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The Daily Dose Project: Day 31

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The Song:
If I Had A Boat - James Vincent McMorrow

The Quote:
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
- John Muir

The Photo:
Campsite View

The Daily Dose Project: Day 30

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The Song:
Separator - Radiohead

The Quote:
"I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better I can not tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible; I must die or be better, it appears to me."
- Abraham Lincoln

The Photo:
Night Lily

The Daily Dose Project: Day 29

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The Song:
Come Around - Tim & Jean

The Quote:
"I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."
from On The Road by Jack Kerouac

The Photo:
New Tent

The Daily Dose Project: Day 28

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The Song:
Rad Racer - Work Drugs

The Quote:
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ”
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Photo:
SoCal

The Daily Dose Project: Day 27

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The Song:
Live Those Days Tonight - Friendly Fires

The Quote:
"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!"
First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Photo:
LACMA

The Daily Dose Project: Day 26

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The Song:
Brother Sparrow - Agnes Obel

The Quote:
"When there is nothing left to burn you have to set yourself on fire."
from Your Ex-lover Is Dead by Stars

The Photo:
Cherry Blossoms

The Daily Dose Project: Day 25

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The Song:
I'm Not Afraid To Wait For You - Two Bicycles

The Quote:
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."
- Bruce Lee

The Photo:
Andrew

The Daily Dose Project: Day 24

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The Song:
Model Son - The Heavenly States

The Quote:
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
- Hellen Keller

The Photo:
Along Came A Spider

The Daily Dose Project: Day 23

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The Song:
Older Together - Black Light Dinner Party

The Quote:
"I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
I see my father strolling out
under the ochre sandstone arch, the
red tiles glinting like bent
plates of blood behind his head, I
see my mother with a few light books at her hip
standing at the pillar made of tiny bricks with the
wrought-iron gate still open behind her, its
sword-tips black in the May air,
they are about to graduate, they are about to get married,
they are kids, they are dumb, all they know is they are
innocent, they would never hurt anybody.
I want to go up to them and say Stop,
don't do it--she's the wrong woman,
he's the wrong man, you are going to do things
you cannot imagine you would ever do,
you are going to do bad things to children,
you are going to suffer in ways you never heard of,
you are going to want to die. I want to go
up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it,
her hungry pretty blank face turning to me,
her pitif…

The Daily Dose Project: Day 22

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The Song:
Baby's Breath - Bill Callahan

The Quote:
"I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I'll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.

I'll wait until November
That is the time for me.
I'll go out in the frosty dark
And sing most terribly.

And all the little people
Will stare at me and say,
"That is the Crazy Woman
Who would not sing in May"
The Crazy Woman by Gwendolyn Brooks

The Photo:
Inside Out Fox

The Daily Dose Project: Day 21

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The Song:
Anna Sun - Walk The Moon

The Quote:
"In high school, I discovered my love for music. Music was my first love. Girls would sometimes distract me, but ultimately, music would always win. Hearing a new album by my favourite band was way more exciting than making out. I learned how to play drums in 3rd grade, and played them constantly, I was even able to convinced my parents to spend their money that they were saving up for my future college fund, and spend it on buying me a drum set. I was blessed to have such supportive parents."
- Chad Pearson (P Is For Panda owner, The Militia Group founder)

The Photo:
The Bubble Pool

The Daily Dose Project: Day 20

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The Song:
Down In The Valley - The Head and The Heart

The Quote:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
from Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The Photo:
Abandoned Barn

The Daily Dose Project: Day 19

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The Song:
Cheerleader - We Are Losers

The Quote:
"The car's on fire and there's no driver at the wheel,
and the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicide,
and a dark wind blows.

The government is corrupt,
and we're on so many drugs
with the radio on and the curtains drawn.

We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine,
and the machine is bleeding to death.

The sun has fallen down,
and the billboards are all leering,
and the flags are all dead at the top of their poles.

It went like this:

the buildings tumbled in on themselves.
Mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble,
and pulled out their hair.

The skyline was beautiful on fire
all twisted metal stretching upwards.
Everything washed in a thin orange haze.

I said, "kiss me, you're beautiful -
these are truly the last days."

You grabbed my hand and we fell into it
like a daydream or a fever.

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down -
for sure it's the valley of death.

