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.
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro is arguably Studio Ghibli’s most famous film, so I decided I better watch it if I want to say I have an credibility as a weeaboo. It’s about two sisters who move to the country and discover Totoro, a magic beast, and other supernatural creatures. There’s not much of a plot in My Neighbor Totoro, but that’s okay; it feels good to watch, with its upbeat characters and fun soundtrack.
Bat for Lashes
Bat for Lashes is a dark dream pop group that, from what I can tell, tells the story of characters living in some fantasy world over their handful of albums. Lots of their tracks don’t do much for me, but some are pretty catchy, and the concept of following a singular story or setting over several records is unusual and interesting. Check out Sunday Love, Marilyn, Glass, and Pearl’s Dream.
Sometimes I’m surprised how Daft Punk became. I mean, their first three albums are pretty much endlessly repetitive beats that quickly overstay their welcome. But then Random Access Memories came out, and people fell in love with the band, as they should have. Definitely check out that entire album, which mixes disco with electronica, and also listen to Veridis Quo and Emotion.
HOME is synthwave electronic-esque music reminiscent of the 1980s. Think The Midnight and you’re 90 percent there. The artist’s album Odyssey works really well as background music. Listen to Odyssey and Resonance.
Kill la Kill Original Soundtrack
I recently finished rewatching Kill la Kill, one of my favorite animes, and the soundtrack is honestly stellar, whether you’re a fan of the show or not. Seriously, it’s incredibly high-energy and emotional. Listen to Before my body is dry and tell me you don’t wanna watch the show.
Snail’s House is a Japanese artist who makes the most ridiculously happy electronic music I’ve ever heard. Imagine pure bliss as electronic music and you’ve got a taste of his style. Check out ラ・ム・ネ (ra-mu-ne) and Cocoa.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is an excellent game. Here’s an article I wrote on its graphics, here’s my final review of the game (with video!), and here’s a video I made critiquing social justice and other things related to the game. Yeah, speaking of which, I make YouTube videos now. Subscribe to my YouTube channel, why don’t ya?