KATE WAR

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  1. 1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    4. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    5. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    6. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    7. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    8. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    9. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    10. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    11. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    13. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    14. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    15. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
Thank you for this. (via gettingahealthybody)

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All she wanted
was to find a place to stretch her bones
A place to lengthen her smiles
and spread her hair
A place where her legs could walk
without cutting and bruising
A place unchained
She was born out of ocean breath.
I reminded her;
‘Stop pouring so much of yourself
into hearts that have no room for themselves
Do not thin yourself
Be vast
You do not bring the ocean to a river.’

Tapiwa Mugabe, You Are Oceanic (via theriverjordyn)

still valid.

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Awesome little write-up of my boyfriend #dividedheaven so proud!! <3

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Show Review – Divided Heaven w/ Teen Agers and the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries
Braving shitty roads and the famously un-park-able streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, my friend Nate and I set out the other night to dig a few bands at a bar called the Plough & Stars.
First thing’s first: This place is fucking small. I mean like Hey!-move-that-table-and-pack-the-band-into-the-corner-and-let-them-figure-it-out-small. I found myself in a rectangular room of hipster dudes and grizzled punk vets mingling with the dinner crowd, waiting until almost 11 p.m. for the show to start. Despite the stressful drive and claustrophobic bar, (and thanks largely to 3 gin and tonics), I was ready to take in some rock n’ roll.
First up was Florida’s own Teen Agers, which feature dudes from a lot of different bands, but I’m only going to mention Protagonist here because they’re solid dudes and I like them a lot. Go listen to Protagonist.  Anyway, these guys killed it. Despite a sick singer and the obviously less than spacious area they were given to rock in, Teen Agers pounded out catchy tune after catchy tune of Fest-ready punk goodness that seemed to leave everyone in the room more than pleased with the proceedings. The band played a bunch of tunes off of their fantastic debut I Hate It (out now on Anchorless Records), and I really, really enjoyed their set. Nice people, nice songs. 
Next up was the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries, which feature some dudes that were in Codeine and Mission of Burma and some other cool bands. I didn’t really get it. There were some cool moments (I liked that song that had “fuck” in the chorus twice) but they didn’t give off the vibe that this band was a serious life choice. It just seemed like a bunch of older dudes who wanted to get together and play bars once in a while. Which is rad, but I could have done without that one guy shouting “FERRIES!” in between every song. 
Divided Heaven was the real treat of the evening. I have had the pleasure of seeing DH majordomo Jeff Berman perform these songs all by his lonesome on several occasions, and his last full length A Rival City is one of my favorite records of the last few years. I was not, however, prepared for how well these songs would translate to a full band setting.
With a little help from a couple of Teen Agers and Protagonist guitarist Brian Forst, Berman cranked through some Rival City cuts, as well as a few jams off of his upcoming album Youngblood. As I said, I’m very familiar with Jeff’s work and these songs, but I felt like I had never heard them before until I heard them all fleshed out. The set highlights for me included a version of “Born Again Non Believer” that was meaner and leaner than the original, and a truly gorgeous rendition of “Melissa Militia,” off of the aforementioned Youngblood. It’s one thing to watch a guy who has spent a lot of time playing solo take over a living room or the lawn outside a Knights of Columbus; It’s quite another to see him become a true Rock N’ Roll Frontman right before your eyes.
If you have not seen Jeff before, make sure you catch him when he comes through your town. If you have seen Jeff before, go fucking see him again with a full band and let the ensuing emotions run amok in your heart. Go pick up that Teen Agers record and keep your eyes open for Youngblood. This is Jeff Berman’s year. Make sure you don’t miss out.
P.S. – My apologies to the fantastic Jeff Rowe, who headlined this show. Due to time constraints, an impending 2 hour drive and a questionable parking decision, I had to forego his set. But Jeff is great and I’m sure he killed it.

