Hello world - tomorrow is the first day of the Music portion of SXSW in Austin, TX. If you are there, you may be lucky enough to grab a CD from Lyle Divinsky, who is a seriously amazing singer. Check out his stuff! http://lyledivinsky.bandcamp.com/
I'm very proud to say I have contributed in some part to the promotion of his work. I made the new cover art that you can see on his site and on the CD's that he'll be giving out at SXSW.
Here's what it looks like:
The piece is inspired by Lyle's comfort with the stage he knows best... the NYC Subway. His recording studio rides on underground tracks. I think there's something very whimsical and Romantic (Capital R, none of that mushy stuff), about performing live in a location like the subway. Live performances are unique in their ephemeral quality... but here, the audience is equally as ephemeral. And so, to stay and listen, is really a gift you give to yourself. I can't think of a better one than to stumble across this guy during a daily commute.
By the way, if you've checked out Lyle's work, you will probably see the phrase "Sasquatch Sessions" coming up a bunch. This is because Lyle refers to himself as the "Sasquatch of Soul." The drawing below is a very literal take on that phrase.... I like it. That was a really amusing drawing to make. I drew it while waiting in a doctor's office. I was most inspired by the thought of the sasquatch's hair literally being guitar strings. I have decided that this must be the thing that distinguishes a Sasquatch of Soul from the other regular squatches. The hair of a soulful sasquatch would have musical properties, and when held taut, you could strum it like a guitar and make beautiful music. Like this guy!
Noelle Raffaele - artist