Monday, November 10, 2008


More drawing's from my sketch book. Enjoy!
Senor JD.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Here is some new art from my sketch book. The medium used was pen over acrylic paint wash. I incorporated a Johnny Cash image I had saved from a magazine. Hope you enjoy them.

Auld Lang Syne playing on my record player

I had the pleasure of getting in the mail the 7" Auld Lang Syne 45rpm single released by Viper Bite Records. Being a record collector this was a real treat for me. I love the old warm crackle coming from my record players speaker. It's just heaven. Either way let me come back to earth now. Auld Lang Syne is a Rochester NY roots rock band that has been under the radar for too long. I will dare to say these guys are the reincarnation of The Band. These guys are going places and its happening fast.
The first track "Where My Fortune Lies" is a classic. From the moment I heard this song I fell in love with its progression, jangly banjo and dreamy sleigh bells, and not to mention the drums on this song that are just perfect. Every element of this song is a perfect fit. Timothy Dick's voice is superb. Deep baritone tone coming at you with emotion that could easily make you teary eyed. Timmy Gallogly's contributing harmony on this one is chillingly beautiful. All I can say is this song needs to move to a higher plane. This song is a true example of great songwriting and tasteful arrangement.
On the b side of this perfect little 45 is the song "50 Years". This song took me a little bit longer to really soak up, but once I heard it a couple of times, I could really understand the emotion behind the strong voice. It sends chills down my spine. Jonathan Miller the author of this song brings a strong projection of passion and pain on this track. His voice trembles and shakes and is from an era lost and forgotten. "50 Years" embodies so much imagery that I could truly see it being the soundtrack to a deep unfolding drama.
I never doubt that my good friends up in Rochester ( Kathy and Tim, Timmy G and Jonathan )will always produce songs that will blow the socks of my feet. These guys are truly making a mark in this world, from making beautiful music to raising families to making good friends where ever they go. I'm grateful to have had these folks very close for some time but now distance is our enemy but the music still keeps us close. I will keep you posted on the full length which should be out this winter.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thanh Da Bakery BKLYN NY

Im no food critic but ill pretend for this one. I just got back from hanging with my good friend A. Bogs. We took a stroll up to 7th ave, the heart of Chinatown Brooklyn. There's a really cool newly expanded bakery by the name of Thanh Da. This has got to be the best place for Vietnamese sandwiches in Brooklyn or maybe even NY.
The sandwich is made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, onions, cucumbers, and cilantro. Popular fillings include roasted or grilled pork, Vietnamese Ham, paté, mayonnaise, chicken, and head cheese. Most Banh Mi sandwiches contain a Vietnamese mayonnaise-like spread that is a mixture of egg yolk, cooking oil/butter, and sometimes spices. Sorry my vegetarian friends. The sandwiches are really inexpensive and super delicious. The place is really friendly and super clean. A sandwich with some dessert and a drink will run you about 6 bucks. You really cant beat that. You can sit in or sit outside where they usually have some fold out chairs. What a day! Shooting the breeze with a great friend and enjoying a Vietnamese sandwich. Now thats life!