Por Una Cabeza is an Italian Tango whose lyrics certainly do not translate well, and would not have been a first pick for the tango if it was not for the 1992 movie Sent of the Woman. That dance scene made a lasting impression on me, that I had forgotten until I added this music to my potential artwork list. Even though I have seen much better dancing on Dancing with the Stars, I am still touched today by this performance.
This Tango is my last major large artwork for this year. It also uses the smallest canvases, five by seven-inch, and of immense importance this artwork, for the first time, breaks a foundation rule that I shared with sheet music the entire twelve years of painting music. What I have changed is that parts of the flow of the music are now offset. That means this art no longer matches the up and downs of sheet music.
I can blame that hesitation for this change on the musician in me that finds it extremely uncomfortable to break this greatest fundamental rule of sheet music. The results of that decision is that I now can move this art style in different directions. A bad effect will be that the casual viewer, along with musicians (my core support group), will find it difficult to follow the flow of the music. This is a troublesome move that speaks to the art and not the reputation, to seeing where I can take music painting, and a rebuke to the need of conformation that all these ten-of-thousands of hours where worth all the effort. So goes my choice, so goes I.
Scott Von Holzen