This isn't a traditional reRECs album.
There are many reasons we recommend RECords here. Sometimes, a RECord makes us laugh or entertains us; sometimes it's graphically striking; sometimes it's a tune we can't get out of our heads; sometimes it's something we think could be REmixed into something very special, or that could be a useful element in a lot of new RECords. These aren't any of those.
My mentor, Alejandro García-Rivera (RIP), writes in his book, Community of the Beautiful, that "beauty is that which moves the heart." I've also quoted art historian and curator Peter Selz on this site several times: he has said (to a class I was in) that for him, "great" art is "a visual metaphor for significant human experience." Of course, "visual" can be substituted with whatever word is appropriate for the art form. Peter also contrasts "great" art with works you only have to look at once and you're done with them. Great works, on the other hand, reward any amount of time you give them, any number of times you return to them.
The day I first made this album, two RECords had moved me so much, that I decided I wanted to put together a re-REC album based on those two quotes from García-Rivera and Selz, and based on the fact that those RECords continue to speak to me no matter how many times or how long I look at/read/listen to them. These are RECords that move the heart, that I would put up there with any of the truly great works of art I've seen in museums (or the equivalent for non-visual art RECords). Stuff I would canonize if it were up to me to set the canon.
I'm going through my recommendations (sadly not all 2000+ of them—I'm sure I'm missing some that should be here), so this isn't just new stuff. That's another reason this isn't a traditional reREC album. Also, I'm not going to give individual descriptions, because for these works, I can't. They're too deep, too layered, to toss out any simple reason for their inclusion here. (The exception is that I want to say I picked Riana's "Pieces" vocals-only because the whole collab generated so many amazing versions I can't pick one!)
As we all know, great art inspires more art. Or, to cite philosopher Elaine Scarry, beauty makes us want to reproduce it, to make more beauty. So these RECords certainly could do or have done just that. They don't need to be REmixed or tinkered with for their own sake, but they could be; or they could inspire something new. They could be "sampled" as one does with music. If I'm hearing him correctly, Joe's always going on about how copyright laws as they are tend to put roadblocks in the way of that sort of creative reproduction (in Scarry's sense), and we all at hitRECord are specifically and deliberately trying to push beyond that, in part by the very radical (but also very human) act of giving others permission to use our work here any way they like. So, however great I consider these works to be, however finished they are in themselves, they aren't static. Art is never static.
What we're doing here at hitRECord is revolutionary: we're not condemning great works to live on sterile museum walls; we're reclaiming the fact that art gives life, and that it belongs to everyone. I reserve the right to add to this album over time. :) I'd encourage anyone to make a similar reRECs album! RECords you can return to again and again... you know the rest. --Elaine <3
Aaron was fast asleep, stretched across the opposite side of the bed, quietly snoring into his pillow. A dim porch light flickered through the window blinds. It was still night out, I couldn’t have...
I asked my caretaker where I came from, she said, "You came from two tiny stories who loved each other very very much." I wish I could meet those tiny stories.
Los Angeles is always in twilight.
The sky is always
when it's Blue.
I watch him, his body stretched across the foot of the bed, his at...
In the windows of the wreck
A letter to my son -
Look both ways before you cross the street
Don't talk to strangers
Pick your battles
And pick the higher road
Be a gentleman on the first date
wirrow first Released this song back in the springtime. The first thing I did after the first time I heard it was email dan, saying "I found your new favorite song." He and I share a love for the pleasantly repetitive.
Other musicians added to it, PixelPilgrim and ChenelyWelly added to wirrow's vocals from the female persuasion. Nels Cline played hot guitar. Jeff Peff added percussion and edited the whole thing together into its current form.
The hypno-face template is one of the cooler aesthetic feats our mass collaborative process has achieved so far: wirrow drawing the first face, then hundreds of hitRECorders coloring it into diversity.
And the work of a whole lot of video artists went into this montage I've cut. Too many to name in this description, but I'll cite the resources below. (I've listed some so far, but I'll have to dig around to find the rest) The footage of dan spinning comes from Vanya, who is well intent on uploading the resource, I know because he's standing right next to me.
I remember how it felt, remembering you, as though I'd always
Sitting beside a fire at the beach,
I call to mind the other times I spent here,
lying beside you and looking at the stars,
but thats our secret and now your elsewhere.
When I was younger my grandfather and I would pick fruits off of this tree...
To you it may seem dull and dead but to me it represents fond memories of my childhood.
In time our loved ones lives will be taken away... but I think that's why God gave us memories.
for my good mate, Manaia, who is still missing from the Christchurch earthquake.. and for his whānau (family).. my love and prayers are with them *edit-15hr after posting this RECord, his body was identified. rip*
wanted to draw something in kimono,
old times arranged marrige was common so the girl was in love with someone but she could never tell and had to get married with someone else ...... anyway FYI its not blood hehe its heart...! I noticed it looks like blood after I finished ! ahhh!
The city sleeps.
A little after dinner time
and the plastic-eyed mannequins
blink blearily at me from half-dimmed rooms.
They usher me away, for m...
This one really had an impact on me. I couldn't imagine my military husband being buried somewhere like this. There are so many of these.. they are all the same. "US Soldier" they read... unidentified souls who died for me and for my freedom and here they are, without a name on their tombstone. Their family, wives and children even, never knew where their body rested. I just can't imagine.
I remark that I am sad
for the change of the weather--
“But look how beautiful,”
and you make a bouquet –
red, yellow, orange,
brittle leaves for me
I didn’t realize the last time I saw you would be the last time I saw you
No , He's gone, I couldn't stop whimpering the words , but it was like my mind didn't remember how to form any others,it seemed like they wer...
I think I owe you an explanation for this image... Six days ago my grandpa passed away - it still seems so unreal to me, especially considering how he was laughing and joking just a week earlier, and how we said "see you soon", as always. I feel like I'm a terrible person 'cause I'm not really able to grieve - he was such a happy person with an exceptional sense of humor (even during his disease), he was amazing in every possible way and that's how I'm going to remember him. He had a really good life, I was so lucky to be a part of it.
Among many other memories of him, there's one that has been extremely vivid in my head for the past few days. A couple years ago my grandpa gave me his old violin. I had it renovated and when my grandparents came to visit us for Christmas, the instrument was almost like brand new. Grandpa was like "let's see if I remember how to hold the bow" - five minutes later I was standing next to him, holding a little songbook so he can see the notes, and he was playing carols. We didn't even notice when my dad took a picture...
I hope you don't take that as a pathetic attempt to get your sympathy (I promise, it wasn't my goal); just wanted to share this with you, as my little tribute to grandpa.
A couple more backgroundish, textury things from my latest trip to the swamp. Maybe they'll be useful to someone. The rest will be in the album if anyone wants to poke around.