Taylor Swift has always been a mature young woman. But, with the release of her latest album “1989” it is clear that the young lady is growing up into a full fledged woman. This is reflected in her artistic interest in venturing into other music genres, namely pop.
While most of her albums have had some crossover appeal, she acknowledged that she was intentionally trying to branch out with this one. Mission accomplished.
It is likely that some of her fans may have some trouble digesting this experimental sound. But at the same time, it is likely that she will gain some new fans as well.
Personally, my favorite songs on the album are probably “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love.”
The least impressive tracks are probably the first single “Shake It Off” and “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places.”
The remaining songs are in the average to slightly above category.
The best comes out when Taylor seems to show her more natural side with poignant lyrics, a little bit of fun and an emphasis on the vocals rather than anything else. The less flattering parts occur when it seems like she’s trying a bit too hard for the current and somewhat unoriginal pop vibe.
All in all, it’s a pretty good effort to venture into the pop scene and I suspect she’ll have her share of success with it.
If you are a true Taylor fan, I’d certainly recommend this album.
Every once in a while a talented musician that is somewhat out of the mainstream breaks through the murky waters of the industry to capture the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. Lindsey Stirling is one such artist.
If you haven’t heard her yet, check out the video below for a beautiful performance the other day on The Meredith Vieira Show.
For years, graphic designers have be providing interesting and creative graphic services that literally make words into a form of visual art. You need not look further than a few different print ad campaigns or text-based company logos to realize that this is the case.
However, in a recent random trip through cyberspace, I came across a very cool site that instantly creates a visual piece of art from any phrase or content or the text on just about any website.
The official name of these digital creations are wordles and you can create your own, in seconds and for free at http://www.wordle.net.
Check out this colorful example direct from the website.
It never ceases to amaze me
that their are so many people out there with such unique artistic talents. Recently in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I can across a guy known as the “Candy Man.” His real name is Takafumi Ichiyanagi and he literary makes art out of candy. Below you’re see three examples.
Humming Bird and Flower
I’ve always admired people who can draw well
It is such as skill in that it is artistic, creative and involves serious attention to detail and patience. At a recent celebration in my area, local caricature and portrait artist Sam Thong spent several hours creating drawings for patrons of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. In addition to having mine done, one of the other subjects was my father, and I shot some video of the process just for you.
Music can be such a powerful force
and when we think about it, sometimes we like to make comparisons between styles and eras. I do anyway. I would venture to guess you do the same from time to time.
With that in mind, I was watching a concert on television the other day and it got me thinking about some of the elite guitarists over the years. So, just for fin, I thought I’d put together this brief list of some of who I consider the all time greats. Keep in mind these are in no particular order.