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What does visual art and music have in common?

It is obvious that any of the arts spring from the same mysterious well and it is interesting to note how many musicians started out as artists (self taught or trained), and how some continued to juggle both disciplines throughout their careers.

There is a unique book titled ‘ Starart ‘edited by Debby Chesher that showcases the works of musicians that produced visual art. Among famous art school attendees were Keith Richards, David Bowie, David Byrne, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Palmer, Brian Eno, Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, John Lennon, Ron Wood, Bryan Ferry, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia and John Entwistle.

Enjoy the examples below.and see if you can draw any parallels between their art and their music.

John Mayall "Starart" cover

Joni Mitchell 1969

Joni Mitchell "Neil Young" portrait 1975

Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now" 1999

Klaus Vormann - "Revolver" cover 1966

Klaus Voorman "Jacki Lomax" 1974

Klaus Vormann "Top Ten Club" Night , Hamburg w/ the Beatles

Klaus Voorman "Top Ten Club" - Light, Hamburg w/ the Beatles

Commander Cody "Elvis Costello"

Commander Cody "53 Buick"

Ron Wood "Please Allow Me" 1968

Ron Wood "Before They Make Me Run" 2009 portrait of Keith Richards

Ron Wood "Foxy" 2009

Cat Stevens "Artist vs. Materialism" 1968

Cat Stevens "Pixi" 1969

Cat Stevens from "Catch Bull at 4" 1972

Jerry Garcia "Mixmaster"

Jerry Garcia "Rocker"

John Lennon "Come Together"

John Lennon "Ono Peace"

John Lennon "Family Tree"

Bill Kreutzman "Addiction" (Grateful Dead)

Bill Kreutzmann "Woven Fish"

David Bowie "Self Portrait" 1988

David Bowie "Zenzi" 1998

Jimi Hendrix "Self Portrait"

Tico Torres "Sound of Music" (Bon Jovi)

Tico Torres "All That Jazz"

Michael Cortellone "Red" from the Lynryd Skynryd Road Series

Janis Joplin "Self Portrait"

Curt Cobain - untitled

Curt Cobain - untitled

Curt Cobain "InUtero"

John Entwistle "4 Proofs"

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Christmas, with it’s proximity to New Year, is a time of deep reflection. Lennon poses a potent question in “Happy Christmas”; “Another year over, and what have you done?” What you’ve done doesn’t have to be a big thing to be significant…..it just has to involve getting beyond yourself and committing the small random acts of kindness and beauty that make the world go round. So take this moment to think of one small thing you can do today to lift someone’s spirit…..and do it! Do it now!
Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year !!!!!!!

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As many of you know, NAMM, our big January trade show in Anaheim, Ca., is fast approaching. It’s always an exciting time of year as our last minute prototypes arrive just before Christmas, and opening the boxes that house them is even more exciting than opening the best gift imaginable. The thought that an idea has traveled half way around the world via cyberspace and returns as a three dimensional object never ceases to amaze me.

December 8th was the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. For many of us who remember it, it marked the end of an exceptional era on many levels. Our local radio station played songs and commentary on my drive to work and  by the time I arrived I was feeling a bit nostalgic and subdued. Upon arriving, I walked straight to the loading dock where I knew that a package containing new uke and travel guitar prototypes had arrived the previous afternoon. As soon as I opened the first box, the sight of the Peace Uke brought me such happiness that I lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree!!! . And I’ve smiled every time I’ve looked at it since then. It’s perfect….exactly as I had envisioned it.

The peace sign at the sound hole is laser cut and the laser etched words for “peace” in different languages form a graceful continuum  down the mahogany sound board.  Although I have held this vision for a long time, the design was beautifully executed by Alex Morgan, the U.K. artist that brought our Henna guitars to life. We are also offering a Peace Travel Guitar (below) and have some engaging plans for both of them in 2011.

So, to John…..thanks for all the amazing memories and for your legacy. The dream lives on. And to anyone reading this:

“Imagine all the people ….Living life in peace ”

Peace Out!


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