“Don’t let it bring you down, it’s only castles burning”

Posted: July 10, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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good-books“Don’t let it bring you down, it’s only castles burning”
Neil Young from the After the Gold Rush album circa 1970
our beautiful broken world is going through some strange times in this 21st C and these two books are helping me see the changes with a longer view of the Zeitgeist, with our love of the old and worn, the rusted ragged edges, the wild weeds in the paving and the cracks in broken glass, the imperfection, the wabi-sabi-ness , these are all recurring signs throughout history of a culture in decline… beliefs have become hollow empty vessels and kindness a rare treasure in need of nurturing…
week-old-heritage-rosesthe roses have had their day, the careful hand colouring of the crow books is keeping me almost sane with 8 weeks to go ’til the Crow Show  & everything is falling into place. Have two quotes in for the CD burning & printing. The company that I was hoping to go with (they are nearby and seem friendlier) were twice as expensive as the other mob, so have asked them for a second quote. Need to count the Old Man Crow T-shirts we have left and work out how many more to order, a few people need XXXL and S + topping up of the M, L, XL  & XXL. Will start sending out the interstate & overseas invitations this week. The only other things that need doing are printing some more Old Man Crow note cards and pricing the last few pieces that have fallen out of my hands & Madeleine the gallery owner has kindly offered to not take any commission on the books which will help keep the price down. Phew!

  1. Catherine Wright says:

    Don’t let it bring you down, it’s only castles burning, just about sums it all up for me at times Mo. But then there are family, friends and kindness. And the moon shining on the ocean and the birds and the night sky. We are blessed.

  2. Christina says:

    Love that song….and the current work he does for the planet. The Rose is beautiful. I’m wondering which it is? Mine keep me going, they greet me as I walk up the path to home.Each one has its own scent, bringing peace. The kindness of passing strangers and random conversations shared in these times, so often soul nourishing, as well as with those we know. Here is to you Mo, as you focus on the many tasks, readying to share your special project with the world. Keep going…shining your light…💚🌀🌏

  3. Mo good to keep centred and focused on the important things and allowing yourself some time to recharge.

    • Mo Crow says:

      one of the best things I learned after 2 waltzes with Jimmy Dancer (2004 & 2009) is I need to give the artwork plenty of time with no stress & feel blessed to still be working as a gardener!

  4. Busy beautiful woman – Busy beautiful man -meanwhile the castles on fire here and all over our world flame on, but we will all come around….https://youtu.be/kXrSoECrAt8

  5. handstories says:

    things feel very fragile these days
    (though feeling connections while wearing my “crow” shirt!)

  6. love is the answer…..you doing what you love keeps you sane….i wobble between but wind is very strong so mother nature tells me again……you plan but i do as i do…

    • Mo Crow says:

      so true (((Yvette))) I love this poem by Mary Oliver that Robyn Gordon of Art Propelled posted recently on Facebook

      “There are things you can’t reach. But
      You can reach out to them, and all day long.
      The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of god.
      And it can keep you busy as anything else, and happier.
      I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.
      Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
      As though with your arms open.”

  7. vdbolyard says:

    it’s almost here!

    • Mo Crow says:

      it is! the CD printing & burning is sorted, Old Man Crow is working towards having the master discs ready by the end of July, the hand colouring of the edition is moving along steadily, working on nos 24 & 25 this morning and am about a third of the way with writing the invitations in the afternoons after work, thank goodness for the gardening keeping our feet on the ground and hands touching the earth!

  8. deemallon says:

    from the sacred to the profane – I say, first, such heart-felt gratitude for you Mo and your take on the world and your generous capacity to respond when others are feeling the darkness. And second, I want a t-shirt! I didn’t get around to responding quickly enough the first time. Could I order one? Medium or small?

    • Mo Crow says:

      Do you like a loose fit? I’m 5’6, 110 pounds wearing a M in this photo Grace is 5’2 about 100 pounds and is happy with her M, I can put whichever size you want on reserve, they’ll be ready to go by mid August.

  9. fiona says:

    Books like these are lanterns for us in these times I think Mo – we need to find the folk who help us understand and give us the courage to move forward. Love is the answer indeed (fear is the problem…) thanks for all your love and peace in the ether.

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