Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #48

I remember Lance Dobersek sharing some footage of Sarah McLachlan recording music inside a church with about a million candles lit and that’s the shit I’m talking about. I’ve been working on the little room I record in to make it more ambient - lava lamps, strings of fruit lights, weird lamps - that sort of thing. I mean, why not make it look and feel like stage atmosphere?

Carolaoke Song #48 - Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #47

This is a song I’d “scream sing” all the way down from Madison to Milwaukee for Sweet Jelly practices on Tuesday nights once upon a time long long long ago. All day I had been in a cube at a toy company making Flash animations for the children and I tried hard to keep a lid on my growing excitement for rocking out later but I didn’t do a very good job. I know I made a spectacle of myself. It really did feel weird being in a band while I worked at a button-upped corporation. It always felt like I was doing something wrong UNTIL I read that Elvis Costello was also in a complete non-rock quiet computer job and wrote songs while he worked there. Then I started to feel a lot better about my weird affliction for wanting to be in a band.

Carolaoke Song #47 - Sinéad O'Connor - "No Man's Woman"

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Freaky Friday #22

Two new Bird People Tarot cards to share for today’s Freaky Friday. Hope everyone has a happy halloween this weekend. I certainly plan on eating all the candy to celebrate appropriately.

Tarot empress 3
Major Arcana: The Empress

Upright Meanings:
Mother, sister, wife
Abundance
Healing
Productive
Creativity

Reversed Meanings:
Blocked development
Financial hardship
Anxiety
Lethargy
Unfruitful

Tarot 10 pentacles
Minor Arcana: 10 of Pentacles

Upright Meanings:
Favorable
Family, ancestral ties
Security
Reputation
Good investments

Reversed Meanings:
Quarrels
Lack of motivation
Gambling
Risk
Chance

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Studio Closeup #54

I’ve been completely engrossed in starting a larger (24” x 24”) Museum Series piece centering around penguins. As you can see, I’m in the super early stages of assembly and painting. The diorama has not been built and no holes have been drilled yet. It’s weird working bigger but I’ve been enjoying more space to add things like slides and one or two more paper dioramas to complete my "exhibit". I have a couple penguin slides waiting in the wings that will also be included in this piece.

Art blog 54 A
Art blog 54 B

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #46

Discoveries made today are that Gwen Stefani’s singing is to what Eddie Van Halen is to guitar playing. “Shredding” comes to mind. I’ve been keeping an eye on Gwen through the internet since she started up her Vegas shows again (SQUEE!!!). SHE IS SO DYNAMIC ON STAGE! And that voice. Jesus Christ Almighty her voice is a crazy work of art. I let out a lot of angst today deciding to sing this. It’s always in the back in my mind that “I’m making too much noise” with my volume and I think that holds me back from progressing. I’ve been working on that in particular lately along with “why do I have any right to attempt this song” narrative. I’m just being totally honest here. Since there are officially no more rules thanks to 2020, well, this has been making things a lot easier in my head, heart and voice. Keeping that in mind. Please enjoy my cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Don’t Speak” and thank you for stopping by today!

Carolaoke Song #46 - No Doubt - "Don't Speak"

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