Black and White Nights

December 20, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimnyc-54 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimnyc-53 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimnyc-46 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimnyc-32 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimnyc-31 (1 of 1)“Because music, like color, or a cloud, is neither intelligent nor unintelligent – it just is. The chord, the simplest building block for even the tritest, silliest chart song, is a beautiful, perfect, mysterious thing, and when an ill-read, uneducated, uncultured, emotionally illiterate boor puts a couple of them together, he has every chance of creating something wonderful and powerful. All I ask of music is that is sounds good.”
― Nick Hornby

Brown Johnny Cash

December 19, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimnyc-50 (1 of 1)“Even bad times have good things in them to make you feel alive.”
― Nick Hornby

Drummer Boy

December 18, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimnyc-16 (1 of 1)“I love the relationship that anyone has with music … because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. … It’s the best part of us probably …”
― Nick Hornby

Bowery Ballroom: First Night

December 18, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimnyc-15 (1 of 1)   december2014-johnnyswimnyc-06 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimnyc-04 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimnyc-05 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimnyc-14 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimnyc-02 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimnyc-13 (1 of 1)“The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don’t need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
― Nick Hornby

Historic Moment

December 17, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimcuba-01 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimcuba-02 (1 of 1)“But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.”
— José Martí

Washington DC

December 17, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimdc-15 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimdc-01 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimdc-09 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimdc-13 (1 of 1)   december2014-johnnyswimdc-22 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimdc-17 (1 of 1)The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the globe . . . The sea is only a receptacle for all the prodigious, supernatural things that exist inside it. It is only movement and love; it is the living infinite.”
― Anthony Doerr

Green Room

December 17, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimdc-20 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimdc-21 (1 of 1)“To be in love was to be dazed twenty times a morning: by the latticework of frost on his windshield; by a feather loosed from his pillow; by a soft, pink rim of light over the hills.”
― Anthony Doerr

All About That Base

December 15, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimspace-30 (1 of 1)“Amor cuerdo, no es amor.
(Sane love, is not love)”
― José Martí

Concert Nights

December 15, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimspace-21 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimspace-39 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimspace-36 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimspace-35 (1 of 1)  december2014-johnnyswimspace-33 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimspace-29 (1 of 1)“When she listened to songs that she loved on the radio, something stirred inside her. A liquid ache spread under her skin, and she walked out of the world like a witch.”
― Arundhati Roy

Travel Day Adventures

December 15, 2014

december2014-johnnyswimspace-25 (1 of 1)  december2014-johnnyswimspace-24 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimspace-26 (1 of 1)december2014-johnnyswimspace-23 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimspace-22 (1 of 1) december2014-johnnyswimspace-27 (1 of 1)“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house—the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture—must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstitutred. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.”
― Arundhati Roy

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