to begin.


as wicked storms rolled into spring park bay tyler, mike and i would plop a 6 ft sunfish into the angry, angry waters. our knowledge of sailing was nonexistent, and our ignorance made us fearless. 3 high school kids were beyond capacity for this mighty boat. and when the gale force winds got the better of our overzealous heeling, we'd capsize.

stretch, stretch to save our fallen crewman, scramble on the belly of the boat, and then heave all our weight on the keel to flip the beast back over.

soaked and with furious gray clouds above, we sailed onward, only to repeat this joyful turmoil.

ooh the beginning.

the answer to a legit experience on the ocean sea comes from a 35 ft ketch named cappella. she's on her way home to sweden. as of 2.17.11 mats, the 45 yr. old captain, is awaiting my arrival in st. vincent & the grenadines.

the following gnarnia is an attempt to document the journey from the southern caribbean and beyond.

i am no writer, i've never sailed in salt water, i haven't journaled in years, i have no idea what to do when i return home…but…i just bought my first pair of shorts in like 10 years…so…

these entires are meant for myself and anyone remotely interested.

this is.

The Valinor Collective

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

come aboard.

this first track comes from a hungarian electro, dancey-ish, hazey, tour-guide-through-the-cosmos group called We Plants Are Happy Plants...Apollo will fly or trot you through a vast galaxy or endless meadow as you sip on a cup of tea or nostalgic juicebox while friends and family wave as you pass by.....its a journey

We Plants Are Happy Plants - Apollo

Mumford and Sons is a group i've just recently stumbled upon and although receiving severe backlash from sophi and hannah for liking them I still can't get enough. they like joni mitchell and ani difranco and as a result are completely discredited... i want to share two songs with you....Little Lion Man and White Blank Page will lead you into a thick, dark forest as the plucking banjo moseys its way to a progressive chanting chorus with a steady, thumping kick drum reminding you to tap your foot. be patient.

Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man

Mumford and Sons - White Blank Page

everyone is oh'ing over Jonsi's new album and solo project--lead dood from Sigur Ros. The single, Boy Lillikoi, was pre-released a few months ago and created some madd hype for this album. i want to share the opening track from his album entitled Go Do. Go Do, along with the entire album was a collaboration between Jonsi and Nico Muhly. Nico supplied the booming orchestral aspects of the album and made it truly soar. This track sets the pace for the whole album..which is...explosive.

Jonsi - Go Do

yea i'll do one more....they are the epitome of this blog.....Efterklang is a danish group that typically perform live with 14+ people. i had the pleasure a few weeks back to catch them here in chicago. they embodied the european persona to a T while performing...smiley, humble and generous. they posses something magical....something...perhaps? Elven?....?? they had complete control of everyone in the venue. feel what you will. good things.

Efterklang - Modern Drift

Efterklang - Mirador (Live)

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