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 can’t believe I’ve somehow neglected to talk about one of my favorite cartoons for more than a year now. Rick and Morty was a show I somehow accidentally watched the premiere of on Adult Swim. I say “accidentally” because I almost never watch cable TV, and when I do it’s hardly ever Adult Swim, and if it is, it’s almost never any of its original programming. I’m glad I caught Rick and Morty, though, because it’s incredible. At first, I thought it was a spoof of Back to the Future, with a young, naive boy (Morty in Rick and Morty, Marty in Back to the future) and his loveable-yet-crazy, science-obsessed friend (Rick in Rick and Morty, Doc in Back to the Future). But it’s so much deeper than that. Rick and Morty’s writing is smart—almost painfully so. Sometimes the jokes are so well-written that they’re more amazing than they are funny, kind of like Community, which is no coincidence considering Rick and Morty’s creator, Dan Harmon, also made Community. That alone should be enough motivation to watch the show, but it gets better. Besides the hilarious hijinks our heroes find themselves in, half the time the show gets incredible deep and dark and reflective, and it’s then that this otherwise happy-go-lucky cartoon shines. It’s like watching the first few seasons of Futurama for the first time all over again. Go check it out now.
I always love it when a band exceeds my expectations. Phantogram has been a favorite trip-hop/pop/indietronica band of mine for a while now, and their sophomore album is even better than their first, which is a saying a lot. Both Eyelid Movies and Voices are worthy of multiple listens start to finish, but here are some of this unusual duo’s best tracks: Black Out Days, Fall in Love, Howling at the Moon, Mouthful of Diamonds, Futuristic Casket.