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 haven’t written about Fleet Foxes. Probably because they haven’t released an album in five years or so. With their release of Crack-Up, now I have my chance. Fleet Foxes is one of my favorite folk bands. They have some really catchy tunes. Their latest album is probably their most laid back, but that doesn’t make it bad. From their latest record, listen to I Am All That I Need, Third of May, and definitely Fool’s Errand. Their other albums are definitely worth listens, too.
Planetarium isn’t an artist but an collaborative work from Sufjan Stevens and some other artists I don’t know. It’s an electronic piece exploring the different albums, and it’s great. It honestly sounds like it could be a Sufjan solo project, so any of his fans should make this a priority to listen through. Check out Neptune, Saturn, and Mercury.
Flaked is a show I started last year when its first season released and, for whatever reason, never wrote about. It stars Chip, a narcissistic ex-alcoholic living in Venice, Cali, and trying to maintain relationships and friendships with other middle-aged people who never work but somehow still afford $4,000-a-month rent. This show more than any other makes me want to move—badly. The show is funny, touching, and features great music, but both seasons are eight and six episodes respectively. I want more.
Uncharted 4: Drake’s Deception
I don’t care what anyone says; Uncharted 4 is the best game in the series, followed by 3, then 2, then the original. The story is incredibly touching, the action is great, the writing is top-notch, and the graphics are phenomenal. It’s a great capstone for a series I blew through in a few months.