Spellbound by Bodhi Smith

"spellbound" is my brand new impression and blog...
 
"i seldom do any black and white images. i often feel like my b&w images are "meh" and ordinary, glaringly missing a piece of their soul when i omit the vibrant colour that makes my compositions jump to life...not with this one. when in fact, it's the lack of color that makes this impression extraordinary." ― bodhinku, spellbound
 
"these statues on easter island are enchanting in their silence, connecting the ground with their majesty to the heavens...breathless and captivating, i'm spellbound...shh, can you hear that? the beautiful sound of love filling up your whole body" ― bodhinku, spellbound
 
"oh please just let me sit here under the stars, on the threshold of two worlds. lost and spellbound by the night" ― jalaluddin rumi, the soul of rumi
 
"the moon is always there. a half blink of shadow, a crescent of an eyelash, opulent in fullness, spellbound in nothingness, and a friend" ― carolyn riker, blue clouds
 
"instantly, i knew
her, 
as soon as my
eyes laid upon 
her.
that first look, is all 
it took. i'm 
spellbound. i'm 
forever all
hers." 
 
"fun tickets in my pocket, visions in my brain. grandfather always told me if i went down, i might never come back again. i studied the language tapes, and i read all the books. still nothing prepared me for my very first look...it was my first look, baby that's all it took was my first look around...amor a primera vista" ― jimmy buffett, first look
 
"i seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times...
in life after life, in age after age, forever.
my spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs
that you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
in life after life, in age after age, forever.

whenever i hear old chronicles of love, it's age old pain,
it's ancient tale of being apart or together.
as i stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
you become an image of what is remembered forever.

you and i have floated here on the stream
at the heart of time, love of one for another.
we have played along side millions of lovers,
shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
the love of all man's days both past and forever:
universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
the memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
and the songs of every poet past and forever" ― rabindranath tagore
 
"look at the stars, and let that peace penetrate you...look at the dark night and let that velvety darkness surround you, envelop you, dissolve you. this is the way of the simple heart" ― osho, the buddha said...  
 
"you can feel the bright stars and the infinity of the sky...since life, in spite of everything, is like a fairy tale" ― vincent van gogh 
 
"speechless, castaway and wry
a spellbound oddity am i
my feet are locked upon the clay
my gaze is locked upon the sky"
― cecilia dart-thornton
 
"paradise is not some kind of spellbound land filled with flowers and music. it is not some kind of spiritual disneyland. paradise is our primordial pure consciousness, which is free of all limitations but embodies the infinity of the divine" ― anam thubten, no self no problem
 
"the moai are guardians of the night, forever and always singing a silent lullaby with a distinct but hidden rhythm, one i can both hear and see in my mind's eye...an enchanting pulse much the same as a symbiotic heartbeat, drawing me in closer like a lover. falling in line with the rhythm, i only have to sigh and i'm rejoined in rejoicing. it's metaphysical music to my ears, and nourishment for my soul, and a cadence i want to hear more and more often in my life these days. there's such a beautiful rhythm in this melody of my heart" ― bodhinku, spellbound
 
this song is from 2021, created by a favourite alternative band of mine which is made up of ex-members of blink 182, they have such a smoothly melodic sound to them, and write wonderful lyrics to their tunes...and with the fact this song is entitled the exact same as my impression here, it's the perfect first accompaniment to connect music with the meaning of my impression and blog today: "spellbound" by angels and airwaves ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
 
"i'm so lost in desire. can't dig myself out. something's out there pulling at me like a ghost most definitely. like having sex while on fire, there's no putting you out. always out there biting that leash, but you do it so delicately. hey now, i'll never say i'm sorry. i was never that coy. pull the pin, you're a crack my head. either way, i'm better off dead. your rope is gripping me much tighter. i will figure you out, waiting for these cuts to sting, knowing how my heart will bleed. that girl will be your end, and she'll bury you underground. she'll kill you now and then when your heart has been spellbound...some day i think i might scare ya. i'll be sneaking around. i'm a thief who would think it was fun. when you sleep, your alarm's undone. one day you'll know that i'm prowling. am i creeping you out? an enemy having bad intentions, like halloween as an intervention...that girl will be your end, and she'll bury you underground. she'll kill you now and then, because your heart has been spellbound. and if you try to run, if it goes, it comes around. it's not hard to die from love when your heart has been spellbound...i'm so lost in desire. can't dig myself out. something's out there pulling at me like a ghost most definitely. that girl will be your end. and she'll bury you underground. she'll kill you now and then because your heart has been spellbound. and if you try to run, if it goes it, comes around. it's not hard to die from love when your heart has been spellbound" ― angels and airwaves, spellbound
 
"i think the universe is on my side. heaven and earth have finally aligned. days are good and that's the way it should be. you sprinkle star dust on my pillow case, it's like a moonbeam brushed across my face...did you see that shooting star tonight? were you dazzled by the same constellation? did you and jupiter conspire to get me? i think you and the moon and neptune got it right, because now i'm shining bright, so bright, bright, so bright...and i get lost in your eyes tonight" ― echosmith, bright
 
"my heart is torn between two worlds,
your love for me always unfurls.
i dream of you no matter where i am
will this spell ever end?"
 ― s.l. ross, spellbound
 
"for this sky is the astrolabe, and the reality is love; whatever we say of this, attend to the meaning, on that dawn when you shine, the dark night is transformed to glow bright, so bright by your moonlike face with starry eyes" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
 
"i'm still spellbound and in awe of rapa nui and its alluring moai scattered across the island. the mere thought of the island sends electric desire throughout my body. i'm so excited by this place like no other, so awfully enchanted. i'm missing everything about rapa nui, always wanting to come, and never wanting to leave" ― bodhinku, spellbound
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MEANING
"rapa nui leaves me spellbound. it's not just the moai, it's the combined energy coming out of the ground mixed with the spirits flowering down from the glowing heavens, all meeting me right where i stand..."
― bodhinku, spellbound
 
"spellbound" is defined by merriam-webster as:
1. hold the complete attention of (someone) as though by magic
2. enchanted, entranced, captivated, or fascinated
 
the meaning behind the title of the image, "spellbound" is clearly simple...as these moai on rapa nui are enchanting in their silence, connecting the ground with their majesty to the heavens...breathless and captivating, i'm spellbound...shh, can you hear that? the beautiful sound of love filling up your whole body...
 
"i've always understood that my heart is multilingual. it speaks in whispers, expressions, colours, body, songs, and fervent desire" ― cheri bauer
 
when i was a kid, i saw a painting of easter island one day during a lesson in school. i asked my teacher if it was real, and she told me "yes"...she showed me a book on easter island. instantly i was hooked, i was bewitched by its mystery and attracted to its exotic beauty. the island and its unique statues looking like big heads were like nothing else i'd ever seen before, and there's nothing like them anywhere on this planet...one look was all it took and i was spellbound forever.
 
rapa nui's remoteness makes it a destination to where not many people have ever travelled. it's a tiny little island all alone in the waters of the south pacific, nothing close by at all, surrounded by only the ocean, with the neared land over 3200km (2000 miles) away. it's the most remote and isolated place in the world...i made up my mind on that day as a child that i would visit the island and see its mystique in person one day when i had the means...
 
i'm still spellbound and in awe of rapa nui and its alluring moai scattered across the island. the mere thought of the island sends electric desire throughout my body. i'm so excited by this place like no other, so awfully enchanted. i'm missing everything about rapa nui, always wanting to come, and never wanting to leave. there's truly nowhere else in the world that does this to me, including my home here in san diego, california. the only thing that come close to this electric desire is my thoughts of her, my dream lady whom i have yet to meet...
 
"she lives each of her life's moments fully and looks past none of them. she's artistic and free. her spirit dances with the moon and stars each night. she hopes, she dreams. she loves. she feels the same way about me, spellbound, and breathes my name into her lungs. though she has not met me in this life yet, she longs to be together with me one day" ― bodhinku, together 
 
rapa nui is my favourite place to go on this earth, i have such a strong affinity for it. the remoteness, the moai (statues), the slow-pace of life, the po'e and empanadas, the southern hemisphere milky-way, the southern cross and stars in the dark night sky, the waves crashing into the volcanic beaches, the sensual and glowing moon as it rises over the island...
 
"in sweet silence of the star light, i see her radiance glowing bright above, i feel her angelic innocence, i play in her magical wilderness...i know my focus is always up to her" ― bodhinku, bright above
 
there's just something about it that draws me in, draws me back to it time and time again, i truly love it there...and the moai, they just remain mysterious and obscure in the light of the rest of the rapidly changing world. time has sort of left rapa nui behind, another fact that makes this island so appealing to me.
 
rapa nui seriously changed me forever...after my first look, it was amor a primera vista (love at first sight), i swallowed the hook, that was all it took, i've never looked back since. wishing i could visit more often, but unable to do so these past two years because of the impacts on international travel due to the world's fear of the covid19 virus... 
 
as humans, we always seem to want more once we get something. this is not always a bad thing, for it lets us chase new highs...but sometimes you just need to be content with the moments you get. for i have those moments special to hold onto until the next time i get to see the island...this makes the island even more special to me, more romantic because i cannot visit all the time. an old wise adage states, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" and i long for my next visit, and i dream of returning, as i'm missing this island with my every fiber...
 
but this is a not a permanent feeling, just a temporary situation. i dearly long to feel it with my senses when i'm away, and awaken from my dreams when i return. but i remain vigilant and patient and hopeful, as i know we will meet again really soon and the island will fill up all my senses once anew...
 
a mystique that i just cannot stay away from no matter how hard i try, and i find again and again, that  i'm compelled to travel to this tiny and remote south pacific island, returning over and over and over, so strangely beautiful, so exotic, captivating, fascinating, and magical for my soul, forever smitten and spellbound...ella esta mi isla de suenos...  
 
you see, if you are patient for the right moment, your dreams can come true if you seek them out and chase after them. i did, and i'm the happiest man in the world for doing so. this island saved me in every way and has since altered the path i walk in life. i owe it everything. i love rapa nui with all my heart, and soon we will be together much more often, that you can count on...
 
"i knew her instantly, as soon as my eyes laid upon her. that first look is all it took. i'm spellbound, i'm all hers forever" ― bodhinku, primera vista
 
and this is a perfect song to hear, it's all about being spellbound after just one look...written and performed by one of my favourite artists of all time, jimmy buffett, with his unique and laid-back island style of music. i love the way this song blends spanish lyrics into the meaning (amor a primera vista, meaning love at first sight), and this tune is another favourite of mine from over 35 years ago in 1986, read the lyrics, give it a good listen and you'll be able to connect with the deeper meaning of my impression today... "first look" by jimmy buffett ... (just click on any of words in the powder blue links to listen to the song)...
 
"fun tickets in my pocket, visions in my brain. grandfather always told me if i went down, i might never come back again. i studied the language tapes, and i read all the books. still nothing prepared me for my very first look...it was my first look, baby that's all it took was my first look around...i think i want to go flying, but i don't want to leave the ground. so i'll just cruise on my landing gear and taxi round rio town. up to the mountain, down to the sea. take me to live long where the samba queen waits for me...it was my first look. that's when i swallowed the hook on my first look around...amor a primera vista, o se no quier que o insista. amor a primera vista, reaccion quimica...amor a primera vista, o se no quier que o insista. amor a primera vista, reaccion quimica...six days later i was felling like a missing link (ook-ook-ook-ook) when my friends told me, hey jimmy, it must have been the voodoo drink. now it's time for siesta and a belly full of rice and beans. and figure if i'm brave enough to repeat the whole crazy scene...on my first look. that's when i swallowed the hook on my first look around...amor a primera vista, o se no quier que o insista. amor a primera vista, reaccion quimica...amor a primera vista, o se no quier que o insista. amor a primera vista, reaccion quimica" ― jimmy buffett, first look
 
"instantly i was hooked, i was bewitched by its mystery and attracted to its exotic beauty. the island and its unique statues looking like big heads were like nothing else on this planet...one look and i was spellbound forever" ― bodhinku, spellbound 
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INFLUENCE OF ALFRED HITCHOCK'S MOVIE, "SPELLBOUND" (1945)
it should come as no surprise that one of the best psychological thrillers of all time, "spellbound" (1945) comes from the best suspense director of all time, "the master of suspense" alfred hitchcock (1899-1980)...
 
this motion picture is a classic with many plot twists and unsuspected turns, until the truth is ultimately unveiled in the final scenes...it was a box office hit setting records for sales in its day in the united states and england. starring ingrid bergman, gregory peck, and michael chekhov, the film was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture, best director, and best supporting actor, and won the academy award for best original score. it also contains an animated dream sequence created by surrealist painter salvador dali (a favourite artist of mine) that ties together the whole movie...
 
on a side note...i am also a high school digital photography teacher, and in some of the photography lessons i instruct to my students, i use numerous alfred hitchcock clips as examples of using point of view, balance, framing, and lens perspective. he was an absolute genius at incorporating landscape photography in order to create the special effects in his films, such as he did in suspicionpsychothe birdsrear windowstrangers on a train, and especially in vertigospellbound and north by northwest. hitchcock expertly used specific photography techniques in his filming to get the impressions and emotions he wanted people to feel in his motion pictures as a director...as a result, alfred hitchcock has so many many profound and direct influences on my photography and my image titles..
 
