In a bit of personal news unrelated to creativity, I bought a van! Check it out in all its glorious retro majesty below. Yeah, I know this has nothing to do with Brain Sprinkles as a whole. I just wanted to share, okay?
Oh, and happy fiftieth Brain Sprinkles post, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.
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.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I’m putting these two together because I see no point talking about them separately. After Goblin of Fire set the bar so high, I was kinda disappointed with Order of the Phoenix’s mediocrity. In fact, I hardly remember anything about it besides Umbridge. Actually she might have been in the following movie… As you can see, it didn’t do much for me. Half-Blood Prince was loads better, but the story has taken a dark turn at the point, which means it’s not as fun and whimsical as the movies in the first half of the franchise. That’s not the movie’s fault, really, but it’s still a fact. All I know is that as the end draws near, after engrossing myself in this series for more than a year, I already feel a sense of nostalgia and perhaps regret. I never grew up watching the series, learning and aging with the characters like so many of my peers did, and I can’t help but feel I missed out. I know I would have enjoyed the series much more a child; I’m much to cynical to relentlessly praise them. I’m kind of scared to finish the films and finally be done, but I suppose all good things must come to an end.
I remember falling in love with Kye Kye the moment a friend introduced me to their song Honest Affection. I can’t really tell you why they’re special or unique. Maybe they’re not. They’re just another indietronica band, after all, but I still love it. Both of their albums are solid, and almost every track is a catchy collection of beep-boops, and my girlfriend and I like to call the genre. Check out Knowing This, Her, and Seasons, though you should probably listen to the entirety of the band’s two albums.