The Day The Music Died

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One of the reasons that a lot of my contemporaries went to art school was to hopefully one day design an album cover. Think of how thrilling it would be to see something you created every time you went into a Sam Goody, Wall To Wall Sound or Crazy Eddie. Of course, those days and retailers are long gone. Teenagers no longer stare into an LP cover as a vinyl disk spins on a turntable delivering a wall of analog sound. Illustrating an album cover seemed as likely as designing the menus on a Trans-Atlantic liner.

Then it happened.

A local band called me. They had seen my work bouncing around the internet and engaged me to illustrate their CD cover. Who would have “thunk” it?

I went happily about it as the band was laying down the tracks. Sadly, as is the case with a lot of bands, either creative differences or the millennial version of Yoko Ono rent the group asunder making the CD’s release impossible. The folks were splitting and my art became an orphan of the storm. So, in lieu of a Friday Five, I thought I’d throw this up.

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Posterized

LRW posterize Effect

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Twelve

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This photo was among the group of family photos I inherited when my father died. Unfortunately, it’s not labeled so I’m not sure who these folks are – but I liked the photo so I cleaned it up and I’m posting it. Maybe someone will recognize a relative. Original photo behind the cut. Continue reading

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Power Plant

Old Power PlantBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

Above is a big industrial building that was on the edge of town. We passed it while driving along probably 10,000 times. I always wondered what it was. I think it was a power plant, but I am not sure. I’m hoping that one of readers out there will clue us in.

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Classic Potato Salad

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This is my version of grandma’s potato salad. If you’re barbecue bound this weekend and have three pounds of fingerlings and some shaved truffles, you may want to head over to Pinterest – this is not your potato salad. This recipe is the result of many different versions I’ve made over the years, and polling my friends and relatives. What I’ve discovered is the fewer ingredients, the better!  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Ninety One

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Ninety-first in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Big Timber Creek

Big Timber Creek circa 1982Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

Pictured above is the Big Timber Creek as the bridge over it was being refurbished some time during the fall of 1982. Beyond it on the left the Walt Whitman Bridge can be seen.

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Pan-Seared Vealchops

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One of the advantages of living a stone’s throw to some really great butchers is getting fantastic cuts of meat – like the vealchops I bought over the weekend. Dipped in seasoned flour, pan-seared, and finished off in the oven. I deglazed the pan with wine, threw in some shallots, garlic, and fresh sage, let it reduce, and whisked in a few tablespoons of butter to drizzle over the finished product. Simple and delicious!  Continue reading

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Still No Sign of the Sign

Wire nuts on electrical wiresI had recently written about the refurbishment of the iconic electrified boot that adorned the facade of the Boot & Saddle Bar only to be disappointed a few days later by the mysterious disappearance of that sign. Sadly, I have no happy new news to report. The boot is still missing in action. Only the wires capped with wire nuts remain electrifying nothing.

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The Grey Man – Changes

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In March of last year, J.L. Curtis published his first book The Grey Man – Vignettes. Less than seven months later, he followed up with Payback – the second book in the series. Yesterday he released book three – The Grey Man – Changes. Publishing three books in less than a year and a half is quite a feat, especially given the fact that writing is something he does in addition to an intensely busy career that bounces him all over the globe.

With his granddaughter, Jesse, still recovering from her last run-in with the Cartel
and now far away with her Marine husband on a military base, Cronin only has to worry about the innocents around him. One way or another, this old school law man plans to end this cat and mouse game for good. But, this time, the Cartel is playing for keeps; ending this war might just cost the old man his life. Either way Cronin plans to go out on his feet, fighting tooth and nail. 

Jim – Congratulations on another pretty damn terrific novel, and as always, it was a pleasure working with you!

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Dad

Dad in 1996 Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Friday Five – Number Ninety

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Ninetieth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Eagle Point Refinery

Eagle Point RefineryBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

Pictured above is the Eagle Point Refinery across the Delaware from Philadelphia.

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