part of the naming of this impression also comes from my love of this movie, one of my all-time favourites by alfred hitchcock (he holds at least 10 movies in my top 50 movies of all time). the movie is in black and white, so it's only fitting that an image of mine named "spellbound" should also be in black and white...
 
and check this out, and truly you can see this movie's deeper influence on my artwork...here is the highlight of the movie, the famous dali-created dream sequence from spellbound. to watch it, just click on any of the powder blue words in the link here: salvador dali dream sequence in hitchcock's spellbound ... (the animated sequence by salvador dali occurs after about 50 seconds into the clip)
 
"the chance to create an impression, one based on a childhood vision of awe and reverence of the artistic genius of alfred hitchcock, is just something that truly brings photography full circle for me" ― bodhinku, my influences 
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STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE
"you yourself are the most beautiful soul in the world, and every day spent living in truth, being true to yourself, with your true self, will always be a beautiful day" ― bodhinku, true self

with my love of colour and how different colours speak to me and give me different feelings and impressions, i seldom (if ever) do any black and white images. i often feel like my b&w images are "meh" and ordinary. each one is glaringly missing a vital piece of their soul beacuse i've omitted the vibrant colour that makes the essence of my compositions jump to life...but with this picture being under the light of a crescent moon, its colours were muted, and with only the faint glow of the stars, the use of colour was not an absolutely necessity...not with this one. when in fact, it's the lack of color that makes this image extraordinary...

use of black and white makes the impression better. the scene here of the ahu tongariki creates its own emotions, and the tone of the image evokes its own exotic texture and mystique...i can't envision this impression any other way than as a black and white picture. now this has quickly become one of my favorite b&w images, and i hope you love it as well...

and since visiting rapa nui, i have found my dreamland place in reality and i have frequently revisited it in my subconscious ever since, almost nightly, to this isolated and remote island in the southern pacific ocean. it's here where there are the moai (spiritual statues) who are forever looking inward with their backs to the sea, protecting the island from spiritual invaders.

the moai are guardians of the night, forever and always singing a silent lullaby with a distinct but hidden rhythm, one i can both hear and see in my mind's eye...an enchanting pulse much the same a symbiotic heartbeat, drawing me in closer like a lover. falling in line with the rhythm, i only have to sigh and i'm rejoined in rejoicing. it's metaphysical music to my ears, and nourishment for my soul, and a cadence i want to hear more and more often in my life these days. there's such a beautiful rhythm in this melody of my heart...

after being lucky enough to have visited this island now on three different occasions, i've brought it home in my memories. these visions of mystics now seemingly watch over me, sing their silent songs of wisdom to me, help to see me through my dreams, guide me through the doorways in my mind, and my reality with their rhythm into my heartbeat...my lucidity of life and dreams...can you hear them singing in the deep night? can you? can you see the echo deep in your mind?
 
"i'm constantly missing you, my island, my energy...missing you in every moment, in every breath i breathe, i need you to recharge me, fill me back up with happiness...i'm just so depleted when i breathe in this stale air around me. and then when i exhale, the overwhelming feeling of missing you, being incomplete only fills back up the space in my lungs where the air once was..." ― bodhinku, my missing air

and truly that which is missing from rapa nui (easter island) that makes it so appealing, so beautiful to me...seems the island is missing allot, while not missing anything truly important at all...

there are no neon signs, no billboards of advertisements, no city lights, no freeways or overpasses, or speeding cars (maximum speed limit on island is 60 km/hr), no commutes or road rage...no buildings taller than 10 meters high, no corporate parks or warehouses, no mcdonalds or fast food chains, no starbucks or walmart or department stores or giant supermarkets with huge parking lots, no cell phone towers and satellite dishes, no drones flying around...

so much is missing, and that's so damn good...there's no western corporatocracy, no traffic lights or smog, no drive-thrus or 7-11 convenience stores, no beggars, nor homeless people on the streets or trash and litter anywhere, no graffiti spray-painted about...no condos and apartment complexes or housing developments, no big luxury resorts or even any hotel chains, no outlet stores and auto malls...no amusement park, zip-lines, wax museums or red-light district, no crazy noise and street corners filled with protestors...always so very few people scattered out on this tiny island that is only 23km across...

and that's exactly yet another reason why this is my favourite island, the simple fact that easter island does not have those kind of amenities, those distractions, those noises. it's missing absolutely nothing of what its missing...

so easter island still keeps away many people who would not appreciate it for being such an unspoiled place on this planet. all those distracted souls who want a big brand name resort where everyone speaks english on a white sandy beach with the choice of a hundred palm trees to sit under and drink a frozen margarita while eating juicy fresh tropical fruit and shrimp cocktail....
 
easter island is tropical, but there are few palm trees, even fewer sandy beaches as it's mostly volcanic rock, there are no fruits harvested there, and no ice or blenders to make a frozen concoction on the island or chill a shrimp cocktail...this is not a resort island where a beautiful location is combined with modern luxuries of comfort and convenience, it's none of that...rapa nui has none of that luscious touristy lure. its wild, undeveloped, a true breath of fresh air, sweet silence, and peace...
 
the whole island is considered a national park by its parent country of chile, so it is protected by legislation to keep out development and exploiting commerce...i just hope it stays that way...but no matter what the future holds, rapa nui, a.k.a. easter island, a.k.a. isla de pascua, is simply an unspoiled dream, so silently beautiful to me. i'm forever spellbound by its mystique...
 
my first visit in the summer (remember the southern hemisphere seasons are opposite of those enjoyed in the northern hemisphere), december of 2015 was special, and i left the island in awe, not wanting to leave...so i returned, twice more, once in the fall (april) of 2018 and again in winter (june-july) of 2019...and each time i arrive, i always have to leave, and i leave, but i leave wanting more, i'm not done yet, not even close...
 
i want to go back again because i know i still have things i want to do, and unfinished moments there to spend, to live, to just be...i'm not even close to being done with rapa nui, isla de pascua (a.k.a. easter island) in my life, i feel like this is all just the beginning for me, my relationship with rapa nui is only just starting to develop like a grand and epic love story...for greater adventures and so many more beautiful moments still lie ahead of me the rest of my life, together this island and me...

however, i've noticed regrettably now-a-days, that most people create a "bucket list" of places to go, and it also seems more and more people are adding rapa nui, isla de pascua (a.k.a. easter island) to their list...but personally i hate the term, because it means you are going to visit somewhere you have always wanted to go before you die or "kick the bucket," then check it off your list as a "been there, done that" item, and move on to the next item on the list, and then never go back again...
 
but to me, this is crazy, for after that initial magical romantic "first kiss" visit to a place, it's all the revisiting moments that are my best times, and much more meaningful and magical moments always happen during the times when i revisit places i've already been... especially as a photographer when my best impressions happen after i go to a location numerous times...i can relate more of myself to the place with more visits, plus i don't have pressure that i "must capture that image now" for fear i'll never get another chance...going back over and over just makes a place more familiar, more personal, more beautiful as you discover more each time about yourself and the place, discoveries which you did not notice the first time...

so in 2019 when i captured this impression, i made the trip to easter island (rapa nui) for my third time in a span of four years and would have been there again this past summer of 2021 for my fourth trip if not for all the havok of covid19. but i will be going back just as soon rapa nui opens back up to travellers and i'm once again permitted to set foot on the island...

but people still wonder: why in the world would anyone travel to one of the most remote places on our planet, spend a nice sum of money to get there once again, when they've already "been there, and done that" 3 times before already? simply put, and as i alluded to above, the place is dreamy to me, perfectly undeveloped and raw. i'm smitten. i'm spellbound...and i'll be going back again very soon...ella esta mi isla de suenos...  
 
btw, here is another perfect tune to listen to as you read on in my this new blog, this is such a powerful song in message and meaning, about missing the one that you love and connecting with them in thoughts and memories, such beautiful lyrics and vocals, "vanilla twilight by owl city" (just click on the song title, any of the words in powder blue, it's a link to the lyric video) 
 
"the stars lean down to kiss you, and i lie awake and miss you. pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere. because i'll doze off safe and soundly, but i'll miss your arms around me. i'd send a postcard to you, dear, because i wish you were here...i'll watch the night turn light blue, but it's not the same without you. because it takes two to whisper quietly. the silence isn't so bad, until i look at my hands and feel sad, because the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly...i'll find repose in new ways, though i haven't slept in two days. because cold nostalgia chills me to the bone. but drenched in vanilla twilight, i'll sit on the front porch all night waist deep in thought because when i think of you i don't feel so alone. i don't feel so alone, i don't feel so alone...as many times as i blink, i'll think of you tonight (tonight, tonight, tonight...) i'll think of you tonight. when violet eyes get brighter, and heavy wings grow lighter, i'll taste the sky and feel alive again. and i'll forget the world that i knew. but i swear i won't forget you. oh if my voice could reach back through the past, i'd whisper in your ear: oh darling, i wish you were here" ― owl city, vanilla twilight
 
"it can be so soothing and peaceful to meditate and reflect upon the magical universe that surrounds us, especially while sitting under the silent wisdom glowing down from all the celestial orbs in the starry night sky, as you wait for the sun to rise and shine...but be true to the universe that's inside you. and be true to the sunshine within...only you know you. and you know what you truly need, so be true to yourself and do everything you can to truly get it"  ― bodhinku, true to yourself
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RANT ABOUT NEEDING SILENCE
"silence is hearing everything devoid of noise, really listening to purity and what was meant to be heard" ― bodhinku, silence
 
rapa nui, isla de pascua (a.k.a. easter island) is one of those places that is so peaceful, yet mysterious and exotic, so magically beautiful...all the noise of the commercial western capitalist world disappears into the unspoiled silence of tranquility and spellbound awe...
 
there is a lesson and a truth to be learned from the silence of these statues under the moon and stars on easter island...because, our would today does not seem to know how to embrace silence...
 
people can't fathom the beauty and necessity of silence anymore. they think they have to be talking all the time, texting all the time, posting pictures of themselves, pictures of what they ate, what they did, what they saw, who they are with, who they lost, what they want, what they are thinking, what they are feeling, what they have accomplished, where they have been, where they are, where they are going...they cannot understand why no one can understands them because they cannot listen to the silence they need to hear.
 
it seems people are scared of silence, or see silence as what happens when they are cut off and no longer connected to the world through their cell phones and social media. now silence means isolation, and isolation means loneliness, and that is not right. 
 
what happened to a quiet hike in nature, or a pleasant walk on the beach? what happened to being with your significant other, or friends, or family and enjoying time with them? what happened to sharing beautiful moments without using your cellphone to respond to someone who is not even present with you? what happened to enjoying a beautiful sunset without having to take a picture of it and miss out on the real moments? all just so you can create a picture to share with the world, and flatten down a moment you will not remember as clearly had you just lived it instead of trying to record it...
 
these smartphones are making us dumb socially, ruining the chances for making real connections. you disconnect from your loved ones as soon as you connect to the internet on your cellphone...you check out of the real world of interactions and living moments with them...you instead check into the noise of misunderstanding, misinterpreting, and miscommunication with someone who is missing and not even physically present, instead of staying present in the moment and being with those present around you 110%...being present in the present is a present...
 
behaviors are not only breaking down socially, but are crossing over the line into being rude and inconsiderate of others, and this should not be socially acceptable...i'm personally tired of having to listen to the conversation of another person telling about their life while i'm on a public bus, or plane, or in a park, or in a store, or while pumping gas...or seeing a family of four eating dinner in a restaurant and all of them are on their phone doing something else while waiting for their food to be delivered...or watch a person in the checkout line of the grocery store totally ignore the clerk the entire time, without even acknowledging their existence with a look or polite greeting, all because they are in the middle of a youtube video or engrossed in messaging someone...or have my view of a beautiful sunset disrupted by people with cellphones on selfie sticks trying to capture "look-at-me" narcissistic images to put on their instagram pages as they chatter incessantly about being somewhere they always wanted to be and want to show the world their victory... 
 
just recently on february 8th, i was lucky to experience and witness the "beyond van gogh" exhibit in san diego...but like they do everywhere else, too many people were walking around taking pictures and shooting video, and chattering incessantly about meaningless stuff that had nothing to do with vincent...they could have enjoyed much deeper this beautiful show of art, done in such a modern visual three dimensional creation. and they could have made the whole art show better for all the others who wanted to tell them to shut their mouths (stfu!) and turn off their bright phone screens, and just witness the magical creation before their eyes...but that would be rude to tell them that, heaven help if we offend those entitled people, even though their thoughtless and clueless actions are much more rude and take away from the experience of all the kind good mannered people...
 
enjoying silence is a practice people need to embrace...quiet your inner thoughts and chatter within your mind, and outwardly you will reflect a calmer being. in silence you will become a better listener. you will see, feel, and experience more deeply each moment you live...and when another people understand to share in silence with you, you can often hear them more clearly than you could with a conversation full of words, and enjoy your time more richly with them.
 
each of us needs to calm our busy mind and find our own sacred silence. because all these smartphones we carry in our pockets and in our hands are truly just breaking down our connections to each other, and further separating us from living in a natural world...being connected through an internet, with email, and social media, and texting, and twittering is only dumbing down society with extra useless busy noise. it's only the illusion of being connected, because this connection is not reality, and it's barely a virtual reality which regrettably people are seeing as their here-and-now world...people need to disconnect and silence their cell phones, unplug and let go...
 
since there are as many stars in the night sky as there are people on the planet, what if we could unite as human beings and just be like a deep still pond silently reflecting the stars of the night sky...be a reflection of the cosmos' silence and connections. be calm, not busy. be still and silent. keep our reflection and connection pure and clear...because, like ripples across the surface, cell phones are making noisy waves that are only muddling our reflection, making things all fuzzy and uncertain, breaking apart the peaceful silence we desperately need today...
 
you see...without silence, there is no listening. without listening, there is no understanding. without  understanding, there is no connection. without connection there is no meaning. without meaning there is no direction. without direction there is only floundering about and no stillness. without stillness, there is no clear reflection. without a clear reflection, there is no clarity. without clarity, there is no reason. without reason there is only chaos. with chaos, there is just useless noise. with useless noise, there can be no silence, and without silence there is no listening, no understanding. no conscious connection...
 
