Born In Flames
I dressed cooler in 2007 (Taken with Instagram)

I dressed cooler in 2007 (Taken with Instagram)

Miss these dudes for real (Taken with Instagram)

Miss these dudes for real (Taken with Instagram)

Watching the sun set from my fire escape in New York City is just like I always imagined it when I was a little girl watching the hit film, Coyote Ugly

(Taken with Instagram)

Watching the sun set from my fire escape in New York City is just like I always imagined it when I was a little girl watching the hit film, Coyote Ugly

(Taken with Instagram)

Making suncharged water because I’m just going all out with the crazy health lady thing now (Taken with Instagram)

Making suncharged water because I’m just going all out with the crazy health lady thing now (Taken with Instagram)

Some corny-ass Christianity (Taken with Instagram)

Some corny-ass Christianity (Taken with Instagram)

Super heavy Hasidic wisdom (Taken with Instagram)

Super heavy Hasidic wisdom (Taken with Instagram)

Instagram of a Polaroid of a girl who wishes she were a Paradise Garage DJ (Taken with Instagram)

Instagram of a Polaroid of a girl who wishes she were a Paradise Garage DJ (Taken with Instagram)

And sometimes you end up on songmeanings.net at 4.30am trying to figure out why Sweet Jane makes you feel like your heart is gonna burst, and somebody explains it so good

Lou wrote lots of songs about drugs…and transvestites for that matter…but Sweet Jane is not either. It’s about correcting the misplaced notion among the “protest kids” that prior generations were trapped in society’s shackles and that only the current generation knows how to live free of them. The singer realizes the falsehood in those premises for both generations — we all alternate between living honestly and dishonestly, following our heart and playing a part. The song is an appeal for inter-generational understanding, as clearly summed up in the final lines…which he screams to make sure you’re hearing them:

>But anyone who ever had a heart
>They wouldn’t turn around and break it
>And anyone who ever played a part
>They wouldn’t turn around and hate it

Narratively, Jack & Jane are an older couple the singer sees on the street. He immediately makes assumptions about them based on their dress. Jack is in a “corset”…a derisive metaphor for restrictive garb, likely a business suit. Jane is likewise dressed for work in a vest. But the singer catches himself in his derision by noting that he’s also wearing something “put on”…his rock & roll band…and laughes at his own hypocrisy. 

What follows is a reverie on what he imagines their life to have been…they were young once too and wild in their own right. Then they got older, settled into life, and made a trade-off (working for a living) in order to enjoy the comforts of love (settling down by the fire with their music). In particular, he wants the protest kids to hear that last part…those compromises they deride were all done for the love of Sweet Jane. 

In the final verse, the singer acknowledges that although people make different choices, we’re all basically the same…it’s only self-deception that makes us intolerant of the other camp. Isn’t he working at his band after all (“Just watch me now”)? And all of those people who hurl dirt at the other camp — call them dishonest and affected — well they’re just angry because they haven’t found life’s purpose yet. Maybe that’s art (rock & roll) and maybe that’s love (Jane), but without it there is no point. Along the way, we all put on dishonest garb in the morning and strip it off at the end of the day. So we all need to be a little more forgiving, because:

>But anyone who ever had a heart
>They wouldn’t turn around and break it
>And anyone who ever played a part
>They wouldn’t turn around and hate it

Sparkler gang @emmacooper @olivemylove  (Taken with Instagram)

Sparkler gang @emmacooper @olivemylove (Taken with Instagram)

@emmacooper Blue jean baby (Taken with Instagram)

@emmacooper Blue jean baby (Taken with Instagram)

@emilyrosetheo Miss America (Taken with Instagram)

@emilyrosetheo Miss America (Taken with Instagram)

Roof partyyy (Taken with Instagram)

Roof partyyy (Taken with Instagram)

I love her work. I’ve been reading George Eliot lately and thus thinking about unremarkable lives lived in utter lack of notoriety. The idea appeals to me. It seems heroic to me to work for decades in equal parts brilliance and obscurity. It seems heroic to me to take pictures you can’t afford to develop. I wish I knew more about this woman. Her story is intriguing and sort of haunting but I don’t want to make her a cipher. The boys she nannied for said she had a brilliant way with children, a sensitivity paired with a sweetly mischevious and endlessly curious streak. They remember her darting across a road to fetch a dead snake to show them. Her self-portraits are wry, not self-serious. I love this one where she has just a hint of a smile. She makes me want to work hard all my life in pursuit of some private goal.
(via Vivian Maier: Street Photographer)

I love her work. I’ve been reading George Eliot lately and thus thinking about unremarkable lives lived in utter lack of notoriety. The idea appeals to me. It seems heroic to me to work for decades in equal parts brilliance and obscurity. It seems heroic to me to take pictures you can’t afford to develop. I wish I knew more about this woman. Her story is intriguing and sort of haunting but I don’t want to make her a cipher. The boys she nannied for said she had a brilliant way with children, a sensitivity paired with a sweetly mischevious and endlessly curious streak. They remember her darting across a road to fetch a dead snake to show them. Her self-portraits are wry, not self-serious. I love this one where she has just a hint of a smile. She makes me want to work hard all my life in pursuit of some private goal.

(via Vivian Maier: Street Photographer)

The artist and her trusty Rolleiflex
(via Vivian Maier and All Those Other Undiscovered Photographers | LPV Magazine)