Welcome to LayraSparks.
I write about a variety of things, including books, movies and music.
I occasionally post photos.
I occasionally post videos.
I occasionally share my opinion.
I occasionally share my obsession with USC and how much I want to attend its film school.
I usually make posts about whatever I want to.
I answer all asks.
I hate these introductions.
The sky on the ground, but it isn’t a reflection.
A Place Stravinsky
By Layra Sparks
I took this picture right next to the Stravinsky Fountain, which is a fountain decorated with sculptures representing the works of Igor Stravinsky in Paris.
We were just on our way back from the Centre Georges Pompidou, when we bumped into the lurid, seemingly misplaced and definitely noticeable water-spitting clown and the gigantic treble clef, but something else grabbed my attention. That was the street art on the opposite firewall. It didn’t seem aggressive, it didn’t appear to be vandalism. It felt like something youthful and modern in a historic city. It felt right.
The fountain, the Centre, the posters on the wall, they all seemed to be something else…
Remember my Patti Smith book review? If you do, read the article above. If not, read the review, then the article above. If you haven’t even read the book, read the book, read the review, then the article above.
You won’t regret it.
Elliott Smith - Elliott Smith
I’m posting this album as a whole, and not selecting one or two songs that I deem better. Albums were originally vinyl records, and you couldn’t just casually skip between the songs, and even if you could have, you wouldn’t have been advised to. Why? Albums make sense as a whole, they embrace themes as a whole, and the songs have a particular order, they tell a story. You should listen to Elliott Smith together, as one work of art.
And if you do that, do it carefully. Pay attention to every detail, to the lyrics, to the melody. Once you’ve done that, listen to it with indulgence. Exclude everything else. You’ve done your job, you’ve learned to appreciate it, now reward yourself and simply be mesmerized by the music.
My blog is back on, with posts about my time in Paris coming up. Check it out:
It’s still under construction, so do not judge.