come on, play it again

April 21, 2021

You know when you fall in love with a song, and then look up the artist, only to find that the rest of the album doesn’t speak to you at all. That’s how I felt this morning when I landed on this beautiful painting by Belgian artist, Raoul De Keyser. The shapes remind of a school of fish, or a collection of pebbles and feathers. And the palette –– rust, mustard, lapis blue –– is warm and earthy. I love all the white space and the softness of De Keyser’s brushstrokes. This was the song I loved on an album that otherwise didn’t resonate. And that’s ok. That’s brilliant. We’re not meant to love everything one artist creates. And artists who try to achieve universal likability are doomed. Come to think of it, there are very few albums I listen to in full anymore. I think our walls and wardrobes, book shelves and playlists should be a pick’n’mix, a self-curated greatest hits.

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