Destiny Barton

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Category: In Case You Haven’t Heard

Interaction and Art in Norman, Oklahoma

If you live in or anywhere near Norman, OK, you should learn about Resonator. If you don’t live anywhere near Norman, Resonator is still an awesome example to look at of a group of artists and art-lovers coming together to engage and create a community.

Resonator is a non-profit, community center, art gallery. They recently moved into a new building at the top of Main Street, a prime locale for Art Walk. They even more recently installed their sign on the front of the building.

They have a really diverse repertoire of events, classes, showcases, discussions, panels, and performances. They bring in artist and musicians from within the community, from across the country, and even a little from around the world, though focusing on the bounty of local artistry. Some of their regular events like Kick It and Create, an event encouraging artists to come hang out in the communal space while working on their projects to foster relationships.

The group has an event coming up this Friday, July 27 called Secondhand Ceremonies. Artist, activist, and OU alumnus Alicia Smith will be showcasing some of her work focusing on indigenous women. The showcase begins at 7pm. On Saturday there will be a discussion panel at 1pm with immigration rights activists Jessica Vazquez and Angelica Villalobos.

Check out Resonator’s Facebook for more information, upcoming events, past events and come to 325 E. Main St. this weekend. Look for the Resonator emblem.

https://www.facebook.com/resonatorart/

Posted by Resonator on Sunday, October 16, 2016

I Discovered a New Artist

Her name is Tessa Violet and she’s one of the many YouTube musicians.

It was this past Saturday. I had an assignment to be working on when I stumbled on her newest music video so, my obsessive discovery of it was ill-timed. Funnily enough, the beginning line of the song is “I can’t focus on what needs to get done.”

I regret nothing.

I’m into the music video far more than the song itself, though do not get me wrong, the song is fantastic. It is exemplary of the potential of indie pop music. It’s fresh, it’s catchy, and it’s about unrequited love. It’s perfect.

The music video is even better. It’s filmed in a small grocery store where Tessa sings and dances through aisles, in a shopping cart, on the check out, on top of the freezers. Describing it does not do it justice. The pace of the editing and shots mirror the beat and melody of the song in a fun way. The whole thing is fun, charming, and kind of bouncy, a lot of which has to do with Tessa herself.

Tessa has bright yellow hair, with matching backpack and shoes, and you can tell she’s having a blast with it. She flashes some adorable, crooked smiles, sticks her tongue out a bunch, and at times tosses herself into her dance moves. If we’re talking about pop as being cookie-cutter and most of the cookies are perfect, manufactured sugar cookies, Tessa and her song are a homemade M&M cookie.

This video does feel like it’s coming from an independent artist and it’s all the better for it. This video is a musician doing the best with what she’s got to make her art and share it and nailing it.

Watch it. Obsess over it.

In Case You Haven’t Heard of The Avett Brothers…

…Prepare for this blessing.

They haven’t done anything particularly new recently. You just need to know about them.

The Avett Brothers are a part of the very vague music genre Americana, which is essentially what the U.S. describes itself as, a total melting pot. It’s an amalgam of folk, country, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul, bluegrass, and gospel music. So… lots of wiggle room in what gets to be defined as Americana.

If you ask ThoughtCo, it’s the music of the moment for hipsters but don’t let that stop you from checking out The Avett Brothers. They share the genre with musicians like, Lucinda Williams and Johnny Cash with contemporaries like, The Lumineers and The Civil Wars.

With my self-declared, impeccable musical taste and critical expertise, I can officially inform any and all that they are amazing.

Seth and Scott Avett, brothers and front runners of the band, have an incredible relationship, which you can get a peek at in Judd Apatow’s documentary about the band May It Last on HBO and Amazon. They seem to spread the love they have for each other around and bring their family and band members in to share it. It’s beautiful and I ugly cried over it while watching their documentary.

Their music is possibly just as diverse as the genre it’s attached to. Though their music always seems to feel exactly like them, which is hard to explain. They have an ability to make music that feels like something you want to giddily scream-sing in your car to something that leaves you wanting to spend the day crying though your apartment, with so much in between. If you listen to their song “Through My Prayers,” a song about losing a loved one, and do not want to spend the rest of the day crying through your apartment, we may not relate.

From what I can tell, The Avett Brothers use their music to explore everything and do so with incredible energy and emotion. In fact, the album that launched them into recognition is entitled Emotionalism, which is exactly the word I would want to use when describing what kind of music they make.

The music they make seems to always be involved in their personal exploration and search for truth, which they can tell you about themselves in their song “Salvation Song.”

Maybe it’s the comfort and security given from the bond the two have as brothers or maybe it’s something they simply happen to both have within themselves, but The Avett Brothers are comfortable with deep vulnerability and vast expression. From songs like, “Pretty Girl at the Airport,” expressing what sounds like the pain of losing a relationship before it’s had a chance to really start, to songs like, “Living of Love,” vouching for a life lived through hope and sharing your heart, they seem to be uniquely capable of articulating human emotion and experience.

I could go on but their music says it better than me.

 

Pete Holmes Has Been Making It Weird Since 2011

A shot from Pete’s HBO show “Crashing”

Have you been searching for a comedian that is the embodiment of the dad joke to no avail? Let me end that arduous search for you.

Pete Holmes is the delightful, barbecue dad of comedy. With a deep love of the silly, Pete embraces and utilizes his dad-li-ness(?) to make for goofy and fun performances. Starting near the beginning last year, he landed his own HBO show called “Crashing” loosely based on his experience of trying to be a comedian in New York. Before that, he briefly had his own talk show that aired right after Conan on TBS. I was a fan and super disappointed when it got canceled.

Out of all the things Pete does as a professional comedian, my favorite thing is his podcast You Made It Weird. He’s been doing it since 2011 and it has gotten better every year.

Seeing how Pete is a comedian and a lot of his interviews are with other comedians, comedy tends to come up a lot. However, if defining what the podcast is about, comedy isn’t what I would say.

Growing up a devout Christian, losing some of his faith as his comedy career burgeoned, Pete incorporates his personal fascination with what he often refers to as “god stuff.” There’s no religious pandering in his podcast, but a genuine curiosity for how the universe works and what others make of it. Expect Ram Dass quotes.

With his guests, Pete explores passions, comedy, art, and what there is to be made out of the mess that human existence can often be. With Pete’s pension for getting philosophical, the podcast can be very silly but often travels into asking deeper questions about what motivates people and what the heck we’re all doing here.

Pete’s mission within the podcast seems to be exploring human spirituality and the things that bring us joy. Each episode, Pete manages to make some sort of connection with the person he chats with. He usually starts the podcast by talking about his guest’s career, naturally progressing into their childhood, and ends with a brief round of specific questions like: When was the time you laughed the hardest? What’s some advice you have for others? What do you think the purpose of life is?

Even with trying to ask and explore really big picture questions with people, Pete never manages to not be goofy.

One of my favorites that he’s done recently was with Mark Duplass, his second appearance on the podcast. In the episode, they talk about how they totally became best friends after the first interview they did and the wonderful book, Like Brothers, Mark wrote with his brother Jay.

Give it a listen and, as Pete would say, keep it crispy.

You Made It Weird – Mark Duplass Returns

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