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Man & Nature

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The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487.
This image exemplifies the blend of art and science during the Renaissance and provides the perfect example of Leonardo’s keen interest in proportion. In addition, this picture represents a cornerstone of Leonardo’s attempts to relate man to nature. Encyclopaedia Britannica online states, “Leonardo envisaged the great picture chart of the human body he had produced through his anatomical drawings and Vitruvian Man as a cosmografia del minor mondo (cosmography of the microcosm). He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe.”

Leonardo would have been fascinated by the following pictures from http://ceceliawebber.com/.

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A permanent installation of the original work is at the Renown Center for Cancer Research – Healing Arts Program -

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Polar Bear Blues

I went to a poetry reading last evening at the Karma Cafe to hear a friend of mine, Richard Downing, do a reading from his recent book Four Steps Off the Path. This one is about global warming. What does global warming have to do with guitars? Read on.

Polar Bear Blues
— for Magic Slim & the Teardrops

It’s not that the polar bears didn’t try
to adapt. One bear gave a shot
at becoming a blues musician,

Chicago blues specifically. Got him
a custom designed Luna guitar
and some Magic

Slim CDs out of a trapper’s house
he scavenged whenever
the owner was busy setting his snares.

Smacked the door open with a large white
paw. Checked the fridge first
before sampling the music

room. Even made a special trip to take
an amplifier. Toted the whole haul
far out onto the tundra,

set up as best he could on an ice floe,
glacial backdrop, a few curious seals
for fans, one penguin

who swore he was not an agent,
that he was just there because
where else was he supposed to be?

What the bear could never figure
out
was how to scavenge

electricity,
an opposable thumb,
an appreciative audience.

POLAR BEAR BLUES

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Paying it Forward


Last night I was witness to an amazing bunch of folks at a fundraiser by Lyrics for Life for the Tampa “Children’s Cancer Center”.
http://www.childrenscancercenter.org/

Ken Block, lead singer of Sister Hazel, lost a brother to T-Cell Lymphoma and was inspired to start Lyrics for Life which benefits various Children’s Cancer groups.

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

One of last night’s hosts, Jeff Wilson, was also inspired to join in the effort when he visited his son’s school and saw a bulletin board of “I wish” letters. One of the letters was from a young cancer patient who wrote “I wish I didn’t have to go through any more chemotherapy!”. One year later, his own son was diagnosed with the exact same cancer. Thankfully, his son is in remission and he and three other pediatric survivors were on hand to enjoy the festivities.

Miggs and Michael Tolcher also gave wonderful performances.

Miggs

Miggs

Michael Tolcher

Michael Tolcher

It was amazing to me how things intertwine. In my former incarnation as a glass artist, my most inspiring commissions were for some of the sponsors of the Children’s Cancer Center…..Tampa General Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. These were the types of commissions that fed my soul. So when I wonder what I am doing as a designer for Luna Guitars, which was not a planned career move but rather something I was compelled to follow, the dots seem to be connecting themselves and urging me to stay my course.

I am happy to report that the two Lunas donated…the Dragonfly signed by Sister Hazel and Dragon signed by Michael Tolcher….fetched over $7000 by the end of the evening!

Signed Guitars

Signed Guitars

So……I urge you all to follow the spiritual instinct that binds us and to remember…….
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
Albert Camus

And, finally, here is some musical inspiration from Sister Hazel that has stood me in good stead during dark times.
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Future Guitar Superstar

In my post of Sept 15 on Vicki Genfan’s “Guitar Superstar” win I observed that, as far as “being good for a girl”, Vicki has not only slipped through the proverbial glass ceiling like a ray of light but laser beamed her way through the male dominated bunker of the music industry with ultimate finesse.”

