The great Belgian poet and mystic dramatist who inspired so much of Sandy’s art, music and writings. Maeterlinck’s books are rare and enchanting. You’ll be especially inspired by The Blue Bird and The Treasure of the Humble. GO HERE to see Sandy’s painting, “In the Palace of the Night,” From Maurice Tourneur’s silent film of the famous Maeterlinck play, The Blue Bird (1918), which also inspired Sandy’s song, “The Awakening” and The Blue Bird drawing. GO HERE to see Sandy’s painting, “St. Wandrille,” of the Abbey where Maeterlinck lived and staged performances of his plays. On Sandy’s music page, you’ll find many songs Sandy wrote and recorded that were inspired by the great Belgian mystic writer.
Elvis has always been a great inspiration to Sandy – since her childhood. He was the greatest performer ever to live… one of a kind, never to be rivaled. Even after all these years, Elvis is as popular as ever! Check out: Elvis 30 #1 Hits. From Elvis in Memphis is perhaps his greatest album.
John Lennon & The Beatles
Brilliant songbird – perhaps the greatest inspiration to Sandy musically. “I loved his and Yoko’s idea of bagism and write about it in my own book, The Mystic Artist.”
You’ll truly enjoy One Day at a Time, a book which captures the mood and brilliance of John Lennon in the seventies.
Mystic savage painter of Tahitian visions… he was a colourist extraordinaire. David Sweetman’s biography, Paul Gauguin: A Life takes you on Gauguin’s unique journey in vivid detail. GO HERE to see Sandy’s painting after Gauguin’s “Jacob Wrestling the Angel.” Read the lyrics to Sandy’s song about Gauguin, “Wrestling with the Angel,” on her CD Resurrection …watch Sandy’s video.
“Woody Allen taught me just how beautiful life can really be. When I was a youth, I just wanted to be a character in one of his movies… or go to New York and marry Woody. I can still hear Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.”
Here are some top Woody Allen picks:
- Annie Hall
- Stardust Memories
- The Purple Rose of Cairo
- Radio Days
- Hannah & Her Sisters
- Crimes & Misdemeanors
- Play it Again, Sam
Slapstick is a wonderful form of comedy and has always been Sandy’s favourite.
Here are some of Sandy’s favorite comedians from over the years:
- Charlie Chaplin - The Chaplin Collection – Vol. 1
- Jerry Lewis - The Nutty Professor (1963)
- Jack Lemmon - How to Murder Your Wife
- Dick Van Dyke - The Dick Van Dyke Show
- Carol Burnett - The Carol Burnett Show
- Red Skelton - The Red Skelton Show
- Jackie Gleason - The Honeymooners
- Sandy’s List of Great TV Shows
“When I was a teenager living in Chicago, I learned every Bob Dylan song I could and would sing them at the open mike nights in the bars of Old Towne. All my friends from that time would remember the many nights we sat up singing Like a Rolling Stone – every single verse.” Get the excellent Scorcese documentary: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home (2005).
Vincent van Gogh
Mystic and visionary painter of golden azure who influenced 20th century artists like no other.
- Read David Sweetman’s brilliant biography, Van Gogh: His Life and His Art
- The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh.
- See the Masterpieces from Amsterdam
- Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings
- Vincent and Theo Van Gogh: A Dual Biography – Jan Hulsker, Johann Van Gogh
- Lust for Life, the great film about Vincent, is finally out on DVD
Kate’s music is mystical, magickal and marvelous! Sandy’s favourite songs of Kate’s are Houdini and Night of the Swallow … see her painterly interpretation of “Night of the Swallow.” Order your copy of the book: Kate Bush a Visual Documentary. Kate’s inspiration for her song Cloudbusting came from A Book of Dreams. Listen to the music and experience her originality:
The world lost a great songwriter when Laura passed away so young. One of Sandy’s first works of art was entitled “My New York Mood” – a charcoal of Laura. “I also wrote a poem, which then became a song of the same title, which I recorded in 1988.” Get a collection of Laura Nyro’s music: Stoned Soul Picnic.
Bernadette brought to life the healing springs of Lourdes. “Go now to Lourdes and order some of the wonderful healing water from the grotto, which has cured so many. It is truly miraculous!” See the great film: The Song of Bernadette.
Great Russian mystic and writer. “The years I spent studying Tolstoy’s non-fiction writings were some of the most spiritually enlightening years of my life.” He’ll teach you that The Kingdom of God is Within You. Read some of his marvelous books and/or read the great biography by Henri Troyat.
An astoundingly original poet. “My Dylan Thomas years were some of the most imaginative and productive years of my artistic career. He taught me to write every day (letters and diaries) and express myself like no one else. He really celebrated ‘the worms of the earth,’ alongside the great harmony of being alive.” One of her favorite books is Selected Letters.
The original Fauve (the wild beast). “I always knew there was a Fauve in me; and Matisse only helped to bring out the vibrant colours.” Watch Sandy’s video of her song, “The Blue Butterfly” dedicated to Matisse.
- There is a marvelous biography called The Unknown Matisse by Hilary Spurling, a brilliant scholar.
- Second volume: Matisse the Master : A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954.
The Mystery of Picasso, a ’50s documentary, was the inspiration Sandy needed to liberate herself in order to become the artist she’d always wanted to be. It was almost literally a day in the life of Picasso – the camera watching him paint, draw and create through a transparent screen that makes the viewer feel as if he or she is participating in the actual creation of his works. In one scene, Picasso stated something about the “surprising truth at the bottom of the well,” which stuck with Sandy and she was able to build on that concept to create her “Surrealistic Spirit” series of paintings and drawings.
Excellent biography and DVDs on Picasso:
- Life of Picasso – Vol. I
- Life of Picasso – Vol. II
- Life of Picasso – Vol. III
- Magic, Sex, Death (DVD)
- The Mystery of Picasso (DVD)
Warhol was the consummate artist – constantly observing life around him, all the people, moods, movies, fashion, events… creating works of art out of every minute of his life… and loving every minute of it… so much more than 15 minutes.
- Be sure to read the infamous Andy Warhol Diaries, which is a real page-turner, even at over 800 pages
- This is a great documentary: Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol.
Truman Capote was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.