I should first mention that I was inspired to do this by Sharon of AM3 http://scenebysharon.aminus3.com/ Sharon did a similar post some months ago
This display is only slightly indicative of the things I have collected that are special to me. I will write a short note about each one below:
The bottom Row, Left to Right:
- Gary Hart's wonderful book of poems and images "The Undiscovered Country" which has been key in inspiring me to do the best that I can in photography..the book is phenomenal and, of course, Gary's images are indeed, eloquent!
- The 1963 book "Blues People" by LeRoi Jones...one of the earliest books written which truly examines and illustrates the relationship between the Black experience in America as it relates to and influenced the developemt of Black American music...an insightful, uplifting, sometimes depressing, and always moving exmination of America.
- A VERY Young Sarah Vaughan on stage doing her thing!!!
- The book "On The Edge" by Don Smith...a truly inspiring book of lessons and examples in landscape and photograpy technique . Don has been so inspiring to me in every way.
- The book by Sherman Alexie "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" an award winning semi-autobiographical account of the experience of a young Spokane Indian growing up on and off the Reservation and the challenges he, and everyone else, faces...a VERY powerful read that I highly recommend to everyone.
Top Row Left to Right:
- The CD Album "Orphans" by Tom Waits, a true tour de force of an American musical genius - Tom Waits.
- A photo collage taken circa 1973 of yours truly hosting his FM-Radio jazz program on station KERS-FM 90.7 at California State University, Sacramento (the station now has a different frequency and call letters).
- The Book of Poems by African-American Poet and teacher, Jayne Cortez "Festivals and Funerals" Ms Cortez autographed this book for me in 1974.
- A photo of Thelonius Monk at work composing
- The book "Jazz" By the late photographer (with Monk on the cover) ...Photos of Jazz icons including John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and many others are featured in this book by the brilliant and dynamic San francisco Photographer Jim Marshall who died last year in New York City.
- A painting of unmamed jazz artists given to me by my son David and his wife Lyndsy
Well there it is - I am sorry for the lengthy post but I do hope you enjoy...a few of my favorite things!!
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire