• Benjamin Collins

Inspiration Volume 1

Inspiration is a small series on my website about the things that have been inspiring me recently. All aspects of life and media are included, whether it’s music, films, photos, people, writings, etc. The following are not in any particular order:




Living In The Material World - George Harrison


Why it's inspiring: Seeking a deeper connection in the world around you.


Top tracks:

Be Here Now

Don't Let Me Wait Too Long

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

That Is All



Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell (Tallest Man on Earth Cover Version)


Why it's inspiring: Many versions of this song are beautiful but this one's especially. Feels like the most complete love song of all time in my opinion.




Danny Clinch - Still Moving


Why it's inspiring: Incredible photographer with a career in music. I thumb through his book 'Still Moving' nearly daily.










The Mind’s Eye - Henri Cartier-Bresson


Why it's inspiring: Deep thoughts on photography and the photographers role in life and art.








I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating - Alec Soth


Why it's inspiring: A photo book that is really beautiful and gets your mind thinking.

Here's a wonderful conversation with Alec Soth:




Surfliner


Why they're inspiring: Honestly, working alongside and with these dudes is some of the most inspiring and inspired work I’ve done. Happy to have such a close and supportive relationship with them.



Starting at Zero - Jimi Hendrix


Why it's inspiring: Jimi’s lyricism and imagination is a reminder to look at the world through different lenses and to use some imagination in everyday life. Here's a few of my favorite lyrics:


Bold as Love


Anger, he smiles Towering in shiny metallic purple armour Queen Jealousy, envy waits behind him Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground

Blue are the life-giving waters taken for granted They quietly understand Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite ready But wonder why the fight is on But they're all bold as love, yeah, they're all bold as love Yeah, they're all bold as love Just ask the axis

My red is so confident that he flashes trophies of war And ribbons of euphoria Orange is young, full of daring But very unsteady for the first go round My yellow in this case is not so mellow In fact I'm trying to say it's frightened like me And all these emotions of mine keep holding me from, eh Giving my life to a rainbow like you But, I'm eh, yeah, I'm bold as love Yeah, yeah Well I'm bold, bold as love (hear me talking, girl) I'm bold as love Just ask the axis (he knows everything) Yeah Yeah Yeah


Room Full of Mirrors


I used to live in a room full of mirrors All I could see was me Well I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors Now the whole world is here for me to see I said the whole world is here for me to see Now I'm searchin' for my love to be Hey!!

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!

Rubber glass was all in my brain Cotton screamin' crying in my head Rubber glass was all in my brain Just the thought of my dreams cut me in my bed And just the thought of my dreams cut me in my bed I said a makin' love was strange in my bed Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!

All right Ooo ooo Yeah yeah yeah

Yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah No place stumpin' No place far Can't find the floor No where at all See nothing but sunshine All around

Love comes shinin' over the mountains Love comes shinin' over the sea Love won't shine on my baby Then I'll know who's exactly for me Lord, I'll know who'll be for me In the meen time, which is a groovy time



Moon, Turn The Tides... Gently, Gently Away


Moon, Turn The Tides... Gently Gently Away So down and down and down and down And down and down we go Hurry my darling we mustn't be late For the show Neptune champion games to an aqua World is so very dear Right this way smiles a mermaid I can hear and man is full of cheer.

That man is full of cheer I could hear that man is full of cheer Lord thank you


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