Thursday, September 03, 2015

The basic truths of life

One of the best debut albums of the decade in my opinion. Singer/song writer Arlabecca (the artist name of Simone Lipschwitz from San Francisco) gives her comments on every day life hassles, from the banal to the profound. Always with great lyrics and haunting melodies, accompanied by her self on piano with a small jazz-style studio combo. Sample the title song on her Facebook page and you'll get a good impression of her style. Very highly recommended.

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 Arlabecca. [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 Elizabeth Goudge: Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.. [3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Relaxed modelling, 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 30 black and Corrina 50 red, 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.