The Top 100 started as a hobby; a fan adoring his musical heroes and paying tribute by making portraits of them. The hobby became obsession and the project went from the boy’s room into the art world. But I'm still that fan, it's about them in the end, their music, and not about me.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
10" x 8"
oil on panel, 2011
There are things that I've seen in my head
While I'm sleeping in bed
Do not wither in the morning light
The above quote is the first stanza from Dry Grass and Shadows, the opening track of her CD To Be Still. It's a beautiful quote; introverted, secretive, and full of nostalgia. I couldn't have dreamed up a better opening for my little homage to songwriter Alela Diane. I dare to argue that the first lines in any writing are the most important ones. I always try to come out strong—the first lines have to be catchy, these are the lines that show up when you Google my name, this blog, or any of the musicians that I write about. Sometimes my first lines are better than others times but I am never able to say it poetically like Alela Diane, or any other good songwriter can. The painting I finished today of Alela Diane is like the quote—nostalgic, secretive, and introverted. The secretive part of it concerns its destination: It will travel but where to is a secret, I can only tell you after it has arrived.