The Afghan Whigs – Honkey’s Ladder E.P.

Today started out with an old throwback album from 1996 while in the car rider line sipping a Coke. The Afghan Whigs made this little gem of an E.P. called ‘Honkey’s  Ladder’ which I almost skipped listening to (since my kids were in the car) because I couldn’t remember what kind of language was present in the songs. But surprisingly, it’s good (with a few curse words that we just ignored as my oldest got out of the car).  

It’s a catchy short cd including the ode to TLC’s song ‘creep’ which the Afghan Whigs do an alternative cover of.  That  song sticks a lil bit in your mind and you might even forget that TLC had a big hit with their own version.  

As soon as I heard the title song, I remembered that once upon a time they had a crazy video filled with lots of distorted imagery.  I actually had to google and watch the title song ‘Honkey’s Ladder’ so I could see the video again which paved the way for a Warholesque tree-of-life tribute if that’s what you want to call it.  That’s how I feel about how this snippet of art turned out anyway. 

My mornings are normally filled with nursing my daughter as she gets hungry so that’s partially where I got my inspiration for this digital art.  I’m just happy to be able to listen to some music throughout the day.  Helps me get into the swing of things while chasing after my kiddos, waiting for this caffeine and sugar to kick  in… But at times I gotta take these creative urges and run with them wherever and however I can… Even if it’s creating digital art as I’m nursing my youngest and my middle child is knocking over my drink lol… And I discovered while searching for the Afghan Whigs video, that they have a new cd coming out in a few days along with a reunion tour.  Win. Win:)



This is a fitting cd for the craziness of this Monday morning.  First day of May madness where we are counting down the days til school is out.  Aerosmith is perfect for a frantic dash out the door while hustling all the kids into their jackets. 

I listened to this second cd to leave my bookcase amidst a flurry of little voices floating from the back seats of my mommy van yelling that we were going to be late… Lol we made it to the school just as ‘Eat The Rich’ started playing. This fast paced song was good music to get things rolling.  And by rolling I mean slight speeding to get there on time. 

I like this album although it’s been ages since I’ve listened to anything Aerosmith. I can remember shooting pool while being smothered by cigarello smoke in my late teens/early twenties hearing these songs. ‘Crazy’ has a vibe that makes you want to dance around while doing whatever your heart desires… So does ‘Cryin’… I can’t remember which song had a music video with a young Alicia Silverstone dancing around but I could swear it was one of these two songs.

Today was a long long day. Lots of laundry. Lots of bills due. Lots of traffic. Not my best day. But I did make cupcakes so score for me:)

I managed to squeeze out a quick 5 minute sketch of my daughter after tucking the boys into bed… The proportions are off and I can’t say it’s my best work but it’s a step in the right direction which is… Art every day, good or bad, at least it’s creativity.  I sketched this portrait in pen then ran a filter to convert it to pencil. There’s just something about sketching in graphite that is pleasing to my eye even if it still needs a lot of work.

Thinking next round I will find my pastels or my graphite pencils and not mess with any filters.  Another cd knocked out and a quick sketch… Not too shabby for a Monday.

ADELE – 25

So I admit I totally fell off these last two months but I’m ready to get back on track since I’ve finally gotten my creative mojo back… ❤️❤️❤️

Officially starting with the CDs on my bookcase, first up is Adele’s 25… 

I adore Adele. She can do absolutely no wrong and I’m not ashamed to say she’s been in my car the past month getting me through a hell of a lot of birthdays, holidays, family events.  There are times where I enjoy spending time with my extended family and other times where I’ll simply say it can be a bit trying (and I’m grateful no one gets stabbed in the eye with a fork lol)… 

I can listen to ‘Hello’ and instantly forget about whatever was stressing me.  The sound of her voice can easily push you into memory lane so one can get run over with good and bad reflections.  It makes me think back on a long past love/romance that helped shape my passions as far as art (Van Gogh) and my affinity for music when the Tindersticks and Massive Attack ruled my shelf stereo.  At that time long ago, I dreamt of starry nights and the smell of sandalwood along with how it felt to sketch out something new as charcoal blends across stone pressed papers… And I still love that feeling even if the medium has changed over the years. 

I had the pleasure of doing a belly painting for one of my best friends. And although I can be somewhat introverted and normally hate to be bothered, I’m very glad I did venture forth out of my house with all my kids (and husband to watch them) in tow to have a little artistic fun.  Because it was exactly what I needed to make me feel like myself. 

She showed me a picture of a style of a maternity painting she liked and when I started dabbing paint here and there on her skin, the baby belly art took on a life of its own.   First a sponge to blend the colors, and then my fingers to smudge oily paint into other colors… A fitting living mural albeit temporary for when Princess Temprance makes her debut into the world:)

Morcheeba – Parts of the Process

So I was trying for a different album every day, but sadly (or happily as one may look at it), I’ve been listening to this Morcheeba album the last couple days. With coffee in hand and the sweetness of my baby sleeping, I figured now was a good time to update my posts. Because I maybe only have 30 minutes until the kiddos are up full swing lol. 

I absolutely adore Morcheeba so once this cd got into the player, it stayed there forever. A part of me just didn’t want to take it out. Like your best friend riding around with you, I just didn’t wanna let it go. So I stretched it out. 

