As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.
I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”
Apparently, I’m still lost… It’s a man thing.
All the paintings that are now on show at Ayden Gallery for “Feral Dreams”, my solo exhibition. I’ll follow up with another post of all the drawings.
I feel like this is a big step for me in terms of my paintings because I’m consciously growing away from the simpler, big-eyed portraits that I used to do. A lot of my focus was on giving more attention to the space around the figures, and being less precious with the figures themselves; letting them be looser.
Giclee prints of Spirit Fox and Aura Canis Lupus are available in my shop.
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TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas has a confession to make: The girl group singer’s two-year relationship with Usher was not, in fact, the inspiration for his 2004 hit album “Confessions.”
"We were together when he recorded that album," Thomas clarified in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly. "All of those songs on ‘Confessions,’ that was about Jermaine Dupri’s situation. Usher was just singing it. But people kind of bought into it, it was just the timing of our breakup when the album came out."
"So people assumed that album was about us, but it was not," she continued. "And Usher and I weren’t oil and water. We broke up because I guess it was that time or whatever," she added wistfully: "he was that real love for me."
Thomas, who, together with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, formed 90’s mega girl group TLC, even admitted that she will “always love” Usher, despite the fact that the pair called it quits on their relationship in 2003.
"In any relationship, even when it came to my relationship with Usher, when it was time to make a move, I had to do that," she said. "I don’t care how much my heart was hurting, sometimes you’re just supposed to be with people for a reason and it’s not always a lifetime. Even if you want it to be, it just doesn’t work out that way."
"But I’ll always love him, forever, because he was my first adult love, a real love," she added. "But we’re cool, we’re really cool. There’s no hard feelings, nothing like that. It’s all good."