Ever since viewing 2009’s ‘Crazy Heart’, I’ve been on a country music kick of sorts. It’s not the new country playing on my local radio stations that I’m into – it’s the old country classics: Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard.  The same sort of haunting, tortured tunes that Jeff Bridges strummed as Bad Blake are what I’m after. Watching PBS’s ‘American Masters – Merle Haggard‘ last night was even more of a push. While mostly sad and depressing, the songs seem real and honest – sometimes strikingly so. I listen to the lyrics and learn them almost instantly. On my trip to the library today I walked out with 3 Merle Haggard’s, 1 Hank Williams, and a Ray Price album.

You may want to check on me in the morning.

i’m in love with this piece of film.

lost in a moment from dennis wheatley on Vimeo.

the pace.
the music.
the simplicity.

it transports me like nothing has in a long time.

enjoy.

First Aid Kit

January 7, 2010

A friend recently told me that “Swedes are better than us.”

In most things design related, I would agree.

In manufacturing safe automobiles, I would again agree.

And when it comes to teenage, sibling, folk singers, I would most definitely agree.

The harmonies these sisters create together as Swedish import, First Aid Kit, are other-worldly and their lyrics seem wise beyond their years. I’ve been haunted by their tune – Hard Believer – all day. Grab a blanket, pour yourself a cup of tea and crank the volume – you’ve got some listening to do!

ThruYou is amazing! Recycling at its finest.

#3 is my fav…uh, er…maybe #7.

More please!

Swedish goodness

February 4, 2009

There are plenty of things to love about Sweden: Cops drive Volvos & Saabs. Beer is sold in pop machines. And they happen to be the world’s third largest exporter of music after the US and Great Britain. ABBA, Ace of Base, The Hives, Peter, Bjorn & John, and The Knife are a few of my favorites.

This beautifully creepy little gem from Fever Ray, is no exception.

We listened. Did we hear?

January 21, 2009

Barack Obama delivered a somber, value-filled Inauguration speech yesterday. It offered the hope upon which his campain was built, but still punctuated the real and true crisis our country faces. It was a speech with no real great phrases. Instead, more of an outline that focused on personal and governmental responsibility. In order for us to get ahead, we’re gonna have to sacrifice people! He looked all of the world in the eye and asked us to rise to the challenge. Are we ready to answer his call?

One of my favorite moments from yesterday’s celebration was the music. John Williams arranged a beautiful piece masterfully brought to life by the quartet of Itzhak Pearlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, and Gabriela Montero.

I was total waterworks at this point!

B.D.V-O. part I

January 8, 2009

I challenge Jason L. Clark to a Best Dance Video-off!!!

His first (and possibly last) entry can be found here.

May I present my 1st entry:

Stay tuned for possible continuing updates…