Thursday, September 30, 2010

beat 182 - doer

"I love music. I love art. I love to vacation. We go to St Barths a lot but we recently went to Ibiza and France. Basically I like to travel and do things because it's better than staying home."

-Rio, NYC
10 years old, 5th grader

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

beat 181 - fastened

"My hearts been broken but I'm willing to fix it. Actually, I'm not."

-GD, NYC from Panama

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

beat 180 - efflorescence

"My heart is open and flowery. It feels childlike. Unafraid. It's in absolute love with almost everybody. Wild women don't have the blues."

-Cleo Wade, NYC by way of New Orleans
In house stylist for Alice + Olivia

Monday, September 27, 2010

beat 179 - new

"I never thought about my heart until I had children."

-Jenna Kohn, NYC
mother of the year, daughters Ava and Liv

Sunday, September 26, 2010

beat 178 - expanding

"My heart is under deconstruction. Now I am in love, I get to nurture it like never before. For most of my adult life my heart was open to the whole living world out of wonder and empathy. Although nothing, no one could have it. A very strong scared heart. Now it is safe and taking its first steps alongside another heart...
It's exhilarating, it's a labour of love. It is my expansion into the next chakras. 
life is love. Love is life."

-Sveva Costa Sanseverino, Brooklyn, NY
Photographer, film making at Moving Stills

Saturday, September 25, 2010

beat 177 - lonesome

"My heart is lonely. It travels alone."

-Matthew Melner, Los Angeles, CA
band technician for Snoop

Friday, September 24, 2010

beat 176 - found

"My heart is in love. I have been with my boyfriend for over 18 years and we are more in love today than ever. I never thought I would be able to be in a relationship like this. It is all I could ask for. The good is much more than the bad and the good is so very good. That's is all we need in life, love."

-Bruno, Paris, France

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

beat 174 - respected

"I have three loves in my heart: my husband, my kids and myself. I treat them all the same, with love and respect. It makes my life perfect."

-Valerie, Paris, France

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

beat 173 - fearful

"The heart within me wishes to be a gladiator but alas it is not such a thing. I am a man with afraid thoughts, she broke the confidence. It may be a day soon when my heart is fully strong. Such a thing I hope."

-Marre Lino, Milan, Italy

Monday, September 20, 2010

beat 172 - unobstructed

"I smoked for many many years, 25 years. I started little by little and then I was a full smoker. One day two and a half years ago I stopped, not because the doctor told me, no one told me, I just stopped. Then one day I am at work and I get this hot, burning feeling in my chest. My heart got hot. 75% blockage to my heart. I will never smoke again in my life. Today I feel great. Very strong, I do my exercises every day. I feel stronger than ever before. Better than ever.
I suggest no one ever smokes, it's the worst, worst thing. The heart is everything. The smoking kills it."

-Amir Lucebic, Queens, NY

Sunday, September 19, 2010

beat 171 - connected

"My heart is loving, warm and courteous. Every day of my life is a lesson for my heart. I work with people nonstop, I see it all, I see all the characters of the world. My heart feels good when people are good. My heart feels great when people are great."

-Eddie Kolenovic, Queens, NY
Building Super

Saturday, September 18, 2010

beat 170 - up

"My heart is full. I bet you hear that all the time though. But mine is. I have 3 beautiful daughters, 5 beautiful granddaughters, 1 gorgeous grandson and 6 great grandsons. The story of my grandson and his soon-to-be wife is like a great fairytale. I'm 87 years old, I've seen a lot of love in my life. I have a husband that's 90, we've been married for 63 years, through thick and thin, ups and downs, mostly ups, but yes, there have been downs. The fairytale of Scot is a great one and I hope he has more ups than even I had."

- Muriel Lobovitz, Florida and Connecticut

Friday, September 17, 2010

beat 169 - morality

"My heart is happy when I can help others, when I make others happy. And if I cannot make a difference in someone's life, I don't let it get me down, I just work harder to help someone else. My heart feels good when there is goodness around."

-Jodi Sokoloff, Boston, MA
Assistant Director at Camp Micah

Thursday, September 16, 2010

beat 168 - soled

"They say you can learn a lot about a man from his shoes. I believe that it's also a way into a man's heart. My girlfriend bought me these Y-3's, I wear them and think of her and my heart feels real good. And I look damn good too."

-JR Smith, Queens, NY

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

beat 167 - proud

"My heart feels great. I love my wife tremendously. I love all my family. All my friends. I love being a Lobo. Being a Lobo is bigger than life."

-Phil Lobo, Warren, NJ

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

beat 165 - myocardial infarction

"My heart is not so good. I've had three heart attacks. The first one I had they screwed up, they put something wrong, I was four hours without my right side working. So i have damage on my right side. The heart doesn't pump very well to my hands or feet. I'm on a lot of medications. But I feel good. I feel strong. I still do things I'm not supposed to do. I pretend like it never happened. I do what I want to do, you gotta keep livin'."

-Carl Bleecker, New Jersey

Sunday, September 12, 2010

beat 164 - affirmative

"Aside from being full of love for my kids and family and life, my heart is positive. Did I ever expect life to be this good? Well, I believe you have to expect it to be good, you have to be positive. If you think life is going to stink, it will stink. My heart is positive and full of love."

