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greg dahlen

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Who is your favorite individual or group musical performer? Favorite genre? Why?

My favorite genre is rock because it's fast and exciting. Currently my favorite group is Los Lobos, a Latin influence rock band from East Los Angeles (my favorite band changes frequently). I like their music cause it's fast and exciting but has a certain softness to it.

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    Feb 20 2013: Sorry I had to delete my comments about my mom. I am just feeling too emotional about this topic. But I will tell you that she has lied to me in the past, usually over phone calls that my grandmother would monitor while I would talk to my mom. You must know there were many times in my life that my mom was not even allowed visitation to see me (because of her addictions). I have to change the subject because I am getting mad thinking about everything. Sorry!

    Anyways.. What are you favorite types of art?

    Do you know what Burning Man is?
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      Feb 20 2013: Well, I'm sorry you've had troubles, Haley. I guess I'm lucky, I've had a pretty good relationship with my mom. I can understand your having strong emotions, well to me it seems better to talk about it, am I wrong about that? Obviously you don't have to answer my questions right away (or ever if you don't want to), but you can always wait until some of those strong emotions have passed. I hope your mom will solve some of her problems, and also the two of you will be close.

      I'd say I always tend to like the more modern art. One thing about up-to-the-minute art is it is fresh because you haven't seen it many times before like you have the older art.

      Burning man is a festival in the desert in Nevada. I think people have to go in with few resources and live for a few days, or only the resources they can carry, or something like that. I'm sure if you want to go you can find a way, as I said contact networks of people in Kansas who have gone or contact the festival organizers and ask what you can do if you don't have much money and you want to go. If nothing else you might be able to catch a ride with the people in Kansas who are going the next year. Or put the question on the Net, "how can I go to burning man if I don't have much money?" and see what comes up. Or make it a TED conversation, why not?
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        Feb 20 2013: It's okay. You're right that it may be better to talk about the emotions, it is still hard. I just bought a journal , so maybe that will help?

        II agree with you. I paint myself and love art, but I can't tell you the names of many artists or their pieces. I do like Banksy a lot lately. :) I like making art more than looking at art. I haven't made a painting in a while. The last art I made was a collage. The last painting I did was a watercolor realistic looking heart. That was months ago. I want to create something new. But I am not like some people that can paint everyday. Often I feel like I have to let the idea of the artwork come to me, rather than me strive for ideas of what to paint. In order for me to love it it has to be that way. That is why I do so badly when people ask me to paint certain things for them . I do it, but often times I don't like the outcome. I am hard on myself with my paintings though. I always want to do the best that I feel I am able to do.

        My boyfriend has a friend who went to Burning Man. I may ask him to talk to him about it.
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          Feb 21 2013: I don't know if a journal will help, for me I'm not too high on them but they might help some.

          Thanks for sharing your feelings about art. That's a great attitude, to wait til the art comes to you, but could you be a professional artist and do that, you might have to produce on a schedule.

          For Banksy I can appreciate his creativity but if he is doing graffiti outlaw that is wrong. Having lived in parts of Los Angeles where there is plenty graffiti I can tell you it is ugly and stress-producing no matter how well done. Others may disagree.

          I'm sure you can get to Burning Man if you want to. I wonder who exactly puts it on, an organization? Maybe they have a Kansas contact. Are there any festivals similar to B.M. in Kansas? When my energy is higher I'll ask about it too, how you can go if you don't have much $, have you enabled e-mail on your profile, I'll email it to you whatever I find out. If Burning Man is about survival skills, Haley, you know there are classes in survival all over the country, but you're right they probably don't combine them with culture like Burning Man.

          Thanks a lot for conversing with me as this conversation is nearing its end. If it closes and you want to talk, email me via my profile.

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