of these performances. Take, for instance, the latest video, featuring Andrew Bird strolling leisurely along the stone streets of Paris with his guitar, attracting the attention of nary a traveler:

This performance from The Shins on a bright sunny day makes me feel warm and ready for spring. I love how they  break out with Alone Again Or as they stroll to find a place on the Paris streets to perform.

These are just a couple of the wonderful performances to be found within, including Grizzly Bear performing while crammed into a tiny hotel bathroom, and a performance by Arcade Fire from inside a freight elevator. I could go on and on, but you could probably just find out for yourself. 🙂

I find myself inspired and feeling a bit more at peace with every performance.