Music is truly a universal language. Musicians are those types of people that find it to be very important to spend their valuable time delivering music to others. I wonder how many musicians were once “the milkman” or “the paperboy or papergirl” or perhaps prophets; all in the delivery business? I’m not concerned to get an answer. I have something else to address in this article.
How Cool are They?
This is Deja Blues, a local band in my town. Recently, for one of my art shows, the three musicians pictured on the right gathered to provide music for the special opening night event. They formed an “acoustic” group which they call, “Deja Too.” The award-winning CRU wine (tasting) was happening and the Hors d’Oeuvres were delivered by the hosting catering company’s well-dressed staff. Patrons enjoyed casual conversation with the pulse of fulfilling musical sounds dancing in the air of the K-Jewel Art Gallery.
What they do is easy, but not easy, easy. The three performing artists, Gumbo, Jeffrey and Don (L-R) have been playing music together for a very long time. Each, in their own right, are accomplished artists. It takes years of dedication to become really good at what they do. Therefore, you could say that when they play their music they make it look easy. I can’t play as they play. So it’s not easy.
Here’s why I consider these guys to be cool. I asked them if they’d play for my art show and they said, “you bet we will.” Sometimes us artists do favors for each other and good
About the Photo
The band, Deja Blues, needed a band photo. This was actually a number of years ago. They asked me for help and I had them come to my studio to make it happen. I took their band photo. Money never changed hands. Turns out they needed a new website to publish their performance dates and they asked me to help since I am in that business too. I did. Visit DejaBluesMusic.com. Money never changed hands. Bottom line; we’re friends and do stuff to help each other. The favors have gone back and forth over the years and I would say I’m on the winning end if one were to measure, but we don’t.
PHOTOGRAPHY NOTES: Normally five guys do not stand so close together that they are nearly squishing each other. That they are standing so close is my doing. The band cooperated and the results of my doing equated to a fine band photo. I had lighting coming in from behind on both sides to create the rim of light on their shoulders, hats
How Cool am I?
So this story is about talented friends doing each other favors from time to time. However, if you’d of asked me a decade ago that one day I’ll take a band photo I produced and find a way to segue it into a current blog article turning it into a commercial by providing links to my Light Walking Studio and my Internet company, 99Fresno.com, I’d of, well, I’d not of imagined that back then.
… how cool am I?
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