Melanie Peterson’s Anywhere From Here a heartfelt, beautiful mix of playful, introspective & melancholy
Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter/actress Melanie Peterson celebrated the launch of her new CD Anywhere From Here at The Piston last night, with guest artist Bri-Anne Swan opening the festivities. And what a celebration it was! Swan opened with a short solo acoustic set of mostly original songs, opening with a gorgeous interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If […]
Life With More Cowbell interviews Lisa Anita Wegner, an amazingly stunning woman who credits art for saving her life after a brain injury! She shares her story during Wonder Fest Wednesday March 6th 7pm-8:30pm at The Fringe Creation Lab. Details here: http://wonderwomenworld.tumblr.com/WorkshopDetails
“Figure out what it is you love doing and never stop… Everyone can do this, and I encourage everyone to find what it is for them and go after it with gusto. Pierce the mundane to find the marvelous inside you. You are worth it!” Lisa Anita Wegner.
Do yourself a favour and check Lisa out! For serious, yo! love KAT xoxox
When Kat Leonard introduced me to multi-talented, muti-faceted, multi-media working artist Lisa Anita Wegner, what struck me the most was that Lisa credits art with saving her life. You can read her story here. And when I visited her blog site, I was blown away by the imagery in her pixel paintings.
I had a chance to interview Lisa over email – here’s what she had to say:
LWMC: Hi, Lisa. I was looking at your WordPress blog site and the Mighty Brave Productions site to get a sense of the work you do – and was amazed at the multi-faceted aspect of your work overall, and how it all boils down to authentic storytelling, and using story to make interior and exterior connections. You’ve worked as an actor, producer, writer, filmmaker and visual artist. What else? What came first for you and how did the media you work…
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1983- My grandfather wrote this note to me:
Happy I am now that I’ve seen the world change from log house to stately walls. I’ve seen horse and buggy to car and wheel. I’ve seen time go from ‘judge the sun’ to digital. I’ve seen my life pass before my eyes. Grandpa. At the time, my mom (Grandpa’s daughter) mused at how much change Grandpa had seen in his lifetime and that she would never witness the vast changes he had.
2012- I asked Mom to reflect on her musing of the ‘80s. To paraphrase Mom: Wowzers, was I wrong! We have seen even more technological progress than Grandpa did! I’ve seen telephone go from being a party line restricted to the wall. You would physically turn the crank on the phone set to reach the operator. You would ask the operator to speak to Jane, and the correct Jane would be connected in a click. It was a local exchange—everything was local. I’ve seen telephones move from crank to rotary to touchtone to cordless to cellular to some kind of smart thing the kids speak of these days that I have no idea how to operate. In my day, operating a computer meant taking 3”x6” paper cards and punching strategically placed holes in the cards then inserting about 50 of these cards into a building-sized computer that ran the program (which, incidentally would merely provide consolidated data).
2012- I asked Dad to comment on what he’d seen change before his eyes. To paraphrase Dad: Things have moved from real to virtual—lives, money and relationships. We no longer have acres of land on which we can feed ourselves self-sufficiently. We have 400 square feet of condo space within which we play Farmville on Facebook, and some of us have to Google how to grow an egg. Grow an egg? Exactly! People live on projection and credit and alleged worth. It’s virtual money with virtual value, and bankruptcy is a solution just as getting another life is a solution while playing online. But we’ve lost a lot of human interaction and the joy of life.
If you haven’t seen Louis CK (one of my favourite comedians and philosophers) talk about how Everything is Amazing and Nobody’s Happy, I urge you to watch this! http://youtu.be/8r1CZTLk-Gk
2040: What will the changes be that pass before my eyes? Will I have a bumper sticker that says: “My other life is on the internet”? Will I even have a bumper to put it on or will I be transport-mutate-catapulting myself everywhere by then?
The advances in computer ware and virtual relationships I’ve seen in a mere 15 years is staggering. We don’t even use the conventional phone much anymore. Who still has a landline? Our personal cell phones (read: computer) are used for calls probably 10% of the time. We compute. We text. We update our status. We comment and like. Every 6 months we need to update, up-convert and up-power. We gain a thousand potential friends but lose accessible time to actually spend with them. We are wide-eyed and enamoured with the devices we hold in our hand. But will we eventually dismiss the true life forces that surround us? If we misstep, gravity takes the EFF over way faster and more powerfully than a Terabyte of G-Force or a video-gone-viral could ever do. And it doesn’t rely on a power source or clear connection. It is its own self-sufficient force, a constant authority that is un-up-convertible and un-bankruptable. In 2040 will we dismiss the flowers, those adaptable and real, oxygen-producing blooms? Will we no longer bow to soak in the bloom’s fragrance then reach with a fleshy hand to pluck a stem and present it with a genuine smile to a true-life friend? After all, it’s way easier and more efficient to just click on an emoticon and send to an entire friend list. I dunno. I wonder what our relationships and objectives will be in 30 years. I’ll report back around 2040, okay?
Love, KAT 🙂
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