#110 He She Me & We

110 He She Me & We#110 He She Me & We
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Ampersand stars in hilarious music video

The ampersand looks kinda happy.AmperArt #110, He She Me & We, was inspired by a creative, fun & very funny video, Second Favorite Man, by Tight Pajamas. It features our favorite character, the fun & fabulous ampersand.

Watch the video!

 

Most of you know I love nudism & hate country music—not to mention I kinda like ampersands—so this video really made me a fan of Tight Pajamas. I laughed my naked ass off.

In the band’s own words:

“Second Favorite Man” is the debut single by the bay area’s Tight Pajamas. It addresses the “cheatin’ and lyin” you often find in country music, but in a totally unique way. In fact, it celebrates a kind of love traditionally bemoaned in country/western songs!

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Musicians:
Maurice Tani – lead vocals, electric guitar and bass,
Robert M Powell – Backing vocals and pedal steel guitar, engineering, mixing, mastering
Susie Davis – producer, backing vocals, piano
Pam Delgado – backing vocals

Not mentioned is the person who suggested the title of the AmperArt piece, He She Me & We: Jeff Greenwald. He co-wrote the song with Susie Davis & shot much of the video. (He’s the “rabbi” in one of the photos.) I checked out some of Jeff’s own videos & books. He’s a very interesting guy. His speech about Noah’s Ark is entertaining: Jeff Greenwald / Noah’s Ark

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chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. It’s mostly about design, typography, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving.


Production notes for #110 He She Me & We:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Fonts: Cooper Black, Benguait Charisma
Ampersand: Benguait Charisma
Effects: Gradation intended to resemble a method of screen printing, common in the 1960s-70s-80s, as were the chosen typefaces.
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#89 Guns & Roses & Joe at the Fotoplayer

89 Guns & Roses


#89 Guns & Roses
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First watch Guns & Roses & Joe at his Fotoplayer

What you see is Joe Rinaudo at the Fotoplayer he restored. What you hear is a very clever Guns & Roses overdub by adnmusic.

 


Joe Rinaudo

AmperArt #89, Guns & Roses, was inspired by a my best friend of fifty years, Joe Rinaudo, who probably doesn’t even know who Guns n’ Roses is—he’s more into Scott Joplin. We were both into “old stuff”—I collected & refurbished old office machines (mimeographs & typewriters) & Joe collected 16mm films of early cinematic comedy—Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Keystone Cops, Fatty Arbuckle , & of course Laurel & Hardy.

Today Joe is a 35mm silent film collector, refurbisher, itinerant projectionist, and consultant to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board.

Shortly after high school, Joe restored a Model 20 Fotoplayer, a player piano/organ/percussion conglomeration that would add music and sound effects  to silent cinema. This is now in his living room. His neighbors love him.

There are nearly a million posts on YouTube of Joe playing his Fotoplayer, which was featured on Huell Howser’s California Gold. However, the sound you hear above is a very clever overdub, perfectly timed and enhanced, by adnmusic on YouTube.

To hear the actual music Joe is playing, and to learn more about the Fotoplayer, step right over here.

Visit SilentCinemaSociety.org, Joe’s new website for old entertainment.



INTRODUCING A NEW AMPERART THEME: 

Amperbr&

Amperbr& features brand names which contain the word “and,” a contraction such as “n” or the ampersand itself. In each case, the conjunction is replaced by an ampersand which is set or stylized in the primary typeface of the brand’s logo. Guns & Roses is the first Amperbr& issue.


How did Guns & Roses get its name?

I find brand naming fascinating when it just falls into place. Sort of like my formula for inspired design: luck+talent=that’s it! (Read about it here.) The Guns & Roses story fits the formula:

GUNS N' ROSES RETURN FOR HISTORIC NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER STADIUM TOUR: Founder Axl Rose and Former Members, Slash and Duff McKagan, Regroup For The 'Not In This Lifetime Tour' Produced by Live Nation (PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment)

In 1984, Hollywood Rose member Izzy Stradlin was living with L.A. Guns member Tracii Guns. When L.A. Guns needed a new vocalist, Stradlin suggested Hollywood Rose singer Axl Rose. Guns N’ Roses was formed in March 1985 by Rose and rhythm guitarist Stradlin, along with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. The band coined its name by combining the names of both previous groups.  —Wikipedia


Popular mid-century phrase

Many “oldsters” will recall the term guns & roses being used after World War II, as some people had to learn that “life is not all guns & roses.” Of course, that’s not yet a brand name so it would not be an Amperbr& theme. But it could still be AmperArt!


How many Amperbr&s can you think of?

(That’s a brand that’s got an ampersand in its name.)

M&M’s?  Smart & Final? Smith & Wesson? Add yours here.

Take this fun Amperbr& quiz.



Production notes for #89 Guns & Roses:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Cornivus
Ampersand: Cornivus (brand’s logo font)
Guns n’ Roses logo: entertainmentrocks.com
Video: adnmusic, YouTube
Quiz: sporcle.com – quizzes
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#92 1 2 3&4

 

1 2 3&4

 


#92 1 2 3&4
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Remember Lawrence Welk? He would use a lot more than just one ampersand in his musical count…

“A one & a two & a…”

I’m keeping the count simple: two quarters, two eighths and another quarter.

This AmperArt concept, “1 2 3&4,”  was inspired by a book cover I designed recently for one of my favorite clients, Jennifer Eklund. She has a fabulous piano instruction series called “Piano Pronto.” Her latest book, in collaboration with piano instructor Kris Skaletski of KiddyKeys, is called “Roadtrip! Your Musical Journey” and is perfect to keep the kids entertained and educated whether in the car or taking a “pretend trip” in your home. This fun music learning book will be available in time for Christmas. Subscribe to Jennifer’s wonderful newsletter at pianopronto.com. You’ll be notified when “Roadtrip!” is available.

PianoPronto.com features piano instruction for “all ages and all stages.”

KiddyKeys.com features music exploration and piano preparation for preschool-age children.


chaz sez ...

The count 1 2 3&4 is what I hear every time I take cha cha lessons. I’m still a beginner, although I’ve taken the same beginner class several times already. (I get my 1’s & 2’s & 3’s & 4’s mixed up.)


Production notes for #92 1 2 3&4:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Bodoni Poster
Ampersand: Bodoni Poster Italic
Credits for #92 1 2 3&4:
Staff & notes repurposed from client’s Piano Pronto book cover design. Visit pianopronto.com for a superb piano lesson course—pronto!

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