Carlson Mondays

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Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more trippy paintings. Now, let’s get started!

  • Magic Hilltop by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

This is a glorious work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s another outdoor work that’s mind-blowingly beautiful. There’s a very colorful spiral in the center of the work, and we also see a lovely rainbow. Once again, Carlson blows me away with an incredibly unique work. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Water Waves by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

This is a simply, yet effective work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s a black and white piece with the shadow of a woman in the center. There are lines in the work that cascade like waves. It leaves a very soothing effect on the viewer. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Manga Museum (Sundays)

Hello fellow followers! I would like to start this new topic with some backstory. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a fascination with Japanese culture. This passion first awakened when I saw Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing film, Spirited Away. The colorful characters, animation, and overall message stuck with me and opened up a hidden door in my mind. Then, when I turned 8, I found the “key” to my mind’s door in the form of manga. For those who do not know, manga are Japanese comics that are read from right to left. I believe that they portray emotions in a much more powerful way then they do in western comics. You are in the character’s shoes from beginning to end, and when it ends, you hunger for more. This topic is created to admire the many stories of the past, and how they helped shape me into the man I am today. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started!

  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto  Number of volumes: 72 Rated: T for teen

What better way to start Sunday’s new topic than with one of my favorite manga. The manga first introduces us to the main character, Uzumaki Naruto. He’s a 12-year-old student ninja of Konohagakure, (The Village Hidden In The Leaves), with a knack for doing pranks. He has no parents, and is extremely immature. He also has a nine-tailed fox spirit resonating inside him that was sealed by the Fourth Hokage (Village Champion). In the beginning of the series, Naruto is often made fun of by the other students, and continuously told that he will never become anything in life. The only people who treats him with respect are his teacher, Iruka, and another student, Hinata. This part made me feel extremely empathetic towards Naruto, because I used to worry about people accepting me. He gets put into a 3-man squad for the final test of moving up the Ninja ladder. His two other teammates consist of an abusive, volatile, kunoichi (female ninja) that’s madly in love with the other member of the team. That member is Sasuke, an extremely talented, and cocky ninja. At first, they see Naruto as a bumbling goofball with no real talents. However, as the series progresses, they begin to develop respect and kindness for him. This reminds me of many underdog stories, and it gives me a huge morale boost to never give up. The development of Naruto as he gradually grows up is one of the best parts of the series. You feel pain when the characters feel pain, and this is one of the best things that a manga can do. The  main character is so relatable to me, and the gradual increase in maturity also applies to my life as well. I read the series as I grew up, and that’s probably why I hold it so dearly. The anime of Naruto is also very well made, and you can watch it for free on Crunchyroll.com. I highly recommend this series to absolutely everyone, and I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment’s section below. So, pick up a copy of the first volume ASAP, and prepare to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions! 

Final Rating: 9/10 stars 

 

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 155

Tsukamori no Taiju by Joe Hisaishi from the album “My Neighbor Totoro” 2004 (info about album from en.wikipedia.org)

Allow me to introduce you guys to one of my favorite movie composers, Joe Hisaishi. He has worked on the scores of many popular Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. This piece is from My Neighbor Totoro, and it’s absolutely incredible! The piece starts with a stringed instrument, and then a koto starts to play. The best part of the song is the chorus, which will leave you speechless. You can really feel the love and power that was put into the piece, and it will leave you beaming from ear to ear. Also, if you haven’t already, check out the film, you won’t be disappointed! I’d love to hear what you guys think of this piece in the comment’s section below. Also, tell me your favorite Studio Ghibli film.

Happy Listening 😀

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November Rain by Guns N Roses from the album “Use Your Illusion I” 1992 (info about album from en.wikipedia.org) This is an absolutely amazing Rock ballad that is an incredibly catchy ear worm. It starts with a beautiful piano accompanied by a violin. Then, Axl’s vocals start up, which are both gruff and soulful. Although the song is over 9 minutes long, you’re guaranteed to love every second of it! The piece has a way of sounding both like Classical music and Hard Rock at the same time. I highly recommend this piece to absolutely everyone. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it, so be sure to leave a comment in the comment’s section below.

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Cirrus by Bonobo from the album “The North Boarders” 2013 (info about album from en.wikipedia.org) Are you guys ready for an incredibly ambient Electronic piece? I sure hope so! This piece is very beautiful, and you can easily fall asleep to the mesmerizing beat. It starts with a unique chime, and then the other instruments start to play. The song is best played with your eyes closed, so that the ambience will take over. Plus, the music video is created by one of my favorite animators, Cryiak Harris. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this piece, so be sure to leave a comment in the comment’s section below.

Happy Listening 😀

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More Dreams And Their Meanings (Sundays)

Well, it’s Sunday again, and you know what that means! It’s time for me to once again dive into the interesting world of dreams.  Every other Sunday, I will be adding 2 new dreams to this list. I’m also open to suggestions, so be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below.

  • Test time! This one is every college student’s nightmare! To dream about having an exam means “that you are feeling insecure about meeting somebody’s expectations, or that you are afraid of failure.” (dreammoods.com) You could also be “guilty of not preparing enough for said exam, or your anxiety is getting the best of you.” (dreammoods.com)

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  • Make a wish! To see dandelions in your dream can represent 3 things. First, it can symbolize “nostalgia and seeks to bring back your childhood and past memories.” (dreammoods.com) Second, “if you’re blowing on dandelions, it can symbolize fleeting moments that you’re trying to recapture in life.” (dreammoods.com) Third, “if you’re eating dandelions, it can symbolize that you need to take better care of your health or suffer painful consequences.” (dreammoods.com)

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 46

Heavybanging Awesomeness!

Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold from the album “Avenged Sevenfold” 2007: Being the Metal fan that I am, you can guess the giant smile that I had on my face when I first heard this song! The starting of the track is one of the coolest intros I’ve heard. For the first 17 seconds of the song, you hear a beautiful  violin playing, but then, get ready for one of the most epic guitar and drum solos that will melt your face off! If you love Metal, you’ll love this piece! Tell me what you think in the comments section below.

Happy Listening 😀 AND ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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