Thursday, July 24, 2008

knockin' on heaven's door

I was pleased to learn that ched settled on door as our theme this week. when I'm walking about I love looking at doors - doors to houses, doors to businesses, doors to shops, doors to churches, really any door interests me and engages my imagination.

many people try to create a certain ambiance with their doors and many places have a sense of shared style when it comes to doors. in fact, doors have become a kind of architectural cause célèbre for a city. have you noticed that more and more places are taking pride in their doors and using posters and postcards of doors to promote their city or town?

the other thing about doors is how handy the door is as a metaphor. have you ever noticed how many common expressions and sayings we have that feature doors? think about it and if you are inclined share a few of these expressions or sayings about doors in a comment!

since I'm fond of doors and quotes, I thought to celebrate doors I would simply share a few of my faves .....

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. - Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003), american actor

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. -Horace (65 BC-8 BC), ancient roman poet

Joy, temperance, and repose slam the door on the doctor's nose. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), educator and poet

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open. -Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), scientist, inventor, innovator

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. Coco Chanel (1883-1971), french fashion designer

May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door. - Irish Blessing

dylan and friends performing 'knockin' on heaven's door' in 1976. I saw dylan in concert in 1975 or 1976 (although not at the concert in this vid) - undoubtedly dylan would have sung this tune. I saw bob in fort worth or dallas, I'm pretty sure it was his rolling thunder revue tour but you know me with the whole time space continuum thing. I do remember it was a most magical night - it was the first time I saw bob live, and to add magic to magic, who should join bob on stage but joni! after the concert bob came to eat at the hop a restaurant on berry street in fort worth about 2 blocks from where I lived (the hop is not to be confused with ihop; alas the hop is no longer in operation although there are vestiges of the hop found at zeke's fish and chips located off of camp bowie). bob eating fried okra at one of our favorite dives, well let's say it was the talk of the town!

photos: top - a door to the mouse's favorite type of shop, paris, 2004; second picture - doors with cat doors, bonnieux, france, 2005 (I know I've posted this picture before, but it is my absolutely favorite door picture! wha is really freaky is I posted this picture on july 22nd last year); third photo - dublin door, may 2001; 4th and 5th photos - more doors of the provence; 6th photo - door at edgefield inn part of the mcmenmin microbrew empire, oregon march 1996. bottom photo: a door in ireland somewhere, may 2001. to enlarge the images of the doors simply click on them.


bitchlet said...

You saw Dylan live?!


R.L. Bourges said...

coming back from our morning walk, I was clicking photos of the local bakery for an upcoming post. Came home to your magnificent selection of doors, starting with the bakery. A nice moment :-)

btw Your birthday theme has inspired me to start a list of birthdates for Graulhétois. I'll be adding these to the Graulhet blog as I go along. Thanks for the thought.

In exchange, this link to a Belgian website offering a great selection of doors (and other photos) with French quotes related to them:

The first quote by Claude Roy translates as: If we put our ear close to the door of books and close to the door of night, if we pay close attention, we can hear the conversations of poets.

bonne journée, petite souris

Coffee Messiah said...

I'm quite fond of doors 3,6,7 and that Hepburn quote is a keeper!

Have never seen Dylan live and am only sorry I never was able to see him in a small club, if he ever played in any.

Can't remember if he came to SF many times back then.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

b - yes!!! not to appear crash or a braggart I've seen bob live several times over the years. that was my first concert and perhaps it was the best. bob is an incredible performer, however his concerts can be unpredictable. one concert he was obviously experimenting around with his voice or something and we could hardly make out the words to his song - that was a concert in connecticut and was when he was in that strange 'christian' stage. I'm not fond of huge venues any more (not that I ever was fond of huge venues) so I doubt if I'll ever go to another dylan concert (not to mention the price of shows now a day!)

rlb - merci!

glad the birthday theme held a seed of inspiration. speaking of inspiration that belgian blog is inspiring and great....and run, I see by another rodent (squirrel) - so how could it not be wonderful. the roy quote is fantastic! thanks for the translation. 143 rlb

coffee - that hepburn was a wise gal. bob in a small club would have been absolutely the best! am sure he was a regular in sf back in the day.

Bob Dylan said...

You and Ched posted the same video??? You girld are like twins. I wonder if door to door salesmen appreciate unusual doors? I've seen myself live thousands of times, hope to see myself live for many more years!

dennis said...

Denis says these doors are all very interesting!

dennis said...

Denis is french today as he would like some items from that shop.

Mortina said...

these pictures make me want to paint my door in some interesting way!

jenclair said...

The doors are wonderful! And the quotes that accompany them are perfect. I'm copying some of them down...

Barbara said...

Brilliant! You tied this together so nicely.

I thought maybe the concert would be by "The Doors", a group that opened an ecstatic door for me!

Steve said...

Terrific doors!

I can't believe I keep forgetting to post on the theme on Thursdays. Clearly I am just not cut out for this. And I had an idea all prepared, too -- how graffiti artists and street artists often post their work on doors, and why that is. Ugh!

Squirrel said...

I've seen BD countless times, and got front row seats a few of those times.

BUT --- I've never met the Dalai Lama which is mind blowing! Please post the pic of you with the Dalai Lama again soon.

Squirrel said...

I had a set of doors all set aside and forgot them, so I'll post more door stuff next week.

alicesg said...

Wow, I am just like you. I am fascinated by doors and windows. Your post is good today. Your photos of doors really make me happy. :) You can view some of the windows in my recents post. :)

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

What stunning images, Mouse! Doors are so incredibly evocative, always making you want to go beyond, see what lies behind. There's a kind of magic about doors.

Oh, and I think I'm blogging again, but I'm not sure... ;-) (I'm certainly having a go at playing!)