“Cup of Calm” Lavender Mint.

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Today’s tea + soundtrack + visuals curated by Scott Cook who is a Montreal-based guitarist and songwriter. His most recent project is his first as a solo artist and was motivated, at least partially, by the recent global condition. As a result, Scott composed, performed, recorded and mixed the entire release himself – the result is a 6-song EP that is slated for release in September 2021. For these songs, Scott took musical influence from legendary artists such as David Bowie and Pink Floyd. The second single from the EP, “Coming Clean,” is about recognizing and revealing our weaknesses, as difficult as it may be to do so.

Tea: “Cup of Calm” Lavender Mint. This has become a nightly ritual for me over the past year. At the end of a day of whatever challenges I’ve undertaken, whether it be composing, recording, or teaching, I enjoy a nightly “cup of calm” (with, admittedly, some added CBD).

Music: “Mishima/Closing” is taken from the soundtrack to the film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” composed by Philip Glass. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. I spent a lot of time studying contemporary classical music while in school and was partial to some of the minimalist composers, including Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars. But whenever this piece of music came on in my headphones, I would have to stop whatever I was doing and just listen. It’s made me a lifelong Philip Glass fan.

Philip Glass – String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” , VI

Visual: “Bound” is a sculpture by Natalie Leblanc (www.natalieleblanc.com). Natalie is a friend of mine, and assistant professor of art education at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada. I have always loved this sculpture, which I feel holds a lot of emotion and mood. Despite the single light colour, there is sadness in the figure that I find visually appealing. According to Natalie, her sculptures “present an analogy for the body-nature relationship in which the body is both made from, and bound by, nature.” 

“Bound” is a sculpture by Natalie Leblanc
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