Art, I have this love hate relationship with sharing my artwork with the world. Yet I keep applying for opportunities to create and show my artwork. I was selected by Spokane Arts to re purpose a Mural that will be turned into a Ping-Pong table that will be placed somewhere in Spokane. Today is the deadline of said Mural.
It is a Tuesday. Beautiful things are happening in the world around me! With that I've found myself in a place of feeling the complexities and pain of social human issues.
If I am awake and others around me are sleeping, I don't get to trounce around and startle them to wake up. Sleeping is sweet for them and that's ok. Once they've had enough sleep they will awaken.
Humans are humans and self preservation is at the forefront of the human experience.
The other day I was walking home and saw the most bold and bright purple in this set of flowers.
There was no way I could just pass them by. I stood and admired the brightness and boldness and even the shades of purple within. It was on that moment I was reminded of this exchange between these two women (Ms. Celie and Sug Avery).
Now I don't believe God is pissed when we pass it by. However it was a reminder to take time, pause and experience the real. To admire the handiwork of God and stand in admiration. When I say experience the real I mean, non fabricated experiences that are constructed for our comfort and pleasure. Rather experiences that are not necessarily constructed, such as standing at the foot of a vast body of water. Or watching the sky paint a masterpiece as the sun rises and sets. These are real and the creator of all is the artist, the divine God, that leaves me in awe at the wonders of nature and the real of His creation.
Have you seen or read the Color Purple? What is your take on that excerpt? Favorite part?
Healing, artistic, poetic and the list goes on. If you know me you know I absolutely love music. I listen to everything from Jazz to hip hop. I went through a phase of music snobbery. What I mean by that is, I was stuck in a way of thinking and being (institutionalized). However at the core I was always drawn to all different types of music. As a black kid growing up in the city, you do not disclose to your peers that you like Nirvana "Smells like teen spirit" but I also liked "Regulate" by Warren G and Nate Dog.
With age I have grown past that and I have no shame in my music selection, it is what it is. Does it move me? Can I relate, what's the message and meaning? The one genre I still don't vibe with or understand is screamo. I am not actually sure it is a genre. Perhaps I will challenge myself to listen to some and pull the art out.
As of late I am always interested in new music, something different and exclusive. I want to be able to feel where the artist is coming from through lyrics or composition. As of late these few songs are on rotation in my playlist... For all the real musicians and music heads please forgive my lack of proper music Lango. Feel my passion though...
#1 "Sound and Color" by Alabama Shakes. What can I Say about this song. 1. I absolutely cannot get enough of the lead singer Brittney Howard's voice. I want to have her voice in a non creepy way. Anyways this song is two of my favorite things: SOUND AND COLOR! There is a part where there are strings, voices and just pure beauty. It was love at first sound. Check it at about 2:10
#2."Charade" by D'Angelo: Out of nowhere D'Angelo is back on the scene and he is just as great as ever. Charade is like a revolution song. The sound is jazzy and the lyrics make you think. Throughout the song I want to hold one fist in the air in Solidarity and shout Black Lives Matter!
#3. "Over my Head" by Alabama Shakes. It is safe to say I dig their new album. Just listen to it. It has an oldschool sound with a new school flair. The bridge is everything. I try to follow the vocal harmonies and it is done so well I stop just to take it in.
#4. "Prayer" by D'Angelo. It is safe to say I also dig his album as well. This song, I cannot put into words something that is meant to be felt and heard. Something about the beat and the hazy sound that is moving. Then the lyrics that cut in and out... Whew just hear it.
#5. "The need to know" by WALE featuring SZA. 1. the album title and art is genius. It is fashioned after 90's hit TV show Seinfeld and even features sound bits from the show. I love this song because it samples a classic Musiq Soulchild song "Just Friends (Sunny). Rap and R&B fusion. Love it! Also her voice is so pretty.
#6. "Hey Mami" by Sylvan Esso. A good friend turned me onto this! From this first song I was caught up. The layering of sounds and beats get me every time. This song in particular layers so beautifully and when the beat drops... Also with the echoing soft voices, it is pure magic.
Last but not least...
#7. "Came to my Rescue" by Hillsong United. Tangent: I should've prefaced this, I am a church gospel sangin girl. It was rare that I was allowed to listen to anything other to gospel Christian music (with the exception of Michael Jackson and THE Whitney Houston). But as kids do I snuck... I watched those popular videos on "The Box"
OK so my number 7... I absolutely love Hillsong United and their music is pure worship and connects me in ways that is deep, emotional and healing. This comes on and I get chills. This song reminds me that I am not alone on this journey and that I have a rescuer, a savior, a healer, a friend. Also when that base drops in the bridge. I want to isolate that sound and live in the base.
I could honestly live in a stereo, studio, orchestra pit or anywhere music is being played and performed. Music is powerful. As a visual artist myself (did I just say I was an Artist?! Eek). I imagine that making music is expelling the deafening thoughts, inspiration strikes, and hearts cries into the words written and the sounds composed.
What are you listing to on repeat right now?