Monday, 30 November 2020

US & THEM - a discussion on ideological preferences




A few months ago, I engaged in a discussion with a friend whom I’ve known for years (my age) at the fitness centre where we both swim here in High Park Toronto.  This was our first exchange on the subject of politics and I was surprised to find out he was a hard-line Conservative, Trump loyalist and anti-masker.   Never knew that about him.  Eastern European in descent having lived in Canada most of his adult life, a musician, Dad like me (retired/daughter same age) but having been employed in a ‘real job’ for many many years, having endured some tough times earlier on and carrying a whole lot resentment.






 



Our ideological preference was a discovery for both of us and there was a newfound moment of alertness that eased somewhat as the conversation continued.  The word recoil comes to mind.  That said, I believe we both softened once realizing that a serious conflict wasn’t worth the trouble, nor should it dampen the hundreds of casual disclosures we’ve shared over the years.  Safe to say we have a genuine fondness for each other as fellow humans.  I’m wishfully thinking it’s what years of experience has taught us, both knowing that our intransigence on this topic would likely not waver … appreciating our differences and prepared to incrementally explore them in that moment.  Silence …


“So you’re a Trudeau lover”, he defiantly asked with a peering indignant look … “you think we should have open borders and let anyone in who wants to come here” sensing a tension escalation in his practiced broken english.  His assertion was more a stubborn proclamation this time; not so much a question but more a statement (of fact), like he already had me figured out - one of them.   What I got in that moment was his need to widen the polarity as far as it could go, stretch it tight … his white, my black - his right, my wrong … his freedom - my threat to that freedom; all the crazy crap amplified over the past 4 years.  In this world the light switch is either on or off, light or dark - no greyscale let alone colour.  Conclusive.









“No, I’m not a Trudeau lover just thankful it’s him running the country”, I said.  Now he’s looking even more agitated with a ‘what’s that supposed to mean’ look.  Continuing … “well let's just say that I respect all those who have made this their home, here now”.  Confused silence … “but Jimmy this is not their home” he said, really needing me to get this.  “Yes it is” I calmly reiterated.  “As for open borders, definitely not” I said … “but we need educated newcomers with skills for our economy to survive & compete globally” (thinking go easy).  “Immigration law in Canada is strict and there’s a very real criteria/rules one needs to have to qualify to stay & work and it’s not so simple”.  “Ok” he said, “so then they get here then they bring their whole family here too, when there are ‘real’ Canadians who are unemployed and need help”.  Everything is stretched to the max thinking this is going to be a tough sell, articulating my (obviously flawed) reasoning.  "You see, Canadians often lack the skills/education needed/required for the job, that's why most of the doctors in rural Canada were born in other countries - supply & demand".   Now there's a sense of internal fuming in the silence, continuing.  "Your fruits & vegetables ...  foreigners often do things and go places we 'Canadians' won't do or go to - we need them."


Wrapping my wet suit in my towel and putting it in my gym bag, zipping it up.  Quiet.  His head now shaking almost in disbelief (thinking it just might explode).  Black or white, light or dark - no variation.  The troops are dug in and they’re not going anywhere - pause.  Twenty seconds passing, looking over at him.  “They need to be deported … sent back”, he defiantly remarked.  Extended silence.









Referring to him by his first name ... “Where were you born?”, I asked.  “Lithuania” he earnestly replied.  Contemplating the fallout of where this was going, still risking it … “So maybe you need to be deported/sent back too” I said.  His jaw slightly dropped.  Dumbfounded, disgust.  “You’re crazy” his last words to me, walking away.  I’ve seen him a dozen or so times since and it’s almost as if that conversation never happened.  Like we both know not to go there.  


I’m fine with that.




 



Saturday, 28 November 2020

GLORIA - a three part mini-series (Dec 20)





I can still remember her
soft & warm - she always smelled nice

I miss my little girl









DIVIDE & CONQUER
SHADOW TRUTHS
GLORIA



quick shout out to Alex, who suggested 
I do these bite sized mini-series things



G L O R I A
a 3 part mini-series
sound up - 720p










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ah so, pick 3 story/clips 
that kinda go together - right ok
 a seasonal offering
and a creepy
reminder

december 2020


 optimized for night vision


remixes by jim lamarche
from the 3 part mini-series - GLORIA
and from the album ONE LIFE

assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut


featuring the Roland System 8


read more of Jim's blog posts here 












parting thought
life is the biggest lottery win
ever

so WHY fuck it up?



G L O R I A
a 3 part mini-series
sound up - 720p



see my youtube for contributing credits
 and listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE

(play all)


I miss christmas












Sunday, 22 November 2020

DIVIDE & CONQUER



it's not what I got, that's the issue here
it's what you got and what I want



D I V I D E  &  C O N Q U E R
volume up













music by jim lamarche
from the album ONE LIFE
assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut

featuring the roland system 8


read more of Jim's blog posts here 










see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/twolives/


see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/threelives/


see the TEMPLE REDUX album/page here >>>


listen to the youtube album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)








Saturday, 21 November 2020

SHADOW TRUTHS



there is no turning back
after one lie


20.11.20
flashback

it's cool looking at something I did over a year ago
and being pleasantly surprised

like it means something totally different now
and well, maybe just maybe

still relevant






S H W  T R T H S
volume up - 720p


a final farewell
to 2020
and into a pandemic lockdown again

it sucks being in a red zone
no way in and no way out

no swims
fak









optimized for night vision


a jim lamarche remix
from the album ONE LIFE
assembled in logic audio and final cut

  read more of Jim's blog posts here 


source music: ecepta & azalea












Thursday, 19 November 2020

RUN LOLA RUN



lockdown 2 here
downshifting

it's been a good run
after lockdown 1 (March-June)
obsessed w/my new muse
doing a/v (youtube) remixes/uploading
daily cold swims - total blast - fun
3 albums - done

getting old - fuck
can't run anymore
my swims gone now



U N  L O L A  R U N







fog rolling in again - darker every day
this time - giving me
the shivers

time to rest & reflect
it's going to be a long, cold & lonely winter
in Toronto

goodnight beauties




R U N  L O L A  R U N
volume up














every second of every day
you make a choice, that can change
your life


optimized for night vision




a jim lamarche remix
assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut

featuring the Roland System 8














run lola run (1998)
x-filme creative pool
directed by: tom tykwer

source music: guillaume gonzales


 read more of Jim's blog posts here 


listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)










right
it's this 90's euro-thriller flick I just watched again
soo good

they frikkin' nailed it
I so enjoyed remixing this one
total blast

ok, it was her
she hooked
me in

her face












see the TEMPLE REDUX album/page here >>>



see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/


see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/twolives/


see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>





Tuesday, 10 November 2020

MUMBAI



may this diwali
light up new dreams
fresh hopes and undiscovered territory


I am so in India r/n
soothing chocolate
smearing




M U M B A I
volume up - 720p 













optimized for night vision




a jim lamarche remix
from the 4 part mini-series DIWALI 20
november 14-18, 2020

assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut


featuring the Roland System 8


video: courtesy of explore india


source music by ben böhmer














DIWALI 20
a celebration of India & the world


read more of Jim's blog posts here 



listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)












see the TEMPLE REDUX album/page here >>>



see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/


see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/twolives/


see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>