Since Vicki’s historic win, because of the sheer “Heart” she brought to this competition, I have often thought of the lyrics from a song by the Roches

“Her love is true music

And it radiates around”

Vicki’s personal win and obvious love for her music has been radiating around cyberspace and she has been sending me responses from female guitarists who on some level realize that a trail has been blazed for them. The one that stands out for me was a spontaneous response from an 11 year old young woman named “Kate”. Kate showed enormous heart and initiative in sending an original song to share her own recent win in a guitar contest and congratulate Vicki on hers via youtube.
Kate on Youtube
When Vicki asked her what her favorite guitar was, her response was “I really don’t know. I have a red Fender Electric that I picked out when I was little and started lessons. But I just picked it because red was my
favorite color then. I like it but it is very, very heavy. And I have a very inexpensive kid acoustic guitar that is pink :). Those are the only ones I have ever played. Kate”

At this writing, Kate does not even know yet, but Luna is SO going to send her the guitar of her choice to help her on her musical journey. At Luna, it is ultimately about HEART and Kate, like Vicki, has massive amounts of it.

Congratulations, Kate, on having what it takes to become a future Guitar Superstar! Keep it up and you cannot fail!

Love & Light from Luna

KATE’S “GUITAR SUPERSTAR” LYRICS

There’s a guitar contest today

First, a big star sings and plays,
Shares his life story, and then asks:
Who will play the guitar?

When it’s your turn to play,
At first you are nervous,
But then you get your groove on,
Your move on.

You think you did well,
But there’s no way to tell.
Then the guy starts to yell.

‘Cause you’re a guitar superstar,
And that’s just what you are.
A guitar superstar,
And that’s just what you are.

Although you are young,
Look how you’ve just sung.
Guess what? You’ve won!

‘Cause you’re a guitar superstar,
and that’s just what you are,
A guitar superstar,
And that’s just what you are,
And that’s just what you are,
And that’s just what you are!

(Copyright © K8 DS 2007. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use of this song or lyrics is permitted by any means without the authors permission. Lyrics by K8 DS.)

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Guitar Superstar 2008

“Guitar Superstar” is a yearly competition hosted by the Guitar Player magazine in which 10 finalists compete for the title of Guitar Superstar for the year. The competition started in 2005 and 2008 is the first year that a woman has ever made it to the final competition which was held on Sept 13th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California. That extraordinary female player is Vicki Genfan, and I am honored to say that she is both a Luna artist and, more importantly, a friend. Vicki not only attended the competition, but gave a “take it to the hoop, slam dunk” performance that won her the title of the 2008 Guitar Superstar.

Vicki with her Luna Trinity

Vicki with her Luna Trinity

The judges were guitar heavy-hitters Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Brendon Small, Elliott Easton and George Lynch with Andy Summers as host.
Here are some of the comments that stood out for me:

Steve Vai: One of the things that we respond to the most when we hear somebody play, or do anything, is the confidence. When you have confidence, that’s what attracts people, but you have to have the goods too….and you’ve got both! Take note, because this is important….you came on, you knew what you were going to do, you attacked the situation and you weren’t going to take any prisoners….Maybe you should run for vice president.”

Elliott Easton: “You’ve done the work….maybe you were too good. That’s my only complaint….maybe you were too good. Sorry.” (?????????)

George Lynch: “At the risk of sounding sexist….I didn’t know girls could play guitar” to which he added,….”like that…like that….I added like that.”

Knowing Vicki for the past three years and watching her play…. what is really beautiful, beyond her proficiency and her technical “attack”, is the heart that she brings to her music. When Vicki plays, she literally disappears. I’ve seen her do it on stage and on my back porch and it is pure vicarious bliss to witness.

Vicki Genfan, "disappeared" on my back porch with her Luna Muse 12

Vicki Genfan, "disappeared" on my back porch

As far as “being good for a girl”, Vicki has not only slipped through the proverbial glass ceiling like a ray of light, but laser beamed her way through the male dominated bunker of the music industry with ultimate finesse.

You can watch her performance and the judges responses here.

Congratulations Vicki! I am so happy that you are on the planet and that I have the good fortune to know you!!!!!!!!!

Shine On Superstar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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