Music: Laura Veirs

Speaking of illustration, have you checked out the cover on the latest from Laura Veirs, Saltbreakers? Great deep blue and green tones with a sea dragon. Inside there are illustrations of both land and sea.


My husband gave it to me yesterday, he said the second he laid eyes on the cover, he thought of me and after listening to it, he knew I'd be into it. And he's right. It's great when someone knows you so well. Some of the songs are dreamy, floating, with a children's storybook feel. Others are more indie rock style with a catchy beat. It's funny, but some of the songs have a little ghost of The Cure floating through them, too. If you listen to Pink Light, you may hear what I mean.


I love seeing more and more artistic covers on music lately, and it's even better when they're made solely of quality paper and not cheap paper jammed into ugly plastic jewel cases. I think it's because they remind me of mini vinyl covers, as when I was a kid, records started to massively move over to the "new" cd format and I really disliked it because I loved the thick cardboard album covers.

After losing nearly all of my iTunes music yesterday (didn't back those up), I can say that I'm still a fan of cd's and would much rather buy a cd and then burn it then to purchase only downloads and risk losing them. Plus, there is something to be said for the artistic covers and inserts, which you lose when you purchase only digital. I'm a technology geek (for a girl) but I'm still not sold on the whole digital download movement. I say, commission more artists for cd covers, scrap the jewel cases, and make cd's special!

(images from laura veirs)