“we need to find peace, and it cannot be found in noise and restlessness. peace is the friend of silence. see how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... we need silence to be able to touch souls” ― mother teresa
 
"in this world, we are surrounded by fast-paced, empty static energy. they're like the empty calories of the soul. you have empty calories for your body, like a bag of potato chips for example, then you have empty calories for your soul, which are found in the static energy that doesn't really add to our emotional, spiritual, mental experience of living our lives. we have magical moments of connection with people, with nature, with spirit, but then we rush out of those moments all too fast, in order to go straight back into the busy lanes that are full of things not worthwhile! empty energies! so when we do that, we forget our magical, nourishing soul moments all too fast and we start caring about things that we shouldn't care about too much, stepping outside of the moments of silence that we encounter, and going back into the empty noise. so i think that we need to picture ourselves as rocks in the river; we can let all of that rush by us, while we stay fortified where we are, lingering in the warmness of the noontime sun, the chill of the dawn, the reflections of the stars—like a rock in a river—let it all just rush by. be silent" ― c. joybell c.
 
btw, here is the perfect tune to listen to as you read my new blog, this is such a powerful song in message and meaning, with beautiful lyrics, "sound of silence" by disturbed (just click on the song title, it is a link to the lyric video) 
above i have chosen an updated, much more modern version, a more passionate cover of the famous song, but you only need to click here if you would rather listen to the sound of silence classic by simon and garfunkel ...
 
“hello darkness, my old friend. i've come to talk with you again. because a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while i was sleeping. and the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains within the sound of silence...in restless dreams i walked alone. narrow streets of cobblestone beneath the halo of a street lamp, i turned my collar to the cold and damp. when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light that split the night and touched the sound of silence...and in the naked light i saw ten thousand people, maybe more. people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that voices never share, and no one dare disturb the sound of silence..."fools" said i, "you do not know, silence like a cancer grows. hear my words that i might teach you. take my arms that i might reach you"...but my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence. and the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made. and the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming, and the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls and whispered in the sounds of silence" ― disturbed, sound of silence (lyrics by paul simon) 
 
"there needs to be a silence, a time for breathing the same air, to permit a period of reflection in order to truly connect with other souls. we need to carry our connections in our hearts, not in our hands...silence needs to be the connection, not the disconnection..." ― bodhinku, connecting through silence
 
"i know the beauty of silence...it is meant to get me out of my damn head, squash my overthinking, and remind me to refocus instead on the beauty all around me, surrounding me with its silence" ― bodhinku, beauty of silence
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HISTORY OF THE AHU TONGARIKI
"fifteen wise men all stand in silence, under the flowing light of the stars and the moon glowing down upon them, enlightening them...they speak of nothing, but they are heard...the wisdom found is their silence, these fifteen wise men standing there silently listening to the silent celestial wind and heaven's lightshow...listen, and you can hear" ― bodhinku, the moai
 
the original name for easter island is te pito te henua...in rapanuian this means "the end of the world"...and again, one thing that attracts me for more future returns to the island is its remoteness, keeping the entire small island relatively unspoiled from the reaches of greedy capitalism and destructive corruption...the entire island has a beautiful silence to it...

pictured here are the 15 ancient moai (statues) on the ahu tongariki glowing under the silence of the stars in the dark southern hemisphere sky...located on the southeastern shore of the island, the ahu tongariki is the largest ahu (ceremonial sacred platform) on rapa nui (easter island).
 
its moai (statues) were toppled during the island's civil wars in the 1600's. the fifteen moai, along with their pukao (hats), were toppled (as were all other moai on the island) during a tribal war and the eventual defeat of the "long-ears" tribe that had been ordering the other tribes to build more and more moai and each time bigger and bigger. once the entire tribe had been killed, they then pushed all of the moai off their bases, sometimes placing rocks where they fell to try and break them. fortunately none of them were broken at ahu tongariki and they remained on the ground during the next centuries.

then to make matters worse, after the valdivia earthquake in chile on 22 may 1960 (the largest in recorded history at 9.5 on the richter scale), a large tsunami took the fallen statues and the pukao and scattered them all further inland, some a couple of hundred meters from their original location.

 
in october 1992, an agreement was signed to restore the moai of ahu tongariki to their original standing positions. work was finally completed in 1996 after help from chilean archaeologists, japanese archaeologists, and the people of easter island. it has since been restored and has fifteen moai including an 86 ton moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island. as they always have, all the moai here face sunset (with their backs to sunrise) during summer solstice...
 
"isla de pascua is one of those places that is so peaceful, yet mysterious and silently beautiful...all the noise of the commercial western capitalist world disappears into the unspoiled silence of tranquility and awe...allowing all the things located on and above the island to shine just that much more brightly"  ― bodhinku, bright
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MY SONG OF ADORATION
"we are bright, the perfect two, blessed. imagine: your song, annie's song, stand by me, higher, deeper, in your eyes, into the night, at the end of the world, settle down easy, under the stars, sky full of stars, let's rewrite the stars, so happy together, an eternal flame...i see the light, i see you, you're my best friend, love of my life, groovy kind of love, my home, dance with me, moondance, take my breath away, don't stop believing, you're the one that i want...i'm alive, all of me, all in, all night long, in my dreams, better together, here with me, hanging by a moment, speechless, one moment in time, never tear us apart...my universe, my guiding light, vanilla twilight, brighter than sunshine, written in the stars, across the universe, you and me, nothing else matters, when i'm with you, i'll never let you go, forever, always remember us this way, always and forever, you'll be in my heart, truly-madly-deeply, unconditionally, faithfully, endlessly, everywhere, anywhere...beautiful, i lived" ― bodhinku, songs of adoration

"i seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age, forever...my spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs that you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms, in life after life, in age after age, forever"
― rabindranath tagore
 
the quote of mine above, is really a run-on list of love songs i adore...and if you have been reading my blogs before, you know that i've been adding music links to them, sometime one, others times more songs. music is a huge part of my life, as it is with many people, music i listen to is often dependent on my moods...in this blog, i'm doing things a little bit different, with a twist that adds some extra romance to this image, maybe to help you fall in love again with that special soul who is the bright light in your life, who makes you burn so bright as well...just like symbolically the moai are to their lover, the night sky...
 
so for this group of meaningful quotes in today's blog, all quotes are complete song lyrics (with links to the lyrics videos--literally a playlist of tunes) to read and listen to if you choose, starting with the song bright by the alternative indie band, echosmith ...please also give these other following meaningful, romantic, and inspirational tunes below a good listen as well...
 
"i think the universe is on my side. heaven and earth have finally aligned. days are good and that's the way it should be. you sprinkle star dust on my pillow case, it's like a moonbeam brushed across my face. nights are good and that's the way it should be...you make me sing ooo, oo, oh, la, la, la. you make a girl go oh oh, i'm in love, love...did you see that shooting star tonight? were you dazzled by the same constellation? did you and jupiter conspire to get me? i think you and the moon and neptune got it right, because now i'm shining bright, so bright, bright, so bright...and i see colors in a different way. you make what doesn't matter fade to grey. life is good and that's the way it should be...you make me sing ooo, oo, oh, la, la, la. you make a girl go oh oh, i'm in love, love...did you see that shooting star tonight? were you dazzled by the same constellation? did you and jupiter conspire to get me? i think you and the moon and neptune got it right, because now i'm shining bright (oh) so bright, and i get lost (oh) in your eyes...did you see that shooting star tonight? were you dazzled by the same constellation? did you and jupiter conspire to get me? i think you and the moon and neptune got it right (i think you and the moon and neptune got it right, i think you and the moon and neptune got it right), because now i'm shining bright, so bright, bright, so bright, bright, so bright...and i get lost in your eyes tonight" 
 
"you can be the peanut butter to my jelly. you can be the butterflies i feel in my belly. you can be the captain and i can be your first mate. you can be the chills that i feel on our first date. you can be the hero and i can be your sidekick. you can be the tear that i cry if we ever split. you can be the rain from the cloud when it's storming. or u can be the sun when it shines in the morning. don't know if i could ever be without you, because boy you complete me. and in time i know that we'll both see that we're all we need...because you're the apple to my pie. you're the straw to my berry. you're the smoke to my high and you're the one i wanna marry. because you're the one for me (for me), and i'm the one for you (for you). you take the both of us (of us), and we're the perfect two...we're the perfect two (we're the perfect two)...baby me and you, we're the perfect two...you can be the prince and i can be your princess. you can be the sweet tooth i can be the dentist. you can be the shoes and i can be the laces. you can be the heart that i spill on the pages. you can be the vodka and i can be the chaser. you can be the pencil and i can be the paper. you can be as cold as the winter weather, but i don't care as long as were together, because you're the one for me (for me), and i'm the one for you (for you). you take the both of us (of us), and we're the perfect two...we're the perfect two (we're the perfect two)...baby me and you, we're the perfect two...you know that i'll never doubt ya. and you know that i think about ya. and you know I can't live without ya. i love the way that you smile, and maybe in just a while, i can see me walk down the aisle... because you're the one for me (for me), and i'm the one for you (for you). you take the both of us (of us), and we're the perfect two...we're the perfect two (we're the perfect two)...baby me and you, we're the perfect two" 
 
"the lights are down, but you're shining like you always do. everyday i'm reminded of the miracle of you. you're too good for coincidence, and too perfect for an accident. and i'm not sure where heaven is, but every night i get a glimpse, and i know i'm blessed...watching you spin in that dress, making my heart beat out my chest. i can't count the times i've heard people say i'm lucky. but lucky ain't the word, no, i'm blessed. and all i ain't got is my breath. you stole it the first time we met. you're more than i deserve. people say i'm lucky, but lucky ain't the word, oh, i'm blessed...i keep checking you for halos. swear, you're an angel in disguise. you blow my mind from every angle, and  i can see heaven in your eyes. you're too good for coincidence, and too perfect for an accident. and i'm not sure where heaven is, but every night i get a glimpse and i know i'm blessed. watching you spin in that dress, making my heart beat out my chest. i can't count the times i've heard people say i'm lucky. but lucky ain't the word, no, i'm blessed. and all i ain't got is my breath, you stole it the first time we met...you're more than i deserve. people say i'm lucky, but lucky ain't the word, oh, i'm blessed...baby, you're the kind of girl that i always prayed for. and i swear by my dying breath, that i will be faithful. oh baby, because i'm on my knees. woah, you make me believe baby, i'm blessed. watching you spin in that dress, making my heart beat out my chest. i can't count the times i've heard people say i'm lucky. but lucky ain't the word, oh, i'm blessed. and all i ain't got is my breath, you stole it the first time we met. you're more than i deserve. people say i'm lucky, but lucky ain't the word, no, i'm blessed" 
 
"imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try. no hell below us, and above us is only sky. imagine all the people, living for today. you may say that i'm a dreamer, but i'm not the only one, i hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one....imagine there's no countries. it isn't hard to do. nothing to kill or die for, no religion too. imagine all the people, living life for peace. you may say that i'm a dreamer, but i'm not the only one. i hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one..imagine no possessions, i wonder if you can. no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. imagine all the people, sharing all the world. you may say that i'm a dreamer, but i'm not the only one, i hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one" 
 
"it's a little bit funny, this feeling inside. i'm not one of those who can easily hide. i don't have much money, but boy if i did, i'd buy a big house where we both could live. if i was a sculptor, but then again, who knows? or a man who makes potions on a traveling show. i know it's not much, but it's the best i can do. my gift is my song, and this one's for you...and you can tell everybody this is your song. it may be quite simple, but now that it's done, i hope you don't mind, i hope you don't mind that i put down in words: how wonderful life is, now you're in the world...i sat on the roof and kicked off the moss. well, a few of the verses, well, they've got me quite cross. but the sun's been quite kind while i wrote this song. it's for people like you that keep it turned on. so excuse me forgetting, but these things i do. you see, i've forgotten if they're brown or they're blue. anyway, the thing is, what i really mean is: yours are the sweetest eyes i've ever seen...and you can tell everybody this is your song. it may be quite simple, but now that it's done, i hope you don't mind, i hope you don't mind that i put down in words: how wonderful life is, now you're in the world...i hope you don't mind. i hope you don't mind that i put down in words: how wonderful life is, now you're in the world"
 
"you fill up my senses like a night in a forest, like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain, like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean...you fill up my senses, come fill me again...come let me love you. let me give my life to you. let me drown in your laughter. let me die in your arms. let me lay down beside you. let me always be with you...come let me love you, come love me again...you fill up my senses like a night in a forest, like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain, like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean...you fill up my senses, come fill me again" 
 
"when the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we'll see. no, i won't be afraid, oh, i won't be afraid just as long as you stand, stand by me. so darling, darling stand by me. oh, stand by me. oh, stand now, stand by me, stand by me...if the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, or the mountain should crumble to the sea. i won't cry, i won't cry. no, i won't shed a tear just as long as you stand, stand by me. and darling, darling stand by me. oh, stand by me, oh, stand now. stand by me, stand by me. and darling, darling stand by me...whenever you're in trouble, won't you stand by me? oh, stand by me. oh, stand now, stand by me. and darling, darling stand by me. oh, stand by me. oh, stand now, stand by me" 
 
"when dreaming, i'm guided to another world. time and time again at sunrise i fight to stay asleep because i don't want to leave the comfort of this place. because there's a hunger, a longing to escape from the life i live when i'm awake, so let's go there. let's make our escape. come on, let's go there, let's ask: can we stay?... can you take me higher, to the place where blind men see? can you take me higher, to the place with golden streets?...although i would like our world to change, it helps me to appreciate those nights and those dreams. but, my friend, i'd sacrifice all those nights if i could make the earth and my dreams the same. the only difference is to let love replace all our hate. so let's go there. let's make our escape. come on, let's go there. let's ask: can we stay?...can you take me higher. to the place where blind men see? can you take me higher, to the place with golden streets? so let's go there. so let's go there. come on, let's go there, let's ask: can we stay?...up high, i feel like i'm alive for the very first time. set up high i'm strong enough to take these dreams and make them mine. set up high, i'm strong enough to take these dreams and make them mine...can you take me higher, to the place where blind men see? can you take me higher, to the place with golden streets? can you take me higher?" 
 