The track ‘the sea’ and ‘undress me now’ are my favorites. Very smooth female vocals with trip-hop sounds.  This is a best hits album of sorts… The first track takes me back to college days when I first stumbled across their music at a tower records where they had listening stations set up with headphones… Oh how I miss tower records… And I’m still one of those people who will inspect the packaging and read the liner notes to ascertain more information about the band.

There will be some art today… I can feel it… Caffeine, sugar, and a great mood while my kiddos catnap later is all I need. 

There is a second disc which I’ll probably check out on my computer when there’s time, but for now I’m just the mom dropping off my kiddos blasting ‘trigger hippie’ as they hop out.

Good vibes today:)

Chris Cornell – Higher Truth & Vega4 – You And Others

…So it’s been two days and in the span of those two days it’s been a bit of craziness… Super bowl Sunday was a day filled with way too much food alongside mostly family and friends. It was great and I totally blew any chance of a diet… 

I had a little trouble unwinding after all the festivities… Who better than to join me on rounding out that day than Chris Cornell via his cd higher truth. I’ve been a fan of his for decades… From Soundgarden to Audioslave to his solo stuff.  The man can do no wrong… And when you’d just like something a lil gravelly and down to earth, then he’s your man.

My favorite track for this cd is ‘Before we disappear’ because it just speaks to me. The sound of his voice along with the chorus ‘how hard can it be’, I can identify with this song, it sings to me as time is flying by, the good times and bad times and just reflecting on life. 

All in all I enjoyed the entire cd but this track is dear to my heart, comforting me as I was getting ready to turn in on that Sunday night before Monday came crashing along with the madness of the morning rush and my follow up to my women’s wellness.

Hence the need for Vega4 that Monday morning, I break this cd out anytime I need a pick me up. If I’m feeling down or depressed then this is my comforting friend.   Their cd ‘You And Others’ is one of my all time favorites. The entire cd has this sweeping sound that is music to my ears but it’s their track ‘life is beautiful’ that truly sums up their appeal to me. It’s a moving uplifting song without being too preachy. And I’m not ashamed to say that when I need a lil pep if I’m in a funk then I put that track on repeat over and over again.  

Cancer is a scary thing.  I suppose one could say after spending half my day at the doctors and a myriad of tests, I was extremely grateful when they finally cleared me. With their words of ‘I’ll see you next year, it doesn’t look cancerous after all’, I felt this magnificent rush of relief. 

I got into my car and felt all these emotions… And right at that moment someone parked next to me swung their door wide hitting my passenger side.  I looked over quickly annoyed and realized the older couple parked next to me looked rather teary eyed. It seemed as if they hadn’t had the best news… and at that second I realized while I may have gotten good news, other people are getting life changing news, possibly heartbreaking news… Obviously a door dent is nothing in the grand scheme of things. So I quickly waved them on saying that it was nothing and not to worry about it.

And that’s part of the beauty of good music… It can make you feel anything… From grand emotions, to appreciating what you have, or to even pave the way to allow you to show a lil sympathy.  Much thanks to Chris Cornell for his solo album and Vega4 (even though sadly Vega4 is not together anymore) for helping steer me towards getting my head right. 

Zayn – Mind Of Mine

I started my weekend with a killer migraine but still managed to pluck this cd off the shelf and throw it in my stereo… A pleasant surprise, I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do.  

With my eye pillow, heating pad, and grammyesque quilts in a dark room, I laid down to some smooth grooves… Zayn will prob make it into the rotation on a weekly basis. It’s a slow sultry listen… At times I forget that a former boy band member is singing but I won’t hold that against him. 

I personally think the best tracks are in the middle starting with ‘rear view’, ‘wrong’ feat Kehlani, and ‘fool for you’… But I liked the cd so much that I listened to it twice before dozing off.

Sadly no art… Just Ibuprofen, lavender eye pillow, dry heat, and the sound of Zayns voice lulling me to sweet dreams. 

OneRepublic – Oh My My

Let me just start out with saying I’m a huge OneRepublic fan and was lucky enough to catch them live last time they toured… Love this band. 

So… No art inspiration last night after getting little sleep with the fun of nursing… All mombies need caffeine so I figured what better way to cope with my kiddos yelling at eachother during the morning rush other than  some Starbucks and the second cd currently in my car. 

This is their 4th album and it’s a lil dif but a great listen all the same. I think my fav track is ‘kids’…  It’s fun and peppy and makes me think of being young and stress free.  Simple times at times.

Then my other two fav tracks on repeat are ‘born’ and ‘choke’… I could listen to the whole album over and over again, I enjoyed it so much.

I don’t know if they recorded any of it in Asia but that’s what came to mind for me. When I listened to parts of ‘born’ the images that I thought of involved Japanese cherry trees and Asian pears… I know it’s odd lol… I just felt like it’d be a song that I would listen to if I were in South Korea for a week or even Japan.

When I listen to ‘choke’ it makes me think of a love that is no more… I can’t go back to it, even if I wanted to. Regret. But in all that I’m still doing okay. Those are the emotions I feel listening to this song. I’ve kissed a few frogs over the years while looking for my prince. Not all of them were frogs from the start though, if that makes sense.

I don’t think this cd will leave my car except to burn a copy so that the original can stay safe on my bookcase. 

If I get time and ample energy, I’m thinking I’d sketch something with cherry blossom trees maybe amidst a background wash of  blue… Oh the possibilities:)