jewels-of-the-sea

you always did love the ocean. her white, frothy foam and enormous waves. her salty sea breeze and gardens in her depths.
the ocean never whispered cruel words behind your back, did she? that’s why you tried so hard to become friends with her. maybe if everyone else had been nice, they would’ve seen the sunflowers and good intentions growing in your heart.
now I realize that you asked to go to the beach quite often. while we would be tame and lay out on our beach towels upon thrones of sand, you would dive into unexplored regions of water, washing away every thought of man/monster. I can’t even tell which is which anymore, from the stories you told me.
what kind of secrets did the seashells sell to you? they must have been precious jewels for the amounts of time you spent under the sea, like sand slipping through an hourglass.
we always joked that one day you would swim away and never come back and you just laughed and said “if only.”
if only.
—  what I just read.

you always did love the ocean. her white, frothy foam and enormous waves. her salty sea breeze and gardens in her depths.

the ocean never whispered cruel words behind your back, did she? that’s why you tried so hard to become friends with her. maybe if everyone else had been nice, they would’ve seen the sunflowers and good intentions growing in your heart.

now I realize that you asked to go to the beach quite often. while we would be tame and lay out on our beach towels upon thrones of sand, you would dive into unexplored regions of water, washing away every thought of man/monster. I can’t even tell which is which anymore, from the stories you told me.

what kind of secrets did the seashells sell to you? they must have been precious jewels for the amounts of time you spent under the sea, like sand slipping through an hourglass.

we always joked that one day you would swim away and never come back and you just laughed and covered the bruises along your arms and said “if only.”

if only.

if only you hadn’t allowed insults to penetrate your scales and seep into your bones. darling, you became what the sharks wanted you to become. weak. defenseless. prey.

I couldn’t say no to the salty tears begging to find release in the ocean, so I drove you there, as you sobbed all the way, tossing tissues out the window like a trail for others to follow.

you pleaded with me to stay in the car, and I relented, hugging you and reaching out to you with my whole heart.

if only I hadn’t kept my promise to stay away. maybe I could’ve found you sooner. I always knew you wanted to become one with the ocean, but today she was ruthless. you left all your problems on land and embraced the sea, and instead of making you a mermaid like you always wanted, she battered and tore you apart. she choked the life from your lungs and filled your being with water.

I don’t know how you felt when the ocean betrayed you. did you have regrets? did you still find beauty in the cold-hearted crests of saltwater that drowned you? was the emptiness inside too heavy for you to be able to float?

maybe it became easier to let go because the agony of life without air was worse than life without family. maybe once you succumbed to the persuasion of deep waters the pain stopped. I hope you found peace in your last moments.

I’m never going back to the beach again. if anyone asks, it’s because the sand burns my feet. it’s because the water burns my nose. it’s because the sun burns my skin.

but the real reason is because it’s where talking about you went from present tense to past tense.

Jewels Of The Sea by Les Baxter 1961

“Jewels of the Sea” has a dream-like essence mainly carried by a floating body of strings accompanied by winds that dart back and forth like schools of fish. Quiet rhythms turn up on some of the numbers as well as do shimmering keyboards, but all these elements blend nicely together as none of them overpower each other. Key selections are “The Ancient Galleon” which has a great waltzing cadence, “Sunken City” builds to a gentle crescendo and “Sea Numph” retains Baxter’s poppy bounce of previous releases. “Enchanted Sea” as well displays a perfect balance of wonder with just a hint of sinister mysticism.

Imaginenerding, Tiana’s Place.

Oh Princess and the Frog, how you have been so horribly shafted I will never understand. So in this post of Imagineering I am going to discuss the many places the beautiful and wonderful Tiana’s Place could go in Walt Disney World and what that experience could consist of! Let’s begin shall we? 

TIANA’S Place

Also known as the Crown jewel of the crescent sea. Obviously here we have a very heavy New Orleans theme going on. So in my opinion there is one place this beautiful restaurant belongs, and that’s at The Magic Kingdom. 

But where? I present to you one of the giant expansion pads for the Magic Kingdom. This one is just north of Big Thunder Mountain. Reason why I chose this space is because it has the biggest plot of land available that is near a body of water. Cause we all know Tiana’s place has to have a killer water feature right behind the restaurant itself. But my idea is a bit more ambitious than just a restaurant, I say if we are bringing Tiana’s Place to the MK then we are bringing NEW ORLEANS SQUARE over here. Take the Disneyland Concept and expand upon it. This gives huge security to the project so that even if investors or whomever is skeptical since the IP in question isn’t a billion dollar maker the fact that this is really a fusion of New Orleans square and PATF should be more than enough to greenlight the project.

