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Today’s song is from Tom Waits off a truly phenomenal album “Alice”.

Tom Waits “Alice”

Tom Waits "Alice"

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Today’s song comes from one of my favorite bands from Montreal.

Wolf Parade “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son”

Wolf Parade "You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son"

Wolf Parade "You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son"

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Music has always played a major part in my inspiration, so much that I can’t work without listening to a podcast of All Songs Considered, Indie Pop Rocks on Soma FM or a CD from my expansive collection. As I thought about how important music is for inspiration I thought I would embark on an experiment to make it the focus of my creativity. Starting today I’m setting out to do a sketch a day based off of a song that I’ve heard during the day. As an added bonus I’ll include a link to the artist’s web page in hopes that readers will discover a new sound for their inspiration.

Here’s the first of many entries. Enjoy and keep listening.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down “Bag of Hammers”

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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I’ve just begun to make sense of the whirlwind of inspiration that was at the HOW conference in Austin last week. Among my favorite sessions were Design Business Bootcamp with Daniel Schutzsmith, Consultative Selling for the Graphic Designer with Neil Tortorella, Why Pay For It When You Can Get It For Free with Jeff Fisher and perhaps the most engaging presentation, Visual Storytelling with Nancy Duarte. Thanks to Nancy’s passion and truly captivating presentation, I now look forward to using power point as a tool to elevate client presentations to a new level.

If you attended the conference, let me know what your favorite sessions were and why? I’d like to know what other great session were going on.

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