“Happiness” as an art prompt.

Pick a song you’ve been listening to a lot lately and listen to it again (for me, that song is Happiness by Elliott Smith).

Write/paint/sculpt/make art while it plays, using the song as a prompt.

Song:

Flash fictiony thing I wrote in response:

I see him walking up the callous mountain, and I feel a little small. He is wearing Keds, with holes where the sole should join the fabric. His toes poke out. The wind ruffles his hair; I think I see him smiling at the sun rising above the Rockies. Behind me, the house is quiet and drained – Andy and Shane sleep on couch, top-to-tail, in matching t-shirts that say ‘I Heart Xanax’, in the ‘I Heart NY’ style. Shane’s arm is sprawled across the makeshift table (wooden log underneath, piece of cardboard as the top), with a burnt out Parliament between his fingers, leaning towards the ashtray, like a sunflower towards the sun. I sit in a swinging chair on the porch, cradling a cup of Earl Grey like a premature child. The world in front of me is unfolding slowly, calmly – sun peaks out over the mountains; its streaks get in my eyes like loose strands of hair. Behind me, the people sleep through the aftermath of unhealthy decisions, sleep away the glaze, just sleep.

Song of the Day: Milo – Zen Scientist (feat. Myka 9)

Last year was a ridiculously strong year for hip-hop, and I’d say Milo’s sophomore album So the Flies Don’t Come was one of the best. This track, like all on the record, are produced by Kenny Segal. His production is atmospheric, mellow, and off-kilter, which perfectly complements Milo’s style. Milo doesn’t rap with urgency, but he has a lot to say. His word play is intricate, witty, and cryptic.  Milo is able to make every line poignant and poetic, and his sarcastic, self deprecating humor shines through every once in a while. Myka 9 is featured on the hook, and the dude can sing. He gives a great performance, and his voice works perfectly with the production. All in all this track is fantastic. Give it a spin.