Iteration 56: Go Off on a Tangent

Adrianne and I were in the car the other day — I don’t remember where we were going but I do remember that we were listening to Classic Vinyl on XM because we both really dig Meg Griffin. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic came on and whatever conversation we were in the middle of stopped and we just listened to this incredible song written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi. If you’ve never heard the track, it’s basically a twelve minute jam that ebbs and flows in dynamics and complexity with a 24-year-old Winwood singing over the top of it. The musicianship is fantastic and listening to it got us talking about creative complexity and how looking at or listening to something that is artistically or technically just out of our reach can be wildly inspiring, both as a fan and as a maker.

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The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (YouTube)
Robert Rauschenberg
Mark Rothko
Cy Twombly
Echo in the Canyon
Brian Eno
Pet Sounds


Music in this episode: The Wrong Way (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0

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