"i can't imagine, living, without you (without you, oooh), my world would just stop, spinning, without you (ooh without you), floating on a cloud each time you say my name, i wanna scream out loud you're driving me insane (driving me crazy baby)...each time you call i wanna fall, deeper and deeper and deeper, each time we kiss i'm feeling it, deeper and deeper and deeper. when you love me like you do baby, i wanna give my all to you. take full control, please baby go, deeper and deeper and deeper...you say you would do, anything, for me (for me), you knew how i kept my everything, for you (for you), i promise i'll make sure to keep you satisfied, just trust me baby hold me tight, enjoy the ride (i'm gonna drive you crazy)...each time you call i wanna fall, deeper and deeper and deeper, each time we kiss i'm feeling it, deeper and deeper and deeper. when you love me like you do baby, i wanna give my all to you. take full control, please baby go, deeper and deeper and deeper. i'm floating on a cloud, each time, when you say my name, i wanna scream out loud you're driving me insane (yeah yeah), each time you call i wanna fall, deeper and deeper and deeper, each time we kiss i'm feeling it, deeper and deeper and deeper. when you love me like you do baby, i wanna give my all to you. take full control, please baby go, deeper and deeper and deeper"
 
"love, i get so lost sometimes. days pass and this emptiness fills my heart. when i want to run away, i drive off in my car. but whichever way i go, i come back to the place you are. all my instincts, they return. and the grand facade, so soon will burn. without a noise, without my pride, i reach out from the inside...in your eyes, the light, the heat. in your eyes, i am complete. in your eyes, i see the doorway to a thousand churches. in your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches. in your eyes, i see the light and the heat. in your eyes. oh, i want to be that complete. i want to touch the light, the heat i see in your eyes..love, i don't like to see so much pain. so much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away. i get so tired of working so hard for our survival. i look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive. and all my instincts, they return. and the grand facade, so soon will burn. without a noise, without my pride, i reach out from the inside...in your eyes, the light, the heat. in your eyes, i am complete. in your eyes, i see the doorway to a thousand churches. in your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches. in your eyes, i see the light and the heat. in your eyes. oh, i want to be that complete. i want to touch the light, the heat i see in your eyes, in your eyes, in your eyes, in your eyes..."
― peter gabriel, in your eyes
 
"like a gift from the heavens, it was easy to tell. it was love from above like it saved me from hell. she had fire in her soul it was easy to see how the devil himself could be pulled out of me. there were drums in the air as she started to dance. every soul in the room keeping time with there hands, and we sang: ay oh ay oh ay oh ay. and the voices rang like the angels sing, we're singing: ay oh ay oh ay oh ay...and we danced on into the night (ay oh ay oh, ay oh ay oh...and we danced on into the night)...like a piece to the puzzle that falls into place, you could tell how we felt from the look on her face. she was spinning in circles with the moon in her eyes, the room left them moving between you and i. we forgot where we were, and we lost track of time, and we sang to the wind as we danced through the night, and we sang: ay oh ay oh ay oh ay. and the voices rang like the angels sing. we're singing: ay oh ay oh ay oh ay...and we danced on into the night (ay oh ay oh, ay oh ay oh...and we danced on into the night)..."
 
"you're searching for a home. a place to lay your head. but the siren sings a song that shakes you from your bed. you are a ritual. you are the seven seas. you're missing jamaica back where your daddy sings. girl you've been everywhere and you've done everything. i feel i can't compare us to the world you've seen...she asked where i wanna go, i said the end of the world with you. she said i feel like i'm home at the end of the world with you...with every wake and moan you're calling out to me. there are parts i've never known. you shed your mystery. you're alexandria, you are the fall of rome. as long as i'm with you, then we can feel at home...girl we've been everywhere and we've done everything. and now i can compare us to the world you've seen, yeah...she asked where i wanna go, i said the end of the world with you. she said i feel like i'm home at the end of the world with you (she asked where i wanna go, i said the end of the world with you. she said i feel like i'm home at the end of the world with you)...when years have passed and i have gone, your memory will sink with me. you showed me all that i can see, so take me away and let me sleep...she asked where i wanna go, i said the end of the world with you. she said i feel like i'm home at the end of the world with you..." 
 
"if you need someone to hold on to, i'll help you settle down easy. and when your day is through, i'll help you settle down easy. nothing satisfies me as much as when you're happy. it's true. nobody does it like you do, and i would only tell the truth. you know i'm honest you look beautiful in blue. but all the colors bring the beauty out in you. and when you're running, come run my way. i'll meet you halfway, and love you always. hey baby, i'll meet you there. hey, nothing compares to you. if you ever need the weight off you, i'll help you settle down easy. and when our days are few, i'll help you settle down easy. it wasn't by chance, a reason that we both crossed paths. it wasn't by chance, a reason that we both crossed paths...nothing satisfies me as much as when you're happy. it's true. nobody does it like you do. and i would only tell the truth. you know i'm honest you look beautiful in blue. but all the colors bring the beauty out in you. and when you're running, come run my way. i'll meet you halfway, and love you always. hey baby, i'll meet you there. hey, nothing compares to you...there will be a time when i look into your eyes and say: i knew that one day i would find you. and instantly just fall into you...nobody does it like you do. and i would only tell the truth. you know i'm honest you look beautiful in blue. but all the colors bring the beauty out in you. and when you're running, come run my way. i'll meet you halfway, and love you always. hey baby, i'll meet you there. hey, because nothing compares to you..." 
 
"here we are, under the stars (here we are, under the stars). heaven is not so far (heaven is not so far, heaven is not so far). under the stars we'll find a love to hold our hand through the cold. we'll find an angel light out in the storm. we'll see a light to lead us all the way home, and wherever we go we will know here we are, under the stars (here we are, under the stars). heaven is not so far (heaven is not so far, heaven is not so far). under the stars let's raise a toast to all the good days to come. let's celebrate the sea that come out of one. let's save a kiss for us and the night is done. oh my love, i'll keep you warm. here we are, under the stars (here we are, under the stars). heaven is not so far (heaven is not so far, heaven is not so far). under the stars i'll be lost and lonely. all the love was holding on all of us, no matter what we've done, we are not alone, alone with our heart. we are one under the stars. here we are, under the stars (here we are, under the stars). heaven is not so far (heaven is not so far, heaven is not so far). under the stars, yeah, ooh, under the stars" 
 
"because you're a sky, because you're a sky full of stars, i'm gonna give you my heart. because you're a sky, because you're a sky full of stars. because you light up the path, i don't care, go on and tear me apart. i don't care if you do. because in a sky, because in a sky full of stars, i think i saw you. because you're a sky, because you're a sky full of stars (full of stars), i wanna die in your arms. because you get lighter the more it gets dark (gets dark), i'm gonna give you my heart. i don't care, go on and tear me apart. i don't care if you do. because in a sky, because in sky full of stars, i think i see you (i think i see you). because you're a sky, you're a sky full of stars. such a heavenly view, you're such a heavenly view" 
 
"you know i want you, it's not a secret i try to hide. i know you want me, so don't keep saying our hands are tied. you claim it's not in the cards, fate is pulling you miles away and out of reach from me, but you're here in my heart. so who can stop me if i decide that you're my destiny? what if we rewrite the stars? say you were made to be mine. nothing could keep us apart. you'd be the one i was meant to find...it's up to you, and it's up to me. no one can say what we get to be. so why don't we rewrite the stars? maybe the world could be ours tonight...you think it's easy. you think i don't want to run to you, but there are mountains and there are doors that we can't walk through. i know you're wondering why, bbecause we're able to be just you and me within these walls. but when we go outside, you're going to wake up and see that it was hopeless after all. no one can rewrite the stars, how can you say you'll be mine? everything keeps us apart and i'm not the one you were meant to find. it's not up to you. it's not up to me. when everyone tells us what we can be, how can we rewrite the stars? say that the world can be ours tonight. all i want is to fly with you. all i want is to fall with you. so just give me all of you. it feels impossible (it's not impossible). is it impossible? say that it's possible, how do we rewrite the stars? say you were made to be mine? nothing can keep us apart because you are the one i was meant to find. it's up to you, and it's up to me. no one can say what we get to be. and why don't we rewrite the stars? changing the world to be ours. you know i want you, it's not a secret i try to hide. but i can't have you, we're bound to break and my hands are tied" 
 
"imagine me and you, i do. i think about you day and night, it's only right. to think about the girl you love and hold her tight, so happy together...if i should call you up, invest a dime. and you say you belong to me and ease my mind. imagine how the world could be, so very fine, so happy together...i can't see me lovin' nobody but you for all my life. when you're with me, baby the skies will be blue for all my life...me and you and you and me. no matter how they toss the dice, it had to be. the only one for me is you, and you for me, so happy together...i can't see me lovin' nobody but you for all my life. when you're with me, baby the skies will be blue for all my life...me and you and you and me. no matter how they toss the dice, it had to be. the only one for me is you, and you for me, so happy together...ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba...ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba...me and you and you and me, no matter how they toss the dice, it had to be the only one for me is you, and you for me, so happy together. so happy together...how is the weather? so happy together. we're happy together, so happy together. happy together, so happy together" 
 
"close your eyes, give me your hand, darling. do you feel my heart beating? do you understand? do you feel the same? am i only dreaming? is this burning an eternal flame? i believe it's meant to be, darling. i watch you when you are sleeping, you belong with me. do you feel the same? am i only dreaming, or is this burning (burning) an eternal flame?...say my name, sun shines through the rain. a whole life so lonely, and then you come and ease the pain. i don't want to lose this feeling, oh...say my name, sun shines through the rain. a whole life so lonely, and then you come and ease the pain. i don't want to lose this feeling, oh...close your eyes, give me your hand. do you feel my heart beating? do you understand? do you feel the same? am i only dreaming, or is this burning an eternal flame? close your eyes, give me your hand. do you feel my heart beating? do you understand? do you feel the same? am i only dreaming, or is this burning an eternal flame?...is this burning an eternal flame? close your eyes, give me your hand..." 
 
