the city is inside of me…

i’ve not been feeling well for the last few months… running around from one place to the next trying to find out whats wrong with my abnormal white blood cells. its been such a health-care nightmare to trust in good doctors. back and forth from new york to boston, four different diagnosis and we’re still left without an answer. while sitting inside an emergency room a few days ago, i watched my life in slow-motion under blood tests, x-rays and cat-scans. for hours upon hours, i listened to every patient’s story secretly behind their hospital curtains and cried so hard.. for the boy down the hall who was having appendicitis, for the man who’s vision split while watching tv and had a stroke, for the older woman in the room next door full of lithium who screamed in agony over her invisible pain and to the young girl in the bed in front of me who told the doctors how she felt so sad, so irritable.. how she was hearing these voices in her head, this type of static.. that she just didn’t feel like herself anymore.

ive been listening to, remembering, enjoying and staring at so many beautiful details. ive been meaning to share this…


pj harvey‘s seventh album “white chalk” lightly outlines darkness in nothing but pitch black. piano driven and lo-fi whispers dreamingly gaze over such hazy lyrics. taking it all in was an emotional love-hate rollercoaster that i kept fighting to win. although a bit difficult to first fully adjust to, its evident that pj maintains and shares an open-hearted, honest perspective of love, hope and loss.

white chalk :: see video.



sweden’s jose gonzalez created a beautiful second album called “in our nature“. handcrafted full of his eccentric vocal styles and acoustic cool tones, jose easily fulfills an intricate and alluring focus on what he knows too well. although only thirty minutes long, his musical journey desolately resonates with the feeling of being left all on your own.

down the line



brooklyn’s akron/family‘s 4th album “love is simple” truly compels those with intelligent taste in psych-folk. by combining elements of chanting full harmonies, golden electric guitars and light organ sounds mixed within pure warmth, the akron/family challenge and progress themselves inside their very own world.

dont be afraid, you’re already dead



do make say think‘s recent release “you, you’re a history in rust” is captivating in all its glory. together they present epic live sounding instrumentals that range from sweeping bass lines to soft acoustics that so wonderfully build up, play and layer upon each other. to get lost in their music is the gifted listeners main objective, to escape into an entirely different light is the goal.

herstory of glory


artwork by allison torneros

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“One glimpse is all it takes to tell you that Music Is Art is something special. You can start by judging this blog by its cover—it’s one of the best-designed, most aesthetically aware music blogs around—but there’s much more to it than just a pretty template. For one, Danielle Maree, the “dreamer/designer” behind MIA, focuses not only on excellent music, but on art, photography and writing and how they all intersect and inform the music. By sharing the sounds and sights that inspire her, she’s inspiring a growing number of readers on a daily basis. By documenting artists’ creative processes, she’s, in the process, creating a pretty substantial, always-evolving work of art herself.” - Nerd Litter

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22 Responses

  1. 2sweetnsaxy

    I hope you don’t mind that I stumbled the first image in this post. I just love it and I really enjoyed your blog. The colors, layout and everything are just lovely.

  2. musicisart

    thankyou so much for the really beautiful comments. i really love when i hear from you… it makes me happy to know that there truly are such kind and genuine people out there.

  3. Henré Botha

    The healthcare industry is a fucking nightmare. I would know – my dad works with them peoples all day.

    The artwork is beautiful.

  4. Somme

    You don’t know us, but life was a little less bright for us without hearing from you…

    Gorgeous days will come to balance out the gloom, the sun is always shining even when you can’t see it behind the clouds…

    hope to see your words again soon

  5. YKR

    I did not comment before, though I have read your blog since 1 year ago, and I just want say that I love it.

    You’ll be fine. Best wishes.

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  7. alex

    i have been visiting your site for quite some time now. i consistently enjoy your postings, music and visual works you display for us. i am very sorry to hear that you are ill, and believe it or not, i completely understand how you feel. i am fortunate enough to actually have a diagnosis. but unfortunately i am impatiently awaiting the insurance company to make the decision allowing my doctors and i to move ahead with the procedure that could and should save my life. add on top of that, my wife has firbromyalgia. of course, it took three years of testing and retesting and new doctors and old doctors to come to that conclusion. she is finally getting the help she needs.

    all i can say is be strong and keep plugging away. it’s better than the alternative right?

    i’m rooting for you! thanks again for making such a great place to visit and feel better!!!!

  8. cathrine

    your site is a joy and inspiration to all of us, sending you my warmest wishes!

  9. paisley

    what an absolutely amazing web site.. thank you so much for leading me here… i have placed you in my reader so i can better keep track of the goings on…

    i am ever so sorry to hear you are not feeling well, and there is to date no diagnosis for which to treat you… i will certainly be thinking of you and hoping for a diagnosis and proper treatment soon…

    thank you again for putting together such a beautiful web site …..

  10. mjrc

    oh the pain of not knowing, of wanting an answer and being denied, of living in the question . . .

  11. yans

    hi danielle. i’ve been following your site for a really long time now. and i’d like to say that i really enjoy your sincere posts. i always look forward to reading them. you’ve opened my eyes not only to great music, but also opened my eyes as to how music and art are so intimately fused together; i’ve grown to realise that music really is art. i’d like to send you my warmest regards and hope earnestly that you do, really, get better. 🙂

  12. talia

    until now, i have not left a comment, I’ve come through and gone, but I felt i should tell you that I really enjoy your blog. If there’s one thing i look forward to is this =) there’s nothing better than art and music together. well, maybe music and food ^.^
    i really hope you get better, sending my best wishes and gratitude.