Mick Jagger’s Throat Chakra

Mick Jagger Muy Marcottage Dress

Mick Jagger Muy Marcottage dress… “Jerry Hall & I”… Jerry Hall and I have 3 things in common: we’re from Texas, we like Mick, we have a  fondness forWendy Cope poetry.

One cold February night, I became a Born Again Rolling Stones Fan. Alone in my studio and needing some animation,  I put on the Stone’s 40 LICKS TOUR DVDIt wasn’t the first time I’d heard it but, for some still unknown reason, that night listening to the Stones was like a mystical experience. Well, maybe mystical isn’t exactly the right word but I do remembering thinking as I watched them: Hey man, just how old are these dudes?  And that was the beginning of  The Quest–an intense desire to know how, after all the years of A Heavy Duty Rock’n Roll Life Style, they were still alive, healthy and playing with so much Energy.

We often talk about energy but what is it anyway? After much research via internet and Amazon, I’ve come to the conclusion that energy is simply whatever it takes to make you move.

The absence of energy is a result of blockage. If you’re blocked, you simply don’t move.  But the progress regarding these studies will be posted in the future.  For now, I would like to briefly focus on Mick Jagger and his throat chakra.

Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.

One of the seven chakras is that of the throat also known as the Vishuddha chakra. Obviously, it is related to the concept of communication and self-expression.  So what does this have to do with Mick Jagger?  Well, during My Quest, I came across two different versions of Mick Jagger singing “No Expectations” and found the Older Mick sounding so much better than the Younger Mick. The difference was such that I wondered what had happened in the meantime. After more research and reflection, I came to the conclusion that the change was a result of Mick opening up his throat chakra.

mick jagger detail

More research led me to an article re: otolaryngologist , Dr. Brian Hands, who has won worldwide recognition for having helped many singers regain control over their voice. Dr. Hands says that 85% of the time when singers come to him for help, the main problem is that of personal anxiety.  And anxiety affects the voice.  Dr.Hands thus, to work on the voice, works on the throat chakra. Because anxiety impairs and blocks expression.

To see what I mean about Mick’s voice change, listen to his version of “No Expectations” in 1973 then listen to his version of No Expectations” in 2003.

mick jagger detail

Many energy healers, to heal the throat chakra, suggest wearing necklaces with approriate gems (generally blue in color) meant to heal. For example: turquoise, lapis and aquamarine.

Expectations Muy Marcottage Dress

Muy Marcottage dress “Expectations” inspired by Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations” worn by the artist Carine Lègeret

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Cynthia Korzekwa  ©
this information was originally published here: Mick Jagger’s Throat Chakra

The Quiddity Dress

Quiddity Muy Marcottage Dress

All of the dresses I make have a name. Because they are not anonymous. Because instead of looking at a dress as a thing, I try to create a relationship with it. The name of my latest Muy Marcottage dress is “Quiddity”.

Quiddity, in philosophy, is the whatness of an object, its inherent nature or essence. Otherwise, quiddity refers to a distinct feature or a quirk, an idiosyncrasy.

A dress is a category but my dresses are specifics. They help to define me. They are an extension of my personal quiddity because I interrelate with myself when I chose the clothes I wear.

The body and its clothing live in symbiosis.  At least temporarily.  There is an intimacy we have with our clothes that we have with nothing or no one else. Because our clothes cling to us and touch our skin.  They are there omnipresent and participate in our every move. Our clothes know our secrets. Our clothes are well aware of our quiddity.

The dress “Quiddity” represents, in terms of Muy Marcottage, a union between past and present. The top half was made during my early experimental attempts at remaking secondhand clothes. I was dissecting all the old clothes I could find and sewing parts together almost as if I were making a collage.  Not happy with the results, I cut the top off from whatever it was attached to at the time and abandoned it.  Then this summer my friend Lyn and I began meeting regularly, initially, to paint together.  But somehow we drifted towards clothes.  Lyn had given me a dress made from a stretchy ethnic looking fabric and, anxious to play, I got out my chopped up fabric stash and came across the abandoned top. It was in no way similar in style to Lyn’s dress but I sewed the two different realities together and then cried Eureka!

Incongruency sometimes is just an attitude or lack of imagination.

 

 

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Cynthia Korzekwa  ©

My Greek Retablos

There was this big white space above the stairs leading to the bedroom that used to stare at me.  I couldn’t stand the glare so I decided to stare back by creating a home gallery and had three rows of picture shelves put on it. To enclose the area, I painted it orange.  When it’s finished, I’ll call my little gallery Ikastikos (εικαστικός) which in Greek means “representative” thus a word often related to the visual arts.

Obviously, the shelves need something special so I decided to make Greek retablos.  That is, drawings that express an appreciation and expressed in Greek since we’re on Paros.  Of course, I needed the help of my Greek teacher, Katerina.

Retablos are small ex-voto paintings (generally painted on tin) made as an offering of gratitude for an answered prayer. It’s all about the  Aesthetics of Appreciaton: If you’re lucky and don’t know it, it’s like not being lucky at all. So to keep luck alive, it must be recognized. And retablos are a means of offering thanks for this luck.

cardboard retablo breeze

Having many things to be grateful for, several years ago I made a series of cardboard retablos. They were so joyful to make. Because expressing gratitude is good for your health.  It makes you more optimistic, keeps you from always rocketing around only yourself, and, if you think about what you have to be thankful for when you go to bed, helps you sleep better.  In other words, gratitude detoxes and fortifies the spirit.

 So, for my Greek retablos, I made a list of 15 things in my life worth appreciating.  One of those was about a dress. More than a dress, it’s a long huipil and so very special because it was one of three El Suavecito brought me from Mexico. On the front of the huipil are two big embroidered birds.  They are quite lovely and not something you would normally see on Paros. So often people stare at me when I wear it. Obviously I am happy to have this magical dress but the real gratitude is directed towards El Sauvecito who loved me enough to give me something he knew would give me much pleasure. Everytime I wear the huipil, I think about him.

pajaros y palomas

Sergio's dress

ευχαριστω για τη μεζικανικη φορεμα γιος μου μου εδωσε στι ο γυναικες κοιταζουν

Sergio's dress

All the Greek retablo drawings are mounted on discarded cardboard.  The frames are made from junk paper rolled into rounds glued together thus ecological as well. Because in my heart there’s constant gratitude for nature that keeps us all alive.

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Cynthia Korzekwa  ©

Related: Frida Kahlo and Retablos

This post is dedicated to  El Suavecito with love and tenderness.