ISTANBUL: THE NEW ANCIENT CITY AT THE END OF THE OOOM DREAM TOUR….
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
BAZAAR, FELINES, ANCIENT MOSQUES & MOSAICS, WILD STREET & NIGHT LIFE, UNDERGROUND CISTERN BASILICA, FEASTS, PASSION, POMEGRANATE JUICE & MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER DREAM OF IN AN URBAN SPIRITUAL HEADQUARTERS ….
we could almost stop here…. but impossible. the man matt & his camera feasted on the unbelievable and unstoppable scenes that unfold around every corner.
THE ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE & ARTS were the most gracious hosts a team of people could ever hope for. an impressive institution in the heart of the TUNEL district, this foundation hosts local and international arts of all kind, and we were lucky enough to be part of the program. we were assigned two perfect dream like hosts to guide our enthusiastic wide eyed OOOM team around day and night activities… introducing, honoring and thanking our hosts: ZEKI AND AIDA
we asked questions and favors for over 48 hours of heaven… like any tourists we wanted to see the most famous of the mosques Sophia & Blue Mosques, the mysterious Cisterns with upside down Madussa head and the Palace Museum …. here’s a slice of what we saw
after the ancient mysteries were visited, the day unravelled into the streets towards the grand bazaar. as if to push my heart into its final longing and withdraw of my felines waiting for me at home 48 hours way…. there were the FELINES OF ISTANBUL (thanks for the book!!!), not the mention the dogs, which will live on a canine lovers blog somewhere one day (will?) ….
and the “children” and endless hallways and stuff of the grand bazaar bazaar…
he barely had time to jump in the air for the ritual of jump split, but he did. the rest of the time was devouring the streets, et voila…
MATT’S FEAST ON ISTANBUL STREETS: smell the Raki and split dive in…
THEN THERE WAS THE SHOW…. the music as our magic carpet ride to turkey…. and our SPECIAL VIKING GUEST! BLACKJAZZ ANYONE? JORGEN MUNKEBY, MASTER SAXER, FRIEND & VISIONARY took up our invitation to join us for the weekend. SHINING played istanbul a couple of years ago at club babylon, and left the city, as we have, with a special feeling for it. we always have room for jorgen on stage with us, so this weekend was a perfect final show of 2010 and encore for all.
the weekend was as magical as we dreamt it would be…
to share it with friends and musical peers was PURE HEAVEN HEAVEN HEAVEN
… i can barely stop… this tour, this weekend, this team, this life are pure bliss heaven on earth. thank you to all who took part of this chapter with me. i am in love with life and refreshed after a long leave of hibernation and recreation. i am alive in the outside world and back from the underworld. ancient cultures helped me get here, swelling deep inside. isis the feline and the goddess helped poke me awake along the way. i have visited beautiful places this past year, that have meant more than any trips i’ve ever taken before. this year was the year of drinking the fruits of my deepest labor. feels so much better when it goes directly from my bloody fire heart to yours. thank you for receiving. i will be back again and again and hopefully EGYPT (and south america!) for a first time… if i play my desire deck cards right.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
Archive for December, 2010
PARIS! VOILA OH LA LA X SCHEDULED TO BE THE “LAST” SHOW OF THE OOOM TOUR 2010, but a last minute invitation to ISTANBUL turned out to be the final weekend celebration (stay tuned for next and LAST blog tomorrow). PARIS, as always, classy, polite and romantic. MERCI. tony had never been to paris, so as i stayed tucked away in the TRABENDO busy with interviews and packing, MATT and he set out to see the usual impressive sights …
… the extra large beautiful beast and unimpressed parisian with big ass bumper sticker were the icing on the cake. meanwhile, back at the red box, tech checks were made, and it was the last day with full OOOM team. Ashley did her last projection show and merch mania duties, while ross did some tricks and last light show with his magic fingers… the team begins to unravel, tour coming to an end, charging phones, backing up hard drives, ridding ourselves of special traveling absinth bar, squishing dan’s head and HOME is getting closer for all…..
