This is a place for my friends and family to keep track of what I am up to. I share my current artwork, as well as some from the past - and also my photography, including some old photos.
"The Master said, The men of old were loth to speak, for not
to have lived up their words would have shamed them."
So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing our national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten: straight up, no styling. Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.
Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86 year old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love, not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from the costumes, the makeup and the entourages.
Sing the "Star Spangled Banner" with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.
Took a college class years ago called Current Events. We had to subscribe to the Time Magazine, read it every week, and pass a test on it. I hated the class, so why would I subscribe to Newsweek?
Shakespeare? I don't know. Most of them were free. But there is a site on the Internet where you can read all his work, and there is even a short report in plain English so you understand what the play is about.