Amid a series of road trips across West Texas, Darden Smith—Austin-based musician, author, and creative—found himself writing songs at the wheel and taking Polaroid photographs of the stark and ghostly terrain. Inspired by the spirit of the landscape, Smith scribbled his observations in a notebook and found new life in old lyrics—and between the prose, the music, and the Polaroid images he captured with his camera, Western Skies came vividly to life. This beautifully designed and collectible book combines everything Smith captured and created during his travels.
The concept of work-life balance is anything but foreign in today's hyperconnected society. But what if finding the elusive balance lies not in tuning out but instead bringing one more key element into our lives? In his new book The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living), Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith says the secret lies in embracing and using your creativity every day.