F*ck the Market – Give Me Wine in a Glass, Mark Rothko & Aloe Blacc

I can’t believe that it’s been almost a month since I’ve updated my blog.  Unfortunately, my motivation to write is tied to the stock market. The extreme volatility hasn’t inspired any Apple to $600 articles.  It’s even been difficult to relish in RIM’s complete incompetence.  Hopefully, Santa doesn’t abandon us and the words start flowing again.  Anyways, the following is completely off my typical topic.

Before I was married I was a typical geeky engineering – facts and figures – kind of guy.  My wife introduced me to wine in a glass and the Arts.  When I read that Steve Jobs was inspired by Mark Rothko’s paintings in his final year. I could relate.  I have this Mark Rothko print in my office.

Last night while hanging out on Turntable.FM, I was introduced to an artist named Aloe Blacc.  If I watched more TV – I might have heard of him before.  He is the theme song singer for the HBO show “How to Make it in America.”  BTW, if you aren’t familiar with Turntable.FM – you should check it out.  It’s a music discovery service that integrates social media quite well. You can kick back and enjoy the music or try your hand at the turntable and spin your favorite tunes.

As I was searching through You Tube, I found a song where Aloe had collaborated with classical composer Mihalj “MIKI” Kekenj and visual artist Jaybo.  The combination is amazing.  I decided to post the videos here for my own reference, but hopefully some of you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Moments with ALOE BLACC, Mihalj “MIKI” Kekenj & JAYBO – The Songs.

In the Spring of 2011, a composer, a painter and a singer came together at MADE to create a moment.

Aloe Blacc´s original music was interpreted by Miki and his string-quintet, who translated the soul & funk songs into classical music compositions.  The string-quintet version and the lyrics of Aloe’s song “I Need a Dollar” inspired Jaybo to create his own visual interpretation of the song as an art piece.

The Makings of Moments with ALOE BLACC, Mihalj “MIKI” Kekenj & JAYBO


Part 1 – Take Me Back

Part 2 – If I

Part 3 – Mama Hold My Hand

Part 4 – Loving You is Killing Me

Part 5 – I Need a Dollar

Part 6 – Billie Jean Cover

F*ck Washington Too…

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  • Great stuff, thanks – didn’t know these musicians.