I like this piece a lot actually. I think it really captures the essence of the man- his character, his personality & his music as well. I dig the detail in the lines of his face as contrasted by the loose feel of the hands & the middle ground of the horn, all offset by the stark black & white of his suit & spectator shoes.
It just makes me smile, the same way listening to the man himself does, & that's the point, isn't it?
I marched on Washington in the womb, was named for Martin & Robert; my boots have always been on the ground, both literally & figuratively. I teach now at the same school I attended as a student; community means the world to me, again both literally & figuratively. Activism cannot & should not exist without education & the converse is even more true. The classrooms are the true frontlines of the revolution.
I put this ideal into practice every day & indeed throughout my almost twenty-five year career: helping to realize our school’s Gay Straight Alliance that has served as an exemplar for so many others; creating a mural outreach program whereby students paint inspirational & aspirational artwork both in our hallways & for local charitable organizations; writing & directing plays in collaboration with my students that address social, cultural & political issues; serving in my local community on the Mercer County Human & Civil Rights Committee & on the world stage as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan; & in my classroom of course wherein I teach & model the idea & ideal of the intersection of art & awareness, of creativity & activism.
rants & ramblings, artistic shenanigans (self-created & stuff that inspires such self-creativity), funkyass music, comix & graphic novels (not just for kids anymore!), sporadic navel-gazing, balderdashery, new & improved longer-lasting ephemera, tales to astonish, doodles & dawdles, & any & all stuff that tickles my fancy (& hopefully yours as well!)...
If you find any of it moves you either body or soul (& especially ass), please purchase the art &/or music legally to support the artists. If I've posted your art &/or music & you want me to un-post it, let me know & it will disappear posthaste. If you download an image or a tune, please have the common courtesy to comment on that post & give me some love, my friend. It's relatively painless, quick & easy, & a small token of kindness for seein' & hearin' such brilliant stuff, y'know.
"Seda-Schreiberlets you into his mind, and it turns out to be a worthwhile place to rummage around... (His work) is like receiving a long letter from a friend you didn't know you had."~ cat yronwode