Fear and Delight

This band was discovered during a YouTube music binge, several weeks ago. For some reason this song is the one my brain was serenading me with when I woke up this morning. There genre is considered Electro swing but there is some funky dubstep like interlude in the middle. The video is pretty funky too. Wheee!

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Atheist Hymns

Usually what I call an earworm manifests itself without a conscious train of thought trail, usually just find the song running through my head when I wake up, but other times there is a trigger. Today’s song was triggered by a meme a friend posted on Facebook. A quote attributed to Simon Pegg. “I wish there was a place where atheists could all get together and sing songs about physics. I love being a rationalist but it’s lonely”

I wondered what songs about physics there could be and remembered “Why Does the Sun Shine?” which promptly got stuck in my head.

They Might be Giants covered this 1959 song written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer, performed by Tom Glazer and Dottie Evens.

Turns out it may not get sung in atheist meetings because science has developed new findings and TMBG has even recorded a correction song.

At any rate, “Why Does the Sun Shine?” is a fun enjoyable song and even if the atheists won’t be singing it at their physics meeting I bet there will be a fine selection of They Might Be Giants songs sung anyway. They have a whole album of science songs “Here Comes Science”

And if the John’s are ever in your neighbourhood, go see them, they are one of the best live acts I have ever seen.

August Sketchfest

Took part in Ellen Million’s Sketchfest again. Always fun and inspiring. The Eclipse seemed to be a popular prompt again this month and I got 2 drawings from that, one of which I played with colouring in GIMP, plus a couple more.

Prompts were Eclipse Dragon, My Black Cat, Beautiful Beast, and Total Eclipse.Sketchfest 90 aug 2017

And Ellen featured my Beast on her blog too! thank you Ellen ūüôā

My Name is Ruin

Gary Numan had that song in the 80’s, “Cars“, which I was minorly fond of but never interested enough to delve further into his music. On one of my YouTube music video binges, his new song, “My Name is Ruin”, came up and I figured “let’s see how his music has changed over the years”. Well let’s just say this song spoke to me in a way that “Cars” never did. It’s powerful, mature, rich, polished yet still with an edge. His daughter Persia performs in this with him too. I have been listening to this every day since I found it, so of course it was expected to show up on it’s own as an earworm, going through my head sometime, and that time was this morning.

Golden Brown

Was watching many music videos before bed last night, so no surprise there would be something stuck in my head this morning.

I had completely forgotten about this song until last night, but back in the early 90’s I liked this song very much. Golden Brown by the Stranglers.¬† (I know it was released in the 80’s but I didn’t get my Stranglers’ Greatest hits until the 90’s which is where I was introduced to the song) I like almost any music that incorporates vintage or antique sounds and instruments, so the harpsichord is what got me hooked on this song.

What I found last night though, that reintroduced me to this song did not have a harpsichord. Nope. No Harpsichord. Try Mariachi! How fun.

 

Pet Portraits

I recently did a study portrait of my cat and liked it so much I finished it into something more graphic-y and made it into a t-shirt. I got comments about cats and amazement when I confessed it was something I created. I enjoy doing pet portraits and usually try to draw or paint at least one portrait of all our pets. I have done portraits for others as well.

So here are a few images of the animals I have painted and drawn!

 

 

 

 

 

July Sketchfest

This month’s Sketchfest was July 21,22, and 23rd, and I was struggling with this one. The prompts I worked on were Abyssal Mermaid,¬†Butterfly Dreams, and Solar Eclipse.

I was most happy with Butterfly dreams, but I would have to say most inspired by Solar Eclipse because I decided to redo it a couple of times over the last couple of days.

I did the extra Sun/Moon images on water colour paper, so perhaps one day I will work on coloured versions.

Sunface Moonface eclipse-small for webSunface Moonface eclipse v2-small for web

How do I feel?

Tell me now how do I feel?

Blue Monday originally released by New Order in 1983. It was re-released several times. Here is the video for the 1988 version.  I liked the song then and I  like many of the cover versions that have cropped up over the years.

Knowing I was going to talk about this iconic music, I thought I would look around and see if there were other interesting versions. I was not disappointed when I came across a slow ethereal version by Flunk.

The Klutae remix I found is so creepy dance goth so of course that makes the list.

For years though I have liked Orgy’s version the best until I saw the video of¬† Orkestra Obsolete¬† playing it using instruments only available in the 1930’s. Wow!

Zombie

I had a dream once, a while ago now, where it was a post zombie apocalypse world. I was in a job interview, and the lady doing the interview asked if I had anything else to add. I felt I should confess, and I admitted, “well, I have shot a few people in the head.” She replied “Well, I don’t know very many people who haven’t.”

We finished season 3 of iZombie a few days ago but the theme song is still running through my head. Such a fun show. I didn’t know what to expect and there are so many zombie related shows out there and many of my zombie related dreams are not entertaining, but Rocky had a coworker tell him about this one so we gave it a try. Kind of campy, definitely comic book, and I have a weakness for things comic book.

The whole song is pretty cool.

The show utilizes music well, and I like much of the music they use throughout the series. I can’t remember if they have used¬† The Cramps “Zombie Dance”¬† yet. My favourite zombie related song.

EDIT: I found out later after I posted this blog entry, that George A. Romero has passed away. As father of the zombie movie this post seems kind of a tribute to him. Funny that my favourite movie of his is Knight Riders, a tale of Knights of King Arthur, but with motorbikes. It stars Ed Harris and has no zombies. R.I.P Mr. Romero.

 

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