Art Crush: Ellen van Deelen

These images by photographer Ellen van Deelen of rats playing instruments put music in our ears. We envision them in a miniature rodent-band, possibly jazz or funk – and in some weird hilarious way – it almost seems true. Perhaps it is the concise manner that the rats hold the instruments that makes us believe? Not sure, but we have added a few songs to the post for your listening pleasure to add to this fun little break from reality.

Do we sound like this? (Hopefully we do, because this band Monophonics from San Francisco is the funk!)

Goliath by monophonics

Or do we sound like this? (We have been working on our electronic sound, and we love DJ Wink’s dubby wobbles)

Sensory Export by winks

A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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