Experiencing new places is important for both personal and collective growth. This song captures the inspiration that new adventures can bring.
My optimism and imagination has led to accusations of living with my head in the clouds. I have learned to embrace this as part of my creativity and this song as the anthem.
I often play full albums when I make Jewelry. Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” has always been a popular choice for me while working.
This song tells a short story that I can always get lost in. The chorus is fun, catchy and favorable to create to.
I have always enjoyed this song because it speaks of the strange rituals people use to maintain balance and happiness in their lives. There is a sense of secrecy attached, as these small routines take on a life of their own.
This song has continuously motivated me throughout the years. It is an optimistic song that hints at success, but reminds you that this is only attainable with strength and hard work.
Belle & Sebastian has a calm and reflective quality that has the ability to keep me in a productive mood. Much of my jewelry has been created with their music playing in the background.
Blood Orange has been one of my recent favorite artists. His ability to seamlessly blend different styles of music makes for a delightful sound.
I find Ariel Pink to be intriguing because he is eccentric, yet easy to listen to. I see this as meaningful because he is able to reach a large audience without compromising his uniqueness.
It is inspiring when art is interpreted in different ways, and this song holds the potential for endless explanations. I have always associated it with the need to let go of things that no longer allow you to progress.
I fell in love with of Montreal long ago. They have influenced me through their progressive lyrics and high energy shows.
Creativity often arises after experiencing love and the loss of it. I appreciate this song about heartbreak because it balances vulnerability with a sense of pride. The last full minute of the song is my favorite.
Since moving to Phoenix, Arizona, I have been fortunate to meet lots of creative and inspiring people. Saddles is an example of the local talent that motivates me to create. This song is from their newly released album, “ Yoke.”
I was excited when I moved to Tucson, Arizona after attending high school in a Virginia suburb. The desert landscape, colorful homes and alternative music felt so vibrant. Harlem is a garage band that originated in Tucson during this time of my life.
I have always appreciated Animal Collective. I admire their songs as being packed with emotion and unique sounds. Their music pushes me to experiment with my talents as they have with each of their albums.
To me, "Painter In Your Pocket" represents the new confidence, views and creations that evolve with experience. I find this song interesting because it shows this growth through the eyes of the past.
I first discovered the Madrid rock band Hinds (then known as Deers) while living abroad. My years in Spain were spent teaching English and I was charmed by the talent, style and rebellious nature of the Spanish youth. Hinds is no exception and reminds me of the inspiration that my students constantly gave me.
As I create jewelry from home, I occasionally find myself disconnecting from society. This isolation inevitably confirms my need to connect with others. This song encourages me to maintain a healthy balance between my work life and social life.
Choosing to live a less traditional lifestyle is often met with misunderstanding, which many creative people can relate to. This song reinforces my belief in the importance of dismissing these misconceptions.
The more time I spend listening to TV Girl, the more fascinated I become. I love everything about them, including their lyrics, sound, branding and heavy use of sampling.