I been listening to this group a lot lately. They redo old hymns in a beautiful folk-americana style. Listen online to their latest album called All Things New.
Let me preface by saying to my fellow designers that I may be 2 years behind on this one. (note: 2 human years = 10 web designer years). I just stumbled onto a site/app called Ember. It is a source for designers to have a community of shared inspiration.
Now, I know there have been sites like deviant and even flickr for that matter that you could argue serve the same purpose. But once you check it out, you’ll know the difference within 20 seconds. As I cruise through other similar sites I find it too random and disorganized. For instance I can search 100 examples of Texture Web Design. Bippity. Boppoty Boom. Inpired.
Anyway, I’m not going to give a full explanation of what it does and how it’s awesome. But if you like to cruise the web for design inspiration please check out Ember.
Filed under: Music, Recommend | Tags: blitzen trapper, furr, music video, stop motion
I’ve been really into stop motion lately….not sure why.
The Night House
Every day the body works in the fields of the world
Mending a stone wall
Or swinging a sickle through the tall grass-
The grass of civics, the grass of money-
And every night the body curls around itself
And listens for the soft bells of sleep.
But the heart is restless and rises
From the body in the middle of the night,
Leaves the trapezoidal bedroom
With its thick, pictureless walls
To sit by herself at the kitchen table
And heat some milk in a pan.
And the mind gets up too, puts on a robe
And goes downstairs, lights a cigarette,
And opens a book on engineering.
Even the conscience awakens
And roams from room to room in the dark,
Darting away from every mirror like a strange fish.
And the soul is up on the roof
In her nightdress, straddling the ridge,
Singing a song about the wildness of the sea
Until the first rip of pink appears in the sky.
Then, they all will return to the sleeping body
The way a flock of birds settles back into a tree,
Resuming their daily colloquy,
Talking to each other or themselves
Even through the heat of the long afternoons.
Which is why the body-the house of voices-
Sometimes puts down its metal tongs, its needle, or its pen
To stare into the distance,
To listen to all its names being called
Before bending again to its labor.
Filed under: Art, Music, Recommend | Tags: brad senne, folk, minneapolis music
This is a music video of Minneapolis based musician Brad Senne. Sing & Dance is track #1 on his latest album, Aerial Views, which is great for autumn ears. Let’s just say it goes well with apple cider. His style is soft and hypnotic; very inviting. You know, the kind of sad music that makes you happy. Click on the album title above and hear some of his other tracks.
Filed under: Faith, Recommend | Tags: Faith, interview, john piper, npr, problem of evil, tsunami
I found a fascinating NPR interview with John Piper from a few years ago. The host (I forget her name) chose Piper as a part of a series in response to the devastating tsunami of 2005. In the wake of this calamity, she wanted to discover how different faith backgrounds answer the problem of evil. If you dug around the NPR site you could probably find the interviews with Hindu, Muslim, Buddist, Jewish religious leaders.
Here is the link to the interview. (Well worth the listen!)