Moments of Silence

It must have been love, but it’s over now.” – Roxette

Sometimes an overflowing of hate can make a person like me shut completely down. The shards from words that cut can fly through the room. When you’re not looking, sometimes those airborne pieces of glass can pierce straight into the heart.

You may notice it got quiet. You may not.

The Burning Bridge
The Burning Bridge

What happens when even the people who fight for good are tired and weary?

This is no terror ground, or place for the rage.” – A Strange Kind of Love by Peter Murphy

My recent break from social media left a few of my friends questioning if I was alright. (Don’t worry, I’ll be back by Friday morning. I know a few days in *internet time* adds to about a year or something in reality.) I had to unplug for my sanity.

With all of the racial tensions, gun debates, political arguing, and just good ol’ fashioned hate going on, my brain simply shut down. I’ve been through this before.

Example 1: In the Cold Light of Day

Example 2: Not Tomorrow

(Not forgetting the countless other incidents before those.)

I’m tired.

I’m weary.

I’m sick of people being ugly to each other.

Perhaps when I return, I’ll be refreshed. Or perhaps, this will summon someone.

Some—

thing.

 

Sleepy Sundays: Night Lights

Night Lights Night Lights

For as long as I can remember, night drives have relaxed me. This weekend our little family went on another trip up to New York. We stayed most of the day, chatting and catching up with our loved ones. The ride back was the tiny lockets of time that dreams are made of. There was jazz playing on the radio as the city lights danced among the night sky. I couldn’t help but snap one photo while the music tickled and soothed my eardrums.

It was like a lullaby for us grown folks.

To go along with this busy, yet somehow mesmerizing photo, I chose an artist and song that was much like the music we had the pleasure of listening to on our ride home. It’s none other than the legendary Miles Davis. Enjoy, fellow dreamers…and be lulled on this Sleepy Sunday.

Miles DavisBlue in Green

Has a song ever hit you like a lullaby? What kind of music or particular artist relaxes you?

Have a jazzy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Cloud Hopping

Cloud Hopping

Cloud Hopping (Click image to view larger)

Although life can throw a series of curveballs at you, there is one aspect that helps a lot of us stay sane. It’s an emotion I’m almost certain us as humans are not the only ones to feel. Animals show signs of expressing it, plants respond to it, and (generally speaking), our world is happier for it. I’m talking about that complex but boundlessly elating feeling called love. There aren’t enough words in the universe to describe it. I could go on for ages speaking of the up and downs of it but, my Sleepy Sundays posts are meant to be short and sweet.

So with that said, I hope all of you reading get to experience a little bit of it this Sunday – after all, I just so happen to love all of you too.

To go with this wispy, whimsy, little artwork I’m adding a song from a few years back that not only goes fits this art, but reminds me of my love as well. We both always stop what we’re doing if we hear it come on. It’s an unspoken “reminds us of us” kind of song.

What was the greatest love you’ve ever felt?

Have a hopping Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Yellow Mist at Sundown

Yellow Mist at SundownYellow Mist at Sundown

Sometimes sadness can have a way of entangling you. There seems to be a lot of that going around lately. Not much seems to be going right. I’ve hit obstacles on the way to publishing. Art sales have been dwindling when they once soared. I find myself less inspired due to a staggering amount of personal issues. To top it all off, a friend of mine is in trouble and in desperate need of help.

With all that going on, it could be difficult to smile. I stepped outside yesterday in need of some fresh air. In the middle of some deep thought, there was a pleasant and very welcome distraction. The sky appeared to be putting on a show before the sun went to bed. It looked a lot like what I sketched up above. It’s like life keeps on trying to tell me to just relax.

So I did.

Brian D’Oliveira – Relax, Why Don’t You

(From the Papo & Yo Original Soundtrack)

What calms you?

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Mother

Mother Mother

Sharing this with all of you after a very rough and trying last few months brings a wave of warmth over me. This celebration of mothers everywhere isn’t always pleasant for everyone. There are some struggling as single mothers with no one in their corner. Some sons and daughters are mourning the loss of a mother. Couples all over the globe may be struggling to have a child, and some may have just lost one.

Much like life, not all aspects are glittery, and yet not all are so terrible either. The mother in me wants you all to be at peace. I want for each one of us to just imagine this picture of a growing child in their mother’s womb and feel comfort. You are not alone.

Happy Mother’s Day

from CardCastlesInTheSky

The song I chose to go along with this artwork is from one of my favorite videogame soundtracks, The Unfinished Swan. The song is titled “New Growth”. It’s quite peaceful and serene, don’t you think?

Hug a mother this Sunday!

Still feeling down? If you’re looking for something uplifting this Mother’s Day, read this.

Sleepy Sundays: May Flowers

May Flowers
May Flowers

(Click to view larger)

If you’ve read my previous post, you know it hasn’t been a pleasant week in DaydreamsLand. Life has a way of showing you a silver lining in every gray sky, though. After a trying and exhausting Saturday, on our way back from filling up on cleaning supplies an old favorite song of mine came on the radio. It was like some force out there knew exactly how we were feeling and our need to hear it.

So, with that said, I figured that song would be the perfect choice for the music to go along with this little snapshot.

Has a song ever popped on at the exact right moment for you? Share your stories. You know I love a good coffee chat.

Have a sedated Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: The Lounge

The LoungeThe Lounge

Sometimes we all just need to relax. In today’s world, most of us lead busy lives. Based on common knowledge, many juggle parenting, work, side-work, relationships, friends, housework, etc, etc. (Not necessarily in that order.) We may often feel we “don’t have enough time” or “have too much work to do” but the truth is, we need to nurture our happier, fun side as well.

“Make time for love’s sake. Make love for time’s sake.”
Daily Daydream by DaydreamsInWonderland

So, after all the mess of the week, sit back, relax, and enjoy some art & music with me. (As per Sunday tradition here.) The video featured below is from a new artist that goes by the name of Banks. Since I get a lot of compliments on the music I post here, I figured I’d feature her. The song is haunting & beautiful. Hope you all enjoy!

How do you relax?

Have a musical Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: It’s Gonna Be Cold

It’s Gonna Be ColdIt's Gonna Be Cold

A decent portion of the country was buried under snow this weekend. In our area, the temperatures plummeted to single digits at night. As I stepped outside to check things out, I couldn’t help but think of those less fortunate. What about the people without heat? How would they survive? etc. The stray cats in the neighborhood even crossed my mind. I worried for their little furry behinds and how they were coping with the arctic freeze.

When you have a loved one, hold them close. Don’t wait until it gets cold to do so, either. They may not always be around.

“It’s gonna be cold, there may even be snow…” – Sade

Have you ever experienced extreme cold? What was it like?

Have a chill-y Sunday!

I Wish You Love

Blue GirlyIt’s been a while since the card castles have stacked on anything other than a Sunday. The frigid air outside is making everything so quiet. My son is snoring, the dishwasher has stopped, even the birds are silent. It almost feels rude to be tapping away at my keys. This is, however, my nature. I’ll probably be tapping away at keys of some form until I croak.

When a new year begins, some of us think of what we can improve; what we can do differently. I’m doing quite the contrary this year. I don’t want to drum up any false hope in myself. I vowed at the end of December that the focus this year would be on happiness. With that said, I’d simply like to thank all of you that read, are just now starting to read, and those that have been reading here. So many of you write back to me whether it’s through comments or email and I love you for it. Joy is brought to you through my art, the occasional laugh, and the various other methods of madness I chuck in your directions. Each of you make me smile.

I wish you love.

Have a very happy, healthy 2014!