June (Of June) is a shy and reserved girl, inexperienced in life and innocent as few. She’s not very confident, but dreams big and longs to walk the streets of big cities and experiencing the world one day.
Mei (Mei-by I’m Dreaming) is also quite shy. She’s a daydreamer and a hopeless romantic. She would rather spent her days in her thoughts, than in reality amongst others. She’s often called ‘emo’ because of her sentimental and poetic nature, but does things her own way regardless of what others say.
Ocean (Ocean Eyes) is a peppy and much adored girl. She’s popular with many, though some may say she’s too weird and that they just can’t make sense of her. She’s smiles in the face of difficult times and tries to do the best she can in any situation.
Bo (another version of Beau, as in All Things Bright and Beautiful) is wise and sophisticated - she has her feets on the ground and she’s fond of nature. She’s deeply religious and looks at life as one big blessing. She finds joy in the simpler things - she’s constantly grateful for being alive. She likes thinking about the big questions in life.
Summer (The Midsummer Station) is dynamic, bold and daring. She’s confident in her ways, strongwilled and does what she pleases. Because of this, she’s often the target of criticism, but criticism doesn’t bother her. She’s a free, optimistic soul who loves to dance, sing as loud as she can and live her life to the fullest.
If you are going to ANY of the remaining concerts on the Mobile Orchestra tour then please read this!
As you guys have probably heard or seen by now, Adam hasn’t really been his usual excited bubbly self while performing on this tour. But recently at the Chicago leg of the tour a group of people say on the floor during This Isn’t the End. And more and more people joined and say with them. Adam had his eyes closed and was so into the song refused to open them.
I think it would be amazing if at each of the rest of the concerts to have everyone sit on the floor during This Isn’t the End. It’s by far the most personal song, and it is one of Adam’s favorites. Of all the songs on the track list I truly believe that This Isn’t the End deserves the most respect, and what better way to do that by sitting on the floor, not saying a word or screaming along with the lyrics, just soaking in every note that Adam sings.
I get that some places might be cramped standing, but It’s just for one song and even if Adam has his eyes closed when it happens and doesn’t see it, he’ll know it happened.
Please try and spread this word around. I think it would be the most amazing thing if we could make this happen.
A hero of mine once said of himself, “There is no old Adam Young, there is no new Adam Young, merely different colors and different brushstrokes over the same canvas.”
Adam Young, best known for his music project Owl City, wrote those words upon reaching a point in his career where he was creating music that was vastly different from what he had been previously known for, sonically, structurally, and lyrically. I feel his statement was important and relevant not only to artists, but any human being at all. An artist may transform, experiment, and expand their work all throughout their careers, just as a person changes, develops, and grows all throughout their lives.
With this piece, I thought of what it might mean not only to take Adam’s quote literally by means of a painting, but how I could portray the essence of the words. I considered how I respond emotionally to his body of work. When I hear music, I tend to associate different colors, forms, and scenes with what I hear, sometimes influenced by lyrics, but most often by melodies and sounds. I painted layers of colors associated with each phase of his work, using techniques to complement the phases; from fluid, bright colors for his experimental, surreal escapism, to simple, linear visuals and colors for his more polished, controlled, straightforward work.
The photo I worked from was one I took the first time I saw Owl City live; September 2012 at the 930 Club on the Midsummer Station world tour. The fuzziness of the original photo that obscured Adam’s appearance was actually to my advantage for the painting, as it was not only easier to paint than an image with great detail, but, in my mind, went with the idea Adam expressed in his words, of not being rigidly defined by one thing or another. Though a simple snapshot, the time of it holds personal significance. I went to that concert in the beginning of a semester of college that would turn out to be an incredibly transforming and defining time in my life. I happened to decide to take all art classes that semester, not being intentional at all about a theme, but trying to get requirements out of the way. Having a full credit load of constant, hands on work started out extremely overwhelming and challenging. It was this concert, though, that gave me a huge dose of inspiration for artwork, and motivation to rise to the occasion. Though that semester did not cease to be challenging, the music of Adam Young definitely took the edge off the overwhelming nature of things by keeping me sane and happy, and providing me conceptual inspiration. Though I didn’t know it at the beginning, I would find by the end of the semester that making art was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Though there were other influences and events that brought me to that particular realization, I always credit Adam’s work with giving me the endurance to press on to the arrival of that realization. Therefore, I consider this painting to be first and foremost about Adam Young, but also, a little bit about myself.
Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone! I hope you enjoy this day of rebirth and life anew! Here to celebrate are some of Adam’s song lyrics of his songs of his faith:
Angels “Living close to the ground Is seventh heaven ‘cuz there are angels all around Among my frivolous thoughts I believe there are beautiful things seen by the astronauts
The indications reveal That few of us realize life is quite surreal So if you’re dying to see I guarantee there are angels around your vicinity
So if you’re dying to see I guarantee there are angels around your vicinity”
Beautiful Times “I fought all through the night Oh oh but I made it alive The sun’s starting to rise Oh oh these are beautiful times This fight of my life is so hard So hard So hard But I’m gonna survive Oh oh these are beautiful times”
Embers “So I’m fanning the flames to climb so high 'Cuz there’s no other way we can stay alive
'Cuz we’re burning bright As we all unite And when it’s all said and done We’ll shine like the sun So don’t let the fire die
And we’ll watch the sky As it fills with light And though the embers are new Whatever you do Just don’t let the fire die”
Galaxies “Dear God I was terribly lost When the galaxies crossed And the sun went dark But Dear God You’re the only North Star I would follow this far
Oh telescope Keep an eye on my Only Hope Lest I blink And get swept off the narrow road Hercules You’ve got nothing to say to me 'Cuz you’re not the blinding light that I need For He is the Saving Grace of the galaxies”
Hospital Flowers “The curtains decayed The daylight poured in I was never afraid Of the Darkness again My burns were third degree But I’d been set free 'Cuz Grace had finally found its way To me”