July 25th, 2019
"Blackbird" is a song by the Beatles, but performed as a solo effort by Paul McCartney, from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as "the White Album"). The song was written by McCartney, though credited to Lennon and McCartney. McCartney has stated that the lyrics of the song were inspired by the unfortunate state of race relations in the United States in the 1960s.
In May 2002, following a show in Dallas, Texas, McCartney discussed the song with KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, saying:
I had been doing some [poetry readings] in the last year or so because I've got a poetry book out called Blackbird Singing, and when I would read "Blackbird", I would always try and think of some explanation to tell the people. So, I was doing explanations, and I actually just remembered why I'd written "Blackbird", you know, that I'd been, I was in Scotland playing on my guitar, and I remembered this whole idea of "you were only waiting for this moment to arise" was about, you know, the black people's struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. It's not really about a blackbird whose wings are broken, you know, it's a bit more symbolic.
Before his acoustic guitar set during the same US tour, McCartney explained that "bird" is British slang for girl, making "blackbird" a synonym for "black girl".
April 15th, 2019
A timeless 1927 classic prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.
Brought to life with vintage style art from David Dehner in a book entitled Desiderata "Desired Things".
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Wonderful Inspirational words to live by. A motivational book of comforting words and inspirational images will take you to a place of inner peace.
April 15th, 2019
Dancing Waters is a great coffee table book. Take a walk though a scenic forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania and view the calming, dancing waters as they flow over ancient rock formations and down thunderous falls. These images were captured in picturesque Ricketts Glen State Park, home to more than twenty waterfalls and beautiful Lake Jean.
August 25th, 2018
One of my best selling pieces – Why? Because so many folks love Jimi Hendrix.
I took this photo in New York and then placed the Psychedelic mood in the background.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage. On songs like "Machine Gun" or "Voodoo Chile," his instrument is like a divining rod of the turbulent Sixties – you can hear the riots in the streets and napalm bombs dropping in his "Star-Spangled Banner."
His playing was effortless.
There's not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it – it feels like it's all flowing through him.
The most beautiful song of the Jimi Hendrix canon is "Little Wing." It's just this gorgeous song that, as a guitar player, you can study your whole life and not get down, never get inside it the way that he does. He seamlessly weaves chords and single-note runs together and uses chord voicings that don't appear in any music book. His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil.
There are arguments about who was the first guitar player to use feedback. It doesn't really matter, because Hendrix used it better than anyone; he took what was to become Seventies funk and put it through a Marshall stack, in a way that nobody's done since.
It's impossible to think of what Jimi would be doing now; he seemed like a pretty mercurial character. Would he be an elder statesman of rock? Would he be Sir Jimi Hendrix? Or would he be doing some residency off the Vegas Strip?
The good news is his legacy is assured as the greatest guitar player of all time. By Tom Morello
Rolling Stone DECEMBER 18, 2015