Saturday, August 12, 2017

No glory in illness

The background story is well-known by now: just after Timmy Maechler stormed the charts with the hit Automatic and the debut album So far so good, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Two years later he has been pronounced cured, but the experience of course left a mark on his soul. His sophomore album, with its wry but appropriate title, takes us through these experiences - albeit set against similar driving beats as on his debut album. It is not an easy listen, but very rewarding.

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 Maechler. [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 John Green: If you were to go [to the Rijksmuseum], and hopefully someday you will, you would see a lot of paintings of dead people. You'd see Jesus on the cross, and you'd see a dude getting stabbed in the neck, and you'd see people dying at sea and in battle and a parade of martyrs. But Not. One. Single. Cancer. Kid. Nobody biting it from the plague or smallpox or yellow fever or whatever, because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of. [3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Victim, 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 60 b3b38o and Loki Cola 70 e3e33f, 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.

Copyright statement: image created by myself based on one of my photographs. Copyright Hennie Schaper.