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.
Angel Beats! is a short anime about dead high school students who live with amnesia in a type of purgatory. Each character faced an untimely death, and once they remember how they died and find retribution in purgatory, they’re “obliterated” and return to the real world to get a second chance at life. For some unexplained reason, most of the students in this world actively oppose Kanade, a young girl with wings and powers. The anime is funny, though it’s poorly paced (go figure) and features way too many characters. The ending especially is surprisingly touching, making it worth a watch.
AlunaGeorge is an electronic artist that features some hip-hop, R&B, and rap touches in some of her tracks. All of those, which is most of her music, fall flat, but she’s got some good songs. Listen to Hold Your Head High, I Remember, Mediator, and Wanderlust.
DJ Snake is an artist with plenty of terrible songs but some truly awesome ones, too (are you seeing a theme here?). I downloaded his album Encore because of the infamous song Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber), but the record has several great tracks. Check out Middle; Talk; and Future, Pt. 2.
MUTEMATH is a fun pop/rock group. I haven’t listened to too much of their stuff, but their album Vitals is full of great tunes. I can’t wait to listen to more. In the meantime, check out Stratosphere, Bulletproof, and Light Up. Their official music visualizers are pretty dope, too.
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