Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was the Night, Cold was the Ground
The title of this song was taken from the 18th century hymn “Gethsemane”, which opened with the lines “Dark was the night, cold was the ground upon which my Lord is laid.” Recorded in 1927, Willie Johnson’s slide guitar playing and wordless lyrics evoke the image of Christ on his cross.
Blind Willie Johnson died in 1948 of malarial fever, penniless and alone and living in the burned out husk of his house. “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” was sent into the depths of space in 1977 on the Voyager Golden Record. It was chosen to represent the emotion of loneliness.
You are so used to your features, you don’t know how beautiful you look to a stranger.
for all my gorgeous amazing ridiculous friends
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and his dog Blue ( Montalbetti & Campbell - 1996).
last week, i had the ultimate pleasure of relaxing for a hot minute to thumb through the most recent issue of ny mag. it includes a mind-blowing editorial, which combines stills from classic movies with of-the-moment runway pieces. my favorite image features judy garland in the wizard of oz, 1939) wearing boots by saint laurent (2014).