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{Music Monday} Over & Over & Over …

Wow, it’s been quiet on the ol’ klt:sketchbook! Things have a funny way of swooping my time away during these holiday months. It’s that same old story of balance – making sure I’m present enough to enjoy the holiday festivities with my family, while staying on top of things in the studio at the same time. Right now I’m bogged down with wholesale orders that are of the time consuming nature (mobiles & plush) which means I’m in need of some good tunes. Andrew Bird’s new album, Hands of Glory came out right when I needed it to. It’s actually being passed from car to car & studio to studio because Chris likes it just as much as I do!  It’s one of those albums where I can listen to it over & over again & I couldn’t keep this little gem a secret….

This is one of my favorite songs on the disc & it’s played so beautifully live! Here’s another interesting listen if you have the time…. Andrew Bird Plays Sounds from a Room.

I’m going to do my best to check in more often in the next few weeks, but if you don’t see me here, you can assume that I’m not caught up with orders yet. In the meantime, would you like to enjoy my favorite musician with me?

What are you listening to these days? 

photo credit: here & here

{Thrilled Thursday} Play & Repeat…

Ok, so “thrilled” may be a bit strong, but seeing this Andrew Bird video this morning via Etsy was really cool- it’s awesome! If you’ve been here before, you know that Andrew Bird is my all time favorite musician & I’ve been enjoying his new album in the studio non-stop since its release. The thing that sort of blew my mind, was that this video embraces everything that Sayer is interested in right now (space, human body, putting together drawings).  I showed it to him & he went bananas! We watched it 6 times before school this morning. I’m particularly excited that it’s possibly replaced the bloodmobile video. This is a video/song that I don’t mind playing over & over-  I really can’t picture myself saying, “Sayer, will you turn off that Andrew Bird now?.  I hope you enjoy the video as much as we do! It was just what I needed on this rainy Thursday. I just couldn’t wait until Music Monday….
Read about the video on the Etsy Blog
Andrew Bird’s Etsy Shop

{Music Monday} Texture & Tone…

Andrew Bird’s new album, Break it Yourself, came out last Tuesday & it’s been playing non-spot in the studio ever since. I actually listened to it & became hooked when it was available on npr’s “first listen” before the album release. I know Andrew Bird gets a lot of blog time here at the klt:sketchbook, but he really is my favorite musician. It’s his approach to music & his willingness to experiment that I’m really struck by. This album has received mixed reviews being called, songs of quiet contemplation” which I really respond positively to- it’s perfect for when I work in the studio. It also was recommended to listen to it early in the morning or late at night- not during busy/rushing hours. I suppose that may explain why I like it as well. AB seems to take risks & explore things that he is interested in, rather than being concerned strictly with what is going to sell. Which as an artist myself, I embrace & admire. 

“Since I first picked up the violin, I’ve been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin,” Bird tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer. “To this day, I’m still very interested in the range, palette and colors that I have to work with.”

I listened to this great music interview yesterday on npr called, Andrew Bird’s World of Wit, Whimsy and Whistling (March 11, 2012) that’s worth a listen if you are an AB fan —> here This quote from npr interview really struck a cord with me – I can identify 100% with his words as they are my interests in my work as well (but substituting musical instruments with drawing/painting instruments). Happy Music Monday

art – scan from album lyric pages
photo via

{Music Monday} My dream concert…

One of the most frequent {Music Monday} artists mentioned on this blog is Andrew Bird (& most played in my studio). He is one of my favorite musicians without a doubt. The thing that continuously interests me about his music, is his ability to collaborate & contribute to so many cool projects. I was actually planning on doing this post about his contribution to the Muppet Movie Soundtrack (because we saw it this weekend- & I love the song & Kermit). However, I found out about, “Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller’s Sonic Arboretum” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago & it stopped my in my cyber tracks. What an amazing concert that will be! Ok Santa… did you hear that? Hmmm, well- I suppose that is a real long shot but it’s worth putting on my pretend list. If I was a muppet, I could travel by map. So, If you are in the Chicago area & go to this, will you give me a play by play – complete with a description of what socks he was wearing? 


So,  anyway, back to my original thought – here is a video of my favorite musician singing my favorite frog’s song. And yes, the Muppet Movie was really good. I loved it…. I can’t help but think that the new muppet character, Walter, was inspired a bit by Andrew Bird himself.  Happy Music Monday! Hope you have a great week!
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photo via here

{Happy Halloween} Don’t Be Scared…

Have a spooky & sweet Halloween! 
{Pictures} 
1- Abandoned house in Lake Chelan, WA- I took it when on our Summer vacation this year.
2- My pre-school class – I’m the clown in glasses.
3- Clown on step ladder is me…
4- My brother as a clown- me as Raggedy Ann
My mom made our costumes…. 



{Happy Halloween} Don’t Be Scared…

Have a spooky & sweet Halloween! 
{Pictures} 
1- Abandoned house in Lake Chelan, WA- I took it when on our Summer vacation this year.
2- My pre-school class – I’m the clown in glasses.
3- Clown on step ladder is me…
4- My brother as a clown- me as Raggedy Ann
My mom made our costumes….