Thrift Shop

October 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

I spent an hour on http://gifmaker.me/ — a wonderful tool. Simple, no fuss. I’m a fan. I even put some music to my gif: Macklemore and Ryan’s THRIFT SHOP feat. Wanz. My floating head bobbed perfectly to the beat. Just as I was about to publish it, I stopped myself. Theme music or sound on header blogs and websites is polarizing at best. Not that I don’t like a good rumble. But…reminds me.

A few months back, I had a conversation with this French artist during a neighbor’s summer barbecue. Gerry Tsst was in Brooklyn for three months doing an art project where she drew these very simple organic black ink drawings and deposited them throughout the city. She prompted passersby to “Take Me” and asked for a response on a Facebook page she’d created. She showed me one of them. Simple, lovely. I told her it reminded me of the illustrations in one of my favorite books, Shel Silverstein‘s THE MISSING PIECE. I described the book to her and its bittersweet take on curiosity, discovery, and life. We talked extensively about her process and I told her that, most likely, if I had encountered one of her drawings, I would have enjoyed it and left it for someone else to discover. It was her last day in the city and she gave me the drawing as a parting gift. She contacted me a few days later when she had settled back into Paris life asking me about the book. I searched the internet for a link to the book and a youtube video popped up. Someone had created an animation of the pages and added piano theme music to the piece. I had an immediate UH WHYYYYY?! reaction. Sappy, sentimental, it just got it all wrong. You know what, you tell me what you think. http://youtu.be/mT0wKeJQvGk

I didn’t add the music to the header. I probably never will. Would sound in this case enhance your experience? Not enough. Plus, I can just make a play list or do as I’m doing here, add the official music video for you to experience. And EVERYONE should have the full experience of Thrift Shop.

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