Friday, July 23, 2010

un oiseau rebelle

l'oiseau-rebelle

(l'amour est un oiseau rebelle que nul ne peut apprivoiser / love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame)

(l'amour est enfant de bohême, il n'a jamais jamais connu de loi / love is a gypsy's child, it has never ever known a law)

i was going to (reluctantly) skip the weekword rebel to stay focused on my maps and cards, but too many interesting things converged at once for me to ignore it! my artsygirl has been stuck on the habanera from the opera carmen for a few months, obsessed with memorizing the melody on her keyboard and playing it ad nauseam to the point that now i know the habanera better than any song on the disney channel. i know, better something from carmen than the disney channel. but i had never paid attention to the lyrics until yesterday, when we took her keyboard to playground camp so she could plunk out her version of the habanera at the camp's high-stakes talent show. during someone's hula hoop competition, i googled the words on the sly and they took my breath away. aren't they so beautiful! and so true! love, a rebellious bird indeed! they even describe my four year old birdiegirl, who has lately been a rebellious bird that nobody can tame. it is truly taking a love that knows no law to survive this phase we're calling 'probably healthy, but really obnoxious.'

and if the above weren't enough to justify this interpretation, the name of the lovely lady who suggested this weekword was carmen. please visit her to meet all of the other rebels.

29 comments:

peggyfussell said...

So beautiful! I love these hearts. The thought of an artysgirl playing Carmen on a keyboard while her friend hoops is pure joy.

cath c said...

yes, beautiful!

i got caught up in life and missed 'rebel' all together. oh well, next week.

lori vliegen said...

i love coming here. not just for the intense color infusion with fabulous stories, but also for the culture. where else can you go for a good doodle-opera these days? xoxox, :))
ps. LOVE (times a million) your lettering here!!! xo

Sarah said...

They are lovely words! I love the description of your daughter's phase! I am sure lots of children go through that one!
It is funny how your other daughter is stuck on one tune and has to play it over and over. i get like that with songs, playing them again and again until I know all the lyrics. It is good for me, but bad for anyone around me-lucky I have my car to do it in!

Domestic Scribbles said...

Dreamy hearts for birdie girls and their mama.

Kirstin said...

Lovely words. Probably better that she is stuck on this one song than the one I've been singing for the last two weeks incessantly (Box of Rain by the Grateful Dead).

freebird said...

Very nice. Oh, those quotes are so good. And so true too.

I Saw You Dancing said...

I'm so glad you didn't ignore all those signs from the universe.
I love the way you are choosing to transcend a difficult time with humour and grace.
You are an inspiration, my friend!

Ecobatt said...

I'm totally in love with your artsygirl and your rebellious 4 year old naughty pants-tantrums and post-toddler chiclet. Thanks for playing this week Aimee and always sharing a wonderful doodle and story.

painted fish studio said...

beautiful.

yasminasbubble said...

Wow this looks super-amazing!
You are very very talented

Caroline said...

Lovely - so very creative!

henniemavis said...

Well, for Pete's sake... that is quite an aligning of the planets. Carmen picked the word, and then those lyrics... kinda creepy is a goose-bumpy, fun way. Great post!


I have to go Google the song now, so I can hear the melody ad nauseum, for the full effect :-)

rachel awes said...

i can feel the wind
of her wings
flap flap flapping
from way over here.
gorgeous, aimee.

B said...

Lovely, Aimee. The art and the words. What a lucky girl she is to have you as a mom. With a 24 year old, 17 year old, and 11 year old, I can tell you those obnoxious phases DO pass, but they seem to cycle back in every so often. I've finally learned to just hang on.... Come to think of it, I think *I* still have those obnoxious phases once in a while, too! Ha! Love your work, you are truly an inspiration. Wish I lived closer so I could learn from you in person, but your blog has been a treat! Have a great weekend. B.

nathalie et cetera said...

great take on the word! I love this opera, it's the only one I know the lyrics of :)

Deborah A. Dugan said...

Just beautiful! Are you going to offer this doodle on Etsy???? I want one!

Jennifer said...

simply lovely. :-)

●• Thereza said...

yay for rebellious birds!

Christine said...

I love the way you describe your family life :-) Always makes me smile, and feel love.

Bella Sinclair said...

These are BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL! Oh, goodness, these are gorgeous!

And I am beaming from eat to ear at the thought of artsygirl performing the habanera. She is a whiz kid with flair. I can picture you singing along in your head.

The magnets on the stop signs. They are gone, aren't they.

Hope you're doing well with your project. xoxo

AG Ambroult said...

Well.
you can't argue with all those signs, that pointed you towards creating those pieces! they are perfect, and I am going to bookmark this post, so I can refer back to those quotes someday. (Or maybe I'll just memorize the song, too?)

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

je l'adore!!!!!!!! (i adore it)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

So much happiness over here, your blog is lovely!
Wishing you a happy new week. xx

~Valentina~ said...

*BEAUTIFUL* :)

oneartistjournal said...

Hmmm...I'm curious about your cards and maps...
Love your words and how they 'twist' into an image...Beautiful pages here Aimee..
You know, 'braid' in hebrew is 'Tsama', which pronounces like 'thirst' too...Cannot wait to see what you come up with.
XOXOrly

cindy said...

yes, yes those are perfect!

joanne said...

just love the hearts... you knock me out with your amazing talent.

and i'm roaring... sometime in my piano lesson years, i went through an obsession with the habanera from carmen too... what a genius child you have :)

aimee said...

thanks everyone!! these are most definitely elements that i never saw coming together before last week :)