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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 9

The Rush Hour movies seem to have been playing a lot on cable lately. As a result, I’ve had the song “war” running through my head on and off for the last couple of weeks. Funny thing, until just a couple of minutes ago, I didn’t know the singer’s name was Edwin Starr. Anyway, here’s today’s CSED, along with a link to a YouTube vid of Edwin Starr singing.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 8

I really dig the blues. And I really dig Stevie Ray Vaughan. That’s pretty much all there is to it.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 7

So my attempt at catching up has been less than successful, and at this point, I’m about a week behind. So, without further ado, here’s the CSED that corresponds to 3/7.

Some thoughts on the CSED:

I picked up The Kentucky Headhunter’s Electric Barnyard at the library the other day– purely on a nostalgic whim (my uncle had made me a copy on tape a lo00ng time ago). On the album there’s a cover of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky”. I’ve always dug the original’s fuzzy guitar riff, and I find it amusing and oddly ironic that a Jewish man would be singing about having a “friend in Jesus”– apparently, as I understand it, he added “Jesus” to the lyrics because he felt it worked better in the song. Go figure.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– For March 6

So, as of today (March 9), I’m still behind by a couple of days. It’s my fault, really. I set a challenging goal for March, and it’s proving hard to keep up. But I’m determined to catch up on these in the coming couple of days. In the meantime, here’s today’s piece.

Some thoughts on today’s CSED:

The 80s were, in my opinion– musically speaking– a schizophrenic decade. On the one hand you had pop music being put out by the likes of Culture Club, New Edition, Cindy Lauper, and yes, Michael Jackson. Somewhere on the other end of the spectrum you had rock and metal, with hair metal becoming quite popular thanks to bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Ratt, and countless others.

And then, in ’87, Guns n’ Roses hit the scene, and things changed.

So, I decided to use the band’s debut album as a jumping-off point. Here, then is my (rather quickly cobbled together) take on what has, over the last 20+ years, become a rock and metal classic.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– For March 5

The catching up continues…

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 4

I’m so behind it’s not even funny. Maybe it’s a result of limiting myself to album covers in the “Blue Note” style. Don’t know the style well enough to be able to put pieces together for my #daily365. Instead, I think just working with the redesign of album covers could be fun.

Here’s the one for March 4.

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As always, thoughts and feedback are welcome.


Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– For March 1

These last couple of days have been a bit odd. I had all the best intentions of getting this done yesterday, but time spent with family took precedence, so, at least for a day or two, I’ll probably be behind with my projects.

On today’s CSED:

I decided that it would probably be easier on me if I set a theme for the month and used that as a springboard. I took a cue from Daniela, over at “designism” and decided to go with a music theme. I’m thinking that I’d like to do a month’s worth of album covers done in the Blue Note records style, but with my self-imposed time limits this may not always be possible.

In the meantime, however, please enjoy the first of what will hopefully be a month’s worth of Blue Note-style album covers.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 18

I spent some time today “blipping” tunes on One of the tracks that I listened to was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ I Put A Spell On You (I have it on a cd somewhere), later covered by CCR. The song title stuck in my head, so I figured I would use it for today’s piece.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 13

Most folks that know me for more than 5 minutes know that The Beatles are, without question, my favorite band. Ever. They were there at the beginning, thanks to my Dad, who exposed my ears to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and quite a good number of artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In turn, I exposed him to such things as 80s New Wave/Art Rock, heavy metal and “electro boogie” (it had not yet been christened as rap or hip-hop). I’m trying to pay it forward by showing my daughter that there’s more to music than Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. She seems to be receptive to it, and has developed and affinity for 60s-80s music, in particular Elvis, CCR, U2– and, of course, The Beatles.

The first concept album I ever listened to (way before I knew the definition of a concept album) was Sgt. Pepper’s. As a matter of fact, his vinyl copy of the album (complete with Sgt. Pepper badge cutout sheet) is still kicking around. Today’s piece is inspired by one of the tracks off that album.

Hope you enjoy.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 01

Finally, I’m all caught up! It’s amazing how taking one night off can rock your momentum. Granted, the time off was spent with loved ones away from the computer, so it was (as with any time spent with those we care about) well worth it.

Here’s a quick story behind today’s entry:

I’ve taken it upon myself to show and expose my girl to the wonderful world of music, outside of the realm of poppy kids bands and over-produced, over-sexed teen singers. She’s become familiarized with the likes of the Beatles (my dad would have been proud, since he was the one that exposed me at a very early age to the Fab Four), Credence, Led Zeppelin, The Who, U2, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Clapton, El Gran Combo, Héctor Lavoe, Maelo, Janis Joplin– to name, but a few.

So, the last couple of days she’s been singing “Proud Mary” while in the car. This morning, she announced that she wanted to bring to the car the “Mexico” song. Knowing her, I quickly figured out that she meant The Coasters’ “Down in Mexico” (from the Death Proof soundtrack). This evening, while on our way to pick up my wife, the two of us broke out into a duet of the song. The word “cat” (as in “he’s one cool cat”) stuck in my head, and I started to picture Joe, the Honky Tonk piano player from the song, as a real cat.

No being particularly good at drawing animals (I never have been), I looked up a quick tutorial on drawing one. Here’s the result:

He wears a red bandanna, plays a blues piano, in a Honky Tonk down in Mexico ©2010 rafael armstrong

She seemed to enjoy seeing “Joe”, so I’d call it a success. As always, your thoughts and comments are appreciated, and encouraged.