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Music and Art

Music and Art have been a part of my life since I was very young. Both are intertwined to me. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to to do both professionally and for fun. This past week I visited the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.. The West Building at the NGA was open but the East Building was closed for renovations. I find myself still moved by the art of masters from the past. Modern and Post Modern art have always made me appreciate the work of the masters even more. When I attended Virginia Commonwealth's School of the Arts in the Early 90's I had a professor that I really enjoyed. His name was Richard Carlyon whom I had for a couple of my visual art classes. I remember one subject that we explored was deconstruction. I deconstructed a songbook. I created an actual box that opened like a book. I fashioned it out of wood and fabrics and built four music boxes into it that resonated inside the front of the book. It was a gaudy looking thing inspired by my idea of Victorian things. on the inside I had lyrics of very old songs (that have slipped my mind after 20 years) and small plastic skeletons in the mix. A goth acquaintance of mine wanted that thing so bad. I did not give it to her. That was good stuff back then and I really enjoyed Richard Carlyon as a person and as my visual arts professor.

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