"all those days watching from the windows. all those years outside looking in. all that time never even knowing just how blind i've been. now i'm here blinking in the starlight. now i'm here, suddenly i see. standing here it's all so clear, i'm where i'm meant to be. and at last i see the light. and it's like the fog has lifted. and at last i see the light. and it's like the sky is new and it's warm and real and bright. and the world has somehow shifted. all at once everything looks different, now that i see YOU...all those days chasing down a daydream. all those years living in a blur. all that time never truly seeing things, the way they were. now she's here shining in the starlight. now she's here suddenly i know if she's here it's crystal clear. i'm where i'm meant to go. and at last i see the light. and it's like the fog has lifted. and at last i see the light. and it's like the sky is new and it's warm and real and bright. and the world has somehow shifted. all at once everything is different, now that i see you. now that i see you" 
 
"i see you when you're down and depressed, just a mess. i see you when you cry, when you're shy, when you want to die. i see you when you smile, it takes a while, at least you're here...i see you, yes, i see you...i'm alone with you, you're alone with me. i see you when you hide and when you lie, it's no surprise. i see you when run from the light within your eyes. i see you when you think that I don't notice all those scars. i see you, yes, I see you. i'm alone with you, you're alone with me...what a mess you've made of everything...i'm alone with you, you're alone with me, and i'm hoping that you will see yourself like i see you, yes, i see you. i see you, yes, I see you...i'm alone with you, you're alone with me...i see you when you chase all the dreams inside your head. i see you when you laugh and when you love until the bitter end. i see you in the dark at the dawn of something new. i see you, yes, i see you. i'm alone with you, you're alone with me and i'm hoping that you will see yourself like i see you, yes, i see you, i see you, yes, I see you even when you cry and even when you're shy. you mean everything to me even when you lie and even when you hide, you mean everything to me. yes, i see you (i see, i see, i see you). i see you even when you cry and even when you're shy. yes, i see you (i see, i see, i see you)...i'm alone with you, you're alone with me and i'm hoping that you will see yourself" 
 
"ooh you make me live. whatever this world can give to me, it's you you're all i see. ooh you make me live now honey (ooh you make me live)...ooh you're the best friend that i ever had. i've been with you such a long time. you're my sunshine and i want you to know that my feelings are true, i really love you. oh you're my best friend. ooh you make me live. ooh i've been wandering round, but i still come back to you. in rain or shine, you've stood by me girl. i'm happy at home. you're my best friend. ooh you make me live...whenever this world is cruel to me, i got you to help me forgive. ooh you make me live now honey (ooh you make me live)...you're the first one, when things turn out bad. you know i'll never be lonely. you're my only one, and i love the things, i really love the things that you do. ooh you're my best friend. ooh you make me live. i'm happy at home. you're my best friend. oh you're my best friend...ooh you make me live, you're my best friend" 
 
"love of my life, you've hurt me. you've broken my heart and now you leave me. love of my life, can't you see? bring it back, bring it back...don't take it away from me, because you don't know what it means to me. love of my life, don't leave me. you've stolen my love, you now desert me. love of my life, can't you see? bring it back, bring it back (back)...don't take it away from me, because you don't know what it means to me...you will remember when this is blown over, everything's all by the way. when I grow older, i will be there at your side to remind you, how i still love you (i still love you). i still love you...oh, hurry back, hurry back. don't take it away from me, because you don't know what it means to me. love of my life. love of my life..." 
 
"when i'm feeling blue, all i have to do is take a look at you, then i'm not so blue when you're close to me, i can feel your heartbeat, i can hear you breathing in my ear. wouldn't you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love? anytime you want to, you can turn me in to anything you want to, anytime at all. when i kiss your lips, ooh i start to shiver, can't control the quivering inside. wouldn't you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love, oh...when i'm feeling blue, all i have to do is take a look at you, then i'm not so blue. when i'm in your arms, nothing seems to matter. my whole world could shatter, i don't care. wouldn't you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love? we got a groovy kind of love...we got a groovy kind of love, oh...we got a groovy kind of love"
 
"hold on, to me as we go, as we roll down this unfamiliar road. and although this wave is stringing us along, just know you’re not alone, because i’m going to make this place your home...settle down, it'll all be clear. don't pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear. the trouble it might drag you down. if you get lost, you can always be found. just know you’re not alone, because i’m going to make this place your home...settle down, it'll all be clear. don't pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear. the trouble it might drag you down. if you get lost, you can always be found. just know you’re not alone beause i'm going to make this place your home" 
 
"i have seen a sunset in the western sky, ain’t nothing like the brightness in your eyes. and i have seen the moon reflecting in the sea, but that don’t compare to how you shine on me. after everything i’ve seen, i rather see you smile, because all i really want is just to hold you for a while and be your man. so will you dance with me? i will lead you. i'll give every moment that i have just to be near you. and when the song ends and everyone else leaves, will you dance one more with me? when my hands are heavy and your words are slow, kiss my lips and tell me you won’t let me go. and with every single heartbeat i have left, i’ll make it known you are my world and nothing less, because all i really want is just to hold you for a while and be your man. so will you dance with me? i will lead you. i'll give every moment that i have just to be near you. and when the song ends and everyone else leaves, will you dance one more with me? will you dance one more with me?" 
 
"well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance. with the stars up above in your eyes, a fantabulous night to make romance beneath the cover of october skies, and all the leaves on the trees are falling to the sound of the breezes that blow. and i'm trying to please to the calling of your heart-strings that play soft and low. and all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush and all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush. can i just have one more moondance with you, my love? can i just make some more romance with you, my love? well, i want to make love to you tonight. i can't wait 'til the morning has come and i know now the time is just right. and straight into my arms you will run. and when you come, my heart will be waiting to make sure that you're never alone. there and then, all my dreams will come true, dear. there and then, i will make you my own. and every time i touch you, you just tremble inside. and i know how much you want me, that you can't hide. can i just have one more moondance with you, my love? can i just make some more romance with you, my love? well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance with the stars up above in your eyes. a fantabulous night to make romance beneath the cover of october skies. and all the leaves on the trees are falling to the sound of the breezes that blow. and i'm trying to please to the calling of your heart-strings that play soft and low. and all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush. and all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush. can i just have one more moondance with you, my love? can i just make some more romance with you, my love? ne more moondance with you, in the moonlight on a magic night, la, la, la, la, la in the moonlight. on a magic night, can't I just have one more moondance with you my love?"
 
"watching every motion in my foolish lover's game. on this endless ocean, finally lovers know no shame. turning and returning to some secret place inside, watching in slow motion as you turn around and say: take my breath away, take my breath away...watching i keep waiting, still anticipating love. never hesitating to become the fated ones. turning and returning to some secret place to find. watching in slow motion as you turn to me and say: my love, take my breath away...through the hourglass i saw you, in time you slipped away. when the mirror crashed i called you and turned to hear you say: if only for today, i am unafraid. take my breath away, take my breath away...watching every motion in this foolish lover's game. haunted by the notion, somewhere there's a love in flames. turning and returning to some secret place inside. watching in slow motion as you turn my way and say: take my breath away, my love, take my breath away. my love, take my breath away...my love, take my breath away my love" 
 
"just a small town girl living in a lonely world. she took the midnight train going anywhere. just a city boy born and raised in south detroit, he took the midnight train going anywhere...a singer in a smokey room, the smell of wine and cheap perfume. for a smile they can share the night. it goes on and on, and on, and on...strangers, waiting up and down the boulevard. their shadows searching in the night. streetlights, people, living just to find emotion. hiding somewhere in the night...working hard to get my fill, everybody wants a thrill. paying anything to roll the dice just one more time. some will win, some will lose, some were born to sing the blues. oh, the movie never ends, it goes on and on, and on, and on...strangers, waiting up and down the boulevard. their shadows searching in the night. streetlights, people, living just to find emotion. hiding somewhere in the night...don't stop believin', hold on to that feeling. streetlight, people, don't stop, believin', hold on to that feeling, streetlights, people, oh-oh-ooooh...don't stop believin' hold on to that feeling, streetlights, people" 
 
"i got chills, they're multiplying and i'm losing control because the power you're supplying it's electrifying...you better shape up because i need a man and my heart is set on you. you better shape up, you better understand that to my heart i must be true. nothing left, nothing left for me to do...you're the one that i want, oo-oo-oo, honey. the one that i want. oo-oo-oo, honey. the one that i want. oo-oo-oo, the one i need, oh, yes, indeed...if you're filled with affection, you're too shy to convey. meditate in my direction, feel your way...i better shape up because you need a man (i need a man who can keep me satisfied). i better shape up if i'm gonna prove (you better prove that my faith is justified) are you sure? yes I'm sure down deep inside...you're the one that i want. oo-oo-oo, honey. the one that i want. oo-oo-oo, honey. the one that i want. oo-oo-oo, the one i need...oh, yes, indeed" 
 
i get wings to fly. oh, i'm alive...when you call on me, when i hear you breath, i get wings to fly, i feel that i'm alive. when you look at me, i can touch the sky. i know that i'm alive, when you bless the day, i just drift away, all my worries die. i'm glad that i'm alive...you've set my heart on fire, filled me with love, made me a woman on clouds above. i couldn't get much higher, my spirit takes flight because i'm alive...when you call on me (when i hear you breath). when i hear you breath, i get wings to fly, i feel that i'm alive, i am alive...when you reach for me, raising spirits high, god knows that i'll be the one standing by through good and through trying times. and it's only begun, i can't wait for the rest of my life, when you call on me (when you reach for me). when you reach for me, i get wings to fly. i feel that when you bless, you bless the day. i just drift away, all my worries die, i'm glad that i'm alive...when you bless the day (i just drift away). i just drift away, all my worries die, i know that i'm alive...i get wings to fly, god knows that i'm alive" 
 
"what would i do without your smart mouth drawing me in, and you kicking me out. got my head spinning, no kidding, i can't pin you down. what's going on in that beautiful mind. i'm on your magical mystery ride and i'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but i'll be alright...my head's under water but i'm breathing fine. you're crazy and i'm out of my mind because all of me loves all of you. love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections. give your all to me, i'll give my all to you. you're my end and my beginning, even when i lose i'm winning because i give you all, all of me and you give me all, all of you...how many times do i have to tell you? even when you're crying you're beautiful too. the world is beating you down, i'm around through every mood. you're my downfall, you're my muse. my worst distraction, my rhythm and blues. i can't stop singing, it's ringing, in my head for you...my head's under water but i'm breathing fine. you're crazy and i'm out of my mind because all of me loves all of you. love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections. give your all to me, i'll give my all to you. you're my end and my beginning, even when i lose i'm winning because i give you all, all of me and you give me all, all of you...cards on the table, we're both showing hearts. risking it all, though it's hard because all of me, loves all of you. love your curves and all your edges all your perfect imperfections. give your all to me, i'll give my all to you. you're my end and my beginning, even when i lose i'm winning because i give you all of me and you give me all of you...i give you all, all of me and you give me all, all of you"
 
"all night staring at the ceiling counting for minutes i've been feeling this way. so far away and so alone, but you know it's alright. i came to my senses letting go of my defenses, there's no way i'm giving up this time. yeah, you know i'm right here, i'm not losing you this time. and i'm all in, nothing left to hide. i'm falling harder than a landslide...i spent a week away from you last night and now i'm calling, calling out your name. even if i lose the game, i'm all in. i'm all in tonight, yeah i'm all in, i'm all in for life...there's no taking back what we've got. too strong, we've had each other's back for too long. there's no breaking up this time and you know it's okay, i came to my senses letting go of my defenses, there's no way i'm giving up this time. and i'm all in, nothing left to hide. i'm falling harder than a landslide. i spent a week away from you last night and now i'm calling, calling out your name...even if i lose the game, i'm all in. i'm all in tonight, yeah i'm all in, i'm all in for life...i want it, i want it, i want it, i want it, i want it, i want it...yeah and i'm all in, calling out your name, even if i lose the game, i'm all in, i'm all in for life. and i'm all in, nothing left to hide. i'm falling harder than a landslide. i spent a week away from you last night and now i'm calling, calling out your name, even if i lose the game, i'm all in, i'm all in tonight, yeah i'm all in, i'm all in for life" 
 
"well, my friends, the time has come. raise the roof and have some fun. throw away the work to be done, let the music play on...everybody sing, everybody dance, lose yourself in wild romance, we going to party, karamu, fiesta, forever...come on and sing along, we're going to party, karamu, fiesta, forever...come on and sing along...all night long (all night), all night (all night)...all night long (all night), all night (all night)...people dancing all in the street, see the rhythm all in their feet. life is good, wild and sweet. let the music play on...feel it in your heart and feel it in your soul, let the music take control, we going to party, limbo, fiesta, forever...come on and sing my song, all night long (all night) oh (all night), all night long (all night) yeah (all night)...yeah, once you get started you can't sit down. come join the fun, it's a merry-go-round. everyone's dancing their troubles away...come join our party, see how we play...tom bo li de say de moi ya, yeah, jambo jumbo, way to parti' o we goin' oh, jambali, tom bo li de say de moi ya, yeah, jumbo jumbo oh, oh, oh, oh, yes we're gonna have a party, yeah, all night long (all night), all night (all night), all night long (all night), yeah (all night)...everyone you meet, they're jamming in the street, all night long (all night). yeah, i said, everyone you meet, they're jamming in the street (all night)...all night long (all night). feel good, feel good (all night)"
 
"there was a time some time ago when every sunrise meant a sunny day, oh a sunny day. but now when the morning light shines in, it only disturbs the dreamland where i lay, oh where i lay. i used to thank the lord when i'd wake for life and love and the golden sky above me. but now i pray the stars will go on shining, you see in my dreams you love me...daybreak is a joyful time, just listen to the songbird harmonies, oh the harmonies. but, i wish the dawn would never come, i wish there was silence in the trees, oh the trees. if only i could stay asleep at least i could pretend you're thinking of me. because nighttime is the one time i am happy, you see in my dreams you love me...we climb and climb, and at the top we fly. let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. and i don't know really what it means, all i know is that you love me, in my dreams...i keep hoping one day i'll awaken and somehow she'll be lying by my side. and as i wonder if the dawn is really breaking, she touches me and suddenly i'm alive. and, we climb and climb, and at the top we fly. let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. and i don't know really what it means, all i know is that you love me, in my dreams...and we climb and climb and at the top we fly. let the world go on below us, we are lost in time. and i don't know really what it means, all i know is that you love me in my dreams, oh-oh-oh only in my dreams" 
  
