As a man of the arts, I am in a unique position to comment on beauty. A sly turn of phrase, a flash of color in a drab landscape, a satisfying composition…all these things are beautiful. But how can someone who is not well versed in beauty find it in the everyday world? Below is a primer of a few beautiful things. Hopefully it will guide you to living a life with more beauty in it. If it doesn’t, you must be a jerk.
Rock-afire Explosion plays an Usher song
My friend Ian pointed me to this one. One of the few Youtube videos I’ve watched more than once.
O.A.R., “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker“
Clocking in at nearly 9 minutes, this epic song is satisfying in ways you cannot imagine. It’s pretty straightforward story, where the narrator recounts a poker game and (presumably) his own descent into drunkeness over the course of an evening. Emotions portrayed: wanting a “honey bunny” and also wanting to start a revolution. Now that sounds like a good night out.
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.
Why didn’t the Republican Party just pick Tina Fey in the first place? Oh yeah – she actually has a brain.
Pablo Picasso, Guernica
While the painting is a unanimously declared masterpiece, I’m thinking of a book written about the painting. Some guy in California wrote a slim volume about the hidden images in Guernica. The art library where I worked bought said book. End of story, right? Wrong! Because, even though the book was already bound, the guy was apparently not done writing it. Every few months, for years, he’d send us supplemental packets for his book. These packets – typewritten, photocopied “Addendums,” grew more and more baffling. By the time I left the library, the supplements were taking up as much shelf space as the book itself. It was as though the publisher had wrested the manuscript from his hands and published it before he finished. I guess once you start seeing things in Guernica, you can’t stop.
Jason Voorhees punches that dude’s head off and the dude’s head lands in a dumpster, Jason Takes Manhattan.
Really, they should have used this device for every Friday the 13th movie. They could still be making movies where Jason punches off some dude’s head. Even in romantic comedies.
The Beatles “Love” mash-up album.
I could listen to this all day. Heck, I have done that. Who knew you could make The Beatles even better? George Martin and his son Giles, that’s who.
Dan Bern, “The 5th Beatle“
Dan Bern is a great songwriter, very satirical and clever. (Hint: satire and cleverness go well together.) This song in particular makes me smile every time it comes up on my ipod.
It hasn’t arrived here yet, but it’s coming. I can feel it.
They sue people for listening to music! Haha! What a great association.