It comes as no surprise that Sufjan Stevens has been dominating most of what I listen to these days and it’s because I genuinely can’t get enough of it. I’ve been oscillating between his two newest albums All Delighted People EP and The Age Of Adz, and all I can say is that I’m impressed. I don’t think he needs much campaigning on my part, but man, those two albums are certainly some of the best of the year, and just add to his grandeur. I hope you’ve had the pleasure of seeing some videos of his new tour, or maybe you’ve even got to see it live, but that’s where the sunglasses come in to play. I’ve been seeing him wear these in quite a few videos, and to me, they summed up a lot of what The Age Of Adz sounds like.
The Neville Brothers got 3 plays, which was their rendition of Way Down In The Hole for the season three opening of The Wire, which all came in a row, because I think that’s my favorite of all the seasons. But I also think which ever season I’m currently watching is my favorite. So, who knows.
Here is another poster I made for the Nom Now art show. It features the phrase “Inspire The Tired”, which is one of my favorite lines from our mission statement. I think one of the biggest obstacles we face as artists and as people in general, is the fact that we are always tired. Whether it be physically tired, mentally tired, spiritually tired, tired of our surroundings, or just tired of the norm, it sometimes gets the best of us. So, I think it’s the responsibility of those who are feeling rejuvenated and fresh, to pass that along to everyone else. To inspire the tired. I took this photo from the top of a ferris wheel, sort of representing being on top of your creative game. However, one day everything will flip and you’ll find yourself as the tired one, at the bottom of the ferris wheel, and hopefully someone else will be there to inspire you, and give you that lift all the way back to the top.
I have a few more posters of this one left if anyone is interested. I’d be more than happy to meet up with you.
My buddy Richie Brown made a really amazing poster for us using this phrase and putting his own spin on it. Check out his blog to give that one a look see. While you’re there, check out his other stuff, he is blowing my mind on a daily basis.
I can’t believe it’s lined up so perfectly, but today, and this post, marks both my 1 year anniversary of this blog, and my 100th post. It feels like I’ve been doing this forever, and at the same time, it feels like this past year just flew by. Much has happened in this time, I got hired full time (my initial reason for starting this), Nom Now has emerged as a tower of power (to add to the list of stuff going on today, we’re in our first real deal art show Power In Numbers tonight in Philly), and I’ve gotten a few awesome clients. It’s been awesome, and here’s to hoping this next year is as bonkers as the past one.
I hadn’t made a strictly Nom Now poster in a bit, but with the Facebook page in full gear, I’m more excited about this than ever. Go on over and “like” it if you haven’t already, there will be many updates through there, and plenty of ways for you to get involved. Speaking of, that’s sort of where the inspiration for this came out. We’ve had quite a few people looking to get involved with Nom Now, and while I’m not in the business of turning people away, especially those looking to help, the idea is that you go out and do your own thing and contribute something of your own to the world. Because you can, and because you should. I’ve asked myself many times “How are you going to contribute?” It’s a question worth asking often. It keeps me in the mind set of never becoming stagnant. It’s also a reminder that our world is only comprised of what we put into it, that being said, we have quite the duty. I hope this all sparks something in you, and you “contribute” this week. Let us know what you’ve done, we’re looking for inspiration all day every day.