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Magical Musical Memeical Morph

Posted on March 2, 2009. Filed under: Games, HowTo, Musings |

According to my blogfriend sulz, I now have my very own (faux) band! She’s tagged me with this Meme, and I found myself strangely moved by the results. Here are the rules (and if you are reading this, you may consider yourself tagged—if you want to be!):

1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random” or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. If it’s already the name of a band, you can hit random again.

2 – Go to “random quotations” or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 – Post it to your blog with this text and tag the blog buddies you want to join in.

I followed those directions precisely, and here is the result:

ludlow-spirit2

The name of my band, Ludlow Typograph, is taken from an old kind of typesetting machine. Before computers, these were used to get vital information into print, relatively quickly. These machines used hot metal to cast bars or slugs of type.

One of my first jobs was at a printing company which had a couple of these in the print shop. They actually were occasionally used for certain jobs requiring large print areas; otherwise, they just sat there like museum pieces. I was in awe of those few printers who had worked in the industry for many years, and actually knew how to operate those machines, with elegance and precision.

Given all that, my band’s style obviously is:  Hot Heavy Metal—Ballads and Sagas!

My new album, titled “to craft a spirit“, explores the journey through time and place taken by an individual, and a culture, in order to find meaning. The full quote is:

It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.
Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000

I love the picture of this pensive little girl against a backdrop of graffiti, perfectly illustrating the spirit emerging from the chaos of creation. What is next for her? Indeed, for any of us? Listen to my ballads and you shall know.

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