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Careless Love
Careless Love
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Careless Love, September 15, 2004
This review is from: Careless Love (Audio CD)
I think that I am very blessed to have become familiar with Madeleine Peyroux's music at first hand during the time she spent in Nashville. Seeing her work in the romantic, dimly lit, "Blues Hideaway," sitting beside the actor Mongo, as she sang, was almost like stepping into a motion picture and an impressive and compelling one.Her delivery is so seemingly effortless. Her pronunciation so clear and the word nuances so well united with her use of facial expression ,that marvelous as a recording of hers is , seeing her in person is really necessary for a full appreciation of her art.I hope very much that a video will be spawned by the album so that her wider audience will have the joy of seeing all of this. As usual her choices of material are eclectic , Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith,Leonard Cohen, Her own ,well crafted "Don't wait too long". Madeleine, in her own quiet, unassuming way is as much bigger than life as any of her heroes. She is often compared to "Lady Day' but in actuality she uses the styles and word usages of Holiday and Piaf and others as a painter uses rich colors for the exact desired effect. She might as easily be compared to Vermeer. And succeeds in the same , highly finished way, that he did with his art. Bravo, Madeleine! And world, "Don't wait too long " to buy this album. Masterpieces increase in value. J. Geoffrey Jones


Donna Ferrato: Love And Lust
Donna Ferrato: Love And Lust
by Donna Ferrato
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love And Lust, Donna Ferrato, May 24, 2004
In perusing the remarkable new book of photographs,"Love and Lust", I was reminded of two great literary artists. Thoreau and Whitman. When Whitman wrote his poem " Beginners" he was thinking of such creators. " How dear and dreadful they are to the earth." Thoreau in one of his little known journal passages mused on what it would be like for groups of young people to make love in the open fields.It would be a beautiful and natural sight, he thought.This creative approach to sensuality is typical of great minds. Such forerunners, " Shake things up" and move humanity forward.Donna is well known for her book on domestic violence " Living With The Enemy" She is fully as candid in her depiction of the largeness of our emotions in the areas of love and sexuality as she has been in the world of violence and abuse."Love and Lust" chronicles over twenty years of her photographic studies of sensuality and affection.She moves from the center of family life,as Nell Dorr did, into the greater world.It is a paradox that we humans are often more afraid to explore our love feelings than our violence.Donna dedicates her book to " The 'Bonobo monkeys'they have something to teach the more advanced primates about "Making love, not war" The poetic eye of this photographer caresses ,with childlike candor, the objects chosen for attention.Her vision has the variety of a kaleidoscopic circus dream of Ray Bradbury. There is much shock value as well.The book is not for the squeamish. The Bizarre is shown beside the everyday.She juxtaposes gay and straight young and old, nuns and ghetto people, swingers,rich, poor and middle class.All those playing at the myriad games of sex.This is an all encompassing vision.In so many ways we reach out for the love and pleasure we seek. Often it appears in forms we might never have expected, but those forms may prove non-the-less valid.Study this book carefully. It is a work of art even to the binding, which has the feel of pliant skin. "He who touches this book , touches a man.." Whitman said of "Leaves of Grass" We are touched by an incredibly honest woman,in this book.Her art and bravery deserve laurels.


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