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Here’s me talking to Marcus Goodyear at the Visual Note-Taking 101 Session at SXSW on Monday. Photo taken by and appropriated from the amazingly talented Austin Kleon, whose book, Newspaper Blackout, must be purchased. By you. Today: http://www.austinkleon.com/newspaperblackout/
Starting 2nd full day of South by Southwest. Nice seeing friends from various places converge. Beautiful weather. The sessions so far have been mostly lame (the smallest one I went to, Roadtwip [sic], would have been the more interesting except that it was interrupted by a real-live fire drill. The whole convention center had to clear out into the streets. Hoping for better offerings today.
Ran into friends at Tocquiny’s excellent reception on their skyline-view Frost Tower digs. Thanks to TJ for a sofa on which to sleep, and for following me to SXSWi parties at The Mohawk and Molotov. We ended up at Flipnotics listening to Albanie Falletta [and Her Fellas] playing her Django Reinhardt-esque jazz guitar. A wonderful way to end Day I. This morning I’m up relatively early. The parisian owner of the creperie remembered me. I slipped into the convention center before it officially opened to check messages and do a little blogging.
Glenn Beck is right. He said "social justice" isn't in the Bible. (At least I think that's part of what he said in his recent Fox News rant.) But that's the true, the phrase "social justice" is not to be found in the sacred texts of Judaism or Christianity. Lots of words that are key to our faith are not found in the Bible. "Easter" is not there. Neither is "Christmas." Some theological words -- such as "Trinity" -- aren't there. And tried-and-true church traditions -- such as "potluck supper," "committee meeting," or "Sunday School." For that matter, "air conditioning," "automobile," and the "Dallas Cowboys" won't be found in the Bible either.
But, Glenn Beck is very, very wrong. To say that Christians should flee from churches that preach social justice (I know Beck said that: I heard it with my own boggled ears) demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the call of the church.
Even though the exact words "social justice" are not found in the Bible, the scriptures are full of examples of, definitions of, and calls to social justice.
I was talking to my friends John and Lexie the other day when I realized it had been eleven (11!) years since I designed the album cover for Bill Mallonee and the Vigilantes of Love’s Audible Sigh. I felt it was time to pull it out and look at it again. I love that CD cover. The archival photo, the tint, the type treatment. I realize only in retrospect it must’ve been inspired by The Innocence Mission’s striking Glow.
There was a time, maybe 12 years ago, where, no matter what other design projects were in house, I was sure to be working on some album cover design or another. Tonight my friend Gordon commented that the aforementioned John knew of me first as a liner-note credit line before he knew me as a person. Album cover design certainly kept me busy once upon a time. During the early years our studio had a long stint with Rhythm House Records doing cover work, and I was honored to have designed — what — maybe ten [?] covers for various Chris Taylor or Love Coma projects, many freelanced, and perhaps another dozen covers emanating from within our little circle of friends. Listening to musicians’ rough mixes, and thumb-nailing covers is wonderful fun. Collaborations with musicians can produce some wonderful creative. I miss those days when it was sustainable for us to always have a music project in house. Sigh. This leaves me grateful and nostalgic. I had the opportunity to do some fun projects from about 1991 to about 2001: photo shoots for Love Coma, original illustration work for Sixpence None The Richer, and covers for projects that involved some of my sonic heroes in producer, backing vocalist, and other roles: Mike Roe, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris. One design earned me a Dove Award nomination from the GMA. Other designs won me local and regional Addy awards. One was featured in a national design magazine, and others in case bound design annuals. I’ve directed a music video, and got to work with PASTE Magazine’s record label during its fledgling days, and designed many early websites for friends’ bands as well. But what was really enjoyable was the cover work — I’ve been able to do award-winning CD packaging work on jazz, blues, techno, rock, folk, acoustic pop, gospel, country, choral, Latino, punk, polka (yes), CCM, big band, children’s, worship, compilations, and rap. Maybe I’ll post others soon. These days, I still go to SXSW, but I’m involved deeply in the interactive side; the music is there like an old friend, but we don’t get to hang out as much anymore. (I am incredibly looking forward to hearing Neko Case in concert, and am happy that Jakob Dylan will be performing with her).