This week’s Brain Sprinkles is a little light because I’ve already addressed most of the things I’m doing in previous posts! Maybe on weeks there’s not much new content I’ll update everyone on where I’m at with stuff I’ve already mentioned. For now, know this: I’m still reading Fables and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I’m still watching Sword Art Online II and Cowboy Bebop, and I’m still playing Mass Effect 3. Now enjoy the new stuff!
Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
I picked this band up on a recommendation from a friend. They’re so small that I could only find the last of their four records, Canopy Glow. Apparently they do some weird stuff where they switch from English to Japanese in their Floating World album, but you didn’t hear that from me. Canopy Glow is a good album, especially from such a small band. The male and female vocalists work well together, as do the unique instrumentals. I love the inclusion of brass sounds in their music and the fact that they embrace unconventional time signatures and don’t follow the traditional verse-chorus-verse formula. The as a whole, the band kind of reminds me of Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Age of Adz, and that can’t be a bad thing. Check out Italo and The River.
The Tallest Man on Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth is pure folk goodness. Sure, some of his songs might be boring considering ninety percent of them feature a single instrument—usually an acoustic guitar; go figure—that he plays the same riffs on, and his voice might take some getting used to, but that’s what folk is all about! Those nuances aside, this solo Swedish artist is ridiculously talented when it comes to lyrics. You don’t even have to listen to Love is All to see what an incredible creative work it is—just read the lyrics. He’s the perfect musician to mellow out to when you’re in a poetic mode. Listen to Into the Stream and Over the Hills.
I never was much of a fan of crime shows—that is, until I watched HBO’s True Detective and was floored by how gripping a crime drama can be. I’m not sure Dexter fits into the same category. The premise is interesting enough: a forensic blood splatter analyst who works for the Miami Police Department is secretly a sociopathic serial killer who only murders other criminals thanks to his foster father’s influence on his life growing up. Going in I expected more serial killer drama and less crime-related stuff, but the opposite is what I’ve gotten in the first few episodes. Now, Dexter ran for eight seasons, and at twelve episodes per season, I’m looking at nearly 100 episodes, so I’m sure my impressions hardly represent what the show evolves into. But the length of the series has me thinking about another thing: How on earth did the writers manage to produce 96 hours of this show without sacrificing its quality? Does it really stay compelling and interesting the entire way though? I suppose I’ll find out soon enough; it’s about time I caught up with the rest of the world.