A Funky Philly Pairing

In tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Superbowl, I thought it would be nice to highlight the artistic side of this famous city with a funky Philly pairing of jazz and murals, but unfortunately, this Youtube video has been taken down, probably due to YT’s extra policing policy of copyright, which I can fully relate to and understand. Although this was a really well done video and regretfully it has been removed, they don’t want anyone using someone’s music or maybe even the artwork without explicit permission. Makes sense.

Afterall, artists (all kinds) have to make a living you know. I’ve left the link in case the creator works out another arrangement but I’ve removed the embedded video in the meantime. It could also be that maybe the author has closed his YouTube account. Here’s a little background summary and you may be able to find another video through these links.

Jamison Maley, a high school Physics teacher at Haverford School in Philadelphia has created a wonderful compilation of his favorite murals set to his own funkadelic-jazz music with the help of his student Jake Mullin playing the drums.

I’ve enjoyed the murals in Philadelphia and seeing them paired with music gives a new found appreciation.

The murals are constantly expanding through the Mural Arts Philadelphia Program, which appropriately gives this city its characteristic name, “The City of Murals.”

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project on Art Is Everywhere

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project via Mural Arts.org

Some Philly muralists like Meg Saligman, who painted many of Philadelphia’s iconic murals, have brought their talents to other cities, like Chatanooga.

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman on Art Is Everywhere

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman via The Pulse

Meanwhile, some famous murals in Philadelphia are either being painted over or removed due to ongoing developement, like this Autumn mural by David Guinn. We first saw it at night.

Philly Autumn Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Autumn Mural via OCF Realty

And yet, other murals purposely celebrate and are incorporated into the architecture on which they are painted and some even create new visual streetscapes.

The Great Wave Mural on Art Is Everywhere

The Great Wave Mural via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tree lined Philly street-scape mural on Art Is Everywhere

Tree lined streetscape mural via Liberty Voice

Whereas, other murals celebrate cultural events, as when Pope Francis visited. This Sacred Now: Faith & Family mural by Cesar Viveros was awaiting his arrival in an incomplete state. Philadelphia citizens participated in its painting during “paint days” on 153 panels that were later installed. This effort made the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest number of painting participants.

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros on Art Is Everywhere

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Murals will always be important in Philadelphia. There may even be one depicting the Superbowl win but until then, when they need repair, it’s best to get the artist to do it so we can continue to enjoy the artwork.

A great way to end this post is with Vox’s explanation of Philly’s murals. It’s also set to a jazzy musical rendition.

Vox explains Phillys Murals on Art Is Everywhere

Manhattan Transfer

I’m still in New York for business so no big post, but something to appropriately Kick-Start the Weekend with The Manhattan Transfer (and it kinda goes with the dress up theme of Halloween). I’ve always liked The Manhattan Transfer’s vocals and jazzy content. This video was originally recorded in 1991. I like the drawings:


The Manhattan Transfer – The Offbeat Of Avenues (Official Music Video)For more of the funniest videos, click here

If you’re looking for something fun and adult to do for Halloween, check out the Torpedo Factory’s annual bash and Ofrenda, Art for the Dead exhibit — a bit offbeat, if you dare.

Happy Halloween! I don’t even have my pumpkins out yet, maybe that will give the kids a clue :0.