LOVELY CROWD, SOME TRAVELED FROM UK AND FAR, THANK YOU!
our team had big group photo and hug x ross gave our fearless and bossy german busdriver KALI a wet kiss Auf Wiedersehen! x TIME TO PACK FOR TURKEY…… X
IT’S COMING TO THE END OF THE OOOM LINE. 3 shows left, but endless fire and heart to give, sooo we have to make the most of every last drop of sharing. often, me and the team need o stay back at the venue to soundcheck, tech check, do interviews, shower, laundry etc… MATT like a good docu photographer should… and brings us back a piece of the city….
absolute beauty, and one of those rare cities i’ve seen none of except the music room and the people, that’s my top choice as it were, but the rest of this place seems exceptional. thanks you for coming out to the atlier mes amis!!! we played a show…
MOTHER OF THE TREES embracing Bizantine era mosaic basilicas! small italian town with a lot of heart, pasta and wine in the historic region of ravenna italia…. end of our italian perfect weekend. thank you all for coming out to receive the music and give love x
hot hot show full of much energy, then came meeting the real flesh and blood madonnas face to face. italian women are a passionate dream x gratzie
no italian weekend is complete without a 2am home cooked meal by a rock music inspired chef! CHEF DAVIDE did just that.. brought us home to mama, the sister, the brother and dog to feed us! thank you italian hearts! too good to us, so we will be back sooner than you’d think. in the meantime happy winter solstice, christmas and new year!
GOOD NEWS! OOOM TOUR BLOG PHOTOS, FILM, HARD DRIVES NOT LOST!
as most of you following the OOOMTOUR blog already know, between amazing photo maker matt and my blogging mania, we are devoting an entry to every show and any amazing day off. WE ARE BEHIND! the OOOM tour ended this past saturday in ISTANBUL (incredible city!!) and we were a bit behind at that, with last day in italia, luxembourg and paris also still pending… we are now home, but until one hour ago, MATT’S HARD DRIVES WERE NOT! due to all the crazy chaotic rerouting and snow storms our trip home from europe was a little shaky. we all got home safe, but the montrealers got rerouted through casablanca, and their bags did not make it home with them.
in those bags lie the archives of this tour (yes silly for matt to have checked such precious cargo, BUT understandably he was feeling invincible after the perfect ooom tour), THEY ARE BACK!!! i could barely bring focus on the fact they could’ve been lost for good. it would’ve been too tragic, considering all the things we want to do with images and stories (ooom tour book, film, poster, and more!) ANYHOW, relieved and going to bed now! blogs coming up as of tomorrow! the tour will come to a close by this coming weekend, so stay tuned in between eggnog and naps!
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i never claimed to be a computer wiz
in fact when i started this blog 5 years ago (will be turning 6 in JAN 2011!!!) i could barely send an email…. then i slowly learned photobucket so i could upload photos. i got a tiny shitty canon camera as a gift for spending so much $$ on my AMEX card for all of my first album & tour, that helped create content for the blog…. anyhow, i must say, i’ve really gotten my act together between here and twitter (facebook is still lagging, but after an ooom tour with 7 FB obsessors, i am slowly getting intrigued) ANYHOW, last night, fresh off tour, relaxing at home with the cats.. i had a flash back to I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO USE COMPUTERS! i did not press RECORD on the USTREAM HEARTLine episode. boo, as i know it was late for most of you, and a lot of the questions came from other time zones… sorry the intention was for you to be able to watch and learn from HARP & DAGGER TV Studio Wisdom, on your own schedule… but no. so only the folks who watched live were able to catch the answers to 2 of the 4 pages of questions and see Witchlet (grey small cat counter part to ISIS magic cat who speaks) jump on my lap mid show….
luckily GreenKitsune in tiwtter got a screen grab of when ISIS CAME BY!
THAT is lucky, as some of you asked to meet ISIS et voila:
behind me is my ode to the moon poster, representing my loyalty to her patterns, next to me were my faithful props of celtic harp and norse dagger…. i had a hot toddy to nurse the tour sniffles which i carried up on a purrfect kitten tray……….
it was a lovely hour HEARTLine with some great questions!!!! ahhhhhhhhhh to live in the memories of those who were there, although none of you were really there as webcast is virtual not natural, so we should be able to transport it into the future for those who were not there…. la la la. better tech next time. I HAD ANSWERS FOR TAKETOTHESKY,AMAL,OLIVIER,LESTATUS, MARTIN AKA TEAM OOOM MTL, FITZ, DAN CHARTRAND, MARIE NOELLE TEAM OOOM MTL, NASTASIA, AMBROISE, JP TEAM OOOM MTL, JAN, M.>>, SEBASTIANO,ALAISTAIR BLOODNAIL, LISA… let me know who heard their answers, and wo did not, i feel i amy have to repeat part of this lost episode…. post comment here…. THX
in the mean time REST UP ALL!
do what you love on your days off….
sleep, eat, love, kiss, read, play, listen, dance, celebrate….
