Archive for 2009

Hermits & Freedom in the USA

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as promised! more tales from the road trip last month…. been a while since my mastodon vs mountains report, but there’s a lot of american goodness to sift through. yellowstone and the glaciers were clearly highlights but KANSAS was way up there. beginning with the lucky timing of visiting amelia earhart’s house and legacy on her birthday, then continuing on to lawrence and few amazing spots in between!

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from the VIKING motel the tucked away in “little sweden” aka lindsborg,

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to an isolated and empty old school house in the tall grass prairies sponsored by the andy warhol foundation,

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to the most perfect buffalo burger at “local burger”, a dreamy fast healthy food chain serving burgers of all kinds made of only local ingredients,

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to the noticeble pride of the canadian who invented basketball who once lived in kansas,
to one of the best slogans of any city in the world: FROM ASHES TO IMMORTALITY.

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visiting lawrence, ks was an inspiration and reminder that beyond dorothy and the wizard, kansas is “the birth of the civil war”. the fire and determination for FREE STATES was fought hard in kansas, changing the course of history and moral disposition of this country. that free fighting spirit and alternative ways are still very evident there. that epic period of colorful history, is far too rich to tackles in this here blog, but i had the pleasure to discover a lesser known character from that era, that i want to introduce you to: HUGH CAMERON

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a civil war hero, born under the sign of SCORPIO who fought for slaves and women’s rights and ended up living in a tree.

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he was a peace loving, tree hugging spiritual man and he now lives in his own little corner of a local history museum. the legend has it, that the love of his life married another while he was away at war, and upon return he became a hermit. one day a woman laughingly said she hoped he never cut his hair until women had equal rights. he took her up on it and grew the most wizardly mane. he was straight edge and wrote a book called the USEFUL WORKER to help people with sobriety. as for why he lived in a tree, he said communing with nature gave the greatest satisfaction to the soul. i wish i could’ve visited him, and if i build a time machine I WILL!

xMAdMx

OBAMA : DON’T FEAR IT, SHAPE IT!

i knew 9/9/9 would be a big day, and an opportunity to use the upside down 666 for good… so here i sit watching a live stream of Obamas Health Care reform speech. it has been dicey as of late, he seems to be taking the wimpy route as opposed to the roaring lion route that teddy K would’ve liked…. but we must give him tonight, to turn around. on my road trip last month, while bathing in the glory of this country’s landscapes, history and people, i listened to chapters of Obama’s “Audacity of Hope”. his positivity, idealism and intelligence shines through in his book. it filled me with hope AND information. so here we stand, still unsure if this backwards system will turn around in the name of the people and their needs. As a dual citizen of Canada and the USA, i have a clear perspective about the disadvantage american citizens have when it comes to health care. The statistics prove it, and individual witnesses stand by it: USA has the one of the most inefficient and corrupt health care systems in the world. I choose to live in the USA for the love of it’s spirit, it’s history and it’s people, but i have always been floored by how blinded the people are to the lack of basic opportunities they have, like MEDICATION and GOOD EDUCATION. i don’t understand the fear of spending tax dollars on health but how “they” are willing to go into debt for war and banks, but not our health? truly backwards.
when Obama was elected it was the first time I had genuine hope for change in this country – and EXTREME pride. he sets the bar that leaders around the world should rise up to (you hear me Canada!?) …. but this health care issue is a make or break for this country’s health and prosperity. i want to believe these massive changes can happen here in this country, and that hope the skeptics will be properly informed….

INTERMISSION

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(“Rue des Moulins: The Medical Inspection” by Toulouse- Laudrec! now that’s some wild victorian party times!)

