Monday, September 14, 2009
This past Sunday, September 13th, I had an Mvyradio event to host at The Pinehills - a community in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It's one of those developments that has units - condos - ranging from $550,000 to $2 Million. Beautiful place, nice people.
It was one of those promotional events where Mvyradio will emcee either their annual "Jazz & Blues on the Green" show.
One of the displays set-up near our tent was for an artist named Tom Zotos. Of course, I wasn't the one to make initial contact with the artist. It was my 10-year-old daughter, Tess. Before I even saw the guy's work, she'd already charmed the socks of this man and his wife, Nancy. Tess is one of the rare kids who truly appreciates history, especially cultural history. And Tom's work is just that - Cultural History.
I remember back in the late 1980s when Mel Blanc - one of my heroes - passed away. THE VOICE - the one and only voice of the original Looney Tunes characters - was sadly silenced. Not too long afterwards, an illustration appeared that moved me beyond words. It depicted all the Looney Tune characters - Bugs, Yosemite, Elmer, Tweety, Sylvester, etc - grouped together, eyes closed, heads downward, while a a spotlight shined on an empty microphone...
Tom Zotos is the man who created that illustration.
Getting the opportunity to meet this man - someone obviously steeped in the same things I absolutely love - was an absolute honor. And to top it all off, he's one hell of a great guy. As my Mom used to say, it's "like we went to different schools together!".
Another classic piece Tom has created is one very similar to the Mel Blanc previously mentioned, only it was one for Frank Sinatra (which, by the way, was done at the request of the Sinatra Family!!).
To say Tom has some serious "street cred" would be like saying The Beatles put out a few good tunes (Tom has also been commissioned by Yoko Ono to create a depiction of John Lennon).
I implore you to check out this man's work. Here is his website at www.tomzotos.net
Posted by "Just Four Guys" (A Non- Breakfast or Brunch Beatle Show). at Monday, September 14, 2009