#ILOVELIFE coming sooooooon!
DECEMBER 21 9PM EST LIVE WEB CAST
in HONOR of the Full Moon, End of OOOM Tour, the coming of 2011 and YOU!!!
although matt and i haven’t even managed to upload the end of OOOM tour blog (day 3 of italia, luxembourg, paris AND istanbul weekend still pending arrival of his hard drives lost in transport via casablanca!) the FULL MOON, Lunar Eclipse 1638 AD vs 2010 AD, Winter Solstice, finally home after 8 weeks, xmas holidays means stop the madness, calls me to START UP THE HEARTLine AGAIN! although i only ever got ONE down this past year, after instigated and inspired by Willing Enabler and Kamil in the UK, i have been planning on returning to it, once i returned to sanity post all OOOM, all the time in 2010 x
now this lunar madness and post ooom natal longing calls for it! the last 8 weeks of OOOM have been the best music exchange moments of my life, really. thank from the bottom of my bloody fire heart to all that put it together with me and all of you who came out… just because i am back home, does not mean i am gone. thanks to YouStream i can reach for the OOOM and me to be in your homes tomorrow, Dec 21 at 9pm EST. see what came of it last time…. you ask me questions in advance, i answer them live in my HEARTLine Studio!
i still have pending questions from last MAY which i will address, but i am thinking there may be a new round of OOOMTour Specific questions which may be fresh in the minds of US now – you have 24 hours to send in your question:
via Twitter xMAdMx – include #HEARTline in your tweet
Or ask the question on my Facebook Wall
Or comment on this NEWSblog entry
Reach for the full Moon with me this Tuesday.
Now all i have to wash my hair, dust off my harp & dagger TVstudio, remember how to use YouStream and dream with ISIS under a Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse… Heaven until we meet again x
P.S. What I love about you out there is, you are EVERYWHERE, so I picked a time that is comfortable for me, but may not be for all of you. If your are sleeping or working at that time, it will be up on the blog after the fact. Get working on that time machine someone please!!!
DAY 2 OF 3 DAY ITALIAN WEEKEND X HEAVEN!
this time it involves the anniversary of NEW AGE rock club we are playing (meaning big party after show!) and a beautiful castle in the near by small city center of RONCADE. castle winery, with a 250+ old tree that was love at first sight for me… i guess i really miss isis and witchlet when i squeak at every passing dog, and hug a tree…. almost home, but first, fall in love with ITALIA AGAIN! gelato, red wine, espresso, people etc…
meanwhile, back at our castle on wheels, we are counting the end days of the OOOM TOUR…. sad to see it come to an end. it was been perfect, thanks to all of you who’ve come to listen and feel the sounds. matt has done his best to shoot as much as possible and jump as high as he can, but was at a loss for words back at the bus when i received an amazing hand sketched portrait from a magic pink lady…. incredible and thank you!!! it will be framed and hung in my home x
a great show was played, lively people met and a hand carved silver MAdM monogram pick received! gratzie! then came the outrageous after show dance party… when matt’s got his bowtie on and ashley wears a dress, you know we are up for a big night!
new age club, we danced our asses off at your birthday party… you must’ve dropped some magic potion into our drinks… when i am dancing to limp biscuit, nickelback AND celebrity skin… you know something has gotten into me. OH!!!! i know what it is! it’s the joy of the OOOM TOUR~ that’s what did it! IT’S MY LIFE, IT’S NOW OR NEVER, I AIN’T GONNA LIVE FOREVER…. SO DANCE DANCE DANCE!
During this OOOM 2010 journey, I have been blessed to meet so many of you in the flesh and in the virtual online ether, and have been so excited to see that my OOOM items have found such appreciative hands and homes. I made them for you, the collectors and romantics who want to hold something real in their hands… I WANT TO SEE WHERE YOUR OOOM LIVES! I hereby launch the Darkest OOOM Photo Exchange! Photo Assignment for ALL of us, bring your piece of OOOM to a place of inspiration, your HEART Side or your Dark Side. SHow us how your inner OOOM lives. We will too while on tour with resident OOOM Photographer Matt)