NOW BACK TO 9/9/9
i am listening carefully to this leader speak. PUBLIC OPTION ! he just said it!!!!
YES THAT IS CHANGE that teddy k and teddy R would be proud of!
now he is addressing a letter that ted kennedy wrote to him upon learning his cancer was terminal and requested to be delivered to Obama upon his death. words of SOCIAL JUSTICE and CHARACTER OF COUNTRY! that resonated with O, during this crucial time. loosing Ted K during this crucial time was heart breaking, but hopefully invigorating to this county and it’s destiny…
“THAT IS NOT WHAT WE CAME HERE TO DO- WE DID NOT COME HERE TO FEAR THE FUTURE,
WE CAME HERE TO SHAPE IT!” YES YES YES XOXOX that was an amazing speech! THANK YOU!
may we stand together for that fellow humans.
Wherever you live! DONT FEAR IT, SHAPE IT!
xMAdMx

Clues to OOOM III

Take the Chains Off from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

I LOVE WORLDCON

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sorry for the delayed declaration of love.
immediately after MAdM~OOOM met WorldCon,
i was asked to play a witch in the belles of the black diamond fields HD silent film…
so i had some women to possess and convert to the dark side, read tarot cards in a watch tower and woke up at the crack of dawn to throw lightning bolts at the ocean… furthermore, real witches don’t use blogs but now i am back home, and going to tell you a thing or two….
the intelligence of the participants and audience at the sci-fi convention was truly inspirational. from the great minds, like neil gaiman or cory doctorow among many others… to the general public that attended my riddled with technical disasters, turn stand up comedy routine. despite the inability to play the film from top to bottom smoothly (mercury technology demons in the house, creating glitches, usually near a full moon!) the audience followed the waves with me, and showed such open ears and minds! i also experimented with a solo bass and voice only set, as i have always been terrified to do so, but figured it was time to face my fears, step up to the challenge, and no better place to do it than with a clan of sci-fi maniacs! the discussion panels were also phenomenal, made me want to go back to school or at least attend these conventions regularly (for now i will dig into boing boing and american gods…)

here is a peek into others interpretation of my coming out party-
these wicked people and blog had this to say about it my visit into the new world
this could be used for all future OOOM calling cards from here on out! fantastically supportive and well written,
thanks hellbound – FOR THE LOVE OF METAL!

as a further bonus, the kingly guest of honor himself,
gave me my very own click through shout out in his journal! thank you neil!
NEILS JOURNAL!

all in all, an amazing experience and intro to a new community of inspirational people and activities…
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may i walk hand in hand into the future, outer space, dreamscapes and time machines, with my new like minded community.
(sorry mister kling, i do not remember your name- but hi!)

xMAdMx
p.s. thanks sister cecil for recommending me to your sci-fi friends!

MOUNTAINS vs MASTODON

BEASTS of the MOUNTAINS from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

as promised, here is a slice of my road trip in form BLOG.
i got myself a mini HD pocket size thing to capture….
testing 1, 2, 3, testing 1, 2, 3
more to come, but first i must do WORLDCON!
xMAdMx

MAdM ~ WORLDCON ~ OOOM!

THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 7TH – MONTREAL
“THE NEW MEDIA PANEL” – 12.30PM
“CONSTRUCTION OF THE FANTASTIC IN MUSIC” – 3.30PM
“OUT OF OUR MINDS” – 7PM
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it is an honor and a pleasure to be invited to present portions of my new project at the 67th annual (yes, that’s right since 1939!) world science fiction convention, that happens to be taking place in my hometown of montreal, canada this week.
the event happens in a different city every year (last year it was in denver, next year it’s in melbourne, australia), and attracts sci-fi enthusiasts from all over the world.
although i am a virgin to this community, i have always sensed a deep sisterhood between the sci-fi / fantasy world and the alt / metal / goth music world.
people who believe in the unusual and fantastical,
who long to be challenged and “escape” into other worlds,
who believe in the magic of story, sound and imagination…
i will be presenting OUT OF OUR MINDS, the film,
as well as making a general presentation of my
“21st century concept album” –
how a song turned into an album,
album turned into a film, which then turned into a comic,
nurturing endless potential for web portals along the way,
and then will finds it’s way to in live, in flesh venues:
film festival, sci-fi / fantasy festivals, rock clubs,
art galleries, bass player festivals, red head festivals,
full moon festivals, etc…
give us a space, and OOOM will fill it.
the aim is to commune with the fellow humans,
and OOOM is the magic carpet ride that will help me do it.

hope to see you there,
or at another in the flesh venue near you!

xMAdMx
p.s. ooom, is basically opening up for neil gaiman’s coraline,
i am humbled and grateful!
see SHOWS section for full schedule details.

