A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 317: King of the Mountain


I have been casting my mind back to the music that propelled me through my formative years. The 1980’s were many things to many people. These days they are most popular as the backdrop to the “Stranger Things” TV phenomenon. To me, there is a soundtrack to the ’80’s, the music I hear playing behind all my memories of that time.

I’m not a nostalgic music listener, that is, I love discovering new music and don’t like to dwell in the past. However, there remains some great music from those years when I was in my 20’s, stuff that deserves to be remembered. One of the bands that dominated my imagination and CD player was Australia’s Midnight Oil. I consider them like The Clash Down Under – Explosive guitars and vocals, spitting out songs about contemporary issues, justice, racism, etc. It is impossible to ignore them when you hear their music, love it or hate it, they will be heard. Midnight Oil served to remind me that music, even in the often shallow 1980’s, still mattered.

Through the magic of YouTube I discovered this little gem: A simple, cartoonish, almost “Primitive Art” animated version of one of the Oils biggest hits, “King of the Mountain”. Enjoy.

A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 53: Album Art Gallery, part 1


A couple of birthdays ago, my wife gave me the book pictured here: The Art of the Album Cover, by Richard Evans. She knows I love music and I love art so it was a double-whammy kind of present. It is a great book to peruse and take in the creativity that is album art. Some believe it is a dying art as we no longer have the LP and it’s large format to accommodate designs. Though there is something lost in the tiny icons on a screen or the small format of a CD cover, there are still some great examples of the art that is meant to convey and/or accompany the musicians and music for the listener.

I believe there is much to be enjoyed by viewing album covers as art. A good cover not only communicates so much about the content of the album but can also stand alone on its own merits. For those of us who love music, that cover wrapped around our favorites songs is the image imprinted in our brains. We see the cover image and immediately songs spring to mind. And vice versa. It is a wonderful marriage of artistic genres.

I am a major music fan. As I began to look through my collection to decide what album covers I really love for their creativity and design, I realized my list was getting longer and longer… So I am slicing up this Gallery of Album Art into three pieces. I narrowed it down to albums I own so there will be favorites of yours that will not be included. My apologies but it is my blog after all. If you want a different gallery, get your own blog!

Here is the first installment of the Gallery. Most of images are self-explanatory but I’ve included captions if I felt it was necessary to do so. Try making it through these images without a song or two popping into your head. I dare you…

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Earth and Sun and Moon by Midnight Oil



Dark Sid of the Moon by Pink Floyd