"there is no combination of words i could put on the back of a postcard. no song that i could sing, but i can try for your heart. our dreams, and they are made out of real things like a shoe box of photographs with sepia-toned loving. love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart. like, why are we here? and where do we go? and how come it's so hard? it's not always easy, and sometimes life can be deceiving. i'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together. mmmmm, it's always better when we're together...yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together. well, it's always better when we're together. yeah, it's always better when we're together...and all of these moments just might find their way into my dreams tonight. but i know that they'll be gone when the morning light sings and brings new things for tomorrow night. you see that they'll be gone too. too many things i have to do. but if all of these dreams might find their way into my day to day scene, i'd be under the impression i was somewhere in between with only two, just me and you. not so many things we got to do or places we got to be. we'll sit beneath the mango tree now...mmmmm, it's always better when we're together. yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together. well, it's always better when we're together. yeah, it's always better when we're together...i believe in memories they look so, so pretty when i sleep. hey now, and when i wake up, you look so pretty sleeping next to me, but there is not enough time, and there is no, no song i could sing. and there is no combination of words i could say. but i will still tell you one thing, we're better together"
 
"can i tell you something just between you and me? when i hear your voice, i know i'm finally free. every single word is perfect as it can be and i need you here with me. when you lift me up, i know that i'll never fall. i can speak to you by saying nothing at all. every single time, i find it harder to breathe because i need you here with me. every day you're saying the words that i want you to say. there's a pain in my heart and it won't go away. now i know i'm falling in deep because i need you here with me everyday. you're saying the words that i want you to say. there's a pain in my heart and it won't go away. now i know i'm falling in deep because i need you here with me. i think i see your face in every place that i go. i try to hide it, but i know that it's gonna show. every single night, i find it harder to sleep because i need you here with me everyday. you're saying the words that i want you to say. there's a pain in my heart and it won't go away. now i know i'm falling in deep because i need you here with me. every day you're saying the words that i want you to say. there's a pain in my heart and it won't go away. now i know i'm falling in deep because i need you here with me...can i tell you something just between you and me? when i hear your voice, i know i'm finally free. every single word is perfect as it can be, because i need you here with me"
 
"desperate for changing, starving for truth. i'm closer to where i started, chasing after you. i'm falling even more in love with you, letting go of all i've held on to. i'm standing here until you make me move. i'm hanging by a moment here with you...forgetting all i'm lacking, completely incomplete. i'll take your invitation, if you take all of me. now, i'm falling even more in love with you. letting go of all I've held on to. i'm standing here until you make me move. i'm hanging by a moment here with you. i'm living for the only thing i know. i'm running and not quite sure where to go. and i don't know what i'm diving into, just hanging by a moment here with you...there's nothing else to lose; there's nothing else to find; there's nothing in the world that can change my mind; there is nothing else, there is nothing else, there is nothing else...desperate for changing, starving for truth. i'm closer to where i started, chasing after you. i'm falling even more in love with you, letting go of all i've held on to. i'm standing here until you make me move. i'm hanging by a moment here with you. i'm living for the only thing i know. i'm running and not quite sure where to go. and i don't know what i'm diving into, just hanging by a moment here with you. just hanging by a moment, hanging by a moment, hanging by a moment, hanging by a moment here with you" 
 
"you say you'll be down in five. the smell of your perfume is floating down the stairs. you're fixing up your hair like you do. i know that i'll be a mess the second that i see you. you won't be surprised, it happens every time, it's nothin' new. it's always on a night like tonight, i thank god you can read my mind. because when you look at me with those eyes, i'm speechless. staring at you, standin' there, in that dress. what it's doing to me, ain't a secret. because watching you is all that i can do, and i'm speechless...you already know that you're my weakness. after all this time i'm just as nervous every time you walk into the room, i'm speechless. it started when you said hello. just did something to me and i've been in a daze ever since the day that we met. you take the breath out of my lungs. can't even fight it. and all of the words out of my mouth without even trying, and i'm speechless. staring at you, standing there, in that dress, what it's doing to me, ain't a secret. because watching you is all that i can do, and i'm speechless. you already know that you're my weakness. after all this time, i'm just as nervous every time you walk into the room, i'm speechless...it's always on a night like tonight. i thank god you can read my mind. because when you look at me with those eyes, i'm speechless. you're standing there in that dress. girl, it ain't a secret, because watching you is all that i can do, ooh ooh, i'm speechless. you already know that you're my weakness. after all this time, i'm just as nervous every time you walk into the room, i'm speechless. oh, you know it baby" 
 
"each day i live i want to be a day to give the best of me. i'm only one, but not alone. my finest day is yet unknown. i broke my heart, fought every gain to taste the sweet. i face the pain, i rise and fall. yet through it all, this much remains: i want one moment in time when i'm more than i thought i could be. when all of my dreams are a heartbeat away and the answers are all up to me. give me one moment in time when i'm racing with destiny. then in that one moment of time, (i will feel) i will feel eternity...i've lived to be the very best. i want it all, no time for less. i've laid the plans, now lay the chance here in my hands...give me one moment in time, when i'm more than i thought i could be. when all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me. give me one moment in time, when i'm racing with destiny. then in that one moment of time, (i will feel) i will feel eternity...you're a winner for a lifetime if you seize that one moment in time. make it shine. give me one moment in time when i'm more than i thought i could be. when all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me. give me one moment in time when i'm racing with destiny. then in that one moment of time, (i will be, i will be) i will be free...(i will be) i will be free" 
 
"don't ask me what you know is true. don't have to tell you, i love your precious heart. i, i was standing, you were there. two worlds collided, and they could never ever tear us apart...oh, and we could live for a thousand years. but if i hurt you, i'd make wine from your tears...oh, i told you that we could fly. 'cause we all have wings, but some of us don't know why...i, (don't ask me), i was standing (you know it's true), you were there (worlds collided) two worlds collided (we're shining through) and they could never tear us apart...you, (don't ask me), you were standing (you know it's true), i was there (worlds collided) two worlds collided (we're shining through) and they could never tear us apart...i, i was standing, you were there. two worlds collided..."
 
"you, you are my universe and i just want to put you first. and you, you are my universe, and i…in the night i lay and look up at you. when the morning comes, i watch you rise. there’s a paradise they couldn’t capture that bright infinity inside your eyes...maeil bam nege nalaga (ga) kkumilan geosdo ijeun chae. na useumyeo neoleul manna (na)...never ending forever baby. you, you are my universe and i just want to put you first. and you, you are my universe, and you make my world light up inside. eodumi naegen deo pyeonhaesseossji. gileojin geulimja sogeseo (eyes)...and they said that we can’t be together because, because we come from different sides. you, you are my universe and i just want to put you first. and you, you are my universe, and you make my world light up inside. my universe (do do, do do), my universe (do do, do do), my universe (do do, do do). you make my world light up inside, make my world light up inside...naleul balghyeojuneun geon. neolan salangeulo su nohajin byeol. nae ujuui neon. tto daleun sesangeul mandeuleo juneun geol neoneun nae byeolija naui ujunikka. jigeum i silyeondo gyeolgugen jamsinikka. neoneun eonjekkajina jigeumcheoleom balggeman bichnajwo. ulineun neoleul ttala i gin bameul sunoheul geoya. neowa hamkke nalaga (ga)...when i’m without you i’m crazy...ja eoseo nae soneul jaba (a)...we are made of each other baby. you, you are my universe and i just want to put you first. and you, you are my universe, and you make my world light up inside. my universe (you, you are), my universe (i just want), my universe (you, you are), my universe, and i. my universe" 
 
"we're on the permanent red. the glaze on my eyes when i heard your voice. the distance caught me by surprise again and i know you claim that you're alright. but fix your eyes on me. i guess i'm all you have and i swear you'll see the dawn again. well I know i had it all on the line but don't just sit with folded hands and become blind because even when there is no star in sight, you'll always be my only guiding light...relate to my youth. well i'm still in awe of you. discover some new truth that was always wrapped around you. but don't just slip away in the night. don't just hurl your words from on high. well i know i had it all on the line, but don't just sit with folded hands and become blind, because even when there is no star in sight, you'll always be my only guiding light...if we come back and we're broken, unworthy and ashamed, give us something to believe in and you know we'll go your way. because i know i had it all on the line, but don't just sit with folded hands and become blind because even when there is no star in sight, you'll always be my only guiding light" 
 
"the stars lean down to kiss you, and i lie awake and miss you. pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere. because i'll doze off safe and soundly, but i'll miss your arms around me. i'd send a postcard to you, dear, because i wish you were here...i'll watch the night turn light blue, but it's not the same without you. because it takes two to whisper quietly. the silence isn't so bad, until i look at my hands and feel sad, because the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly...i'll find repose in new ways, though i haven't slept in two days. because cold nostalgia chills me to the bone. but drenched in vanilla twilight, i'll sit on the front porch all night waist deep in thought because when i think of you i don't feel so alone. i don't feel so alone, i don't feel so alone...as many times as i blink, i'll think of you tonight (tonight, tonight, tonight...) i'll think of you tonight. when violet eyes get brighter, and heavy wings grow lighter, i'll taste the sky and feel alive again. and i'll forget the world that i knew. but i swear i won't forget you. oh if my voice could reach back through the past, i'd whisper in your ear: oh darling, i wish you were here"
 
"i never understood before. i never knew what love was for. my heart was broke my head was sore. what a feeling, caught up in ancient history. i didn't believe in destiny. i look up you're standing next to me. what a feeling, what a feeling in my soul. love burns brighter than sunshine. it's brighter than sunshine...let the rain fall, i don't care. i'm yours and suddenly you're mine, suddenly you're mine. and it's brighter than sunshine...i never saw it happening. i'd given up and given in, i just couldn't take the hurt again. what a feeling, i didn't have the strength to fight. but suddenly it seemed so right. me and you what a feeling, what a feeling in my soul. love burns brighter than sunshine. it's brighter than sunshine. let the rain fall i don't care. i'm yours and suddenly you're mine, suddenly you're mine, and it's brighter than the sun, it's brighter than the sun, it's brighter than the sun, sunshine...love will remain a mystery. but give me your hand and you will see, you're heart is keeping time with me. oh what a feeling in my soul, love burns brighter than sunshine. it's brighter than sunshine. let the rain fall I don't care. i'm yours and suddenly you're mine, suddenly you're mine. i've got a feeling in my soul, love burns brighter than sunshine, it's brighter than sunshine" 
 
"stay with me, don't fall asleep to soon, the angels can wait for a moment. come real close, forget the world outside, tonight we're alone its finally you and i. it wasn't meant to feel like this, not without you. because when i look at my life, how the pieces fall into place, it just wouldn't rhyme without you. when i see how my path seems to end up before your face, the state of my heart, the place where we are, was written in the stars. don't be afraid, i'll be right by your side through the laughter and pain, together we're bound to fly. i wasn't meant to love like this, not without you. because when i look at my life, how the pieces fall into place, it just wouldn't rhyme (wouldn't rhyme) without you. when i see how my path seems to end up before your face. the state of my heart, the place where we are, was written in the stars...we made a few mistakes, like sometimes we do. been through a lot of hard ways but i made it back to you. because when i look at my life, how the pieces fall into place (into place). it just wouldn't rhyme (wouldn't rhyme) without you. when i see how my path seems to end up before your face, the state of my heart, the place where we are was, written in the stars. because when i look at my life, how the pieces fall into place (into place)...the state of my heart, the place where we, are was written in the stars" 
 
"words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, they slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe. pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind possessing and caressing me...jai guru deva om...nothing's gonna change my world (nothing's gonna change my world)...images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes they call me on and on across the universe. thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box, they tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe...jai guru deva om...nothing's gonna change my world (nothing's gonna change my world)...sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears inciting and inviting me. limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns and calls me on and on across the universe...jai guru deva om...nothing's gonna change my world (nothing's gonna change my world)...jai guru deva (jai guru deva)...jai guru deva" 
 
"what day is it? and in what month? this clock never seemed so alive. i can't keep up and i can't back down, i've been losing so much time...because it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do, nothing to lose. and it's you and me and all of the people, and i don't know why, i can't keep my eyes off of you...all of the things that i want to say just aren't coming out right. i'm tripping on words, you've got my head spinning. i don't know where to go from here... because it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do, nothing to prove. and it's you and me and all of the people, and i don't know why, i can't keep my eyes off of you...there's something about you now i can't quite figure out. everything she does is beautiful, everything she does is right...because it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do, nothing to lose. and it's you and me and all of the people, and i don't know why, i can't keep my eyes off of you...what day is it? and in what month? this clock never seemed so alive..." 
 
"so close, no matter how far, couldn't be much more from the heart. forever trusting who we are, and nothing else matters. never opened myself this way. life is ours, we live it our way. all these words i don't just say, and nothing else matters...trust i seek and i find in you, every day for us something new. open mind for a different view, and nothing else matters...never cared for what they do...never cared for what they know, but i know...so close, no matter how far, it couldn't be much more from the heart, forever trusting who we are, and nothing else matters...never cared for what they do...never cared for what they know, but I know...i never opened myself this way. life is ours, we live it our way. all these words i don't just say, and nothing else matters...trust i seek and i find in you, every day for us something new. open mind for a different view, and nothing else matters...never cared for what they say, never cared for games they play, never cared for what they do, never cared for what they know, and i know...so close, no matter how far, couldn't be much more from the heart. forever trusting who we are, now, nothing else matters"
 
"i never needed love like i need you. and i never lived for nobody, but i live for you. ooh babe, lost in love, is what i feel when i'm with you...maybe it's the way you touch me with the warmth of the sun. maybe it's the way you smile, i come all undone. ooh babe, lost in love, is what i feel when i'm with you...baby, ooh, i get chills when i'm with you, oh oh oh baby.... my world stands still when i'm with you, when i'm with you...i never cared for nobody like i care for you. and i never wanted to share the things i want to share with you. ooh babe, lost in love, is what i feel when i'm with you...baby, ooh, i get chills when i'm with you, oh oh, oh baby...my world stands still when i'm with you, oh, baby...ooh, i get chills when i'm with you, oh oh, oh baby...my world stands still when i'm with you, when i'm with you, when i'm with you..." 
 
