So, last month I was chatting to someone about relationships, and they said something like “You only finally deal with all the issues of a relationship once the NEXT serious relationship has ended.” Comparing our lives, it seemed as if that had more than a grain of truth.
Like my song for January, this is an old song that I started but never finished. I started writing it in February of 2004. Yeah, and I’ve now “finished” it six and a half years later! There was a break of about 5 years when I didn’t play it at all though.
The reason I went so long without playing or working on this song is that it was just too painful. I was too close to a very bad breakup, and even a year later it WAS still hurting me. Now it just sounds like a typical breakup pop song, even to me, as 2004 Luke and 2010 Luke are two totally different people.
During my last week in New York, I decided I better get some clips of me juggling like I do everywhere else in the world I visit! If you don’t like cute children, stop watching after 30 seconds.
So, about 5 years ago, when I first moved to Berlin, I thought I’d have a go at painting, mainly because my then girlfriend was an artist, and she had all the paints. I decided to try to create a new style of painting on my first two attempts, to do something I’d not seen before. I failed, but kept the paintings. I’ve not done any more painting since then.
But I just found the paintings again, and decided to share them here.
Attempt 1 – “Admit One”
Attempt 2 – “Untitled”
The first piece is painted on a found piece of layered posters, ripped from a wall. I think it was a message to the world of art, saying I wanted in, and also some kind of pun on self awareness. Funny how the world of art is represented by the edge of a red block, just poking in the edge of the painting. I’ve no idea why I did that now.
The second painting is about how you can’t see who or what is relying on you, or how much stress you might be under, because it is so close. And yet those around you can see it all too clearly.
As you can see, I wasn’t exactly subtle with my art. Then again, I’m not exactly subtle with my song lyrics either, and people seem to like those.
The second band I saw on Saturday was Lyle Divinsky and the Something Somethings. I say “Something Somethings” because it changes every gig, and Lyle hasn’t settled on a name yet. Go listen to his music.
Excuse me while I talk about processing photos again. In my last post I mentioned how low light shots of musicians can be improved by converting to black and white. At the Rockwood Music Hall the lighting was pretty bright, and the light on the musicians was white, rather than red and green.
However, on some shots the quality of light changes so much across the frame that converting to greyscale is the way to go.
This shot would look terrible in black and white because the contrast of the wall and the face is so slight. It would be a photo of “mostly mid-tone grey”. I mean gray.
But this photo, while it lacks bright white highlights, at least has a good contrast between the background and the subject.
I tried to get this shot for ages.
A tricky shot with changing light from one side to the other. Again, this would only work in black and white.
Lyle Divinsky is has an amazing voice, and is a really charismatic front-man in his band. I’d come especially to see him, but I could tell massive portion of the audience were just out and about on a Saturday night and had no idea who he was. He won everyone over with his opening song, and rocked out hard for the rest of the set.