Friday, October 02, 2009

Be asleep all day

It has taken a while, but Canada has finally given us a new Leonard Cohen. His name is Gordon Beard, and this 23 years old Torontonian has now released his first album. With a tongue-in-cheek reference to the style of Cohen, which has been described as sleep inducing by his opponents, he named this record "Be asleep all day". You will find 15 self-penned gems here, slow ballads dealing with life in the modern city. And to round it off, a beautiful cover of Cohen's Sisters of mercy - and kudos to Beard for staying away from Hallelujah in this respect. Warmly recommended - a treat.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Gordon Beard.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Anonymous: Better to get up late and be wide awake than to get up early and be asleep all day.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Sweet dreams 8, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Morpheus 65 antique white and redstar 60 Black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.