New Direction

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I’m excited to be working on some new pieces, something I’ve always thought about, but new knew how to step forward.  For many years, my son, a metal sculptor and guitar fanatic, have talked about collaborating and making a guitar together.  Just never got around to it.

Then, a friend, who is on the board of a community art counsel and has a side business of refinishing stringed instruments, ask me if I’d like to embellish an electric guitar.  This was my push forward.  This is how it turned out.10606516_926842760663328_2146299635902922086_n

I will post a picture when the finish is on and the hardware replaced.  I know some of my friends (CTC) will want to know why I chose a fish, and why this fish.  I am famous (or infamous?) for over-thinking EVERYTHING!  I was inspired by            “Music is as wide as the ocean, as deep as the sea, as ancient as the tides and it washes over me”.  So, I knew I wanted it to have something water related.  Then I thought about the guitar itself.  It had to be something more flamboyant than an acoustic.  So, after much thought, a beta seemed like a good choice.  Alone, they are beautiful, but if you put two together, they become even more colorful and “electric”.

Uke

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This is my son’s ukulele.  For this piece, I chose oil based markers.  Ukuleles make me think of islands and exotic places.  I have been wanting to use these images of native art of the Ivory Coast for some time.  The images are great for my son, who likes a more representational art, as well as a love of animals.  I was also inspired by the dots of Aboriginal art.   Combining all these elements, this is what I came up with.DSCN5140

Speak Your Mind

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I know people are going to think this piece is about gun control.  Wrong.  This blog is not a place for that argument.  What it IS about is people’s perceptions.  I have a friend who lives in New Mexico and loves the rodeo event called “mounted shooting”.  She is the inspiration for this piece.DSCN4716Gunslinger

Lookin’ out across this town,
Kind o’ makes me wonder how,
All the things that made us great,
Got left so far behind.

This used to be a peaceful place:
Decent folks, hard working ways.
Now they hide behind locked doors,
Afraid to speak their mind.

Chorus:
I think we need a gunslinger,
Somebody tough to tame this town.
I think we need a gunslinger,
There’ll be justice all around.

Someone let the fences go,
Wild-eyed bunch moved in, ya know,
Shootin’ up the streets shoutin’, “Everybody down,”
The dogs all runnin’ loose.

Wrecked the paper, closed the school,
Tired old judge got roughed up too.
No one left to make a stand;
They whisper, “What’s the use?”

There Goes the Neighborhood

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DSCN4721I’m in Love With a Big Blue Frog

I’m in love with a big blue frog,
A big blue frog loves me.
It’s not as bad as it appears,
He wears glasses and he’s six foot three.

Well, I’m not worried about our kids,
I know they’ll turn out neat.
They’ll be great lookin ’cause they’ll have my face,
Great swimmers ’cause they’ll have his feet.

Well I’m in love with a big blue frog,
A big blue frog loves me.
He’s not as bad as he appears,
He’s got rhythm and a PhD.

Well, I know we can make things work.
He’s got good family sense.
His mother was a frog from Philadelphia
His daddy an enchanted prince.

The neighbors are against it and it’s clear to me
And it’s probably clear to you.
They think value on their property will go right down
If the family next door is blue.

Well I’m in love with a blue frog
Abig blue frog loves me.
I’ve got it tattooed on my chest.
It says P.H.R.O.G. (It’s frog to me!)
P.H.R.O.G.

There’s No Hiding Place

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DSCN4720People Get Ready

People get ready, there’s a train a comin’
You don’t need no baggage you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

People get ready for the train to Jordan
It’s picking up passengers from coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board ‘em
There’s hope for all among those loved the most

There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there’s no hiding place against the kingdom’s throne

So people get ready, there’s a train a comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

My Isolation

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DSCN4719Whistles The Wind

Whistles the wind, blowing my way
Sweeping me back, back here to stay
Can winners be losers running on the same track?
Some head for glory, others refresh

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

My isolation, now there’s a sobering thought
A minute alone, a lifetime too long
See the face in this mirror, so pale it could crack
Desperately wanting the color it lacks

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

So you drank with the lost souls for too many years
Time to be right cause they’ll cripple with fear
Never been righteous, though seldom we’re wrong
Life’s only life with you in this song

Now there’s an ocean between us
Where I am and where I want to be
So you prayers in doubt, doubt not for me

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

Whistles the wind
Whistles the wind
Whistles the wind
Whistles the wind

Oh you’ll find your way out, but there’s no going now
Every woman and child drags you down for the dive
It’s not safe being free, can’t give back what you feel
You said you’ll always be in heaven with me