words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

The City Series

The Setting Sun and the Years of Our Descent (Recovery Remix 2011)

The city series….

From across the park I see the days end and the last day begin

We remember what we shared—the deep dark place and beautiful heaven.

And to never forget is now the bond that liberates and heals.

It is the recovery we now hold dear

and

the rising sun….


The Ending Memories of a Deep Dark Place and a Beautiful Heaven (Turning the Page – Recovery Remix 2011)

The City series….

A deep dark place a beautiful heaven to lose yourself forever

small towns…

big cities

where hopeless dreams

dance

swim

when the carnival is over

and

we are lost at sea

the magic escapes us

and the years are gone

small towns

big cities…

where the dreams

we shared

in the deep dark place

and

beautiful heaven

are

just moments

now forgotten


The Seamless Memory of Beautiful Places Left Behind

The city series….

Seamless thoughts in various colors

At night we often wonder where the memories have gone….


The Uncertainty Of Where Our Thoughts Are At Any Given Time

The city series….

Looking out beyond my window I am startled by the heavens

Bonus video imagery by ben2thewild, uploaded on Oct 11 2010. Featuring the music of Startle the Heavens – “Lull of the Storm” from the CD “Lull”.

http://youtu.be/5tXu2RswGSM

 All that I dream is free and alive….


From Across the Park I See the Brownstones Decaying (Recovery Remix 2011)

The city series….

The cyclical life of urban decay

from across the park

i remember

seeing

the place where all this started

the decaying brownstones

and

embracing the thirst that consumes

seeking awareness

in things we knew not of

finding the descent that limits

and subtracts

life

the city was dying…

and we too for years to come


Urban Contemplation: 13 – The French Quarter

The city series….

There is always music in the French Quarter

A journey in the French Quarter through a landscape of sound, imagery, and fine cuisine.


Weekly Movie-Making Moments in Film: Attack the Block – 2011

The city series….

Yo - the aliens are coming

One of the things that I have always questioned is this … Why don’t the aliens ever attack the ghetto? I mean, all the alien invaders when they invade seem to end up in the midwest; or on someone’s farm; in the backwoods; at the lake during vacation; or the town you would never visit with a population of 10—anywhere but in the hood.

Well those days are over. We be talking about the really cool, down by law, and just totally sweet, street-wise, hip new film (out this year) entitled “Attack the Block”. I could say more but I will let the trailer say the rest. But I will conclude by saying I think it is a must see film if you like the dark comedy science fiction genre. There are great moments in the film. Nothing gave us a laugh more than one of the characters saying …”fire in the hole” or “aliens got talent” in reference to America’s Got Talent and Simon Cowell.

Attack the Block is a 2011 British science fiction action film written and directed by Joe Cornish. The film stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard. Set on a council estate in South London on Bonfire night, the film follows a street gang which have to defend themselves from hostile alien invaders. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2011. Attack the Block is the directorial debut of Cornish.

http://youtu.be/AUFaLAMojfA

A scene from the film - is that what I think it is

No safety in here


At Every Corner the Noise of Our Thoughts Intersect

The city series….

Sometimes the noise of our thoughts take us places we can no longer go

Illuminating the intersections of our lives….

When you arrive naturally at a state of meditation, inspired by the View, you can remain there for a long time without any distraction or special effort. There is nothing called “meditation” to protect or sustain, for you are in the natural flow of the wisdom of Rigpa. And you realize when you are in it that is how it has always been, and is. When the wisdom of Rigpa shines, not one shadow of doubt can remain, and a deep, complete understanding arises, effortlessly and directly.

This moment is the moment of awakening. A profound sense of humor wells up from within, and you smile in amusement at how inadequate were all your former concepts and ideas about the nature of mind.  – Rigpa Glimpse of the Day

Sometimes when we are distracted by the noise of our thoughts, we can look within; to the light that illuminates and frees us. Knowing that at every corner, every self examination is the opportunity to renew our perception of the world around us and the thoughts that govern our relationships.  – Walter W Smith


Urban Contemplation: 12 – Music for Public Places – Lawrence English & Stephen Vitiello

The city series….

Perfomance at Art Gallery of New South Wales – Lawrence English & Stephen Vitiello – 2010

http://youtu.be/WRkdgtBoUt8


Urban Contemplation: 11 – Music for the World Trade Center – an interview with sound artist Stephen Vitiello

The city series….

An interview with sound artist Stephen Vitiello – World Trade Center Recordings

http://youtu.be/PbkMBU2A9T8 – Stephen Vitiello