Still Lifes – The Art of Tranquillity


Art, Artists, Creative influences, painting

It was just one of these mornings. Lying there in bed, I felt as if my life was washing over me like a big grey wave, the murky waters were draining off, revealing bit of useless debris. My music and my writing, appeared like mere fragments; ideas lied scattered everywhere; unfinished poems, unsold CDs, unwritten essays. And ideas were just […]

May 6, 2015

National Poetry Month, April 2014


Art, Essays, Mass Media, Poetry, Writing

Rapid technological development has led to a constant flood of visual and acoustic bits and bites – emails, text messages and Facebook updates. For most of us it has become a habit to react, one that often leaves us frazzled and detached. Single-tasking has become a luxury in the 21st century. To sit down and […]

April 2, 2014

Wonderful Review of “The World I Am Livings In”


Art, Creative influences, Creative Writing, Female Artists, Music, Record releases, Songwriting, Writing

The World I am Livings In Frances Livings Moontraxx Records – MXFL2013-014 Available from Frances Livings’s Bandcamp page. A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker (progdawg@hotmail.com) Following the release of a half-dozen singles and EPs, Frances Livings has published her first long-form CD, The World I am Livings In (clever title!), and her […]

May 14, 2013

The Mystery of Unicorns


Art, Iconography, Mythology, Nature, Photography

One of my latest findings on a day trip to the wildlife and holiday resort Catalina Island, California, was a long spiraling sea shell. It felt somehow magical when I weighed it in the palm of my hand. Its spiraling shape, the shimmering tones of cream, redbrown and white somehow reminded me of unicorn horns. […]

September 25, 2012

Eating the Darkness. Francesca Woodman’s Wallpaper


Art, Creative influences, Creative Writing, Essays, Female Artists, Iconography, Music, Photography, Songwriting, Writing

This morning, browsing through the New York Times, I reconnected with an American photographer, Francesca Woodman, whose work I had only recently discovered. The article grabbed my attention and touched me because one of her pictures had helped in the process of completing a recent song of mine. To learn that over 120 of her […]

March 17, 2012

Livings in Los Angeles – Ant Man, Teddy and Rabbit. Thoughts on the Artist Mike Kelley


Art, Artists, Death, Livings In Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Music, Psychology

One afternoon, on one of my frequent outings to the Galerie der Gegenwart (gallery of contemporary art) in Hamburg, I found myself transfixed by eight very unusual portrait photographs. Individually depicted were seven cuddly toys. Their stitched-on fabric or glass button eyes, some loose and lopsided, seemed to be starring at me, wanting urgently to […]

February 13, 2012