Nov 132020
 
Title: Drawing of the day, James Son Thomas | Artist: Pieter Zandvliet | Category: Various
James “Son” Thomas (October 14, 1926 – June 26, 1993)[1][2] was an American Delta blues musician, gravedigger and sculptor from Leland, Mississippi.

Thomas was born in Eden, Mississippi on October 14, 1926. While working in the fields, he began listening to blues on the radio. As a self-taught guitarist, he learned to play songs from older blues guitarists Elmore Davis and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.[4] He then worked as a gravedigger in Washington County.

Thomas became known after appearing in films made by the Center for Southern Folklore in the 1970s.[4] He appeared in the films Delta Blues Singer: James “Sonny Ford” ThomasGive My Poor Heart Ease: Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, and Mississippi Delta Blues.[1] In the 1970s, Eddie Cusic performed with Thomas at regular engagements. Together they recorded “Once I Had a Car”, which is included on the compilation album Mississippi Delta & South Tennessee Blues (1977).[5] In the 1980s, Thomas recorded internationally.

While working as gravedigger, he was also a folk artist, making sculptures from unfired clay, which he dug out of the banks of the Yazoo River. His most famous sculpted images were skulls (often featuring actual human teeth), which mirrored his job as a gravedigger and his often stated philosophy that “we all end up in the clay”. In 1985, his work was featured in the prestigious Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to Nancy Reagan, then the First Lady.[6] Thomas’s skulls are on display in the Delta Blues Museum, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and the Highway 61 Blues Museum, in Leland, Mississippi. Thomas played at numerous blues festivals and private parties throughout the area, including the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival in Greenville.

In later performances, Thomas was accompanied by the Swiss harmonica player Walter Liniger. Thomas was recorded by several small record labels and is probably best known for his album Gateway to the Delta, recorded by Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Thomas died at the age of 66 in Greenville, Mississippi, from emphysema and a stroke on June 26, 1993.[2] He is buried in Leland and memorialized by a headstone placed in 1996 by the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund and paid for by John Fogerty. His epitaph consists of lyrics from one of his songs. His son, Pat Thomas, continues to play and perform his father’s songs.

Thomas was honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in Leland, Mississippi

 November 13, 2020  Posted by at 20:32 Various No Responses »
Nov 112020
 
Title: Drawing of the day, Doris Day | Artist: Pieter Zandvliet | Category: Various

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, achieving commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time” with Les Brown & His Band of Renown. She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.

Day was one of the biggest film stars in the 1950s-1960s era. Day’s film career began during the Golden Age of Hollywood with the film Romance on the High Seas (1948). She starred in films of many genres, including musicals, comedies, dramas, and thrillers. She played the title role in Calamity Jane (1953) and starred in Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart. Her best-known films are those in which she co-starred with Rock Hudson, chief among them 1959’s Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also worked with James Garner on both Move Over, Darling (1963) and The Thrill of It All (1963), and starred alongside Clark GableCary GrantJames CagneyDavid NivenGinger RogersJack LemmonFrank SinatraKirk DouglasLauren Bacall, and Rod Taylor in various movies. After ending her film career in 1968, only briefly removed from the height of her popularity, she starred in her own sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968–1973).

In 1989, she was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2008, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 2011 she was awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award. Also in 2011, she released her 29th studio album My Heart which contained new material and became a UK Top 10 album. As of 2020, she was one of eight record performers to have been the top box-office earner in the United States four times

 November 11, 2020  Posted by at 20:48 Various No Responses »
Nov 112020
 
Title: Drawing of the day, Deco | Artist: Pieter Zandvliet | Category: Drawing of the day
Anderson Luís de Souza (born 27 August 1977), known as Deco (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdɛku]), is a retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or central midfielder.
Deco is one of the few players to have won the UEFA Champions League with two clubs, with Porto in 2004 and Barcelona in 2006. He was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Best Midfielder in Porto’s Champions League-winning season and was named Man of the Match in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final. Deco was the first player to win the UEFA Best Midfielder Award with two clubs, Porto and Barcelona. He was awarded the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball and the Man of the Match award in the final despite losing to Internacional.
Born and raised in Brazil, Deco received Portuguese citizenship in 2002 having completed five years of Portuguese residence, and subsequently opted to play internationally for the Portugal national team. He earned 75 caps for them, playing at two UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups, reaching the final of Euro 2004, and achieving a fourth-place finish at the 2006 World Cup.
Deco announced his retirement on 26 August 2013, following a hamstring injury.
 November 11, 2020  Posted by at 00:36 Drawing of the day No Responses »
Nov 112020
 
Title: Rini van Willigen | Artist: Pieter Zandvliet | Category: Pieters Proza

Meestal schieten de stukjes vol letters uit mijn kop via mijn toetsenbord zo de computer in, maar toen ik ongeveer twee geleden las dat muzikant/kunstenaar\documentaire maker Rini was overleden moest ik het allemaal laten bezinken. Dit deed ik door naar de cd’s die hij een tijdje bijna wekelijks in mijn brievenbus toen ik nog aan de Hoofdstraat in de Gorzen woonde, gooide, en ik las wat de pers en vrienden en fans van hem hadden hadden geschreven over Rini.

Ik luister eigenlijk nog steeds naar de gebrande cd’s die mijn vrouw Sandra gelukkig ook erg goed vind, ze is helemaal verbaasd dat Rini niet Wereld beroemd is. Waarschijnlijk en eigenlijk weet ik dat wel zeker was Rini geen meeloper, en deed graag zijn eigen ding en anders maar niet, dat staat beroemd worden vaak in de weg. Mensen die de gebrande cd’s met grappige hoesjes kennen moeten wel gehoord hebben hoe gevarieerd Rini was, het grenst werkelijk aan het ongelofelijke hoe hij een typisch van Willigen geluid aan welke muziek soort mee gaf, hij speelt en zingt elk genre uit zijn verdomde hokje. Rini heeft mij niet geleerd hoe ik vrij moet blijven en vooral zoveel mogelijk mijn eigen stijl moet behouden, maar hij is wel iemand die mij de steun geeft en gaf het allemaal vol te houden. Helaas had Rini het allemaal wel gehad door zijn depressiviteit,

Tussen 2003 en 2008 toen ik naar het Oosten des lands verhuisde zagen wij elkaar regelmatig in mijn atelier of in zijn gezellige huisje. We hebben zelfs een liedje gemaakt onder de naam Dickheads-Nice girl, hij staat op soundcloud. Nu is mijn zang al niet om aan te horen, echter naast de prachtige doorleefde stem van Rini wordt mijn stem pas echt belachelijk.

Waarschijnlijk vond Rini dit ook en is het daarom bij één nummer gebleven. Buiten productief muzikant schilderde hij net zo gemakkelijk en productief. Er waren altijd weer nieuwe werken te zien als ik bij hem op visite ging. Hij liet mij prachtige zelf gemaakte documentaires zien over Eksit in Rotterdam waar ik veel over gehoord en gelezen heb. In alles wat hij deed zat een ziel, zijn ziel en als een muzikant/kunstenaar dit kan overbrengen zit het wel goed is mijn idee, daar gaat het immers om. Je moet iets voelen, en dat kon Rini, iets overbrengen wat heel mooi was zijn ziel.

Een ziel waarvan ik hoop dat die nu eindelijk zijn welverdiende rust heeft gevonden. Ik hoop dat mensen alsnog het werk van Rini zullen ontdekken, en van kunnen genieten zoals ik. Rust In Vrede vriend.

 November 11, 2020  Posted by at 00:12 Pieters Proza 2 Responses »