The Yellow Bird Project

I might suggest that the greatness of a human should be calculated by the amount that they do for the benefit of others. When I was a younger man I was fond of banking self esteem on the backs my peers. I teased and harassed classmates, my parents, and my sister. While I committed my acts of terror I was happy and content, but when left to myself (in the folds of nature, or on the open seas) I found nothing savory in my actions.

I moved a distance since middle school, and have discovered, yes, (drum roll) doing nice things is rewarding. I stumbled today upon an organization dedicated to this principle.
The Yellow Bird Project is a non-profit organization that sells t-shirts designed by musical artists for charitable causes. This is Indie rock philanthropy. Artist’s such as TV on the Radio, Elvis Perkins, Devendra Bandhart, Grizzly Bear, and Bloc Party all have T-Shirts featured on the website.
The proceeds of the shirts go to causes decided by the Artists. Tunde Adebimpe, TV on the Radio’s Frontman, submitted this t-shirt;

TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio T-Shirt

for Haitian relief. Charity organizations include Brighter Planet, World Wide Fund for Nature, Interval House, and Safe Space.

Originally what attracted me to this organization was their theme song. The song was written and recorded by The Tallest Man on Earth, a Swedish singer/songwriter. He is on tour, has a lovely little mustache, and sings folk-inspired ballads. His music is exclusively for enjoyment and will be showcased at the Middle East Rock Club on the evening of April 21, 2010.

The Tallest Man on Earth