Dizzy Swallows

Little Bits for a Monday

June 17th, 2013

It’s been so long since I posted a Little Bits! Wow. This morning I’d love to start you out with a light summer ditty by Chris Malinchak, “So Good to Me.” The video is a cute little thing, and reflects my attitude last week when Sita decided to stay out all night before coming home at 6am from what Jacob describes as “a bender.”

Speaking of The Destroyer of Worlds, she recently made her first kill. Appallingly, it was a baby bird, which she triumphantly deposited on the rug before us. Bad kitteh!


Summer is nearly here! I’ve been lusting over soft chambray for a while now, and would so love to sport this classic western style from Madewell. How cute would this be matched with white lacey shorts!


Photographer Léo Caillard recently came up with a hilarious series of work in which he dressed classical … Continue reading


May 8th, 2013

Was there every a time in your life when you wanted to become an astronaut? Maybe you still do. For me, it was the first time I watched the film, The Right Stuff, reinforced by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. But as I grew up, other dreams pushed to the forefront. My fascination with space, however, and particularly our planet’s and our own role within it, has continued.

This morning I wanted to share with you a thought provoking short film. Have you every heard the term “Spaceship Earth?” This illustrates the very real concept that our planet is a single system enabling our small lives within the vastness of space. Planetary Collective made the film “Overview” to document “astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.”

The realization of oneness brought on by the Overview Effect has … Continue reading

Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon

April 19th, 2013

This has been a troubled week. While we mourn our losses and search our souls for answers, I believe it is important to persevere in the things that bring us joy. I have been back in the studio this week (you can see some previous posts on my art here, and here, and here). In addition to my work, what I’ve found to always help heal my psyche is discovering and enjoying new music.

I found Laura Mvula via NPR’s First Listen, and was captivated by her unique sound. The folks at First Listen expertly describe it as: “agelessly soulful vocals, girl-group handclaps, and a heavily Vocoder-enhanced chorus.” You can stream the full album here. You can also listen to and enjoy the completely wonderful video for her song “Green Garden” below.

I hope you enjoy and I hope the day is drawing closer when … Continue reading

The National – Demons

April 8th, 2013

If I had to name my “favorite” (living) band, it would be a battle of epic proportions between my beloved Lykke Li, and The National. The more I hear of Matt Berninger’s baritone, the more I want to hear it. It’s like thick, bittersweet chocolate. I mean really. A Pacific Northwest girl to the bone, I am a sucker for the dark and stormy, the melancholy that knows just where you live.

I’ve been counting down the days to May 21st and the release of their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, and so was delighted to find they have just posted the album’s first single, “Demons.” Listen and watch below:

Bonus: The first episode of Mad Men‘s 6th Season aired last night. Consequence of Sound expertly notes: “It’s a shame Mad Men only uses music of its era, because god damn are Beringer and Don Draper … Continue reading

A Musical Interlude

March 27th, 2013

A mid week gift for you.

Music by CITIZEN! (not otherwise a big fan, but this is just too great not to share), video from the 1987 Telugu film, Pasivadi Pranam.… Continue reading