Sunday, February 17, 2013

Music | Gold Dust Woman

A lyrically alluring song that defies any search into its meaning, but takes on whatever is wanted of it. “Popular… most obscure and ambiguous.” And covered well.
Stevie Nicks rare 1981 solo


Gov't Mule featuring Grace Potter

Random | To ignore

From year gone by:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Music | Female singer-songwriters №10: Iyeoka


“Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo is a Poet and Recording Artist, a 2010 TED Global Fellow, the 2nd place 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and a spokesperson for the Amenawon Foundation. Daughter of Nigerian-born parents who both hold Doctorate degrees from Boston University, Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, singer, activist and educator. In her native Esan language, Iyeoka means “I want to be respected.” By channeling her culture and ancestral influences, she delivers an authentic and inspiring message of healing through accessing the power of the moment.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Design | Hindu Deities of Sanjay Patel

the new incredibles
by Shannon Sexton
for Yoga Journal (March 2012)

Pixar animator Sanjay Patel celebrates Hinduism’s superheroes through on-of-a-kind, Disneyesque illustrations. The 37-year-old artist’s new release, The Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities, features 12 posters you can use to decorate your home or yoga studio. Patel, whose work has appeared in Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, The Simpsons, and even a Björk music video, says he hopes his pop culture take on his Indian heritage will serve as a “21st-century bridge” for people who are seeking “a doorway into traditional South Asian art and traditional tellings of these really meaningful, spiritual stories.” Each poster includes a mini-story and his work-in-progress “dorky doodles.”
Q Yoga Journal Can you tell us about your background?
A Sanjay Patel My parents are Indian, but I grew up watching TV and reading comic books in LA, so I’m also very American.
Q YJ What inspired you to re-imagine Hindu deities?
A Patel When I finally stumbled onto South Asian art about 10 years ago, I realized there was so much room for modern interpretation. Maybe it’s my training at Pixar and in animation: how do I make this stuff graphic, cute, relatable, arresting? How do I make an image that’s appropriate for  
my wall, that I’d be proud to wear on my T-shirt? How do I educate people about how cool this culture is? My mission is to celebrate South Asian art and mythology in a fun way while also honoring the teachings and the stories.
Q YJ How did you get into yoga?
A Patel When I was trying to finish my graphic novel for Chronicle Books, Ramayana: Divine Loophole, I took a year off from Pixar and got divorced. All of a sudden, I couldn’t draw a thing. My therapist recommended yoga, and it really helped me cope with being alone and not being able to finish my book. It made me feel whole in soul.
Q YJ What’s next on the horizon?
A Patel The Ramayana was optioned by Dream Works, and they’re working on an animated Bollywood version. They got A.R. Rahman and the songwriter for Wicked to create the music, and the writers are from Bend It Like Beckham. I’m tinkering with ideas from the South Asian universe for a short film. And I’m almost finished with my first children’s book for Chronicle Books. It’s about Ganesha and how he breaks his tusk by eating a jumbo jawbreaker laddu [Indian sweet] to write [the Hindu epic called] the Mahabharata.
Q YJ How would you describe your art?
A Patel I’m just the candy-coated cherry flavoring on the medicine. But if that’s what it takes to make you learn about the story of Ganesha or the journey of Rama the, man, I will do it!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Design | Mad about Mads Berg’s retro

Mads Berg is a Danish illustrator. The lucky lad is based in Copenhagen – one of my favorite cities to hang out and feel out hygge – where he mixes just the right proportion of vintage poster with a modern twist. Sounds like a cocktail, right? A good cocktail keeps it streamlined and simple, but never fails to amaze, so it is a fair comparison.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Music | Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

To say that Pink Floyd is a seminal band is rhetoric. It has been said before and will be said again. More often than not, the entry point would have been “The Wall” or “The Dark Side of the Moon”, with the latter brought up if you started with the former and “Money” being the entry track – after all it was one of the major singles and one used on many an occasion as a soundscape to any report or any scene about – drum roll – money. “Time” is another option and the tick tock is how I started. But there was Pink Floyd before all that.

Formed in 1963 by two architecture students Roger Waters and Nick Mason as Sigma 6, it went through name and personnel changes, and landed Syd Barrett on the guitar. Mad genius that one; one plagued by a darker demon – depression. Come December 1967, the demon overtook so much that David Gilmour was brought onboard, leaving Syd to continue as a nonperforming songwriter. His tenure ended in 1968 with a final contribution being “Jugband Blues” on “A Saucerful of Secrets”. “The Dark Side of the Moon” was not released till 1973, so in between the hallowed Syd period and that masterpiece, Pink Floyd continued doing what David later referred to as musical “noodling”. It was still the height of psychadelia, their brand of psychadelia that many progressive bands are indebted to. As far as I am concerned, they were not painting a barren musical landscape. Curiously titled “Ummagumma” album offered my standout track from that period – “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.” A welcome option if like me you are currently enduring winter with daytime temperatures well below freezing. 

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