I keep an eye and ear toward new. Now I love old, vintage, tried and true and nod respectfully to that which cannot be improved, yet there is a plethora of new to be discovered (possibly on their way to becoming tried and true), just sitting around the corner to bring joyful delights into the everyday. Whether it be a new sound, artistic expression, authored beauty; fresh interpretations of the tried and true or the dawning of a whole new way to relish in the abundance of creativity. It is an adventure for me which brings pure satisfaction.
Here are a few new finds which have made their way to top of my list. Two musicians, two authors and two artists. Enjoy, pass them along and be adventurous.
Musicians ~ Desert Blues: Toumast & Tinariwen
Toumast ~ Musicians from the Niger Republic, of the Tuareg people. I love their sound. Very beautiful and soulful. They have been around for awhile, (Ishumar was recorded in 2007) and recently made their way to my ears and brought a little dance of joy ~
Tinariwen ~ is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert of Northern Mali. Around since 1979 they came into a wider following around 2001. This song is from the album Imidiwan.
Authors: Teddy Wayne & Erin Morgenstern
Teddy Wayne is a fresh modern voice in contemporary literature. His excellent first novel, Kapitoil, is sharp and clean, earning Wayne a prestigious fellowship from The National Endowment of The Arts and the 2011 Whitings Writers Award. Accolades for Kapitoil are far and wide. This book was chosen by our local Novel Idea for 2011
Erin Morgenstern recently authored The Night Circus. A beautiful novel set in the arena of a magical circus. The story is intricate and multilayered in design and scope. I found the reading rich and poetic. Morgenstern imparts lyrical descriptions of black and white scenery which is sated with colorful imaginings and details. Treat yourself.
Artist: Hannah Larkin & Michelle Cross
Hannah Larkin (my niece) is a delightful woman with an adventurous spirit. She creates original artwork for note cards, invitations, wedding announcements, stationary, etc. Her designs are beautifully drawn with attention to detail. Elegant to simple her unique eye and skill are a treat to behold. Hannah does custom designs as well and is currently available through Etsy. See more of Hannah and her work at Michelle Cross Photography
Michelle Cross is photographer with an intuitive romantic eye. Michelle’s perspective is youthful, fun and elegant. Whether capturing portraits, weddings, scenery or still life her eye is consistent in creating a contemporary image perfectly in the moment with a timeless quality; lovely.