So I got a picture of the hot hot kiln posted up here in the middle of the week as a teaser. Cause I'm cruel like that. But seriously, I did do a glaze firing this (last?) week.
|My glazing helper.|
|Is that really a kiln-load?|
Yesterday (Saturday, for those keeping score at home) John decided he wanted to learn how to pot, so I gave a couple demonstrations and let him take a crack at it.
|Sure looks like a natural.|
|John's pots. Not bad!|
|#2 (left) and #1|
Keeping me company in the studio this afternoon was a little new music, followed by something older. My studio selections, in play order and, coincidentally (or not?) also alphabetical order!
|Much Afraid, Jars of Clay - their sophomore release, and possibly my favorite. The album starts off a little unsteady as "Overjoyed" tries to find the tone for the record, but is solid from track 2 onward. By the time you hit Track 5 "Frail" (beautiful guitarwork, haunting lyrics) it's onward and upward as the boys wrestle some heavy stuff. Lead singer Dan Haseltine has recently started writing about where some of this music comes from - not in an attempt to say what the songs should mean, but what the music has meant and, specifically, trying to address the places and times in life that the lyrics came from, which is really fascinating for a fan like me. One of the things that I (and Krystal, too) have most appreciated about Jars, and Haseltine as main lyricist especially, is that they are willing to write music that deals with life in the hard places in a genre/market ("Christian" music) that so often seems to shun music that doesn't deal in glossy answers. Haseltine's lyrics come from places real and raw, and it's powerful to read, in his own words, the story of the songs and where they came out of his life and the life of his bandmates. The result is music that is true in a way that has too often been in short supply. All that to say, if your interested in post-grunge, alt-folk this is a very solid album, reglardless your religious orientaions. If you're interested in reading more about the stories behind the songs, you can find them at http://www.danhaseltine.com/. As of this posting, he's most recently unpacked "Portrait of an Apology" which is definitely a standout track on this album.|
All that to say, I threw some pots and listened to some music that I really really like. And I hope you'll check it out because you might really like it too. Happy Sunday, and please try not to let Monday get the best of you.