"angel eyes, you have angel eyes. such a smile that lights up my life oh, you're a dream come true. now i'm holding you and i'll never, never let you go, i will never let you go...first time i laid my eyes upon you, all my dreams were answered. first time i kissed your tender lips, my love to you i surrendered. i'll never let you go, you're always on my mind, you're the only one for me, you're all i need, and i'll never, never let you go...angel eyes, my heart relies on the love you give to me. you never let me down, you're always by my side, and i'll never, never let you go, i will never let you go...when my heart starts to crumble and the tears start to fall, you hold me close with tender loving and give me strength to carry on...i'll never let you go, you're always on my mind, you're the only one for me, you're all i need and i'll never, never let you go, i'll never let you go. you're always on my mind, you're the only one for me, you're all i need and i'll never, never let you go...and i'll never, never let you go" 
 
"and now, while we're here alone and all is said and done. now i can let you know because of all you've shown. i've grown enough to tell you, you'll always be inside of me. how many roads have gone by. so many words left unspoken. i needed to be by your side, if only to hold you forever in my heart, forever we will be. and even when i'm gone, you'll be here in me, forever...and once, i dreamed that you were gone. i cried out trying to find you. i begged the dream to fade away and please awaken me. but night took a hold of my heart and left me with no one to follow the love that i lost to the dark, i'll always remember forever in my heart, forever we will be. and even when i'm gone, you'll be here in me. forever in my heart, always thought i'd be...i'd be yours forever..." 
 
"that arizona sky burning in your eyes...you look at me and, babe, i wanna catch on fire. it's buried in my soul like california gold. you found the light in me that i couldn't find. so when i'm all choked up, but i can't find the words, every time we say goodbye, baby, it hurts. when the sun goes down and the band won't play, i'll always remember us this way...lovers in the night, poets trying to write. we don't know how to rhyme, but, damn, we try. but all I really know, you're where i wanna go. the part of me that's you will never die. so when i'm all choked up, but i can't find the words, every time we say goodbye, baby, it hurts. when the sun goes down and the band won't play, i'll always remember us this way...oh, yeah, i don't wanna be just a memory, baby, yeah...when i'm all choked up, but i can't find the words, every time we say goodbye, baby, it hurts. when the sun goes down and the band won't play, i'll always remember us this way. oh, yeah, when you look at me and the whole world fades, i'll always remember us this way" 
 
"always and forever each moment with you is just like a dream to me that somehow came true, yeah. and i know tomorrow will still be the same because we got a life of love that won't ever change and everyday love me your own special way. melt all my heart away with a smile. take time to tell me you really care and we'll share tomorrow together. oh baby, i'll always love you forever, ever, ever, ever. there'll always be sunshine when i look at you. it's something i can't explain, just the things that you do. if you get lonely, call me and take a second to give to me that magic you make and everyday love me your own special way. melt all my heart away with a smile. take time to tell me you really care and we'll share tomorrow together. baby, baby, i'll always love you, forever...Ooh baby, ooh baby, forever (always, forever love you). love you, love you, always (always, forever love you), ever, ever, ever, forever (always, forever love you)...guess i'm the one who, guess i'm the one who loves you. always and forever i love you" 
 
"come stop your crying. it will be alright, just take my hand and hold it tight. i will protect you from all around you. i will be here, don't you cry. for one so small, you seem so strong. my arms will hold you, keep you safe and warm. this bond between us can't be broken. i will be here, don't you cry, because you'll be in my heart. yes, you'll be in my heart from this day on, now and forever more. you'll be in my heart no matter what they say, you'll be here in my heart, always...why can't they understand the way we feel they just don't trust what they can't explain. i know we're different, but deep inside us we're not that different at all. and you'll be in my heart, yes you'll be in my heart from this day on now and forever more. don't listen to them, because what do they know, we need each other, to have, to hold. they'll see in time, i know. when destiny calls you, you must be strong. i may not be with you, but you got to hold on. they'll see in time, i know. we'll show them together, because you'll be in my heart. believe me you'll be in my heart, i'll be there from this day on now and forever more, you'll be in my heart no matter what they say. you'll be here in my heart, always, always i'll be with you. i'll be there for you, always...always and always just look over your shoulder (just look over your shoulder), i'll be there always"
 
"i'll be your dream, i'll be your wish, i'll be your fantasy. i'll be your hope, i'll be your love, be everything that you need. i love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do. i will be strong, i will be faithful 'cause i'm counting on a new beginning. a reason for living. a deeper meaning...i want to stand with you on a mountain. i want to bathe with you in the sea. i want to lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me...and when the stars are shining brightly in the velvet sky, i'll make a wish send it to heaven then make you want to cry. the tears of joy for all the pleasure and the certainty that we're surrounded by the comfort and protection of the highest power, in lonely hours, the tears devour you...i want to stand with you on a mountain, i want to bathe with you in the sea. i want to lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me...oh can you see it baby? you don't have to close your eyes. because it's standing right before you, all that you need will surely come...i'll be your dream, i'll be your wish, i'll be your fantasy. i'll be your hope, i'll be your love, be everything that you need. i'll love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do...i want to stand with you on a mountain. i want to bathe with you in the sea. i want to lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me...i want to stand with you on a mountain. i want to bathe with you in the sea. i want to live like this forever until the sky falls down on me" 
 
"oh no, did i get too close oh? oh, did i almost see what's really on the inside? all your insecurities, all the dirty laundry never made me blink one time...unconditional, unconditionally, i will love you unconditionally...there is no fear now. let go and just be free. i will love you unconditionally. come just as you are to me. don't need apologies. know that you are all worthy. i'll take your bad days with your good, walk through this storm, i would. i'd do it all because i love you, i love you unconditional, unconditionally. i will love you unconditionally...there is no fear now. let go and just be free. i will love you unconditionally...so open up your heart and just let it begin (open up your heart, and just let it begin). acceptance is the key to be, to be truly free. will you do the same for me? unconditional, unconditionally, i will love you unconditionally and there is no fear now. let go and just be free because i will love you unconditionally (oh yeah). i will love you, i will love you, i will love you unconditionally"
 
"highway run into the midnight sun. wheels go round and round, you're on my mind. restless hearts sleep alone tonight. sending all my love along the wire...they say that the road ain't no place to start a family. right down the line it's been you and me. and lovin' a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be. oh, girl, you stand by me. i'm forever yours, faithfully...circus life under the big top world. we all need the clowns to make us smile. through space and time always another show. wondering where i am, i'm lost without you. and being apart ain't easy on this love affair. two strangers learn to fall in love again. i get the joy of rediscovering you. oh, girl, you stand by me. i'm forever yours, faithfully, faithfully. i'm still yours. i'm forever yours, ever yours, faithfully" 
 
"there's a shop down the street where they sell plastic rings for a quarter a piece, i swear it. yeah, i know that it's cheap. not like gold in your dreams, but i hope that you'll still wear it...yeah, the ink may stain my skin and my jeans may all be ripped. i'm not perfect, but i swear i'm perfect for you...and there's no guarantee that this will be easy. it's not a miracle ya need, believe me. yeah, i'm no angel, i'm just me. but i will love you, endlessly...wings aren't what you need, you need me. there's a house on the hill with a view of the town and i know how you adore it. so i'll work everyday through the sun, and the rain until i can afford it. yeah, your friends may think i'm crazy because they can only see i'm not perfect, but i swear, i'm perfect for you. and there's no guarantee that this will be easy. it's not a miracle ya need, believe me. yeah, i'm no angel, i'm just me. but i will love you, endlessly...wings aren't what you need, you need me, you need me, i know you need me, you need me, (i know you need me) ink may stain my skin and my jeans may all be ripped. i'm not perfect, but i swear, i'm perfect for you...and there's no guarantee that this will be easy (this will be easy). it's not a miracle ya need, believe me (won't you believe me?). yeah, i'm no angel, i'm just me. but i will love you, endlessly. wings aren't what you need, you need me (you know you need me), you need me (i know you need me), you need me (i know you need me)...there's a shop down the street where they sell plastic rings for a quarter a piece, i swear it. yeah, i know that it's cheap, not like gold in your dreams, but i hope that you'll still wear it" 
 
"can you hear me calling out your name? you know that i'm falling and i don't know what to say. i'll speak a little louder, i'll even shout. but you know that i'm proud and i can't get the words out...oh i...i want to be with you everywhere....oh i...i want to be with you everywhere (wanna be with you everywhere)...something's happening, happening to me, my friends say i'm acting peculiarly. c'mon baby, we better make a start, you better make it soon before you break my heart...oh i...i want to be with you everywhere...oh i...i want to be with you everywhere (wanna be with you everywhere)...can you hear me calling out your name? you know that i'm falling and i don't know what to say. come along baby, we better make a start. you better make it soon before you break my heart...oh i...i want to be with you everywhere (wanna be with you everywhere)" 
 
"if you get out on the ocean, if you sail out on the sea, if you get up in the mountains, if you go climbing on trees, or through every emotion when you know that they don't care, that's when i'm with you, oh, i'll go with you anywhere...if you get up in a jet plane, or down in a submarine, if you get onto the next train to somewhere you never been, if you wanna ride in a fast car and feel the wind in your hair, just look beside you, oh, i'll go with you anywhere...oh, and i will be with you when the darkest winter comes, oh, and i will be with you to feel the california sun. oh, and i will be with you in the night sounds and it's true. oh, i'll go anywhere with you...if you get up in the hillside, if you ride out on the planes, if you go digging up dirt, if you go out dancing in the rain, if you go chasing in rainbows just to find the gold end there, just look behind you, oh, i'll go with you anywhere...i swear i'll go anywhere with you" 
 
"hey beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful angel. love your imperfections every angle. tomorrow comes and goes before you know, so i just had to let you know...the way that gucci look on you, amazing. but nothing can compare to when you're naked. now a backwood and some henny got you faded. you're saying you're the one for me, i need to face it...started when we were younger, swear to god that i loved her. sorry that your mum found out, guess that we just really had the thunder. ain't nobody else said i'd be under. beautiful, beautiful life right now, beautiful, beautiful night right now...hey beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful angel, love your imperfections every angle. tomorrow comes and goes before you know, so i just had to let you know...the way that dress falls off you is amazing. love a miracle, a beautiful creation, baby, come a little closer let me taste it. you came a little closer, now you're shaking...never ever gonna mislead you. don't believe the lies they feed you. stop and stare like a sculpture painted in your colors beautiful, beautiful life right now. beautiful, beautiful night right now, beautiful, beautiful by my side right now...beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful angel, love your imperfections every angle. tomorrow comes and goes before you know. so i just had to let you know the way that gucci look on you, amazing but nothing can compare to when you're naked. now a backwood and some henny got you faded. you're saying you're the one for me, i need to face it...i just had to let you know, i swear to god you're beautiful" 
 
"i'd like to teach the world to sing...hope when you take that jump, you don't fear the fall. hope when the water rises, you built a wall. hope when the crowd screams out, they're screaming your name. hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay. hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad...the only way you can know, you gave it all you had. and i hope that you don't suffer, but take the pain. hope when the moment comes, you'll say, i did it all, i did it all...i owned every second that this world could give, i saw so many places, the things that i did. yeah with every broken bone, i swear i lived...i'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony...hope that you spend your days, but they all add up. and when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup. i wish that i could witness all your joy and all your pain, but until my moment comes, i'll say, i did it all, i did it all...i owned every second that this world could give, i saw so many places, the things that i did. yeah with every broken bone, i swear i lived...with every broken bone, i swear i lived, with every broken bone. i swear i'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony a song of peace that echoes on and never goes away, i'd like to teach the world to sing..." 
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MORE BODHIKU QUOTES
and now here are a few more quotes from bodhinku from past blogs to help add to the deeper meaning of this blog today... 
 
