>Portrait of Tawny


Today is New Year’s Eve, and I’m sure many of you have big plans to go out to some club and party with friends tonight. But before you do, please read the following story.

One September night in 1987, a man (who suffered from both mental illness and a heavy drug & alcohol addiction) was caught sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was ejected from the premises, so he decided to go to another nightclub. It is unclear what happened next. Some say the man kicked in a glass door after being refused entrance to the club. But, others disagree. Whatever happened, the man ended up getting in a violent confrontation with the club’s bouncer. This man was then rushed to the hospital where he suffered from multiple face fractures, and a horrible disfigurement to his face. He also lost his right eye, and sustained irreversible brain damage. Then, he slipped into a coma and was put on life support. Soon after, it was apparent that his brain was no longer functioning, and his family made the difficult decision to remove him from life support. After he was removed from life support, the man’s heart kept beating for 3 hours.
He died at the age of 35.

This man was jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius. Not only was Jaco a musical genius, but he was also most likely the world’s greatest bass player. He is remembered for his unique style and amazing technique on the fretless bass, and his influence on modern electric bass playing is widely recognized. Jaco will never be forgotten…

So, before you go out, get intoxicated, and do something stupid tonight, remember that story…

Here’s Jaco playing “Portrait of Tracy” for Tawny. In this piece, Jaco uses both natural and false harmonics to extend the range of his bass. Enjoy=:)
(If you don’t have speakers for your ‘puter, I suggest you go out and buy them now.)

Here’s a closer look at Tawny Bear‘s portrait. I just finished the first layer of bead embroidery, and now, I’ve started the second layer starting with Tawny’s nose. I stitched on tiny beaded fringe for her whiskers. These fringes actually move when you touch them. I might also do a 3rd layer there, but I’m not quite sure yet.

Lastly, I hope that Jaco‘s story stays with you, but more importantly, I hope that you take the time to check out some of his music.
Together, we can keep his legacy alive.

14 thoughts on “>Portrait of Tawny

  1. >Happy New Year. Hubby is upstairs asleep, I’ve redone my business website…and I’m watching HeeHaw waiting for midnight with my daughter. Vanilla ice cream is about the most intoxicating thing tonight. May 2007 bring you much more creative inspirations!

  2. >I’m so glad to see that some of you are learning from today’s post…:)And, I’m still using the same bent needle. A needle will last for a very long time when handled with care. LOL!

  3. >HI LB! You stumped me on this one. Never heard of the guy, but will check it out.Tawny is looking great (I’ll hold of on the Tawny Kitaen remark this time, although, she is cute as well…)Question…how’s that needle holding up? Last time we saw it, it looked like it was ready to collapse…!

  4. >I must admid that I have never heard of him, but my husband has. Really a sad story. Nevertheless, I will get drunk tonight … 😉 But I will be careful!!! Tawny looks so great already!!!

  5. >..I enjoyed “the Portrait of Tracy”..i didnt kno about Jaco and so thank u for this post…but his story is sad i gues! 😦 i wish everyone keeps in mind this story!…Tawny is turnin out beautifully!…andWishing U a Very Wonderful New Year!Take Care!

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