Friday, September 19, 2014

Into a full and clear light

Chances are that you are really not interested in new age music - apart from a select group of lovers of this genre, a lot of people can't stand it. Chances are that you are really not interested in Christian pop music - apart from a select group of lovers of this genre, a lot of people can't stand it. Well, enter The Missionary from Double Springs, Alabama. This new band combines the two genres in a unique way: soothing string sounds, supported by the occasional flute and harp, are used in combination with singing Christian lyrics in a style that may be best described as Enya on Ritalin. Not my cup of tea.

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 The Missionary.
[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 (from 2014 onward: any part of a random quotation will do). The random quote that came up was by Isaac Newton: I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Artificial moon, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Algerian 80 yellow and Arabolical 55 light gray, 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.