Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sleeping at Last, Stop Motion, Geoff Benzing

I've loved the band Sleeping at Last since I first saw them play at Heart & Soul Cafe in the northwest suburbs of Chicago at fourteen years old.  I thought their music was just magical, so ethereal and lovely.  And that wasn't even their good stuff!  I think they get better and better.  The lead singer, Ryan, has an enchanting high voice, similar in some respects to Radiohead's Thom Yorke.  They are just incredibly talented, and a lot of their music incorporates stringed instruments, which is just beautiful.  I saw them play with a string quartet once at House of Blues in Chicago and it seriously pulled at heartstrings.  They are just lovely.  I highly recommend them, especially their album "Keep No Score."  Delightful!

Here is an awesome stop-motion video they did with director/animator Javan Ivey.

They also work with watercolor artist Geoff Benzing, whose work is just AMAZING.  He does all the artwork on their albums, website, everything.  I totally want to buy one of his watercolors but I am unfortunately not fancy (rich) enough to do so at the moment.  Maybe when I get a real job??  Does that sort of thing actually happen?  Anyways.  So beautiful, so so beautiful.  His elephants-on-wheels work is some of my favorite.  His work is whimsical and beautiful and sometimes a little sad.  Just lovely.  Here's some of his work:
Just fantastic!  My favorite work of his has sadly been sold.  Most of his stuff is priced between $100 to $250, which I think is a great deal for beautiful, original artwork.

And here's a couple of my favorite songs by Sleeping At Last if you're interested in hearing more.  No more awesome stop-motion videos, though... bummer!!  :-)

Sleeping at Last - Needle and Thread

"We are made of love,
And all the beauty stemming from it.
We are made of love,
And every fracture caused by the lack of it.

'You were a million years of work,'
Said God and His angels, with needle and thread.
They kissed your head and said,
'You're a good kid, and you make us proud.
So just give your best and the rest will come,
And we'll see you soon.'"

Sleeping at Last - Unmade

"I believe that we've got it wrong, got it wrong.
We'll realize when it's said and done, said and done,
That in our words we've lost so much more
Than we've ever won.

The aftermath
Is cracked wood where fences stood
And the broken bones of our childhood.

In our trembling fear,
We put words inside God's mouth.
We cover our tracks
And get so proud of ourselves,
We get so proud of ourselves,
We get so proud of ourselves
When we get away."