Friday, April 06, 2012
Self-trained German painter Max Raffler (1902-1988), whose cat images--well, image--you've been seeing in the upper left-hand corner of this blog, is described in cyberspace as a "naive" or (what else?)"outsider" artist, which leads me to observe that there's nothing "outsider" about genius. Quite the reverse, actually. Here's a good Raffler bio, and though its German-to-English text is a little quirky, it gets the facts across. Our eternal, sarcastic thanks to Max's sisters.
More on Raffler, this time in English: Raffler bio #2. And images of his painting abound in Google Images--just type "Max Raffler" and behold.
I plan to keep a steady rotation of Raffler feline images at this blog, though my folder of scanned images (from a book; no originals, alas) bit the dust along with my late C drive. So I'll be scanning some more. I don't know what I did before I owned a scanner. Well, not scan, I guess. I did a lot of not-scanning.
What not to praise about Max's water colors? The brilliant sense of design, the phenomenally effective use of color, the way that Raffler's creations, despite their static compositions, capture everyday life in motion. I'm terrible at describing art, but I know what awes me. Raffler's cats, people, offices, gardens, flowers, and fields are Grandma Moses crossed with Gary Larson and G. Kliban.
Ferde Grofe's fabulous Rocketship XM soundtrack from 1950 has just been released on CD by Monstrous Movie Music. Check out MMM's entire catalog for a mind-blowing time.
One of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies, and not just because Grofe did the score, though that does have a lot to do with it.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
More rescued-from-cassette selections for today: Billy Hall and the Greenwood Mountain Boys, whose 1976 Blue Grass Hymn Time I committed to tape in 1994 and have now given new digital life. (Pompous? Me?) I think you'll like it. Sorry to say, I've found all of absolutely nothing about the group, the group leader, or this LP in my Google searching. The record label--Gloryland--is (was?) a Columbus, Ohio outfit, and so the group may have been from central Ohio. Or not.
Very professional bluegrass on these tracks, so somebody's got to know something. Anyway, now you know all I know. To the sides:
Click here to hear: Blue Grass Hymn Time (1976).
Streets of Pure Gold
Get in Line, Brother
Help Me Lord Jesus
One Wide River
I Cannot Find My Way Alone
Father's Gone On
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Using My Bible for a Road Map
Who Will Sing for Me
Somebody Touched Me
Billy Hall and the Greenwood Mountain Boys--Blue Grass Hymn Time (Gloryland 596, 1976. Columbus, Ohio)