Evolution of music.

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am a fan of Beck.

To which anyone who knows me would immediately snort and say, “Fan? More like fanatic.” 

But I’m not a fanatic in the sense that I stalk people and my life revolves around them. More that I truly appreciate everything that person does, and will immediately purchase whatever they put out into the world.

I have a lot of memories with Beck – with my father, with my husband, with ex-boyfriends, with friends, with old jobs… I can tell you what was going on in my life based on which  one of his albums was out at the time.

He evolves with every album. It is very different, but uniquely different. Ranging from super raw, hard, nearly punk to symphonic and almost operatic to hip hop to pop…sometimes all in one song. Music is very personal to him, and that comes across easily to the listener.

Which is why his new album is both brilliant and odd. He is releasing it only as sheet music.

Song Reader is 20 new songs presented only as sheet music, in the hopes that enterprising musicians will record their own versions.” (NPR has the full article, and interview with Beck.)

I’m so intrigued. Which is why I love Beck to begin with.


Good things.

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today has been a good day, for many reasons. First off, I slept last night for the first time in a while. It was glorious waking up refreshed rather than exhausted.

Breakfast at a local coffee joint, then this:

Purcell-Cutts House Living Room

That is the Purcell Cutts house (photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts). Living in Minneapolis, Prairie-School Architecture has a great meaning. Elmslie and Purcell were both here, and there is a rich history of buildings they provided the city – and state.

The Purcell Cutts house was designed by Purcell and Elmslie for Purcell. However, the Purcell’s only lived in it for a few years before selling it to the Cutts, who lived in it from 1919 to 1985, when it was gifted to the MIA. They kept everything original. Which is so rare.

The entire house is gorgeous. I felt instantly at home there, and could live there quite happily. Being in the city, and so close to your neighbors, but feeling nothing but privacy and a connection to nature is something the Prairie-School does best. I wish we could all live in a house like this.

The house is delightful, and if you’re ever in the Twin Cities, I recommend touring it. More photos here.

Archinature cont.

December 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was trying to find this when I posted previously, but could not for the life of me remember where it was and what it was called. I saw this on a post recently, and it completely embodies “archinature” to me.

photo by Kristof Vrancken / Z33

This church, designed by Gijs Van Vaereburgh, is in Belgium. It’s called “Reading between the lines”.

It’s so beautiful for so many reasons.

Check out more photos at Architecture Lab, and the story at the architect’s website.


December 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

I have a new favorite word.


golden rule.

December 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

I have officially gone through all stages of grief in the last half hour. I don’t know anyone in Connecticut, and have no personal connection to those intimately involved aside from humanity. 

Neil Gaiman tweeted that now was the time to go offline and away. To which I add and hug everyone you see. 

I don’t believe in guns. 

I believe in helping humans. 

We refuse to provide necessary resources to our social services. We are too interested in providing for ourselves to help others who clearly are in need. Mentally and physically. 

We respond to such tragedies with anger, outrage and prayer. None of which will do anything for this situation, or for preventing another similar scenario from happening. 

Today, don’t pray. Do something tangible. 

Appreciate those around you. Every single person. Whether you know them or not, they are human beings. Treat them with respect and provide them with whatever they need – a smile, a dollar, a hug. It will do more to make our world safer and our lives better than anything else. 


December 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

This last week, I fell into my old comfort music from more than a decade ago. Bjork…in particular Vespertine…was a big part of that. I used to listen to it incessantly the summer between my sophomore and junior year in college.

It had been a while since I listened to the album, and it was great to re-experience it. If you haven’t listened to it, I highly recommend it.

As luck would have it, someone else was thinking about Vespertine this week. Across the nation from me, who has never met me. I love those moments.

Design*Sponge did a Sound Garden feature on it.

Design*Sponge Sound Garden folks must be my age and have the exact same taste in music, because this isn’t the first time this exact scenario has happened. Beck’s Sea Change (an absolutely gorgeous album. Listen to it alone when you need a good raw cry.)

While I see similarities in these with the albums (Bjork’s album is rich and warm and hard and soft; while Beck’s is highly sensory and spiky and evocative) I’m not sure if they totally hit the mark. But I appreciate that art can be made from art, and that we are inspired in so many different perspectives.


December 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Oh, I LOVE perforations. Adore.

Yet another balance thing. Controlled destruction. Oh, it’s such a wonderful feeling, ripping perforations. Honestly, if I could get a job as a ticket ripper, I would be happy.


Tear Off Wallpaper by ZNAK in interior design  Category

PERFORATED WALLPAPER. I could spend afternoons ripping designs. That sounds so satisfying.

h/t Design Milk.

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