Awesome little write-up of my boyfriend #dividedheaven so proud!! <3

greatbigchoruses:

Show Review – Divided Heaven w/ Teen Agers and the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries

Braving shitty roads and the famously un-park-able streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, my friend Nate and I set out the other night to dig a few bands at a bar called the Plough & Stars.

First thing’s first: This place is fucking small. I mean like Hey!-move-that-table-and-pack-the-band-into-the-corner-and-let-them-figure-it-out-small. I found myself in a rectangular room of hipster dudes and grizzled punk vets mingling with the dinner crowd, waiting until almost 11 p.m. for the show to start. Despite the stressful drive and claustrophobic bar, (and thanks largely to 3 gin and tonics), I was ready to take in some rock n’ roll.

First up was Florida’s own Teen Agers, which feature dudes from a lot of different bands, but I’m only going to mention Protagonist here because they’re solid dudes and I like them a lot. Go listen to Protagonist.  Anyway, these guys killed it. Despite a sick singer and the obviously less than spacious area they were given to rock in, Teen Agers pounded out catchy tune after catchy tune of Fest-ready punk goodness that seemed to leave everyone in the room more than pleased with the proceedings. The band played a bunch of tunes off of their fantastic debut I Hate It (out now on Anchorless Records), and I really, really enjoyed their set. Nice people, nice songs. 

Next up was the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries, which feature some dudes that were in Codeine and Mission of Burma and some other cool bands. I didn’t really get it. There were some cool moments (I liked that song that had “fuck” in the chorus twice) but they didn’t give off the vibe that this band was a serious life choice. It just seemed like a bunch of older dudes who wanted to get together and play bars once in a while. Which is rad, but I could have done without that one guy shouting “FERRIES!” in between every song. 

Divided Heaven was the real treat of the evening. I have had the pleasure of seeing DH majordomo Jeff Berman perform these songs all by his lonesome on several occasions, and his last full length A Rival City is one of my favorite records of the last few years. I was not, however, prepared for how well these songs would translate to a full band setting.

With a little help from a couple of Teen Agers and Protagonist guitarist Brian Forst, Berman cranked through some Rival City cuts, as well as a few jams off of his upcoming album Youngblood. As I said, I’m very familiar with Jeff’s work and these songs, but I felt like I had never heard them before until I heard them all fleshed out. The set highlights for me included a version of “Born Again Non Believer” that was meaner and leaner than the original, and a truly gorgeous rendition of “Melissa Militia,” off of the aforementioned Youngblood. It’s one thing to watch a guy who has spent a lot of time playing solo take over a living room or the lawn outside a Knights of Columbus; It’s quite another to see him become a true Rock N’ Roll Frontman right before your eyes.

If you have not seen Jeff before, make sure you catch him when he comes through your town. If you have seen Jeff before, go fucking see him again with a full band and let the ensuing emotions run amok in your heart. Go pick up that Teen Agers record and keep your eyes open for Youngblood. This is Jeff Berman’s year. Make sure you don’t miss out.

P.S. – My apologies to the fantastic Jeff Rowe, who headlined this show. Due to time constraints, an impending 2 hour drive and a questionable parking decision, I had to forego his set. But Jeff is great and I’m sure he killed it.

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Divided Heaven- Christmas Song-Lyrics (it’s about me) <3

The phone is ringing, I can’t stand these empty words.
Postcard charms, clock’s broken arm, the waiting is the worst.
The wheels keep spinning, it seems there’s nothing I can do.
To ease my blood or calm my heart from racing after you.
Bear with me this Christmas, please
Dry your river eyes, dry your river eyes, all I want is you.
My memory’s frozen in the Pennsylvania snow.
By way of chance, or circumstance, we share this holiday alone.
In perpetual motion, trying to catch this crazy dream.
I’ll wear it well and live to tell until you’re here with me.
On this lonely Christmas, please
Dry your river eyes, dry your river eyes, all I want is you.
Jeff Berman  I  Divided Heaven