You haven’t got *good Christmas music if you don’t own Songs for Christmas – Sufjan Stevens. I particularly like how little credit he gives to Jingle Bells. It’s a super cd. Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V (recorded June 2006) is my favourite of the five volumes. It has the the three best songs: Holy, Holy, Holy | Sister Winter | Star of Wonder.

*(If you have Handels Messiah you might be doing alright but you should vary it up with some Sufjan goodness anyway)

Holidays Music


Today’s illustrations are by Arthur Rackham, very well known for his fairytale drawings – which although beautiful don’t really float my boat. However I love the use of limited colour in these silhouettes. These are from… Cinderella as told by C.S Evans.

Books illustration Illustration Friday


Today I officially handed in my last lot of work for my uni degree ever. In May(ish) next year I will graduate with Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) from Swinburne University. Photo is of Celeste, Sara and myself.

It’s a peculiar feeling, very lovely and freeing and probably hasn’t hit me in full yet. I feel like I’ve done quite well this semester, but we’ll have to see. Anyway, watch out world, the study or lack of qualification no longer binds me!

Design Life Uni

I’ve been listening to some of my ‘older’ music and was really struck by Relient K’s lyrics of “Maintain Consciousness”. I think it pretty much lays out the reality of the distractions around for today’s teenager (and young adults for that matter). Distractions and lack of depth in particular areas is something that features frequently in my own life. It’s an upward climb to deal with this stuff and if the lyrics below have anything to say the upward climb is not what is in order.

Our conversations change from words to blah, blah, blah
We took prescription drugs
But look how much good that did
Well I think I had a point,
But I just got distracted

Lately it just seems to me
Like we’ve got the letters A.D.D
Branded into our mentality
We simply can’t focus on anything

Because its
17, 18, 19 routine
And here at 23 it’s the same old me
And that one thing of the moment
That we all happen to like will
Only very temporarily
Kinda break the cycle
Of the double edged sword
Of being lazy and being bored
We just want more and more and more
Till it’s all we can afford

To keep out eyes open for just one more day
To keep on hoping that we’ll stumble on a way
To keep our minds open for just one more day
Cause its completely up to us
To maintain consciousness

Well no one can possibly listen to this
More that 4 reps is just monotonous
We’re losing interest,
Losing interest,
Losing interest

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