Like a Rock partial Lyrics:
“I was eighteen
Didn’t have a care
Working for peanuts
Not a dime to spare
But I was lean and
Like a rock……
And I stood arrow straight
Unencumbered by the weight
Of all these hustlers and their schemes
I stood proud, I stood tall
High above it all
I still believed in my dreams
Twenty years now
Where’d they go?
I don’t know
Sit and I wonder sometimes
Where they’ve gone……
Like a rock, the sun upon my skin
Like a rock, hard against the wind
Like a rock, I see myself again
Like a rock”
This artwork has developed its own look, and offering these innovations:
I rounded the ends of my ledger lines, square ends before, and allowed them to dominate the notes. Before these lines where either connected to or behind my notes. Also, I positioned my blue flat incidental to enhance the look of the artwork not because of the music.
In sheet music each group of musical notes has its own beam, but for my music I connected two groups of my music with one long beam. I than added some stripping in groups of five like the five lines of a musical staff.
Over the years of painting eighth and sixteen notes I have tried dozens of different looks. With this artwork I have created one of my better looks for my own 16th note. Very Art Deco.
Although, I may not be done with this half dome tie, not done before, my blue Tie here sits on top of my notes
I placed this rhythm dot, again where it works with the artwork, and not with the music.
Of course my original idea, that I woke to in late 2005, was to some how paint music using sheet music. From its beginning I kept some aspects of sheet music in my artwork to make it work. I also knew than that I did not want to just paint sheet music, nor did I want to create an abstract splish splash, and call it music. Instead I decided to paint music that connects.
To that end I want my best works to relive that lost trill of removing the cellophane from a new CD or Album, placing it on the spindle, and for the first time to actually hear music, only listened too before, through speakers bigger than a toaster.
I want Like a Rock to be part of that goal of connection. I want to stand between the music and the artwork, in the sweet spot of sight and sound, cellophane toss aside. I want it personal.
Scott Von Holzen