Friday, January 15, 2010

A man is uninteresting

The debut album of the young Vancouver based singer/song writer Kelly Harms is a fascinating one. Sounding like a cross between Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan, Kelly is equally at home in tender ballads and rocking songs. Fifteen high quality self-penned gems all around the theme of broken relationships - but she is not pining after what might have been, just shrugs her shoulders and moves on. The sixteenth song is a fascinating cover of Garbage's Cup of coffee - and she gives Shirley Manson a run for her money here! Will this album sell millions? Unfortunately not, especially since in spite of her good looks she has refused to do a video clip for one of her songs. But ten years from now, when the likes of Lady Gaga will have been reduced to a footnote in music history, people will still be playing Kelly Harms.

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 Kelly Harms.
[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 Marlene Dietrich: Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, La Rouennaise, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Harlow Solid italic 85 Red and Chick 60 Purple Strong, 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.