Onto access, with the train tracks being so close it would create the perfect station to have guests disembark and explore all that Tiana’s version of New Orleans has to offer. The station can house both the train disembarking, and of course 

The Liberty Belle, Just imagine seeing that boat at night with popcorn lights dropping folks off to check out new orleans square. The only way in and out for now would be through train and boat, giving a real sense of journey and kinetic energy upon arrival!

As for what’s there when you arrive make it an adventure! Have guests explore these streets, fill em live bands playing for guests, make this a place where you can spend time just walking around absorbing all the details. Have characters such as lottie roam around during the day searching for her prince charming among all the new guests and interacting with them! Make shops with land specific items, and make experiences that are true to the film! Such as 

Now this could be a meet and greet on the same level of Belle’s enchanted Tales. Make this a show and greet, one where some poor unlucky guests get to meet Facilier face to face

I want a shadow projections and all, even end with him summoning his friends on the other side and disappearing after taking what he wants from someone.

As for how it would all would work here is a little quick sketch. The restaurant space is in blue, the train and boat docks in black, and extra theming to hide backstage areas and create a view for the restaurant in red. Everything else can be high class shops, a club 33, and even a state of the art E ticket dark ride based on the film. Mapping out the details for all of that could take even longer than this post so I will just leave most of that to everyone’s imagination here! But if we are going to have the ride’s facade be something why not have that location start off somewhere we know? La Bouff Mansion anyone? 

But I am ahead of myself, the real star for this place is Tiana’s Place. Here’s why it could be killer. Just think of Tiana serving up her Gumbo for guests among other Cajun delights which would absolutely kill amongst the Disney Crowd. And we all know the MK needs more great food beyond burgers and fries. 

And the sights and sounds of her high class establishment could wow anyone who walked in.

With appearances from Tiana during the daytime with Naveen, think a princess/owner checking in on her guests to make sure everything is going great. And if Disney really wanted they could milk this to the bank and make her have lessons for kids on how to cook up some sweet treats (beignets anyone?). But most important of all would be the transformation of the establishment from high class eatery during the day, to full on jazz bar at night. Hosted by the Firefly Five! 

Bring the great tradition of swing lessons from Disneyland and permanently install it here! 

So in conclusion if I can come up with all of this in the span of an hour or so there is no reason why Disney can’t one up me with some ideas of their own. Princess and the Frog has been slept on for far too long, and with this idea you have a shot of creating New Orleans square at the MK with all the swanky bonus stuff on the side. As always if you like this idea please hit that heart button and if you really enjoyed throw a reblog my way! 

Until next time! 

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Yeah, so. If you’ve seen http://jealousyj.blogspot.co.uk/ then you’ll have some idea of what this is about.

For now I’m going to use tumblr. as most people do. I’ll share things that I think are probably worth seeing.

It’s interesting (and unfortunate) that many utterly forgettable films have brilliant soundtracks that have disappeared into oblivion - because the film has been forgotten. Think Alessandroni, Morricone, Ortolani, Piccioni, Orlandi, Bacalov, Dell'Orso. Or maybe that means nothing to the average reader.

On the other hand, having listened to a lot of what someone like Les Baxter has to offer (as entertaining as some of his seemingly unending oeuvre is), I seem to be preferring the artwork.

Baxter was an American composer, most popular in the 50s and 60s, who later rubbed shoulders with score giants like Henry Mancini and Lalo Schifrin.

Then again, Baxter’s Moog Rock album is (ludicrously) worth a listen.

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5.24.2013

This piece by Renee Allen entitled “Jewels of the Sea” was part of a Fiberarts exhibit : “Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore,” celebrating various visual histories and cultures of water goddesses that was held August 28 through October 28, 2012 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, South Carolina. Displaying over 100 works of art, it was the single largest collection of mermaid-themed quilts and dolls to be housed under one roof. Even more fascinating was that the curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington and all 66 participating artists from the United States and Canada were African-American.

For more information about “Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore” exhibit, including obtaining the exhibit catalog, contact the curator, Cookie Washington at cookiesews1960@gmail.com.