AMELIA EARHART …

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… BORN JULY 24TH 1897 – Atchison, KS
in the magical ways of an “un”planned road trip,
i was lucky enough to fall upon the amelia earhart birth place and museum,
on the eve of her birthday.
today marks the birth of a true blue modern day woman,
a pioneer of independence and adventure, born at the turn of the last century.
with a passion and determination to fly,
she was the first woman to fly the atlantic ocean on her own.
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unfortunately, shortly before her 40th birthday,
she disappeared during her final stretch of her most ambitious flight;
the first person of the time, to fly around the world on the equator line….
she was a red head,
good friend of the first progressive “first lady” eleanor roosevelt,
she designed clothing and luggage and flew planes!
she wrote a letter to her husband on the morning of their wedding day,
that he had to sign and agree to before they married,
that included the poetic line
“In this connection I may have to keep some place where I can go to be by myself
now and then, for I cannot guarantee to endure at all times
the confinement o even an attractive cage.”
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she was incredibly independent in a time when
woman were expected to do nothing but stay home,
let alone learn to fly and educate herself with worldly things…
she could’ve almost been considered to be a “witch”.

on this road trip i’ve also come across other inspiring parts of american history AND contemporary stories… involving civil war heroes turned hermits,
vikings in kansas and the magical rebirth and roam of the buffalo!
as the internet connection allows,
i will forward on these tales and snapshots upon you in this here blog!
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xMAdMx

Clues to OOOM – Part II

CHAIN CRASH from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

I am healed!

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read all about the GLOOM OF SWINE roller coaster ride i was on here:

THE MARK!

the mark is a new canadian online news source
that have invited me to be a “contributor”,
more to come….
xmx

SUPER FULL MOON…

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….OOOM

a full moon eclipse happened today.
humans and creatures alike bathed in lunar force,
day or night, clouds or clear skies…
we all lived under the influence today.
the tides of the oceans,
planetary movements and human breath, we stepped in her honor and light, wether we knew or not.

full moons make me hungry and want to receive something-
the wholeness, the light, the dark side, the surface, the core…
it makes me just want more.

todays full moon was in capricorn –
the moon embodies all things feminine, the mother, the goddess, the emotion, the magical…
the capricorn, ruled by the planet saturn, is a gentle, yet extremely masculine sign, representing, the father, the provider, the warrior, the practical …

today these two energies were at play in a high and mighty way, further intensified with an eclipse; which is when the moon passes behind the earth and for a moment the suns’ (the PAPA bear provider) rays are blocked, making it a dark moon. so for an incredible moment, we mere humans, on this greenish blue planet earth, at our computers here, were standing between the two parental forces of masculine and feminine- which has got to make us FEEL in the deepest wells of our pores and guttural emotions and if we are lucky, even our conscience minds!
i apologize, as i am simplifying it all to my elementary school girl comprehension, but what i take away from this event is, that today ,we were reminded of the dance between the eternal sources of creation: the sun and the moon – the extremes of the masculine and feminine, but reminded of our mortal selves and fleshy planet existing within that tango….
I LOVE THAT FEELING……

within my tiny world of creation, the MOON is a full time influence on me as a woman, and my new project OOOM –
as the central theme is an eternal feminine force on the hunt to expose heart in the matter, the freedom in the collision, the feminine in the masculine, the dark side of the light, the healing in the wound and wrapped in love and music …

i am attempting to unveil more than my little words can say…. so please let NASA do the talking: 

the beauty in the eruption,
i want more!
off to the moon i go

hope you have a full moon hangover tomorrow…..

xMAdMx