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{Music Monday} Raven’s Song

I’m one of those people who stay at the end of the movie and wait for the credits. I hone in on the music when I watch a movie and usually want to know more about an unrecognizable song that piques my interest. I discovered the music of Aaron Embry by exactly that method – while watching Wish I Was Here. Raven’s Song was a stand out for me and I immediately looked it up and discovered even more to love – the music of Aaron Embry. He got his start playing and recording with musicians like Elliot Smith and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – so it’s no surprise that I was attracted to his music. 

The album Tiny Prayers has been on constant repeat in the screen printing studio lately. I use the imagery of birds, particularly ravens in my work. That, coupled with the gorgeous piano, makes it a nice studio fit.  

What are you listening to lately?

{Music Monday} Play & Repeat…

I’m honoring my old blogging routine by bringing back the Music Monday feature. Music is a huge part of my life & a necessity in the studio when I’m working. My musical tastes vary dramatically depending on mood & what I’m doing. I suppose everyone is like that.  I learned quickly when Chris & I started living together, that if, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon is playing, that means Chris is dusting or deep cleaning. For me, I find that I like mellow music with a nice rhythm when I’m screen printing. What seems to get consistent studio play is the fairly new, Bahamas is Afie, album. Here’s one of my favorite songs of the album- along with a little snippet that introduced me to the great trick of putting my iPhone in a (an empty) mug when listening to music. I like listening to Afie talk about his philosophy for the album as well – it’s one that resonates with me & my work right now.


So, this album is my recent “go to” album – one that I can play continuously without the need to wash the ink off my hands & switch it out. 

What are you listening to these days? 


{Music Monday} Good Times…

Just popping by to say Happy Music Monday ! I’m excited for Matt Costa’s new release tomorrow, are you? I have my itunes gift card from Christmas ready.  I’m needing some new studio music…. & I’m such a fan of his. I always love his aesthetic in his videos too-  I still think the Mr. Pitiful video is my all time favorite…

What are you listening to these days?

{Music Monday} Maps…

My kiddo loves maps. One of his favorite things to do is to visit the AAA (American Auto Association) office in town to get maps (the best use of our membership ever). He gets giddy with excitement & ends up pouring through them for hours. He’s a perfect travel companion. While driving, he loves to read street signs – so we are always taking new ways home from places. Being that I’m a big They Might Be Giants fan, I’ve bought him all of their albums for kids. The new favorite song that literally is on ALL OF THE TIME is this one…. 

I think I even have all of the countries memorized now. He sings & draws the lyrics non-stop. He even brought the song to his last, pre-school, show & tell. Yesterday, Sayer started drawing a map in the morning & almost finished it before he went to bed – complete with a trail, park, & restaurant key. His is fascinated with the world map too. Sayer even drew me a map so that he could mark off where I send KLTworks tees. It’s particularly cool that his skeleton tee has been shipped to at least 6 different countries now & he knows where they are. 

His enthusiasm for new things is infectious & we have been learning a lot around here. I can only imagine what he will be interested in next… & what They Might Be Giants song with go with it  (you may remember the Blood Mobile post from awhile back). 
At night he likes to study maps before he goes to bed. He says it’s, “a nice way to travel”. 
So happy Music Monday! Hope your week is full of adventure! 

{Music Monday} Last Monday in 2012…

What would you do with over 12,000 pieces of colored construction paper? If you were Erez Horovitz or Sarah Graves, you may make a video with them. This video was created with over 12,000 pieces of construction paper shown as it was shot- no special effects and I love it! It’s a nice, last Music Monday of 2012, don’t you think?

Happy New Year Everyone! 

I’m looking forward to lots of creativity, new discoveries, & projects in 2013 … and sharing them with you of course. Thanks for stopping by this year!  ~Kristin

{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? 

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{Music Monday} Ho Hey it’s Monday!

Wow, not only did Monday creep up on me, but it’s October today too! My to do list is long & I’m counting on the Lumineers to help me cruise right through it. Catchy, isn’t it? Happy Music Monday! What’s on your playlist?
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{Music Monday} Do it anyway…


Happy Birthday Jim Henson (he would have been 76 today)! This Music Monday is for you…
What a way to start the week. Thanks Ben Folds Five – this was awesome! 

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{Music Monday} Hey Daydreamer…

I love the way this video by Hilary Walsh was shot. Such beautiful photography. Not to mention- the song, Hey Daydreamer, off of Neil Halstead’s new album is lovely as well. Happy Music Monday! 

{Music Monday} Pure Imagination…

Thanks to the $5 sale bin at Target, we all have been enjoying the original (& my favorite version)  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory this weekend. Funny how I vividly remembered some of the scenes & rediscovered others as an adult. I’ve been humming this song since Friday- sometimes breaking into a dance as well. So, I thought I would share my Gene Wilder/ Willy Wonka love. Hope you are having a great Labor Day & that it’s full of pure imagination! 
Happy Music Monday!

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