Welcome to The Daily Uplift, a new side-project from HODINKEE. Given the current climate, we wanted to make sure that some positivity still made its way into your day. Moving forward, we’re going to offer a story or activity you can experience from home and a great album that is worth a closer listen. Pulled directly from the mindshare of the HODINKEE staff (a positive crew if I’ve ever seen one), it’s a token of our appreciation for you stopping by the site and a small investment in cultivating positive vibes among the greater community.
If you’re looking for a new activity with a community element, children’s author and animator Mo Willems would like to sell you on the virtue of some guided doodling. Presented via the Kennedy Center, this is a daily video series geared for kids of any age (especially those of us that remember Art Attack) and features instruction and ideas from Willems as he works through doodles and drawings of all kinds. From the basics to simple animations and more, if you need a left brain/right brain transition on your lunch break, grab your art supplies and dig into one of the several available episodes.
Representing something of a tempo change from the last two dance-ready picks, I’m suggesting this incredible album from 2014 for a specific vibe, an inside vibe. Relaxed, melodic, and almost always presented in a manner most internal, this is the first album from Australia’s wonderful Courtney Barnett. While I might normally classify this as a stunning album for a slow Saturday morning, its personal tone, loping pace, and wistful lyrics make Barnett’s songs feel like a reconnecting with a friend on the other end of the phone. Take a deep break, queue up “Don’t Apply Compression Gently,” and lean into the inside vibes.