I drew this for Adam Young and got to hand a print of this to him on October 17th. He was just as I expected him to be: extremely kind, gentle, and polite. :)
In total, this took me around 14hrs. I fit in as many song lyric references as I could, try to find them if you like! The original sketch took long enough, but coloring it digitally took a piece of my soul, lol.
“It was 2AM and I was sitting on the floor in my parent’s basement with a MicroKorg on my lap. I built this synthy legato, ‘ping’ sound routed through a lowpass filter and ran it through a bunch of guitar pedals. I come up with a little cascading part that wound up as the intro and verses of a song called 'Fireflies.’ I have insomnia and I’ve always had a tough time falling asleep for as long as I can remember. I wanted to sing about my inability to sleep in a whimsical way that portrayed the condition as lighthearted and almost more of a 'blessing’ than a curse. It’s ironic that when sleep and I cannot bring ourselves to meet is often when inspiration strikes hardest. I’d just been on vacation to Iowa the week before I wrote the song and was amazed at how many fireflies came out at dusk. I didn’t really have to think about making a connection between insomnia and lighting bugs, it just sort of happened and the song basically wrote itself. It was a lot of fun.”
Adam I don’t know where I’d be in life if not for you and your music. Life has been crazy and surreal as a result of the influence your music has on me and I feel blessed to have the chance to know your art. Never stop creating, you are beautiful in all that you do. Happy 27th Birthday and may God continually bless you on this beautiful journey you’re on.