Sunday, December 12, 2010

A rainy Sunday afternoon

One of my main discoveries of the year: soft jazz on the marimba and xylophone by Japan's virtuoso Kiyozo Kazama. Hauntingly atmospheric renditions of such timeless classics as Where or when, Somewhere over the rainbow, and Cry me a river, sensibly interspersed with his take on a number of Japanese folk melodies. This CD is not easy to find, but is well worth searching for on the internet.

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 Kiyozo Kazama.
[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 Susan Ertz: Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, On the road in the rain, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Arctic 45 Yellow and Informal Roman 85 Yellow, 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.