If you like what you hear, consider adding this record to your own Bandcamp Collection, where you can write your own little review. You should also check the Bandcamp Collection of the above fan that's saying the above words (their name is linked), odds are good you'll discover even more gems.
One of the many challenges of building your own website is finding the perfect balance between trying to get everything "perfect" and realizing it's impossible to get *anything* perfect. There are just too many moving pieces, and you can't afford to get caught-up obsessing over PIECE 001 (especially since PIECE 001 is going to change once PIECE 043 gets finished, but you can't start PIECE 043 until PIECE 017 is done).
I'm finding this especially true when, instead of building a new website from scratch, one decides to blow up an existing project and rummage through all the rubble to sort out which pieces should be reformatted & reused, which pieces can be recycled into something new, and which pieces need to be chucked directly into the sea. Choosing that path really adds to the overall PIECE tally.
Everything is made worse when you remember how anytime you finally share something, most of the PIECES you spent countless hours getting "perfect" suddenly don't seem very perfect at all—and now you've set off a whole string of connected edits & rewrites. PIECE, by Piece by piece.
At the very least, the whole thing does no favours for your anxiety.
So Here Is The Thing (#SHITT)… don't even try to get everything perfect.
Just find that sweet point of "I feel like this is not the worst thing in the world" and "It's not logical for me to spend anymore time on this right now" and then tie a bow on it for now and move on to the next thing. Where that "sweet point" is for you will vary with practice, so as long as you constantly remind yourself that you can come back and make edits anytime you want, you'll be golden.
In fact, no matter how perfect you think you can get something before finally letting it be seen, whether it be with one person or 100, as soon as it is shared it will look like a totally different thing to you. Almost as if you're looking at it through a different set of eyes.
And with this new shitty power will come the realization that you need to make some more changes; the kind of edits that can only materialize once the possibility of someone else seeing your work has become a reality. Coming back to make adjustments is not just totally possible, it can be a very important part of the process.
Anyways, I guess all of that was just to say: The current version of the HIGH FIVE FOR rebuild is not finished. At most, we are somewhere along the road where STAGE 1 starts becoming STAGE 2.
THE HIGH FIVE FOR RE-WHATEVER PLAN
STAGE 1: Using features from the old HI54LOFI blog that you want to keep using, put together a functional "good enough for now" version of the website so you can start testing things in the real world.
STAGE 2: Using the "STAGE 1" version of the website, start creating new content while also continuing to re-format old content. Try to figure out the right amount of effort you want to put into social media (ie. avoid getting to the point where you want to shoot yourself in the Facebook). Also, continue getting more features/sections to a "good enough for now" status and integrate them into the site. Make edits and adjustments and re-writes as needed.
STAGE 3: Wait for the jabronies in Stage 2 to finish puttering around.
So there you have it. Please help yourself to a poke around the current version, and if you have any questions or comments or et cetera, please feel free to holler on whatever medium you prefer hollering on.
As for me personally, I am going to wait a few days after publishing this post and then come back and make changes because I'm sure I will hate at least 20% of it by then.
Jeremy // @HI54LOFI
This year I've had a lot of feelings. I normally have a lot of feelings, mostly anxiety and depression, but this year felt harder. I could blame it on current events and the ceaseless cycle of bad news. I could also probably blame it on trying to figure everything out all the time. I like to know what's happening next, I like to believe that things always get better. But, this year it seems hard to keep hold of that belief and I often can't control anything of what's happening when my days are constantly changing.
This year I found myself alone... a lot.. and much of that is due to the fact that I work from home. There are days when most, if not all of my communication is done through screens and it's been an adjustment to say the least. I don't have the answers for all the questions I have yet to solve and all the anxieties that plague my mind. I can't always make things get better and sometimes it's hard to believe they will. It's in those moments I turn to the words and feelings of someone else. Music can say everything about a current situation I can't. These are a collection of songs that make me feel; at peace, sadness, hope and a little less alone.
Feelings can be scary but they're also something you have to embrace and just ride it out. Maybe you can ride out whatever ails you with this mix.
