Tunesday: “Soubour” by Songhoy Blues

Ah, my good ol’ friend Spotify Discovery Weekly does it again! Really, I’m not sponsored by Spotify, I swear! (but, hey, Spotify, if you’re interested, I’d love to work with you).

Now, I don’t usually go into a band’s origin story, but I quite like this one: Songhoy Blues formed when the soon-to-be band members were pushed out of their hometowns by Ansar Dine, a jihadist group which banned cigarettes, alcohol and music [1]. They all met while living in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and started writing “desert-blues” with a Northern Mali style to remind their fellow refugees of home.

This song makes a perfect soundtrack for walking. You will automatically picture yourself as a badass, triumphantly walking away from successfully sabotaging an Ex or a nemesis from work. Maybe you just pulled off a successful hit, and now get to celebrate with your newly acquired bounty? Soubour has hints of motivation, mixed in with the hope of a brighter tomorrow… like you know you are so smart that you can tackle everything and can solve any problem in a weird, unique, and badass way, naturally.

If you like:

  • The Velvet Underground Guitar Solos
  • Walking-like-a-bad-ass Music
  • Desert-Blues (Ooo, so cool!)
  • A wicked guitar riff and a driving beat

… then you’ll like Soubour by Songhoy Blues. Hecky, you’d probably love the whole album; it’s pretty great!

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Tunesday: “Pop Muzik” by M

I don’t know how old I was when I first heard this song, but I’m pretty sure it was track #2 of the first CD I burned back in grade 4. (Track one was, obviously, a Simpson’s mash-up. The Simpson’s mash up was also track three by accident).

What better song to bring back #Tunesday with than a parody of pop music itself? This song has enough “Shooby-dooby-doo-wops” and “La, la, la’s” to meet anyone’s pop music needs, along with a catchy melody to sing along to. It’ll get your toes a-tappin’ and your hips a-wigglein’.

One of my favourite parts of #Tunesday is watching the music video for my favourite songs. This one is a jewel: monotone delivery; empty set; cool camera tricks – did you see how it made him look like he was IN the mirror? How cool?! – it has it all. Really, the only person who could have made a better music video for this song was me, as a 12 year old, lip syncing in the three-way bathroom mirror. (Now that’s what I call cool mirror tricks!).

Press play, crank it up, and transport yourself back to a time when music videos were simpler. Let your ears surf along a knarley New Wave. Let’s talk about Pop Muzik.

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Daily Drawing Challenge: Enter InkTober!

Wow! Has it already been a week since my last post? I’ve been quite swamped by school work but I am making good progress on my projects. While I do not think I’ll be 100% done weeks in advance with tonnes of free time to play around in, I do think that I can get the bulk of my course load done so that I am free to focus on my practicum. Four weeks of being in the classroom is a lot of work, so I want to be able to give it my all.

The following drawings are from Sept 27 to October 3rd. I’m participating in InkTober for the first time ever, so you’ll notice a change in my drawings done this month. If you’ve never heard of InkTober, it is a month long drawing challenge started by Jake Parker. Back in 2009, Jake challenged himself to draw and ink a picture every day and he shared those drawings with the world through his blog. More info and the official prompts list can be found here. It’s been strange to adjust to following prompts as my inspiration, but I’m liking the challenge thus far. I’ve allowed myself to use references for this month, since I want to create images that respond to the prompts as best as I can. While I am liking the close study of objects through using references, I do kinda miss the freedom of just drawing whatever like I did when I forbid myself from using any reference of any kind at the start of my daily drawing challenge.

Here are my little art babies born this week:

Daily Drawing #17. Zebras. #drawing #dailydrawing #draweveryday #dailysketch #sketch #sketchbook #colour #zebra #drawingchallenge

A photo posted by Leslie Taylor (@leslietaylordesign) on

Are you doing InkTober? Please live your instagram handle or a link to your blog below! I’d love to check out what you’ve drawn!

Have a great day, everybody!
– Leslie