|FZ #2 by Tom Wills, June 2018, pencil|
I love Frank Zappa for his music. Gotta admit, he made me laugh a lot too. But as a composer, he was a very serious fellow -- especially in his later years, with ensembles and symphonies performing under his direction, or premiering his orchestral works all over this planet.
FZ #1, pencil sketch, October 2010, (Revised January 2011)
|"No commercial potential"|
Fast forward seven years and I've tinkered again, this time with a look at FZ in his later years, not exactly tamed but favoring crisp shirts, baggy trousers and a tie. And, still that cigarette.
This exercise also helps to illustrate how my technique has changed over the years. I work faster, but the piece is more relaxed and the detail is better.
You are what you is. You is what you am.
One of the things that was taken out of the curriculum was civics. Civics was a class that used to be required before you could graduate from high school. You were taught what was in the U.S. Constitution. And after all the student rebellions in the ’60s, civics was banished from the student curriculum and was replaced by something called social studies. Here we live in a country that has a fabulous constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government—nobody knows what’s in it. It’s one of the best kept secrets. And so, if you don’t know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don’t know what is in that document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?