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My name is Brandon Bernard. I'm a graphic designer, storyboard and layout artist, and writer. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and lived in Los Angeles for 12 years, then in Austin, TX, for about a year, and I'm now in Brooklyn, NY. This blog is a virtual scrapbook of things that inspire me. Unless otherwise specified, the work here is not mine. Anything else you'd like to know? Feel free to hit up my "ask" box!


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    Anthony Williams: Spring

    The Main Ingredient - Everybody Plays The Fool

    No joke! April’s “Mixology” is ready to download.

    This one is laden with oldies — and I’m not talking about the Main Ingredient or even Chuck Berry. No, I’m not even talking about Tommy Dorsey, although his inclusion isn’t helping the musical age of this mix any. But I’m referring to an atypical preponderance of classical music. Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song” was a must, especially after being alluded to in the Tony Bennett number, “Life is a Song.” Also a must is Vivaldi’s “Spring” from “The Four Seasons,” “recomposed” here by Max Richter.

    The monumental final movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, the “Ode to Joy,” takes up nearly twenty minutes of the mix. But it’s completely worthwhile, from its thunderous percussion (following directly from OK Go’s “Let it Rain”) to the unstoppably jubilant finale. But no, I didn’t put it on here twice: that very similar piece you hear later on is actually Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. (Brahms’ First is sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth.”)

    While some songs may specifically mention spring and/or April (“Dear Miss Lonely Hearts” from the Cold War Kids, and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” from Ella Fitzgerald), others are more difficult for me to justify. Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” was a recent discovery for me, and “These Days,” by Luxury, got randomly stuck in my head the other day, despite the fact that I had not heard it in a long while. I took it as a sign that it belonged in the mix somewhere.

    Click here to download the entire mix, and hear what other oddities I didn’t even find a way to mention here!

    Click the link to download a zip file with this year’s spring music mix, “Spring Sermon.”

    Hold on tightly, because this one really is a mix-up: Duke Ellington plays Grieg, while Itzhak Perlman plays Gershwin. Arcade Fire and the Turtles wax nostalgic and satirical (respectively) on the theme of suburbs. Sister Ella preaches on the topic of sin (in case you’re wondering, she’s again’, not for) and Sister Dusty expounds on the decidedly worldly allure of a certain preacher’s son. Meanwhile, ol’ Rev. Blue Eyes advises us to turn our umbrellas upside down to accept blessings in disguise, while Brother Louis takes us way back to the Old Testament with the story of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. Brothers Bobby, Billy and Bruce each get their turn at the pulpit, and even the Beach Boys get into the spirit of things, purporting to know The Answer — although one suspects it has more to do with bikinis, deuce coupes, and waves than it does with that other Trinity. And, no, that’s not Bernard Herrmann’s score for the opening title sequence from Psycho, but the equally savage and blood-soaked sacrificial dance from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. As jarring as it may be, the award for most surprising track on here has to go to the Temptations (and what collection of sermons would be complete without those?) singing “My Girl” auf Deutsch — I bet you can still sing along, though! Even the Fits on this mix are Divine. So whether this season means Passover, Easter, or Cancun to you, the perfect musical accompaniment is a click away…


    Feeling of Spring
    by Teruhide Kato born 1936

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    The New Yorker

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    The 2011 Spring Collection from St. Bernard Records. Get it (for free!) here.

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