Listen to Ukulele Song Samples-& About That Album Cover…

by Kathy Davis on April 24, 2011

Uke Songs Track Samples Available: How would you like to hear preview samples of every track from our Ed Vedder’s upcoming solo release “Ukulele Songs”? Head on over to Amazon.Com by clicking this link and you can listen to healthy previews of each and every tune.  Amazon lists the album release date as May 31st, 2011 – with no individual track prices available as of yet.    Thanks to the most excellent Dimitris Kariotis for the heads up on this (via Bugs)

“Ukulele Songs” Album Cover Image Art Origin: Your humble editor is a bit of a curious factoid & pictorial  junkie, and many months back, one of the mailing lists to which I subscribe posted a gallery of photos by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, who sculpts and creates installation of remarkable cement underwater sculptures, many of which are installed in the Caribbean and off the coast of Mexico.  Taylor has inventively created artificial reefs using these breathtaking installations,  it seems the haunting photo used on the cover of our Pearl Jam singer’s upcoming  solo effort  is a view of deCaires Taylor’s “The Lost Correspondent”.   Here is a photo of the sculpture from the artist’s website, UnderwaterSculpture.com :

The Lost Correspondent by Jason deCaires Taylor

About “The Lost Correspondent”: (from the artist’s website) The Lost Correspondent depicts a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter. The desk is covered with a collection of newspaper articles and cuttings that date back to the 1970s. Many of these have political significance, a number detail Grenada’s alignment with Cuba in the period immediately prior to the revolution. The work informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.

Sounds like the cover image fits right in with the anachronistic ethic of Mr. Vedder, a longtime user and owner of many a manual typewriter. As you know “Backspacer” is named after a typewriter key (in the 30′s and 40′s, that was the key label, rather than “backspace”), and most of Ed’s writing and design contributions prominently feature the typewritten word. This quote from Newsweek in 2006 kinda says it all:  ”Eddie Vedder writes songs on a manual typewriter, carries important papers in a 1940s suitcase, keeps his credit cards in a plastic Batman wallet and wears his beat-up lumberjack boots over a pair of blue argyle socks.” And we love the vintage suitcases Ed uses onstage and off – a man who embraces and utilizes classic quality!
Some info about the artist Jason deCaires Taylor and his work from UnderwaterSculptures.com:

About the installations: The experience of being underwater is vastly different from that of being on land. There are physical and optical considerations that must be taken into account. Objects appear twenty five percent larger underwater, and as a consequence they also appear closer. Colours alter as light is absorbed and reflected at different rates, with the depth of the water affecting this further. The light source in water is from the surface, this produces kaleidoscopic effects governed by water movement, currents and turbulence. Water is a malleable medium in which to travel enabling the viewer to become active in their engagement with the work. The large number of angles and perspectives from which the sculptures can be viewed increase dramatically the unique experience of encountering the works.

About the artist:  Jason deCaires Taylor is a man of many identities whose work resonates with the influences of his eclectic life. Growing up in Europe and Asia with his English father and Guyanese mother nurtured his passion for exploration and discovery. Much of his childhood was spent on the coral reefs of Malaysia where he developed a profound love of the sea and a fascination with the natural world. This would later lead him to spend several years working as a scuba diving instructor in various parts of the globe, developing a strong interest in conservation, underwater naturalism and photography. His bond with the sea remains a constant throughout Taylor’s life though other key influences are found far from the oceans. During his teenage years, work as a graffiti artist fired his interest in the relationship between art and the environment, fostering an ambition to produce art in public spaces and directing the focus of his formal art training. He graduated in 1998 from the London Institute of Arts, with a B.A. Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics. Later, experience in Canterbury Cathedral taught him traditional stone carving techniques whilst five years working in set design and concert installations exposed him to cranes, lifting, logistics and completing projects on a grand scale.

With this range of experiences he was equipping himself with the skills required to execute the ambitious underwater projects that have made his name. Carving cement instead of stone and supervising cranes while in full scuba gear to create artificial reefs submerged below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, the various strands of his diverse life resolve themselves convincingly in the development of his underwater sculptures. These ambitious, public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.

Jason deCaires Taylor has gained significant interest and recognition for his unique work, with articles in over 1000 publications around the world, including National Geographic, Vogue, USA Today, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. His sculptures have aired on television features and documentaries with CNN, Discovery Channel, BBC, Metropolis Art Lounge and Thalassa. His international reputation was established in May 2006, when he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, leading to both private and public commissions. Taylor is currently founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico.

Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment.

More views of “The Lost Correspondent”:

rear view, with more current underwater aging

side view, up close

front view

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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