Here’s the latest addition to my Family: Sluggo The Wonder Pug. Sluggo is just 9 weeks old. He was given to me, on my 57th birthday, by my sons… Sluggo greets me every morning with Absoute Joy and Total Excitement, and it gets better from there… I won’t talk about my New Best Friend too much more…. I wanted you to meet him. He’s really smart.
One of the more startling performers today is Joss Stone. A seemingly typical English teenager until she starts singing. The most incredible seemingly 50 year old African-American female voice comes out of her and blows your mind. The inflections and intonations denoting depth and awareness are fully formed, mature and world weary. I don’t know how she can do it, or why. I only know she’s more than remarkable….
In 1974 Waymore was raw and surly. I remember him glaring at me and thinking, “Man! I hope he doesn’t kick me…” He didn’t. Good thing. This shot is the cover of the album “Waylon Live-the expanded edition” He was also, in my opinion, a better performer than he’d ever be, later. He was really great in ’74-’75, just the perfect balance of fresh, new, raw and tough. And the voice and swagger and songs by Billy Joe Shaver didn’t hurt, either.
The first year I called myself “photographer”, I made this shot. Can you see the woman spiraling down the drain? Those are her arms touching the sides and her hair flying out as she spins downward. It’s stuck with me through all those years as one of my favorites.