Wednesday, July 30, 2008

wuthering heights

The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
Henry Moore (30 july 1898-1986), english artist & sculptor

july 30th is a vortex of some über creative folks - but, I guess that is a silly thing to say as creative folks are born every day! among the talented folks born on this day is henry moore. henry was born in castleford, yorkshire. I'm quite fond of henry's sculptures - I love the way he abstracts the human body but still preserves and communicates the nuances of not only the human form but of human emotion and human relationships. over the years I've snapped quite a few photos of moore's sculptures, the one above is located at the hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden and is called 'king and queen.'

also born on 30 july is british poet and novelist emily brontë in 1818. coincidentally she also hails from yorkshire. emily penned only one novel, wuthering heights, but it has endured and is considered a classic of literature. wuthering heights is iconic all over the world and has been referenced to, alluded to, or has inspired everything from albert camus' essay 'the rebel' to a monty python sketch entitled 'the semaphore version of wuthering heights", whereby the actors communicate via semaphore flags.

kate bush, who was also born on july 30th (but not in yorkshire, but kent) first major hit was entitled 'wuthering heights'- and appeared in 1978 on her debut album. the song almost instantly become an international chart topper. with this song bush became the first woman to reach number one in the uk charts with a self-penned song. do you think she wrote this song because she's emily's birthday twin? here's kate preforming the now classic 'wuthering heights'- the song!


are mouse readers having half as much fun as I with this whole birthday recognition theme? since it's summertime and the living is BUSY!, this birthday overlay is just the structure I need right now. I don't know if I'll continue the recognizing birthdays through august, but I do know I'll be continuing the birthday theme into august.... and might just return to a birthday theme next july, it's a perfect summer blogging construct!

photo: taken on may 4, 2008 while on a wander in dc with lettuce.

15 comments:

Steve said...

That Kate Bush song is the BEST. I love her.

I like Henry Moore, too. As for the birthday theme, it seems to be working for you as a source of inspiration! Go for it! :)

Barbara said...

Is the sculpture in the Hirschorn garden? Wuthering Heights is one of my all-time favorite books!

Anonymous said...

what a great collection - Moore, Bronte AND Kate.

the Wuthering Heights in semaphore was pure genius, one of my faves.

oh, and *HI!!!!!!!!!!!!*
wish you were here

lettuce
xx

tut-tut said...

Wow; Kate Bush, Henry Moore, and Bronte! I love this birthday theme. Keep it up!

R.L. Bourges said...

works for me too, petit souris. There's usually enough different talents to explore on any given day to suit just about everyone, yes? I admit I didn't even know Kate Bush - so a discovery for me. merci!

bitchlet said...

I really love the theme because you told me about so many people that I hadn't even heard about. I want to go back and read them over so that I remember.

TheElementary said...

Any time we think of a theme that we are able to be creative with, it's worth expanding on. I've so far liked all your themes- especially the colour ones.

Megan said...

I am enjoying the theme as well. I've got to go back and look at some archives!

Megan said...

Oh and as a p.s. - take a gander at the novels of Jasper Fforde, born 11 January...

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Oh wow, three of my favourite artists! Brilliant. That song really takes me back... :-)

Reya Mellicker said...

I am a big Kate Bush fan, too.

The important thing to consider is whether or not you're having fun with the birthday theme. Seems that you definitely are, so you go girl!!

K. said...

Wuthering Heights is a great novel. It's probably just as well that Emily B. never wrote another one, as it's hard to see how she could have improved. WH violates just about every rule of structure and point of view that is taught in writing programs, which shows how much that stuff means when an author has great characters, a great setting, penetrating insight, and is able to convey all the fires of the heart.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

kate bush is / was a great example of do what you believe in. A great performance, but not an obvious hit ... except it was.

K. said...

For further proof of the plot to make me feel old, see the video posted here: http://noladder.blogspot.com/

Michael Stipe and Mark Knopfler with hair? In the same day? I just don't believe in coincidences.

jenclair said...

Great combination, Kim! Much fun!