can be so difficult to chart and track. If you are a creative, you know exactly what I mean. Inspiration comes in the form of raw, open ideas, and the creative person is tasked with packaging it in various mediums so that it might enter the material world.
We see this in architecture and photography. We hear it in songs. We read it in literature.
Creativity comes from God, and the creative person often feels a "blissful-burden" to foster and package these ideas in a way that is true their leanings as an artist.
There's been a lot of "packaging" happening at Forefront this year. We are blessed to have some of the greatest artists in NYC resident in our community. How did we get so lucky? I really don't know.
Below is a list of some creative projects that have reached fruition this year. If you click on the album image, you'll be linked out to other environments where you can listen for free and/or download if you wish.
There's no agenda to this post other than that you enjoy and are moved to "do life" in a more thoughtful, more inspired way.
by The Calendar Years, November 2014
A project by Forefront Brooklyn's very own Ben Grace collaborating with other Brooklyn artists like Lindsey Luff, Jeremiah Creiglow, Michael Coia, Robbie Kleinberg, Lancelot Schaubert, and others. If you like bands like The Liturgists, Gungor, and The Brilliance, you will love it.
"A Lonely Tree"
by Michael James Taylor, August 2014
A project by Forefront Manhattan's very own Michael Taylor. If you like bands like Radiohead, Beck, and Bon Iver, you will love this album.
by Ryan Phipps, March 2014
This is an album I've been working on for a long time that I finally finished this year. It's filled with tracks suitable for walking the city and commuting. My favorite track is a song titled, "Elly" that I wrote for my (at the time) new daughter who just arrived into the world. If you like bands like DJ Shadow, The Album Leaf, or Tycho, you will love this album.