Friday, October 9, 2009

october music & art


We Are A Forest Kingdom, Scott Erickson

Last summer 6 up-and-coming Northwest artists spent 2 weeks in Vancouver, BC. They worked, played, thought, prayed, and created in community, and the result was nothing short of amazing. The 25 unique original works that now comprise The Vancouver Project are currently on display at JKPC. For those of you who live in the area, come out tomorrow night for the artist reception, featuring a gallery talk from the creator of the project, Brian Moss, along with two of the artists (Matt Whitney and Jeremy Mangan).

artist reception: the vancouver project
10.10.09 (tomorrow)
7 pm @ john knox presbyterian church

Tara Ward, Revelations of a Blue Jacket. I would listen to Tara Ward sing the phone book, but this album is more than just other-worldly vocals: it's the whole package. When I read that this was a concept album about a girl named Cordelia who finds a blue jacket at a thrift store that changes her life... I'll be honest, I thought that sounded bizarre. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the whimsical story doesn't get in the way of the music, but actually adds wit, humor, and subtle depth to the album. It is available for free download, but if you listen and like please pay the artist what you can (click the "download album" link and it gives you the option to pay).

Justin Little and the Morning, Purple, Blue, then Yellow Fire. Of Justin Little, a fellow artist says: he's 40% Tom Petty, 35% John Mellencamp, 15% James Taylor and 10% Jars of Clay. I think that's a pretty accurate description. I should say that the only reason I listened to this album was that my brother Chase was the head engineer and producer, while interning at Martinsound Studios. Although I'm proud of my brother's fine audio engineering work, that's not what made me put this album on repeat all day yesterday. Listen for yourself, but again - if you like it, buy it and help Justin fund his upcoming tour!

Happy looking & listening.

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