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Good to Know: Matt Goad

in Art/Entertainment

Do you ever wonder just how creative people…ya know…create things?

Good To Know is a web series which explores the human beings behind your favorite works of art, from the art on your walls, to the car you drive. Each episode focuses on what inspires the people who inspire you.

The first installment features Matt Goad, the Oklahoma City artist who has been working professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 20 years. Goad has been venturing into the realm of paintings on canvas since 2007. Whimsical, geometric, both simple and complex, his paintings of animals and nature draw inspiration from classic graphic design and pop art reproduction of the mid 20th century. The discovery of woodcut printing during college was a major turning point in the development of his illustration style — which he refers to as “chunkism” — utilizing stencils and acrylics to create a world where nature and geometry intersect perfectly.

From artists to chefs, Good To Know depicts amazing innovators, and puts a face on some of the astounding creations you may take for granted everyday. Take the time to listen to what makes these artists tick and you’ll understand what makes their work so special.

Main Image Credit: Matt Goad

The Art of Runway

in Entertainment

One of my favorite things to do is to stay up late, and get sucked down into the YouTube rabbit hole. It sounds a little terrifying, but it’s really wonderful to just lose yourself in something you’ve never really investigated before. The categories of what I look up change from month to month…depending on whatever it is I am currently obsessed with. These YouTube nights have now made me an expert on deep sea creatures, kung fu, and bloopers from The Office.

Lately, I have been FASCINATED by runway models. As a fan of America’s Next Top Model (R.I.P.) and Project Runway (please don’t judge me), I already feel like a novice when it comes to the world of fashion and modeling. However, I realized that I knew nothing about the exquisite art of runway walking until I started watching millions of YouTube video compilations of the most game-changing runway models.

The runway is a cool place.

Here is what I have learned: It’s not just about looking fierce and stomping your feet. You have to interact with the clothes AND the audience. It can just be a small caress of the fabric and a side eye to the row on the left, to a full-out removal of a coat and a dramatic kick while turning to go back.

I now feel like I have an excellent grasp of what it takes to be perfect on the runway. In fact,  have become such an expert, that I have made my own top 5 list for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

5. Kate Moss

Kate Moss was and still is the epitome of COOL. At only 5’7″, she blew away the most statuesque of models because of her laid-back style and cooler than cool gaze. She makes everything look easy and effortless.

 

4. Linda Evangelista

Linda is also very cool, but she has a little more flare on the runway. Her eyes are piercing, yet she always looks like she is having fun. She is known for her classic silhouette, her incredible neck, and her fun and flirty walk. She always sings along with the music (see her in a zillion George Michael vids), and always works  hard to show off the fashions she sports.

3. Lineisy Montero

Elegance, class and poise. This lady has perfect posture and an icy stare that goes straight into your soul. Nothing can penetrate her  focus, and her walk is strong with a hint of intelligence and class.

2. Karlie Kloss

They call her “the panther”. It is easy to see why. Karlie doesn’t walk. She saunters. It is captivating to watch. She is so good, she has been named as one of the most iconic supermodels by Elle Magazine.

1. Tyra Banks

Surprised? There is just simply no other model that is better. Tyra has it all. When she walks down a runway, she makes you feel like you are all at a party. She lets the clothes and fashion determine the mood and her style. Sometimes, she dances. Sometimes, she looks into the crowd and winks, as if she saw an old flame or a close friend. But you know she can’t see anyone or anything in those bright lights! That’s the thing though…she makes it look easy. She always looks super into it. Tyra is a queen and will always reign as America’s…no…the WORLD’S top runway model.

 

 

Main Image Credit : Fashion Statement

A Grown-Up Beginner’s Guide to Graphic Novels

in Books

First things first…graphic novels are NOT just for kids and teens. In fact, many are meant for strictly adults! Graphic novels and comic books are coming back in style in a big way. Here are some fabulous authors/illustrators for anyone who is beginning their journey to the wonderful world of graphic novels!

Robert Crumb

Robert Crumb is mostly known for his 60s & 70s comic, Fritz the Cat. His artwork and content teeters on the line of taste in the best way. Crumb’s subject matters range from sex, to racial tensions, to politics. The most poignant aspect of Robert Crumb’s work though, is his ability to make autobiographical comics. He is not afraid to show his deepest, darkest insecurities. In fact, he completely embraces his weirdness and celebrates it!

Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes is most known for Ghost World, a graphic novel that was later turned into a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch. Clowes likes to play with humor, vulgarity and surrealism. Although Ghost World is a gem, and an amazing literary comic, Clowes has a lot of other amazing works, such as David Boring and Ice Haven.

Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez is widely known as the creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon, Invader Zim. The show was essentially on a children’s network, but the content has so much adult overtones. In fact, that may be why it didn’t have a long run. Its a hilarious and strange show for all ages. Vasquez’s comic book work is very macabre and morbidly funny. That’s pretty apparent just by reading the title of one of his most famous comics, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. Vasquez has such an incredible style. He is edgy, satirical and a little bit goth.

Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-French graphic novelist who has been critically acclaimed for her autobiographical novel, Persepolis, which was later turned into a film. Satraps depicts her childhood in Iran. She is able to make modern-day Iran seem more personable and “normal.” Her style is creative, sarcastic and open. She leaves no topics in silence and no stones unturned.

Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley is a fairly new author/illustrator in the graphic novel world. Nonetheless, she is becoming more and more renowned for her thoughtful and autobiographical works. A theme in most of her books is food. She thoughtfully describes her experiences with food in the most fun and thrilling ways. Her book, French Milk depicts a six-week trip around Paris and all the food and drinks she has. She also recently released her book Something New, which hilariously illustrates what it is like to get married and be newlyweds in this day and age.

Main Image Credit: Marjane Satrapi

Medley’s Monthly Mixtape: August

in music

Welcome back to Medley’s Monthly Mixtape. You already know the deal. If this is your first time here, then let me break it down for you.

The songs listed below are for listeners who are looking for a great time, new music, or just some good vibes to spread around. When you plug these new tracks into your friend’s aux, they will have no choice but to make you the designated DJ for all future road trips to come.

Fake Denim by Quinn XCII

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The first song is a pop single from an upcoming artist by the name of Quinn XCII. The song tells a story through the artist’s eyes who is breaking up with his girlfriend because she is a gold digger that consistently drains him of money that he doesn’t have.

Quinn XCII‘s voice has small, indie grooves attached to it. Mixed in with the funky snaps and synths, this record has pop written all over it. I can imagine Quinn’s complaints of hosting a spoiled partner, being all over the radio at this very minute.

Anybody, girlfriend or not, can hum this tune on the daily. Quinn is singing from the point of view of a penny pincher, which in this economy is highly relatable.

Lonely by Mac Ayres

Mac Ayres designed a beautiful smooth R&B/Soul jam when he created this song. “Lonely” is a very laid back track with a soft-toned melody. The song has a very repetitive style in terms of rhythm, which might seem annoying. However, when the chorus kicks in, you forget all about the music’s faults…they suddenly disappear.

The message is adorable to the core. Ayres touches on the vulnerability that comes with sleeping alone. His partner struggles with the cold feeling of Ayres’ absence, regardless of their conflicting issues in the relationship.

“Lonely” is another relatable listed track. There will come a time, if one has not yet presented itself, where the character of the warmth  laying next to you won’t matter. The fact that a body is there will bring you enough happiness within itself.

Sirens by Sonder

Here is another smooth R&B/Soul track that you need to add to your musical library. “Sirens” is a highlighted track off of Sonder’s debut album, who got his start on SoundCloud.

vmms8wgg     The intro sets off the mood with a sensual chord progression, played solely on the grand piano. The record then goes a cappella with only the artist’s snaps to back up his soulful voice. Afterwards, a guitar joins in the mix and eventually all instruments link together to create a symphony of powerful soft soul.

The message of “Sirens” is a miniature autobiography of Sonder, with the overlaying mantra singing, “If I closed the door and shut my mouth I wouldn’t be here right now. If I cared what they was talking about I wouldn’t be here right now.” Basically meaning, do not be afraid to say what you truly mean and be yourself while doing so.

 

Navajo by Masego

The sample on “Navajo” is beautifully put together at the first 20 seconds of listening to the track. The beat that follows the cartoonish voice goes harder than a ton of bricks. If all of that is not enough, Masego’s voice is a unique piece of art that is underestimated to the nth degree.

The message of “Navajo” is a bit confusing, and to this day I do not fully comprehend it. To my best  interpretation, Masego has fallen for a girl who he thought was “an Indian” (Native American). Regardless of her true race, she left him. Now, Masego is sad and reflecting on the beauty he let slip through his fingers.

The variance in Masego’s beats, rhythm, and sound is astounding. This single must have taken a lot of time to prepare due to all of the small parts that make it amazing. Masego’s saxophone skills are killer on the overall set as well.

Waterfalls by Luke Christopher

“Waterfalls” introduction gives off the impression of a dance hit that is waiting to build up, however it is the exact opposite. As the song progresses, the tone of the music grows softer ae38f8867dcaa922906f2bb41a94c4be-1000x1000x1and more elegant. Luke Christopher lists off things that are associated with fairytale love stories when in reality, the true definition of love is “you and me.”

Christopher’s voice contains a certain swag that contrasts with his beautiful, soulful, held-out notes in his music. As a producer, singer, rapper, and songwriter, Christopher is the complete dream team wrapped up in one male.

I would hope to hear more music like this…bless the mainstream airwaves of local cities. Regardless if this song makes it big or not, you can save the day by introducing your friends to the amazing sound that is Luke Christopher’s “Waterfalls”.

Blame by Tora

“Blame” is the most simple of the songs listed above, and one of the most well constructed. It is an electro-pop hit that has alternative written all over it. Tora repeats their one line over and over again against a groovy in-sync beat. “Blame” is an overall well produced piece of work.

Tora doesn’t charm the listener with his voice until 1:48 in the song. Despite “Blame’s” EDM vibes, the song never fully goes over the edge. Chiller than the arctic, but grooves deeper than the record it’s plastered on- this song is a must play.

Belong to You by Sabrina Claudio

sabrina_claudio     Forget the arctic, Sabrina Claudio made this song to be chiller than all of the North Pole. “Belong to You” is the ultimate jam to claim your partner. It sounds like a Sunday relaxation theme song you put on when cruising down the street on a beautiful evening.

The message consists of Claudia commanding her partner to grab hold of her because she belongs to him. The gist is clear and straight forward. What makes this tune stand out is the delivery.

Claudia has the vocals of a literal angel. The techno synths that mash off of each other during the chorus, is icing on the cake of sound that makes her music. At any moment in time when you begin to doubt if beauty can be heard by the human ear, then turn this track on and just lean back to enjoy.

 

 

Main Image Credit: Luke Christopher
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