Ok, I’ll admit it. This week’s installment of “weird” music of the day/week isn’t “weird,” at least not to my ears. But the pace and mood of it pretty well captures the busy pace of the week so far (Also, I just like this tune.). How about you? How was your week— productive? slow? icy? Here’s hoping for a pleasant weekend. Enjoy!
Hora Decubitus, Charles Mingus
Just a little something leftover from a piece I was working on this evening. I rather like where this seems to be going—feels very inky and reminds me of wisteria.
It’s turning out to be a cold winter for a change and while we’ve had some snow from a few storms, I’m still hoping for more. And in America, where there is snow, there is often salt.
A while ago I was driving through the mountains in a snow storm. Sometimes even crummy roads and worrisome weather can be beautiful.
A few years ago, when I lived in Colorado, Fridays became associated with weird music of the week or day (or wmotd if you will). At least once a week, usually Fridays, I’d share a piece of music with a co-worker who had a pretty brutal workload and crazy schedule in and out of the office. It was my small way of saying “hi” and “thinking of you” without interrupting workflow or productivity and giving them a little entertainment for their afternoon break.
It’s been a few years since we’ve worked together and the weird music has been shared consistently among friends. So today I thought about revisiting this habit and trying to re-introduce it into the mix for 2014 (though I can’t promise all of the music will be weird). And since it’s Friday, here’s your music for the week, enjoy:
Wire & Flashing Lights by Professor Kliq
So it’s a new year (FINALLY) and that often means new year’s resolutions. In the past, I’ve made some and like most follow through on them with mixed results. Small things seem to be easier to adopt but even so, we all have our road blocks and detours.
So this year, I’m trying something different. Following the advice of others, I’ve decided to pick a word for the year as best described by Ali Edwards and her One Little Word concept.* I’ve still written down a few goals or hopes for the year for my own reference but I’m not going to limit my focus to those. Instead, my resolution-ish efforts will be aimed at my word for the year, endeavor.
Picking a word upon which to focus does not magically affect change (unfortunately). Instead, it serves as a sort of personal mantra for the year, a sort of motivation or guide when I wake in the morning or to reflect upon when feeling direction-less in a given project or pursuit. We’ll see how it goes. But I’m pretty excited to infuse my year with the concept (or is it really a pursuit?) of endeavor.
This year, I’m also going to do my Daily365 exercises a little differently too (at least that’s the plan for now). Instead of one project that I get sick of by July, this time a handful of shorter term projects will be my goal. As in the past, my daily365 project exercises will be posted here in the Daily365 section of this site. Ultimately, I hope to re-do this section to be easier to navigate between the years, but for now it’s ordered chronologically from 2013 backward (stay tuned on this front).
So, how about all of you? Have you made any resolutions for the new year or opted to focus on a word? What’s your word for the year?
*You can still sign up for Ali’s One Little Word 2014 workshop if you want to try this concept but would like some help and creative prompts to follow through along the way.
Just a quick post to say ‘Happy New Year.’
As you may have guessed this is a sibling a few of the illustrations posted earlier in December (1, 2, 3) which were iterations for the last round of Spark in 2013. This one felt festive with it’s bright, complementary colors.
Hope everyone’s year is off to a pleasant start.