My Inspiration for May

31 May

Things that inspired me in May were Syd Barrett, Percy Bysshe Shelley, book Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Margaret Sarah Carpenter’s paintings, collages, Andy Warhol, Velvet Underground’s debut album, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie’s song ‘Moonage Daydream’, films Cemetery Junction (2010), Ghost Town (2001) and Submarine (2010).

I’ve been a bit obsessed with The Libertines and Pulp. May I add that Pulp has amazing music videos, especially for the songs Common People, Disco 2000 and Do You Remember The First Time, though the latter can give you a headache, but it’s brilliant nevertheless.

It would be unfair not to mention a book that I’ve read for the second time – The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. It’s a very philosophical book but engaging at the same time. I’ve read some of the chapters up to six times and I was left with different thoughts each time. Unbelievable, or rather unbearable. I’m in love with the character of Sabina, a passionate and free-spirited artist. I admire her choices in life, and I hope that someday I’ll be a woman like that; never attached to a place, a thing or a person. A quote from the book:

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

may calender

1956. Christa Päffgen (a.k.a. Nico) photographed by Herbert Tobias 1935. Vogue Cover, July, FLowers 1960s Brigitte Bardot 302 Lovely old fashioned garden jane austen northanger abbey 1 1840. Miss Theobald - Margaret Sarah Carpenter

Copyright Ferens Art Gallery / Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Copyright Ferens Art Gallery / Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire - Jane Eyre 'Thornfield Hall' 1 Bluebells in Cornish Graveyard at St Wyllow Church, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall, UK. pink floyd early posters 1 syd 109 syd 19 1894. John William Waterhouse's Ophelia 1960s Brigitte Bardot & boyfriend Sami Frey 1964. Terry O'Neill - Marianne Faithfull 1858. The signal - William Powell Frith 1843. Fashions for March 1941. Vivien Leigh and Old Portraits common people

1775-1800. A Welsh Sunset River Landscape by Paul Sandby, showing rather better weather than most 'sublime' landscapes

Lament for May……

5 Responses to “My Inspiration for May”

  1. Elliot 31st May 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Submarine – good choice, that is a fine film, the director is Richard Ayoade who has done one other film which I also really liked and I would wholeheartedly recommend and that is ‘The Double’ starring Jesse Eisenberg. I also really like ‘Disco 2000’ and the music video is very well done I agree.


    • Byron's Muse 31st May 2015 at 9:09 pm #

      ‘Submarine’ is brilliant, and Oliver is quite an interesting character, though a bit immature. I’ll definitely watch ‘The Double’ since you so wholeheartedly recommend it, plus I like Mia Wasikowska. ‘Disco 2000’ is such a good song, in every aspect, and the video is so cool! What a coincidence, I’d never assume that you’d like that song. Do you listen to Pulp in general?


      • Elliot 1st Jun 2015 at 3:03 pm #

        To be honest I have only recently discovered Pulp when I heard ‘Disco 2000’ in a television programme, so have not got around to checking out their other songs, but I intend to.

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  2. Mighty Kaci 2nd Jun 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Syd Barrett’s eyes break my heart ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Byron's Muse 2nd Jun 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Oh, I understand you completely! How sweet of you to say so. Thanks for commenting. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

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