-Bev Lobo, Warren, New Jersey
mother, wife, owner of travelin' tumblers

Saturday, September 11, 2010

beat 163 - exposed

"I've spent my life putting my heart out there. I write music, my feelings are in the words."

-Jay Denes, NYC
Naked Music Recordings

Friday, September 10, 2010

beat 162 - unexpected

"Truthfully, I'm in a band, and I'm in love with my bandmate. He's my best friend, he's my world. We're the annoying couple - we call each other nicknames all day and talk to each other funny. I was so hurt by my last breakup and we started writing music together, after he made me so much happier than I had ever been. He's helped me grow into a much better person, happier. More loving."


Thursday, September 9, 2010

beat 161 - superfine

"The heart is sacred, you know? My heart is in love with my wife, Margarita and my four children. All girls. They are good to me, they love me but they are crazy. Women are crazy. But it's ok, they make me happy and laugh and in my heart I know they mean only good. Because good hearts are all we all have the same in this world. We all got them good hearts."

-St Lucia
Bellman at the Ritz Carlton

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

beat 160 - swept

"My wife gave me this necklace. She had it made with a crown and hearts on it because I say she's the queen of hearts. My heart."

-David, St Thomas
Taxi driver

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

beat 159 - darkened

"I got this heart tattoo after I had some bad blood with people I loved."

-Joshua Wildman, New York City

Monday, September 6, 2010

beat 158 - jolted

"Many years ago I was drinking 5 cups of coffee a day. My began to take a serious toll on my heart. I was at home one day and felt my heart racing, I knew something wasn't right so I took my pulse. My heartbeat was way beyond where it should have been so I went to the ER. When I got there the first question they asked me was how much cocaine I had done. It was the coffee, coffee was acting as a drug in my heart. I finally had to cut it out but I was totally addicted. One of the hardest things I've ever done. Yeah, I drink a cup now and I did start to get cocky at one point a few years ago, having more than one cup. But my heart stopped me and reminded me to stay in check."

-Dr Steven Dillon, New York City

Sunday, September 5, 2010

beat 157 - karmic

"I am an American! My heart is good! Why not? I'm a very honest, good person. Always thinking better. Definitely always happy. I never have complaints. I always think good. I try to help people. Stay positive and love everything and be happy because I live here and my family is free and we all laugh together! I am a good person and then the world is good to me. That's how it works, you know? You are good and good things happen. You are bad and bad things happen. I drive people around, I make friends. You and me, we talk. I drive you to a place where you want to go, that makes you happy. Then I go, I find someone new to drive and we talk and then the world is happier. Come on, we all can be so happy! In America this is so easy!"

-Sheiks, Jackson Heights, Queens by way of Bangladesh 
Taxi driver

Saturday, September 4, 2010

beat 156 - scared

"My heart is good. It's happy. I have my daughter, my husband, we are good and happy. But it's very hard because my mother is sick back home in Argentina. That hurts me. I brought Sophia to see her grandmother for one month, which made us all happy. But my mother is not well and that hurts my heart."

-Mariela, New York City
New mom to Sophia, 3 months

Friday, September 3, 2010

beat 155 - courageous

"Open mind. Open heart. I'm ready for whatever. I just always keep myself open to whatever the universe brings me. It's important that you don't let fear take over you. Just try it. Whatever it is, try. If you fuck up, just try again."

-Eddie Marco, Miami, FL, living in NYC for 18 years
Bikram yoga teacher/actor/bartender

Thursday, September 2, 2010

beat 154 - respected

"My heart belongs to two people: my son, Dusty, and his son, Alex. I was a single mom, which can be hard. But unlike my mother, who thought being a friend and a mother wasn't the right way to raise a child, Dusty and I were best friends. We are best friends. We are everything - mother and son, brother and sister, best friends, each other's rock. I know that if a son loves his mother there's no way he will ever treat a woman badly. If a mother respects and loves a son, that son will grow up to always give respect to women. It makes the world a better place. And that makes my heart happy."

-Michelle, St Thomas
Massage therapist

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

beat 153 - dignified

"My heart is an endless magic trick...constantly amazing me with its capacity to expand.

I remember being fascinated when I learned in school the actual size of the heart. To this day it still boggles my mind that such a powerful part of our bodies is only the size of a fist. Yet no matter how many times mine feels like its going to explode with all the pride and worry and happiness and all consuming love I feel for the people that matter most to me in my life, my heart always seems to make room for more.

My heart may be small, but it is fierce. It knows no fear when it comes to conquering life and protecting the people that give it purpose. It is never afraid to make mistakes and surprises me regularly with its resilience, confidence and strength. It has cracked with disappointment and broken from love, but mostly it just aches from laughter (even if it's only at itself).

Above all else, my heart is lucky. It spends each and every day radiating a positive energy and smiling from chamber to chamber because it has the honor of being in the company of hilarious and inspiring people. Remarkable individuals who make it want to beat that much stronger and shine that much brighter."

-Jen Gordon, New York City