I had the pleasure to draw from singer/songwriter, Tyrone Cotton, while in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this month (July 2006). Tyrone's latest release is available for purchase and to listen to tracks to sample his music.
I have known Tyrone for many years now--we met in under-graduate school--Tyrone was studying music and I was in the Fine Art program. Our paths crossed then and here we are so many years later drawing and singing in a cemetery! It's hard to describe the sense of pride/joy/validation the experience gave me---to have a friend who is also continuing to pursue his passion despite all our culture throws at us, including the turns life takes us on and not always in the direction we ever imagined or maybe want. I guess that afternoon gave me more courage to keep on keeping on.
Here are some photos (courtesy David Brangers) of my afternoon drawing from Tyrone and the resultant drawings.
It was, by the way, nearly 100 degrees that afternoon. The shade of the trees and occasional breeze kept us comfy and Tyrone's voice and music took me far off somewhere else where the bugs and heat didn't exist---only sounds turning into marks; words transforming into shapes; edges and washes into rhythm and space. The inter-relationship of music and drawing is clear--it is all of the same heap.
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