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black gold

Hot on the heels of the news of partner blogger McBone, Falling Rock National Blog is proud to be the bearer of similar cheer.  Esperanza Spalding, Falling Rock’s resident jazz musician and sometime pen pal, is about to release her first new album since the Grammy-winning Chamber Music Society.

Readers of the strip may remember Esperanza’s appearance in the park:

With the impending release of Radio Music Society, she may have to return to Falling Rock for an encore.  Still don’t believe this is going to be the best music release of 2012?  Check out the smoking hot single, Black Gold:

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mr. president, tear down this wall

Far be it from me to agree with Ronald Reagan.  Yet I can’t help but repurpose his entreaty to Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall.  Secretary Salazar, tear down these walls!
Glen Canyon Dam

Hetch Hetchy

As a man hailing from the great state of Colorado, you understand the need for the water the Colorado River provides.  Yet the Glen Canyon dam is totally redundant, only serving to block up the water so that it evaporates from the steadily lowering banks of Fake Lake Powell.

Hetch Hetchy was once a beautiful valley, now it only serves as a reservoir for greedy San Franciscans who can’t even be bothered to recycle their precious water.

Let’s usher in a new era of environmental stewardship and add another bullet point to President Obama’s list of accomplishments.

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this is water

My dear friend and fellow Obie Ian Wilson is releasing his first full-length CD, titled This is Water.  Readers of this blog may remember Ian’s EP, The Crater, a five song appetizer for this album.  Ian apparently liked my cover design for The Crater enough to invite me back for This is Water.

Ian took his title from a commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Bill Watterson and Paul Newman’s alma mater, Kenyon College.  (Kenyon, like Oberlin, is located in the great state of Ohio.)  I find Ian’s album title to be apt.  Not only are there mentions of water in most of the songs, but like DFW’s speech the songs illuminate without explaining, leaving the listener much to ponder long after the running time has elapsed.

Of course listening to This is Water is much better than reading my words about it, but words are all I’ve got.  Oh yeah!  And pictures.  This is the sketch that became the cover image.
Ian liked the idea of a windblown tree on the (possibly Oregon) coast.  Following his approval, I drew up a few more polished ideas.
Ian hated all of these.  Just kidding.  He liked them.  We both knew the final was going to be in color, so I drew up my final image with that in mind.
This was inked with my tool of choice lately, a Raphael sable hair brush.  After scanning it, all that remained was to choose a color scheme.  We decided a monochromatic scheme would look good both on the printed package and on a tiny thumbnail that people will see on the internet.  After a few variations of blue, we agreed on the final design:
You’ll notice I removed my hand-drawn lettering to make way for a much clearer typeface.

This is the cover, but you’ll have to wait to see the other five panels I drew for the package.  Soon!  Check back here and at Ian’s blog for information regarding the release.