I open up my wal…

The Daily Dose Project: Day 18

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The Song:
Movement - Dam Mantle

The Quote:
"If I didn't have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist."
- Annie Leibovitz

The Photo:
Geese Duo

The Daily Dose Project: Day 17

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The Song:
Faces - Casa Del Mirto

The Quote:
"Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed."
- Jean Anouilh

The Photo:
Good Weather Soon

The Daily Dose Project: Day 16

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The Song:
Blue Truth - Jamie Woon

The Quote:
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
- Albert Einstein

The Photo:
Back Lot At Sunset

The Daily Dose Project: Day 15

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The Song:
Manners - Icona Pop

The Quote:
"The conscious mind hungers for success and money and all that sort of stuff, but the unconscious mind really hungers for the moments when we loose awareness of ourselves, and we're lost in a task, or in nature, the love of god, or some challenge... or with another person. [...] Love, though a lot of us middle age guys don't like to talk about it, is really at the center of everything."
- David Brooks

The Photo:
Miniature Cat/Bird Nest

The Daily Dose Project: Day 14

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The Song:
Somewhere Else - Mesita

The Quote:
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
from Contact by Carl Sagan

The Photo:
Mycelium

The Daily Dose Project: Day 13

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The Song:
TAOS - Menomena

The Quote:
"a great white light dawns across the
continent
as we fawn over our failed traditions,
often kill to preserve them
or sometimes kill just to kill.
it doesn't seem to matter: the answers dangle just
out of reach,
out of hand, out of mind.

the leaders of the past were insufficient,
the leaders of the present are unprepared.
we curl up tightly in our beds at night and wait.
it is a waiting without hope, more like
a prayer for unmerited grace.

it all looks more and more like the same old
movie.
the actors are different but the plot's the same:
senseless.

we should have known, watching our fathers.
we should have knwon, watching our mothers.
they did not know, they too were not prepared to
teach.
we were too naive to ignore their
counsel
and now we have embraced their
ignorance as our
own.
we are them, multiplied.
we are their unpaid debts.
we are bankrupt
in money and
in spirit

there are few exceptions, of course,
but these teeter on the
edge and will
at any moment
tumbl…

The Daily Dose Project: Day 12

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The Song:
Clementine - Sarah Jaffe

The Quote:
"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future."
from Pearl's Kitchen: An Extraordinary Cookbook by Pearl Bailey

The Photo:
Window Garden

The Daily Dose Project: Day 11

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The Song:
Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes

The Quote:
“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."
- Charles Dickens

The Photo:
Boyfriend's Backyard

The Daily Dose Project: Day 10

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The Song:
Wilhelms Scream - James Blake

The Quote:
"People love girls in bands, but they want to write lewd shit about them on Brooklyn Vegan. It is weird that the indie rock world is supposed to be politically progressive, but in terms of gender politics, it's sort of like 'Mad Men'."
- Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts member on former bandmate Frankie Rose)

The Photo:
On The Way To Baltimore, In Winter

The Daily Dose Project: Day 9

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The Song:
Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land

The Quote:
"You should sing as wayfarers do — sing, but continue your journey. Do not be lazy, but sing to make your journey more enjoyable. Sing, but keep going. What do I mean by keep going? Keep on making progress."
- St. Augustine

The Photo:
Bouquet

The Daily Dose Project: Day 8

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The Song:
Oh, Naoko - Sun Airway

The Quote:
"It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph."
- Robert Frank

The Photo:
Tuesday Night Dance Party

The Daily Dose Project: Day 7

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The Song:
Don't Stop - The Dodos

The Quote:
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
- Hunter S. Thompson

The Photo:
First Flowers

The Daily Dose Project: Day 6

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The Song:
Swim Club - The Cave Singers

The Quote:
"Consider the possibility that your every thought, sensation, and emotion has its own perfect reason for being just exactly as it is/they are, right now. What we're talking about here is accepting and appreciating both ourselves and others."
from The Guide's Guide Augmented: Reflections on Guiding Professional River Trips by William McGinnis

The Photo:
Deer Skull/Fender Amp

The Daily Dose Project: Day 5

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The Song:
Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

The Quote:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust

The Photo:
Lettuce

The Daily Dose Project: Day 4

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The Song:
Stamp by The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Quote:
“Beginning my studies the first step pleas'd me so much,
The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion,
The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love,
The first step I say awed me and pleas'd me so much,
I have hardly gone and hardly wish'd to go any farther,
But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs.”
Beginning My Studies by Walt Whitman

The Photo:
Kansas Windfarm

The Daily Dose Project: Day 3

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The Song:
May I Walk With You by Star Slinger

The Quote:
“A dense, artistic kind of imperfection stimulates your consciousness, keeps you alert. If I listen to some utterly perfect performance of an utterly perfect piece while I'm driving, I might want to close my eyes and die right then and there. But listening to the D major, I can feel the limits of what humans are capable of - that a certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect. And personally I find that encouraging.”
from Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

The Photo:
Gateway Arch

The Daily Dose Project: Day 2

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The Song:
Hauntin' Me by Keep Shelly In Athens

The Quote:
“Without promotion something terrible happens... nothing!”
- P. T. Barnum

The Photo:
3rd Street, Nashville, Tennessee

The Daily Dose Project: Day 1

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To get back in the swing of regular updating on this fanatically dedicated, if only mediocrely composed, interweb publication I have devised a project, hopefully the proportions of which will challenge and inspire. Everyday for the month of March I will post a song by a new musician, a quote, and an original photo. Let the games begin!

The Song:
Home To Me by Madeline Adams

The Quote:
"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen."
from Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow: On Being Idle by Jerome K. Jerome

The Photo:
Cumberland Gap At Sunset