An artist I was particularly obsessed with this month is Egon Schiele – even the sparrows in my garden know this by now. Beware, there’s more to come about his genius! Other things that inspired me were: John Keats’s beautiful and poignant letters to Fanny Brawne and film Bright Star (2009), music by Blondie, The Police, Gang of Four, the soundtrack for Marie Antoinette (2006); a film which I am not a big fan of despite the gorgeous costumes. Also, I’ve really liked the version of the song ‘Summer Wine’ sung by Ville Valo and Natalia Avelon:
“Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things”
Even though spring has just started, I don’t think I’ve ever felt it so deeply and profoundly. I walk the streets wide-eyed like a madman, gazing at blossoming trees in awe, picking flowers wherever I see them; gentle violets, apple twigs and fragrant daffodils have all found their way to my vase. The beauty of trees in bloom and pink sunsets is killing me so sweetly and slowly. And in April I shall spend my evenings sitting by the window, reading poetry and listening to Chopin, and my daydreams shall start and my heart shall be filled with delight when I take in the intoxicating fragrance of lilac trees. Expect an utterly romantic and indolent mood for April!
With the arrival of spring, my thoughts usually turn to Vincent van Gogh, Britpop and Rimbaud – this March was no exception. I’ve read ‘Lust for Life’ by Irving Stone; a biography of van Gogh. I’m half-way through Nick Kent’s decadent masterpiece ‘Dark Stuff’; let’s just say that I want to write about painters the way he writes about rock musicians. I’ve been intrigued by Amy Winehouse after watching documentary Amy (2015), her lyrics get a new dimension when you know the background.
I’ve watched a lot of films, all of which I would recommend: Basquiat (1996), Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment (1980), Lolita (1962) – again, The Pleasure Girls (1965), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Eight Miles High (2007), Darling (1965), Ladies in Love (1936)… My new discovery for this month – silent films. I may write about that soon, but no promises. I’ve watched Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Pollyanna (1917), The Little Princess (1917), Broken Blossoms (1919)… I confess, Old Hollywood glamour has (finally) won me over!
I’ve enjoyed March, hope you did too.
I must say that I have discovered some new and interesting things in March. First of all, Claude Debussy; his music is so calming and magical, it has the same effect on me as Monet’s paintings do. I’ve started by listening Debussy’s ‘Afternoon of a Faun’, then listened to Reverie, Nocturne, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Arabesque, Le Mer, and Sirenes; his melodies are simply enchanting, perfect for this springtime, along with Rimbaud’s poems, and Monet and Renoir’s paintings. I’ve also been listening to Oasis and The Stone Roses pretty much all the time, it’s irresistible! My other inspirations were Vincent van Gogh’s Letters, Britpop, Klimt, and films Shutter Island and Lolita (1962).
If you have never, you must listen to Rachmaninov’s ‘The Isle of the Dead’. It’s so melancholic and gloomy, typical for Rachmaninov’s work, and strangely morbid and intriguing at the same time, full of dark beauty.
I started reading Crime and Punishment five days ago, but I have about 150 pages left. Still, it is the most intriguing, the most touching book I’ve read in a while. The very thought of finishing the novel makes me insufferably sad.