Paintings from Sunset Series by Spence Munsinger, Color Field + Blank White Canvas + Realism + Contemporary Abstract Art, original paintings for sale

"Things are beautiful if you love them."
― Jean Anouilh

muse-ic: Halie Loren

Halie Loren

Halie Loren’s voice is ethereal, deep, classic, classical, sensual, soothing and jarring in turns.

I was listening to Aaron Neville, who feels the lyrics and then expresses that feeling directly in the gestures of his voice, many that do not follow the tune, but create rhythm or space in a way that works. Halie does this too. Brilliant stuff.


— spence


music and painting

I gather energy from music. Painting is a dance of color and form and gesture, and music that aligns with the moment pushes that to new levels.

I tend not to catch the lyrics or mood of music. I’ve been asked how can you listen to that it’s so sad/caustic/betraying – as if that was where I took energy from. It’s the beat, the words are driven from that.

Florence + the Machine.
Zero 7.
Norah Jones (especially the recent Little Broken Hearts – nice stuff).
Ahmad Jamal. Eighty-something and awesomely good.
Kat Edmonson/Jaimee Paul/Renee Olstead/Madeleine Peyroux – torch stuff.
Marc Cohn – brilliant songwriter.
Cypress Hill. A change of pace.
Jeff Beck, from “You Had It Coming.”
Kirsty MacColl.
Jesse Cook.
Chick Corea, “Light as a Feather.”
Gretchen Parlato, more torch jazz.

Right now these work. I have all the CDs I’ve ever bought ripped to 256 VBR files, cataloged in iTunes, served over Airport Express modules to every room. What I listen to can and does change…










The WAVE. Yuppie elevator music. I can still remember vividly, listening around 1988, as KMET 94.7 FM, a hard rock station in LA since the early 1960’s, spent two weeks shutting down. The station played tape for two full weeks without any interruption except station ID, the best unrepeated rock ever. No announcers, no commercials, nothing but a countdown for two full weeks. “12 days.” “11 days.” then hourly for the last couple of days.

Finally. In the enclosed patio in the back of a rented house in Reseda, CA: “The WAVE”.

And it was, TRULY, yuppie elevator music. Smooth jazz, eclectic folk, trip hop at the beginning of the genre. My initial reaction was to hate it.

When you work in construction you hear “classic rock”. A LOT of classic rock. It is a middle of the road music, less offensive and abrasive than heavy metal or punk rock, less misunderstood than musica en espanol. It gets very old. Rock is not conducive to accomplishments in an office – invoicing, mailing lists, stuff you must do as a contractor and even as an artist. I find rock music, actually most music distracting, difficult to listen to and still concentrate on work that requires a lot of thought. At least, without having to work against the music and rhythm.

Rock and physical activity, yes. I recall working in the chill of a morning, as the dew evaporated from surfaces, and cranking Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, or Blondie’s “Atomic”. Working becomes dancing – painting can become like that too, but there’s still too much concentration, thought even if momentary – jazz works much better, and trip hop.

But not for thinking, working things out, going through details.

I hated the WAVE, but I found myself fascinated with the eclectic nature of the music. It was NOT stuff I had heard over and over, and rather than communicating a deep tribal compelling rhythm, is brought across a serenity, a quiet. Susan Ciani, Enigma, David Arkenstone, Enya, Basia, Sade. Jazz, new age, even classic jazz. I found myself listening to it because I mentally hit a better concentration with this than any other style of music.

A fellow cabinetmaker and I had the same reaction when the WAVE first came out – just an instant dislike in the gut. Four or five weeks later he and I worked on a project together, and we confessed, both, to actually liking the station quite a bit.

I’m currently listening to Babble’s CD Ether, and liking it quite a bit. My current playlist on my


IAudio 4GB player is:

  • Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew
  • Babble’s Ether
  • Aya’s Strange Flower and Blue Six’s Beautiful Tomorrow
  • Bitter-Sweet’s Drama and The Mating Game
  • Zero 7’s The Garden and When it Falls and Simple Things
  • Morcheeba
  • another Mile Davis (Kind of Blue)
  • Supreme Beings of Leisure
  • a Narada Music Bach Variations compilation
  • David Arkenstone’s Valley in the Clouds and also Spirit Wind
  • Rachel Z’s Everlasting
  • Van Halen Women and Children First
  • Kirsty McCall Electric Landlady and Tropical Brainstorm
  • Jean Luc Ponty Imaginary Voyage
  • Alannis Morrisette Acoustic Jagged Little Pill
  • The Dandy Warhols, The Odditorium and Welcome to the Monkey House

It’s like the WAVE jarred musical preconceptions loose and twenty years later you have this list