Loving your album cover series! Any chance you'd take requests/commissions for specific albums, or is it more of a personal project? Keep 'em coming! :)
It can be both. I am just doing this as I get wrapped up in a record while working. Most of the time It’ll be on loop. Requests would be an awesome way to do some art or listen to some albums I may have forgotten about or never had the opportunity to try out. Glad you are digging the pieces so far!
ALBUM RECOVERY : the Beatles - A Hard Day’s Night was the first Beatles album I ever owned/heard. The tale is pretty simple. I was listening to a lot of alternative as it was coming out of the radio (96.3 the Planet, Bitches!) Tossing around cassette tapes in my walkman on the likes of Green Day’s “Dookie”, or the Offsprings “Ixnay on the Hombre”. I had no desire to listen to the Beatles more than what I would hear amongst some of the other treasures of the past on the oldies station. A friends mistake would forever change that opinion.
My best friend in seventh grade was a kid named Jason. He was an artist geek like me, and we bonded over that with the quickness. We would talk about music and he was always going on, and on about the Beatles. My close minded alterna-kid didn’t wanna hear that nonsense, so I would try to sway him into other bands. During these discussions he would always bring up that he had all the Beatles albums on cassette, all but one that is. He was missing “A Hard Day’s Night”.
Jason had a birthday coming up, so I dipped into my funds and purchased A Hard Day’s Night on cassette to be that awesome friend that helped complete the collection. Then my plan became a horrible failure.
That week Jason wasn’t at school. I began to try to weed out the who’s and the what’s and as it turns out, Jason died in a horri… I’m just joking. I wanted to make sure you were still in this ‘til the end! Anyhoo, If I remember correctly his Mom got a new job and had to move leaving me with a cassette I didn’t want. It must have sat wrapped in cellophane for the entire summer before I gave in to see why he needed to have this tape so bad. I plugged it into my tape player and didn’t like it. I played it about three more times and let the music seep into me. I was hooked.
Radical police state formed in Ferguson, Missouri USA. It’s 2014, and mankind is so ignorant. When I did this piece I included America is Dying. I believe now that this was the wrong message. America was never alive. It’s a lie we all like to tell ourselves. We really don’t know anything. Assuming that there is this magical kind of freedom granted to all of us in this country is a horribly misnomer. I’m not saying freedom doesn’t exist, we do have freedom. We have the freedom of choosing how to die. Which things in life we are willing to fight for, and why we should go the extra length for that belief. Make yours count.
A plucky character from a movie I LOVE once said. “Damn the man, Save the Empire!” Well let’s alter that a bit. “Damn the Empire, Save the man!”