Friday, February 09, 2007

February 9, 2007
Still not quite over the cold but I'm feeling better. Got up this morning and hit it running, finishing off several set pieces for the Top Secret Project. Set piece is slightly misleading. In some cases I'm using studies which, believe it or not, was inspired by Bob Dylan, who, has often used click tracks, or rhythm tracks in his finished album mix because he felt they had a certain honesty that the polished tracks did not have. I have always remembered that and so when it came time to scan some of the narrative images for the Top Secret Project I have thrown in several little studies, that in some ways are "more honest" than the big board serious stuff. Here are two examples from the dry-lake-fire sequence in the prototype. Both are small, approximately 6"X7" but there is a definite dramatic mood in them that's missing from some of my big efforts (which I'll show you tomorrow):

Cogent Advice And Timely Too
"BBB, if you're doing an upcoming Billy the Kid issue how about a Classic Gunfight with the Kid vs. Joe Grant? You're a Daisy if you do."
—Mark Kilburn, TW Maniac 235, SASS 11889

That's exactly what I did Mark so thankyou very much. And yes, Fred Nolan, I used your annotated "Authentic Life of Billy the Kid" as my guide, and yes, you'll get credit and a plug in the piece.

Buckeye Blake is in town and wants to meet at El Encanto for lunch. Tonight is Wonderful Russ's birthday and Kathy and I are meeting him and Wendy for dinner tonight.

Big parade tomorrow in Wickenburg. Dan Harshberger is driving his classic Ford pickup over and I'll stand in the back, while Joel Klasky, Kathy, Darlene Harshberger, Samantha and Trish hand out True West magazines. Looking forward to it. They really know how to throw a shindig in Wickenburg at their Gold Rush Days.

"Onion Headline de Jour
New Dad Thinks Baby Might Be Gay

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
—Joel Arthur Barker

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