I have been a fan of Matt Nathanson's since 2002 when I saw him open for Howie Day at the TLA in Philadelphia. Even more than his music, his comedic annotations got me good.Ten years later, he's still got me hooked. And he's finally gaining some notoriety. On Friday, Matt premiered his video for Modern Love.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vuQucvnlAYNaturally, I fell in love with the vibrant murals and paintings in this video.Murals located on Balmy Street in The Mission District of San Francisco. I must check it out.But I also fell in love with the message of the song. Modern Love reflects upon this digital age we live in, and how it is causing a major decline in real life, face to face interactions.According to an interview in The Birmingham News, Matt says "What happens with human beings is, there’s a real pull to have [technology] completely take the place of actual interaction. People have sex and break up via text and Twitter. But I think physicality is a crucial part of the experience, and it deepens the experience. That’s what’s so fantastic, the human collision. That’s the real meat of being alive."Amen. Tell me, wouldn't it be nice to get back to good old-fashioned relationships? No more using technology as a crutch? No more asking people out in a text message? No more apology emails? No more lazy "Happy Birthday" Facebook posts?
We are in it now! The prime of wedding season, that is. And I have designed about a dozen wedding invitations. In doing so, I was recently asked, "When you design these, do you get upset that you're not getting married?"The answer came rather quickly.... Nope!And it's true.Fact is, I haven't found what I want yet. Therefore, I will wait. It's cool!Then later, while writing my blog post "Resolution: Color", I came across the website for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. While browsing the site, I fell madly in love with one mural in particular. It read, "For what I want, I can wait."My thoughts exactly. I had to check it out.So this past weekend, I drove to West Philadelphia. And as I neared the corner of 48th and Market, the mural came into site. Though it sounds sappy, the biggest smile appeared on my face. It was gorgeous! I love the bright blue color against the bright blue sky, the simplicity and the strong message.The mural was designed by Stephen Powers. It is actually part of a 50 mural series entitled "Love Letter". The series adds amazing color and energy to West Philly. If you don't live in the area, you can see some examples at muralarts.org. And if you do live in the area, apparently there is a "Love Letter" train tour every Saturday and Sunday. Another thing to put on the "to do" list, for sure!So tell me, what is the big hurry?