October 2008

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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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Sustainability

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“One of our most important renewable resources is HOPE. We must put it on with our shoes every morning.”……….Barbara Kingsolver

Krista Tippett explores what it means to face the question of sustainability in a hopeful way in her two minute musing below.

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Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett is public radio’s weekly program about “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.”

Personal Inspiration
Sustainability

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David Cook’s Luna – Personal Symbolism

It is important to me that each Luna instrument, whenever possible, have something that personalizes it for a player. The images I choose to use are archetypal symbols and metaphors that stand for intangible concepts….for example, Lotus as “purity”, Dragonflies as “transformation” Celtic knot work as “interconnection”. (I will be dealing with the symbols of each individual instrument in future posts.)
When Luna was invited to produce a guitar for David Cook, this year’s American Idol winner, we were pleased to be able to produce a totally personal image for him.
David had used his white Gibson Les Paul with the initials AC on it throughout the season.

David Cook's Gibson

As Cook told TV Guide, “I have two brothers, Adam and Andrew. So, because of superstition, I put their initials on everything growing up.” His brother Andrew had been the one to originally audition for Idol. David was there in support and when Andrew didn’t make the cut, producers persuaded Cook to tryout and his rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” won him a place in the lineup. His brother Adam, an attorney, was undergoing chemotherapy for his second diagnosis of brain cancer during the finals and was flown in on a medical jet for the Final 7 performance. So the initials AC took on even more special meaning during this time of David’s life.

Using David’s “AC” talisman, Luna added a few more personal layers. The first was artwork inspired by David’s first CD, “Analog Heart”, that David hand drew. The second was the addition of wings to wish David and his family Godspeed.

Original Artwork for David's Luna

Original Artwork

Art on Guitar

Art on Guitar

We had no guarantee that David would play it on the show. I remember being in my kitchen during the finale when I heard ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”. I initially ran into the living room because my brother Ray used to sing that song in his band Sage and it has always been a favorite of mine. Then I saw David Cook playing with ZZ Top and thought “Wow…how cool is that?” It did not register immediately that he was playing his Luna! It was amazing to see it on my television set when it was literally a concept and a block of wood at Luna’s USA shop three weeks prior to that.

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You can see the making of David’s guitar here.

A lot of folks put a lot of love and attention into that guitar. If energy follows intent, and I believe that it does, David’s guitar is brimming with good wishes from Luna.

PS……..DON’T FORGET TO

Instrument Inspiration

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Awe, Wonder and Radical Amazement – Hubble Telescope Images

One who knows distances
out to the outermost star
is astonished when he discovers
the magnificent space in your hearts.

(Ranier Maria Rilke)

For more amazing pictures, visit Hubble’s top 100 images here.

Wonder and Radical Amazement

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