Tuesday, February 10, 2015


The present

Not a line one can put a mark on

easily described

I keep the fire burning.  Fan the flames & tell of things transforming

Acts of improbabilities
Acts of opportunism
A decisive dance of daring
Of the undutiful
A collection plate of profferings

fight still igniting discontent

Of the gold and glitterings
Of the want to be better thans

Forgettings of
We'll abide with thees
Of climbing roses

Where does it lead?

A leash on the heart on the path of wisdom?

Janice Slater (c) 1980
photo: Janice Slater (c) 2015 Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Monday, February 9, 2015


I've also some exciting news to share with you that I'm now a guest Curvie on Curved Radio so do tune in as they stream all over the world!

TUNE IN to listen to not only the tracks I love but all of the other WONDERFUL CURVIES from around the globe! Thank you for honouring me, CURVED RADIO with the chance to share my love of music not only with fellow Curvies from around the world but with you the fab listeners!

Written by the Curvie Crew.

Janice Slater (Australia) :  is one of those giants on whose shoulders the Australian music industry stands.  Her long and distinguished solo career informed and inspired generations of women who followed. Over her glorious career she has also sung with and supported many of the greats including The Four Tops, Billy Preston, Lesley Gore, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jnr, Shirley Bassey … the list goes on and on.  She has been a mentor and teacher in theatre, film and music, was the vocal coach for the Australian movie Starstruck, directed by Gillian Armstrong and for Kafka Dances starring Cate Blanchett. In 2007, she co-composed Awakened State, Buddhist mantras in collaboration with Bruno Elevteros Libert who lives on Patmos in Greece. In 2009, ARTERIAL FLOW was developed by Janice with Kirk Kadish in another perfect internet collaboration.  Arterial Flow members also include: Australian sculptor: Phillip Hay, USA composer: Jack Clift and legendary saxophonist Wil Greenstreet. Kirk Kadish’s album, Tradewinds has consistently been the 2nd or 3rd most downloaded CD in the Jazz category & the top album in the Groove/Soul Jazz sub-category on download.com since 2005.
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Dear fellow readers and bloggers.  Apologies that I don't get a chance to visit here often enough. I do think of you and hope all is well in your world.

As I'm mainly concentrating on my music 'ARTERIAL FLOW' links as follows; my focus keeps returning there and there are only so many hours in a day but one of my intentions is to attempt to type up some of my writing at least daily!  No mean feat!  I've always written but I'm not published but am looking for outlets but the main focus is still my music.  I'll share some new tracks and links with you all on the post after this!  In the meantime, here is a wee poem written some time back which I've just edited today!  I hope you enjoy FROG! (I hope to find an image to follow)


Frog uses her hands to grip hold of something.

Frog leap frogs to her destination.

Frog is smiling.

Frog knows how to sit very  still and be in the moment.

Janice Slater
© 2015


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dia Estranho: Arterial Flow with Lee Soarez

Dear bentenlaughing friends.

I hope you enjoy Arterial Flow's new collaboration with gifted Brazilian singer/songwriter Lee Soarez.

Some months back I invited Lee to translate our song Strange Day into Portuguese.

Arterial Flow's "Strange Day" beautifully reinterpreted & translated by Brazilian singer/songwriter, Lee Soarez.

Arterial Flow members live on distant shores from me so it's an often slow process in developing tracks.  We rely on goodwill and our shared love of experimentation.  After Lee translated Strange Day he then added a vocal to our original track. I decided it required a new treatment especially for Lee.  Kirk Kadish brought it magically to full realisation and included my original backing vocals!  Thanks again Kirk & Lee.  I love the final mix.

In the new year I hope to do an interview with Lee so that you can learn more of his own formidable music as he's a great singer/songwriter .  Cheers from the Blue Mountains of Australia. jan.s 'arterial flow'.

Dia Estranho: slater/kadish/soarez: apra/amcos 2014
Strange Day: slater/kadish: apra/amcos 2014


Monday, December 1, 2014

I am a dancer!

Like stormy nights
lightning strikes
zig zag movements running across the sky
my dance is my drawing

(excerpt from I am a dancer: janice slater
(c) 1990's)

Drawing: (c) & courtesy of Jacqueline van Leeuwenstein. Arnhem, Nederlands

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer here in Australia & it's June!

Welcome bentenlaughing readers!  Thank you for arriving here!

I live in the Blue Mountains of Australia & we're experiencing unseasonable weather but (currently) I'm not complaining....winter's can be bitter here!  Nonetheless it's a red alert for what may be up ahead.

I apologize that I've not posted consistently over the last twelve months but now I'm back on track!

Benten is still at the helm of my little boat!  We sail across calm & stormy seas and  along the way; I hope to gather more stories to share with you and any gleanings I discover along the way on the nature of change!

I'd also like to continue to share with you my (albeit) brief interviews with artists, singers, writers, musicians, and healer friends.

For instance; I've been creating a series of soundscapes with Kirk Kadish, and Jack Clift, my two cherished New Mexico based musician/composer friends and soon we'll have tracks for you to download via Nimbit.

Have a listen to the four new ambient tracks by 'arterial flow' WATERDANCE.

 for purchase on Nimbit link as follows: Go to Store to listen to sample tracks; cheers! We hope you enjoy them.

You can also follow us & hear us on soundcloud.  Do say helloe!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Visual Artist Sherrye Lantz Interview

Artist and Art Historian living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Sherrye Lantz is an internationally known artist with works in private and public collections in the contiguous 48 states as well as Europe, Australia, and Turkey. She has won numerous awards throughout her career for intaglio printmaking, drawing and painting. She was included in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Biennial of Prints and Drawing, exhibited in Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts: Minds Wide Open, she received the 2010 YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Arts.

 Janice:  Sherrye you've been creating artworks for a variety of mediums over a number of years. 

Sherrye: Yes Janice, I have worked in different mediums beginning as a printmaker and moving to painting luckily finding joy in all.

Janice:  Recently I viewed a couple of very playful photographs you'd taken in Paris, perhaps in the1980's? Can you share with us the context of the images.

Sherrye: The images from Paris come from a month long stay years ago.   Having time to wander around the city my eyes were drawn to daily places of color.   This image was quite simply a fun spot which touched memories of childhood play.  By the time these where taken I was teaching studio art and art history which gave me a wonderful reinforcing background in composition.

Janice:  I also viewed a number of photographs of flowers.  There's a particular vivid image which reminds me of the work of Georgia O'Keefe...the reduction of an image to its parts....  could you share with us your influences regarding photography Sherrye...
Sherrye:  The strongest influence upon my photo imagery would be my father who gave me my first camera as a child. I went around for years taking pictures of horses and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  

As far as education is concerned, study of the history of photography created a desire to see things closely and a liking for softy focused images.  

The flower images are close in and out of focus in areas intentionally.

 I love flowers so they became a natural subject as my own garden has grown throughout the years.  
Comparisons with Georgia O'Keeffe are a great honor!  In fact it is the Steiglitz and Steichen approach to photography that most influences my ideas on photography.  The idea to capture an image with the camera and waiting until the light is just right has stayed with me. Ironically Alfred Steiglitz was Georgia O'Keeffe's husband and that brings me back to the flowers.  When you see an O'Keeffe, the edges of her flowers are so defined, so lush in color that so many are drawn to them.  Like O'Keeffe, I am also drawn to the shapes found within the flower and it is those shapes that find their way into my paintings and drawings.  
Janice, it has been lovely speaking with you. 

Janice:  Likewise Sherrye, I'm looking forward to following more of your work.

website www.sherryelantz.com