So today I had the worst deadline… and I have to draw.
I’m was drawing and falling asleep… at my desk, in the elevator, and in my car.
And then I realized I only have one more heinous day of work to go before the project is over.
And I completed with my team 52 reports fulfilling a clients civil engineering dreams.
And isn’t that what its all about???
Anyhoo today’s drawing theme was to draw a character as a creation of Dr. Seuss. I started to draw a cow and then I ended up drawing Morrissey in a struggle about flan
I can’t explain it any more than that.
And it’s Season’s Birthday, and she’s magical! I need to finish that doodle and put it up here too!
I’ve been having some rough days and I really just realized I haven’t even made any of these posts even though I’m drawing them!
Today is a day I chose. Draw and American Idol!
And not in a Ryan Seacrest way!
So I drew one of my favorite ladies…. who is so American and is everything America is about!
She is a self made celebrity and is so talented and warm and lovely. Also she has the best… wigs in the entire world!
I heard the news today, oh boy…
At 6 am my sister told me that one of my all time favorite people who have ever made a melody on this planet passed away.
My reaction was, as always is in this situation… “no.”
It was just his birthday.
He just released an album on Friday.
But then I checked my phone and had like 6 different people telling that it was true… that David Bowie was gone.
Now, like many people I never met him in person. But I feel like I knew him on a different plane. He was such an inspiration to art (not just my own), to color, to vibrations. He was really something else. And I’m so glad the world got to experience the reaches of his imagination down to his last day.
Thanks David Bowie for all the magic, and all the inspiration,
There are always those songs that bring a smile to your face no matter what is going on… or how old you’ve gotten.
I always remember the first time I heard the Velvet Underground.
I was 15, and this really cool boy with the perfect blue hair made me a mixtape, that was just the right amount of suburban rebellion. And it had this song on it… it sounded nothing like the N*SYNC and Britney Spears on the radio… it was completely different.
It sounded like… joy.
And I never looked back, I searched for my own sounds, found my own soundtracks.
I played that CD until it skipped in like 3 different parts and later succumbed to the heart-breaking ending of melting in my car. #livingincaliforniaproblems.
and you can listen to the song here:
I should go to sleep.
I’ve had this song in my head for like 2 weeks.
I’ve been listening to it in the car.
On my headphones on repeat.
On my phone at work without headphones.
In my bed, instead of sleeping.
In the morning when I’m brushing my teeth.
And even while I’m eating chicken.
I tried to find out if I could make a career listening to this song until my ears stopped working… but I haven’t found one yet.
So here is the song “Partyline” from Belle & Sebastian to get stuck in your head too:
Is there life on Mars? And do they celebrate birthdays there?
I hope so. And more on that topic today is David Bowie’s birthday.
And since he’s one of my favorite things I decided to draw this in his honor:
Do you remember that feeling you would get when someone would make you a mix-tape?
It was a culmination of the joy and the discovery of all sorts of new melodies for your ears and then the sheer joy that they thought you were special enough to use hours of their lives to create this beautiful little portal into another audio fueled dimension.
Today I got caught up in the nostalgia of it all, and tried to think of the modern equivalent. Somehow a spotify playlist doesn’t have that same romantic allure of a mix-tape.
I mean it’s all the same thing… with none of the heart.
Would the modern technology equivalent be a flash drive full of the best memories that can fit on it?
I kinda like the idea of a flash drive full of silly things like that.
I think the best mix-tapes happened on cassette, there was so much strategy.
So much sitting by the radio waiting for the right song to play…. you know it’s going to be on next!
So much anticipation… will they like all 4 songs from the Goo Goo Dolls?
Will they think Guided by Voices is cool?
Will the Cure change their existence like it did mine?
Will they like Sammy Hagar fronted Van Halen songs?
I want to make everyone I adore right now a mix-tape. But no one has a cassette player.
And the song I quoted was one of my favorite 90s songs.
A song from a one-hit wonder… that wasn’t even their hit. It may have been on every mixtape I ever made… it goes with anything from the Clash to Lisa Loeb.