AFI – Greater Than 84

I’ve been listening to AFI all week, ever since I discovered the commentary for Burials. For this image I was inspired by the track Greater Than 84. In the commentary, the band describes this song as one of the two pop songs on the album, the rest of which one member describes as “misery.” I find the bridge in this song beautiful, like I do with many AFI bridges. To me bridges can make or break a song, and these guys get them right more than most.

Will you hold my hand as we count down the hours?
Standing beneath the meteor showers

The first concert I attended with friends starred AFI. I remember us near the front of the stage, piled into the little Cleveland venue like sardines. It was so hot, sticky and sweaty that the crew squirted us with hoses before it started. I think I discovered around 15 bruises up and down my body the next day.

I’ve seen A Fire Inside twice since, and am always impressed by the dedicated fan base. Listening to the commentary has made me appreciate this group even more, and I’d love it if they released a commentary for The Art of Drowning and Sing The Sorrow.

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Whitey – Great Shakes Volume 1

Last night I ran out to my local thrift store to grab a suit 10 minutes before they closed. I knew I was going to be making a post on The Velvet Underground today, and it only felt fitting to publish a Whitey post on the same day.

Just hours after the passing of Lou Reed, Whitey composed and released a cover of Waves Of Fear, along with a story of the writing process and how much Reed means to him. His words are so incredibly real, raw and well-written, and the song is amazingly, beautifully haunting. I listened to Waves Of Fear multiple times every day for weeks after it was released.

Whitey’s cover blew me away. I deeply admire his honesty and how he chose to share it with the world.

Regarding my Whitey-inspired image, I had never worn a mens suit before, and found it pleasantly comfortable.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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Banana Art

educational banana pop art

I had fun with the banana for my Velvet Underground post, so I made some more art featuring bananas. I basically multiplied the bananas to make them look fun and free. The banana, minus the tomato, has always been my favorite fruit, and they are pretty much a super food. And they seriously float in water. If I ever find myself on a deserted island my first thought will be: I hope banana plants are a native species.

Some interesting facts about bananas, courtesy of the Chiquita Banana site:

a. Banana plants are the world’s largest perennial herb
b. Edible bananas are technically berries
c. Banana plant roots can live for hundreds of years
d. One banana is called a finger, and a bunch of bananas is called a hand
e. Once a man in India ate 81 bananas in a half hour
g. The Washington Banana Museum is a thing, let’s go!

Rubbing a mosquito bite with the inside of a banana can help reduce the itchiness. Just another reason why bananas are my top pick for this deserted island.

One other unique thing I found while researching this fruit: Bananas are said to be bad luck on fishing boats, a superstition that dates back to the 1700s. I chuckled at this, since they are one of the few fruits that can float. Can you imagine tossing something overboard that scared you, only to have it rise from the depths, follow and haunt you throughout the rest of your trip?

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The Velvet Underground and Nico

I visited The Andy Warhol Museum some number of years ago. My favorite part of the building was easily Silver Clouds, where you wind up in a room filled with floating silver pillows. The next best thing? The exhibits where The Velvet Underground music played.

This image was inspired off the album art for The Velvet Underground & Nico. I photographed a banana and went to work making it “pop”. I published this post on a Sunday morning, and the first track on the album is titled, lo and behold, Sunday Morning.

I think it’s safe to say Lou Reed was one of the most influential musicians of all time. From his start in The Velvet Underground to his vast and lengthy solo career, the music world has lost an outstanding example of creative innovation. Reed will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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Depeche Mode – Violator

REACH OUT AND TOUCH FAITH

Every time I hear Personal Jesus, I kick myself for not yet attending a Depeche Mode show. All I want to do is throw up my hands during this at a live gig. From what I’ve heard, the entire crowd does it, like how people throw up their fists when Trent Reznor sings Wish. Who the hell doesn’t want that experience?

Creative director Anton Corbijn created the artwork for Violator, released in early 1990. Corbijn started his impressive career as a music photographer and has since created some of the most influential music videos to date. Aside from Depeche Mode, he has worked with Nirvana, U2 and Bob Dylan, just to name a few.

I created the rose by blotting napkins with kisses. I’m 26 years old, and this is the second time I’ve ever applied lipstick. It’s not something I plan on doing again, unless it’s in the name of sweet album covers.

 

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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