Lady Day, Pepperland, and one of rock's most celebrated drum solos are all represented this Week in Music, July 16 - July 22... let's begin.
July 16 1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton form rock's first celebrated power trio, Cream.
July 16, 1981, iconic Folk rocker, and champion of feeding the hungry, Harry Chapin dies at the age of 38 due to cardiac arrest while driving on the Long Island Expressway. It remains unclear if the cardiac arrest caused Chapin to swerve his car into the path of a tractor trailer, or whether the collision caused the cardiac arrest.
July 17, 1959, Jazz vocalist legend, Billie Holiday dies with just $0.70 in her bank account.
July 17, 1968 The Beatles animated classic Yellow Submarine premieres in London.
July 20, 1940 Billboard's first comprehensive album chart is published, combining the best seller lists from all major record labels. Previously these were all published separately.
July 20, 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In A Gadda Da Vida" enters the U.S. charts for the first time.
July 20, 1973 Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown hits Number 1 on the the U.S. singles chars. Croce dies 3 months later in a plane crash.
July 22, 1947 Happy Birthday to Eagles drummer and solo artist Don Henley.
Information provided by www.thisdayinmusic.com
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.