As the artist for April 2012 cover of 'A New Day' magazine, I was honored to
oblige when asked and commissioned by its editor-in-chief, Mr. David Rees, to
make provisions for this wonderful and unique publication with its substantive
and informative pages dedicated to all things related to the legendary Ian
Anderson, his longstanding Jethro Tull and queue of members thereof, and the
English music scene.
The magazine's front and back portraits themselves,
rendered between late 2011 and early 2012, were intended to commemorate this
year's 40th anniversary of Jethro Tull's 1972 now-classic concept album, 'Thick
As A Brick', (that rose to #1 on the music billboard charts in its time) on the
advent of its sequel,'TAAB2', currently on world tour and gaining momentum with
each impactful performance. (Watch the hurricane index as the tour approaches
the coastal US this Fall).
The lengthy 36 page, 3-1/2 hour, in-depth
interview with Mr. Anderson, now age 64, contained in this issue is a rich,
revealing, and engaging one of historical value when the chips fall and Mr.
Anderson is one day regarded as the 'Shakespeare' or 'Pied Piper' of Popular
Music for his time (...titles assigned by those, unlike myself, at a loss for
words), given the meticulous dedication to his craft of writing, recording and
performing his own music for nearly a half century; a tradition that carries on
to this day. So stay tuned, folks, for there is likely lots more to come in the
years ahead and you wouldn't want to regret missing it; for posterity, that is,
and the bedtime stories you could tell the grand kids.
1985, 'A New Day' has been a dedicated surrogate bosom of freshly-bottled,
regularly-delivered buttermilk of all that flows from the Tull creamery;
bringing with it the promise to nourish and quench ever-thirsty tuggers or,
alternately, re-appetize those who, perhaps, were inadvertently pre-empted and
weened off to pursue parenthood and child rearing, then awoke one morning to
find that the Anderson dairy whose yield they once regularly enjoyed is still
delivering the same quality products as in years before.
Whether you are
explicitly a Jethro Tull appreciator or not, I highly recommend that anyone with
a proclivity and love for well-planned and executed music, the theater and thier
associated histories, to order this issue of the magazine; noting there has
always been a colorful and inspired trail of art, music and literature that has
spawned from the palate of Mr. Anderson's own ongoing artistic endeavors that
remains, in my humble opinion, unprecedented in contrast to any of his
contemporary counterparts in that profession; save for, perhaps, the Beatles and
a few others that don't immediately come to mind.
Finally, with many
inquiries pouring in from around the globe concerning my artwork as a result of
A New Day's April issue, I have considered providing to the public relatively
affordable, limited edition fine art reproduction prints of the original
portraits in various sizes, printed on 150 year archival canvas, accompanied by
certificates of authenticity and archival quality, with a portion of the
proceeds intended to be donated to animal welfare and the humane society of my
Kindly contact me if you or someone you know fancies having one
for thier mantle or entertainment room.
Still, at least, do consider
reserving a ticket for one of this year's 'Brick' tour performances currently
underway in a city near you... While, I anticipate, the little kin folk will
still be up and wide-awake that evening until your return from Hamlin, awaiting
the full 'tell of the tale'... or, if you can't wait until then and decide,
instead, to promptly download issue #103 or one earlier, well, you won't be
disappointed and could read the kids that in the days ahead. But, then, there's
no guarantee that the children will fall into
8 May 2012