Lauren Rearick // @laurenelizrrr
This album is your lovely kind-hearted grandparent that unintentionally says something racist every now & again. Not because they are an intentionally shitty person, but because times are very different now and the goal posts are very not where they used to be.
If you don't use Spotify, I'm sure Google can find you another way to listen. And if you come up with your own 54 word review, maybe become an early adopter of the #HI54LO5 hashtag & share yours on the socials.
#1 - WHAT IS THE ONE ALBUM (OR EP OR SONG) THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE VERY NEXT MUSICAL THING THAT EVERYONE PRESSES PLAY ON THE NEXT TIME THEY FIND THEMSELVES THINKING “WHAT SHOULD I LISTEN TO NOW”?
I think the new record Emotions and Math from Margaret Glaspy is excellent start to finish. There's no filler.
The sound is incredibly lean and focused and gives room for her voice and guitar, which are both so cutting, to fully sink in.
#2 - WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE OR TV SHOW THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE NEXT IN EVERYBODY’S NETFLIX QUEUE (OK, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NETFLIX, WE’RE ALL INTERNET ADULTS HERE AND KNOW HOW TO FIND ANYTHING ONLINE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER)?
Bob from Bob's Burgers may be my favorite fictional fatherly role model. I find the show quite comforting, which is something we all need and deserve from TV sometimes.
#3 - I (AND BY “I” I MEAN “THE PERSON THAT IS READING THIS”) AM GOING TO THE BOOK STORE (OK, PROBABLY AMAZON) TO FIND THE VERY NEXT BOOK THAT I WILL BE PUTTING SOME EXTREMELY VALUABLE ‘ME-TIME' ASIDE FOR. WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU GET, IF YOU WERE ME (AND, I SUPPOSE, YOU HADN’T ALREADY READ WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO SUGGEST)?
I get a lot of mileage out of Denis Johnson's work. Jesus' Son is exhilarating and exhausting. I admire his poetry and efficiency.
"How about you?" I asked McInnes. "Are you comfortable?"
"What do you think?" McInnes said.
It was a long straight road through dry fields as far as a person could see. You'd think the sky didn't have any air in it, and the earth was made of paper. Rather than moving, we were just getting smaller and smaller.
-- from "Jesus' Son" by Denis Johnson
A friend recently gave me a book of poems called Praise by Robert Hass. I inhaled it pretty quickly and am currently rereading.
ten bundles and four great piles of fragrant wood,
moons and quarter moons and half moons
ridged by the saw's tooth
-from "Heroic Simile" by Robert Hass
I have little interest in writers that don't explore the beauty of language, and I don't mean that I need the writing to be pretty. I want it to move me with both what is happening and how it is written. I'll take a stunningly written mundane moment over a satisfactorily written exciting plot-driven moment any day.
#4 - WHAT IS THE ONE WEBSITE (OR JUST ANY OLD INTERNET THING: APP, GIF, SERVICE, WHATEVER) THAT YOU WOULD GET REALLY DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT IF IT WERE TO SUDDENLY GO AWAY?
Nathaniel Russell's work, which I often see through Instagram these days, brings me a lot of joy and inspiration.
I discovered his art through album designs he did for Vetiver and was lucky enough to get him on board to do the artwork for Imaginational Anthem 5, an instrumental guitar compilation that I curated a few years ago. His work is at times lighthearted or playful and at others heavy and lonesome. My favorite work of his is the stuff that combines those feelings.
And it's been awhile but Garfield Minus Garfield got me through some tough times in the past.
#5 - AND FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / EATING / THINKING / QUITING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT MORE BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
Starting the day without looking at a screen. When possible, don't look at your phone or computer until after breakfast. I have never regretted this decision.
OK folks, there you have it. Things that Sam thinks you should consider incorporating into your day/life. Before you go look away from your screen and finish your breakfast undistracted, go check out Sam's bandcamp page (all great music to listen to while not staring at a screen) and give a follow / like on his Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.