"until the world ends, 
we will always be best friends, 
because love transcends" ― a haiku by bodhinku: end of the world
 
"the brightest shining light in my world is the joy of loving her" ― bodhinku, brightest light
 
"i see, i feel, i play, as i sing and dance into her light, guiding me out of my darkness, i am bright, so bright again in glowing love" ― bodhinku, bright again
 
"i feel sensual, warm, glowing bright...i imagine her soft skin and wild innocence...goosebumps and butterflies...and her and i connected as one, tingles and breathlessness...sighs and exhales...contentment and peace...still glowing bright" ― bodhinku, connected bright  
 
"breathe. and slow down. and breathe again. there is an infinity of life in this passing moment. breathe in infinity. but be stubborn and do not let it pass so quickly. instead, slowly exhale it back out. live. love. be. breathe again." ― bodhinku, breathe infinity 
 
"beautiful lies are worse than a contagious respiratory virus, they can silently infect even the nicest of people, eventually ruining them, leaving them unknowingly lifeless, gasping for the truth..." ― bodhinku, beautiful lies
 
"she is a beautiful lie,
made up of tons of pretty lies
deceptively controlling me.
she is make-believe,
making me believe her
lies are the truth. i thought
she walks in beauty. but,
she is only a walking fantasy,
showing me the ugly truth of
empty words wrapped in
layers upon layers of lies.
her actions were her truth,
she was a beautiful lie." 
― bodhinku, a beautiful lie
 
"i cannot live a fantasy. a fantasy is just another untruth. another lie. no mater how much i hope and pray for a fantasy to be real, it is not real and never will be real. i owe it to myself to lead a truthful life with no illusions. this is the only real path to truly being true to myself" ― bodhinku, true to myself  
 
"when i close my eyes, her lies still haunt and torment me...but that is a good thing, awakening the hunger in me to discover real truth...and i found it, where it had always been all along, had i just opened my eyes" ― bodhinku, discovery of truth 
 
"quietly in silence, i adore the milky way...i have been obsessed with staring at her beauty for these past couple of years. i am amazed and fascinated by how beautiful she is, no matter what position in the sky, or location on this planet she is found. and i am further obsessed in trying to create photographic impressions of her to show the world just how much i am in love with everything about her...she is the most beautiful thing my eyes have ever witnessed, glowing and lighting up my sky like nothing ever has before, or ever will again. she speaks to me with her silence, so much clearer than any mere mortal words with her thoughts permeating into my own. i love being with her all night long, just humbled by her grace and majesty, so magical and mystical, as she sings her silent songs to me and blinks at me with a billions eyes full of love...i feel her, i see her, i listen to her, and then i simply breathe, and my spirit is wrapped up into the whispers of her sighs, and i exhale her love...i simply adore her. all of her" ― bodhinku, milky way silence 
   
"i am burning bright
babe's my southern cross tonight
she's my guiding light

now and everyday
she's my only milky way
in my heart she'll stay

the brightest treasure
baby's my wildest pleasure
joys beyond measure" 
― bodhinku, brightest (triple haiku)
 
"the night sky with all its heavenly bodies is eternal, and so are the moai. day in and out, all night long, they see each other, one moving through the other, always there, like lovers frozen in time...both the night sky and the statue are majestic in their silence, the moai standing under the beautiful silence of the dark sky with all its heavenly bodies shining brightly down, and the statues glowing brightly in the light, reflecting brightly back all the sky's glory...the circular cycle of bright between soulmates"  ― bodhinku, brightest 
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MORE QUOTES FOR EXTRA MEANING
and here is another song, this one from over 40 years ago in 1981, read the lyrics and you will be able to connect this tune to my current feelings and the deeper meaning of this blog and impression today..."spellbound" by siouxsie and the banshees ... (just click on any of words in the powder blue links to listen to the song)...  

"from the cradle bars comes a beckoning voice. it sends you spinning. you have no choice. you hear laughter cracking through the walls. it sends you spinning. you have no choice. you hear laughter cracking through the walls, it sends you spinning. you have no choice...following the footsteps of a rag doll dance, we are entranced. spellbound following the footsteps of a rag doll dance, we are entranced, spellbound, spellbound, spellbound....and don't forget when your elders forget to say their prayers. take them by the legs and throw them down the stairs. when you think your toys have gone berserk, and it's an illusion you cannot shirk. you hear laughter cracking through the walls. it sends you spinning. you have no choice. following the footsteps of a rag doll dance, we are entranced, spellbound. following the footsteps of a rag doll dance, we are entranced, spellbound, spellbound, spellbound, spellbound....following the footsteps of a rag doll dance, we are entranced, we are entranced, entranced, entranced. tranced, tranced, tranced" 
― siouxsie and the banshees, spellbound 
 
"no one has the right to dictate what other persons should perceive, create or produce...but all should instead be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit" ― ansel adams
 
“if only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving, and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things, then one will gradually obtain more and more light and grow brighter and stronger" ― vincent van gogh, the letters of vincent
 
"time has always held a mysterious quality to me. i always want to make the moment linger, never wanting it to end. just a little longer, i think. another few minutes. one more time. like a kid trying to stretch out heading off to bed, i do anything to avoid saying goodnight. i want to make the moment last forever...the passing of time is a different thing as a child. the days last an eternity and everything feels like it’s at the beginning of forever....but, as we age, time slips away a little faster than we would like. with increasingly unsteady fingers, we try to hold on a little longer to the precious moments that make our hearts sing. if this year has held any lesson for me, it is simply this; our time is much more limited than we would like as are the moments with the people and places we hold dear. and it can all disappear in the blink of an eye....i had a conversation recently with someone about doing things for the last time. at some point as a child you played with your favorite toy, unbeknownst to you, for the last time. it was the thing you loved most and at one point you would never pick it up again. but you had no idea when that last time was. when my dog was sick, i lived in a perpetual loop that anything that i did with her could be the last time. the last ride. the last walk. the last night. it weighed heavily on me. still I was there, with all the love that i could offer, for as long as i could offer it...as humans, we have no idea when the final time we will do something is. the last hug. the last smile. the last visit. i suppose this is why we need to cherish any moment that comes along, relishing it as deeply as we can. the very finite nature of our lives is a call to do all things with reverence, focusing on only what is most important. we have no control over any of it, and that is the hardest part of all...for me, i’m fairly certain i’ll still be like that little girl, stretching out bedtime. just a little longer. another few minutes. one more time. offering the love that i am able for as long as i am able, because it’s what i do." ― c. ara campbell
 
"i've always been spellbound by the endings of things. series finales and sunsets. last paragraphs and encores. i think for the way they remind me that losing something you love isn’t always sad and heartbreaking, but sometimes breathtaking and beautiful" ― beau taplin, buried light

"while maturity may bring you wisdom and strength,  it's the playful, curious child in you that makes the world magic, that makes a life enchanting and worth living at all" 
― beau taplin, here at dawn
 
"we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence, to find that spellbound place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song. but in that dance, and in that song, the most ancient rites of our conscience fulfill themselves in the awareness of being human" ― pablo neruda
 
"no matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth. those with eyes to see will see your light and be spellbound by it." ― paulo coelho, manuscript found in accra   
 
"we are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. life is eternal. we have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. this is a precious moment. it is a little parenthesis in eternity" ― paulo coelho, the alchemist 
     
"should disappointment, parent of despair,
strive for her son to seize my careless heart;
when, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,
preparing on his spellbound prey to dart:
chase him away, sweet hope, with visage bright,
and fright him as the morning frightens night!" ― john keats, the complete poems
   
"she lowered her eyes, and suddenly saw him. he was looking up at her. her chin was pressed down, and his eyes were looking up. they met her eyes. and he knew her. she was spellbound—she knew he knew her. so he looked into her eyes, and her soul failed her. he knew her, he was not daunted" ― d.h. lawrence, the complete poems    
 
"what is the space which this speaks of? vertical ascent. to heaven. of time? into the light-world of the mutable. yes, this thing has disgorged its spirit: light. and my attention is fixed; i can’t look away. spellbound by mesmerizing shimmering surface which i can no longer control. no longer free to dismiss" ― philip k. dick, the man in the high castle
 
"soothed and spellbound in these magical surroundings—the sea, mountains, clouds, the open sky—he thought how in reality everything is beautiful in this world when one reflects" ― anton chekhov, the lady with the dog
 
“it was one of those warm, still, tropical nights, so rarely seen on the southern waters, when a profound calm reigns in the moonless heavens, and the hush of absolute repose rests upon the tired, storm-vexed sea. there was not the faintest breath of air to stir or roughen the dark, polished mirror of water around the island. a soft, almost imperceptible haze concealed the line of the far horizon, and blended sky and water into one great hollow sphere of twinkling stars. earth and sea seemed to have passed away, and our motionless island floated, spellbound, in vacancy, the only earthly object in an encircling universe of stars and planets" ― george kennan, tent life (modified by bodhinku)
 
"love conquers all. i do not mean the exhilarating, spellbound sort of love that temporarily intoxicates us. i mean the profound, unconditional, christ-like sort of charitable love that endures forever. that love conquers all" ― richelle e. goodrich, being bold
 
"happiness, thou art naught but an illusion. thy enchantments are cast upon my eyes, my mind, my spellbound heart. dependent upon nothing but thy victim's perception of thee, souls soar at thy artful hand! i have fallen in love with thy illusions, happiness. thou hast made me a part of them, and i am left delirious" ― richelle e. goodrich, smile anyway
 
"i did not expect to fall in love with this world, not so quickly, but with the blueness of the sky and the shimmer of the sun on the lake behind me, i am spellbound" ― c.m. stunich, the feed
 
"will the spellbound world die with you
where memory hangs on
to clean breaths in life,
the white shadow of a first love,

a voice that struck your heart, the hand
you wanted to grab in dreams,
and every love
that fell in the soul down to the bottom sky?

will your world die with you,
the old life you remade in your way?
have the anvils and crucibles of your soul
been working for dust and wind?'
― antonio machado, border of a dream
 
"he had sand in his mouth and between his toes, the briny wind raising goose bumps on his skin, and the sweetest, spellbound feeling spilling from his heart. he could, at that moment, have died for her" ― lauren kate, fallen (modified by bodhinku)
 
"the universe and the light of the stars come through you, into me" ― jalaluddin rumi, bridge to the soul
  
"let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love; it will not lead you astray" ― jalaluddin rumi, the music and silence of the heart
 
"why are you so spellbound by this world when a mine of gold lies within you?" ― jalaluddin rumi, poems of ecstasy and longing
 
"if you look around and see nothing but darkness, maybe you are the light" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
 
“silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
 
"when i run after what i think that i want, my days are full of stress and anxiety; if i sit in my place of patience, what i need flows to me without pain" ― jalaluddin rumi, hush don't say anything to god 
 
"lose yourself, lose yourself! escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. then, you will see your own light as radiant as a billion stars. now enter that silence. this is the surest way to lose yourself....what is your life about, anyway? nothing but a struggle to be someone, nothing but you running from your own silence" ― jalaluddin rumi, in the arms of the beloved
 
“tonight is a night of union for the stars, since a bride is coming from the skies, consisting of a full moon. and venus cannot contain herself for charming melodies, like the nightingale which becomes intoxicated with the rose in spring-time...see how the polestar is ogling leo's passion and behold what moondust pisces is stirring up from the deep waters of space! jupiter has galloped his steed against ancient neptune...for this sky is the astrolabe, and the reality is love; whatever we say of this, attend to the meaning, on that dawn when you shine, the dark night is transformed to glow bright, so bright by your moonlike face with starry eyes" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
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ABOUT THE IMPRESSION
"i find again and again, that  i'm compelled to travel to this tiny and remote south pacific island, returning over and over and over, so strangely beautiful, so exotic, captivating, fascinating, and magical for my soul, forever spellbound...ella esta mi isla de suenos" ― bodhinku, spellbound 
   
this impression was captured on the eastern side of the island of rapa nui, on july 3rd, 2019. these are the 15 moai statues that make up the ceremonial platform called the ahu tongariki...
 
this is a 2:1 panoramic composition created by using the photomerge function in adobe photoshop cc to stitch together 6 separate semi-long exposure compositions taken a few minutes after the sun had set, with lower level fog settling onshore, and the moon having just risen. all 6 were taken in succession of each other on a uniform horizontal plane while panning to the right (in a portrait orientation). these 6 shots all have the same exact camera settings (f/11 at 70mm for 11 seconds, iso-64). afterwards, a 7th different exposure, a single shorter exposure of the moon (f/2.8 @ 200mm for 1/100 sec, iso-200) was merged into the composition to permit for sharpness in the fast moving moon, especially those darker parts of the moon without blowing out the glowing crescent part...
 
in my photography, i always use filters to create longer exposure effects and balance the light in my composition in-camera. and this composition is no exception...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter...for this exposure, to get the effects and balance i was looking for, i used two progreyusa filters in the capture of this composition...  
 
the two filters i chose for this impression were a 1.6 nd progrey aurora filter to slow down the dwindling post-sunset light 6 stops and permit the long exposure time of 11sec which creates the smoothing effects of ocean and clouds....combined in tandem with a 0.9 gnd progrey aurora filter to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it...in this case, to stop down the light above the horizon an extra three stops and help to permit more of the details in the shadows of the moai at the horizon level come out in the exposure...
 
to hold the filters and secure them to my nikon d810 mounted with a nikon nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 i used the progrey g-120z magnetic holder...
 
with this being a series of semi-long exposures put together, i needed the great set of filters and filter holder from progreyusa to help beautifully block down the light 6 stops. and as with all longer exposure panoramic comps, an excellent panhead and a stable and sturdy tripod are absolute necessities...i used my induro phq3 series 5-way panhead (now owned by benro) mounted on a dolica tripod 70" carbon fiber tripod...these are necessary in order to keep the 6 separate exposed images in perfect line on the same plane with each other, and in sharp focus in the places i wanted sharpness (the rocks, statues) and permit for accurate motion blur for anything moving in the image (ocean waves, clouds)...
 
i wish to openly thank these sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without them with every photo i take...
 
"you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?" ― bodhinku, blessed
 
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhinku, if nothing else
 
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhinku, into my photography
 
"my photography is my way of keeping a diary" ― bodhinku, my diary
  
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhinku, my world
 
i leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters...    
 
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
 
namaste,
bodhi
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