7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #197: Featuring
Javaka Steptoe and Print Mafia

h1 December 12th, 2010 by jules


“Like no one before him, Jimmy Hendrix taught his guitar to sing, scream, laugh, and cry. He learned to use it as an artist uses paint, creating new worlds with the colors of sound. To the heart and soul of the blues he added the restless energy of rock ‘n’ roll. His playing became bold as lightning. Wild as the waves.
Free as the wind through the trees…”

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Things are coming up Very Rock-And-Roll at 7-Imp this morning. I knew I wanted to feature some art from Gary Golio’s vibrant new picture book biography of the young Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow (Clarion Books, October 2010), illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. And then at the last moment, I remembered the late Melissa Duke Mooney’s The ABCs of Rock, published by Tricycle Press in October — and with illustrations from Print Mafia. Lucky for me, I was able to get spreads from each to share with readers this morning. So. Are you ready to rock?

Am I a colossal nerd for just typing “are you ready to rock?” Yes. I am.

How about: Are you ready to go to eleven, which is one louder? There we go. Spinal Tap references, speaking of hard-core rock-and-roll, make everything better.

I really love Golio’s biography of the boy Hendrix. You may have heard or read about it on NPR in October. Golio writes with vivid lyricism and imagery about the young Hendrix, who lived in a boarding house in Seattle with his father in the mid ’50s. He and his father didn’t have much money, but the young Jimmy had one devoted parent, two steadfast friends (“they never teased him about his worn-out clothes and wild hair, the way some kids did”), a love for music and art, and a bustling imagination: “With every sound,” Golio writes, when describing how Jimmy and his friends would visit the nearby lake, “a color glowed in Jimmy’s mind. Blue was the whoosh of cool water, splashing over rocks. Orange and red, the crackling of a campfire. Green, the rustle of a thousand leaves.” It was after he finally got his own guitar that he determined to “paint the world” with the “rainbow of sounds at his fingertips.”

See? Can’t you tell with just that one lovely excerpt how Golio infuses the text with a lyricism that just…well, sings? And Javaka Steptoe’s artwork? Now, I’m biased. I’ve always been a big fan of his mixed-media collages. But truly, his artwork in this one is a force of nature. In a fascinating illustrator’s note, he talks about the research that went into his illustrations. As in, he did more than just pick up a book to read about Hendrix, he says. He walked the streets of Jimi’s hometown (Jimmy became “Jimi” in 1966 when music manager Chas Chandler took him to England), talked to folks who knew him, “even fingered an electric guitar once or twice,” and much more. He also notes—I love this—how he used plywood found at The RE Store in Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood, in his art. He also writes: “I thought about the depth and texture of his music, so I layered and used bright colors.”

Indeed. Take a look:


“Sweeping up his room one day, Jimmy stopped and held the broom in his arms. He strummed on the bristles, sliding his fingers back and forth along the wooden handle. Was this what it felt like to hold a real guitar—to swing it up and down,
to make music while you sang?”
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The story of Nashville publicist and musician Melissa Duke Mooney—her inspiration for The ABCs of Rock (quite possibly, the coolest ABC book there is) and her sudden death in 2009—is told here in a recent article in The Nashville Scene. Sad story, given how loved she was and what a vibrant life she clearly led, not to mention how terribly sudden her death was. I’m always happy to shine the light on local authors and illustrators, and this is no exception.

This picture book verges on a hipster coffee-table book, in the words of The Nashville Scene, but older, music-crazed children will certainly dig it. And many, many adults. The art—rock-and-roll poster-style images in a book almost the same size as a vinyl LP—was created by the silkscreen design shop Print Mafia, based in Bowling Green, Kentucky (the work of Jim Madison and Connie Collingsworth, who have been making rock posters since 1997 and design without computers). “Print Mafia’s lurid illustrations in fuchsia, electric green, and hot yellow,” writes Publishers Weekly, “perfectly suit letter T’s Talking Heads and letter C’s the Clash — borrowing straight from these bands’ cover art and concert poster aesthetics; the designs imitate the DIY style of pasteup and photocopier art, with a dash of Roy Lichtenstein.”

There’s a little bit of everything here: R.E.M, The White Stripes, Nirvana, The Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, and more. The book closes with “art notes” that explain Print Mafia’s design and illustration choices for each musician/band. (I’ve included those notes under the Go-Go’s and ZZ Top images below.)

This book—wait for it—rocks. Enjoy these illustrations:



“The Go-Go’s roots are in LA’s early eighties punk scene. If you listen to the male-dominated bands coming out of there at that time, Hollywood seems to be a hard, gritty, violent place. The Go-Go’s were able to embody punk’s ethic and musical integrity, but their sound was a mixture of punk and pure pop gold. Like the bright-eyed Lichtenstein blonde of our image, their music hints at a carefree, fun-in-the-sun lifestyle that can be found just on the other side of the Hollywood sign.”


“Jim {Madison of Print Mafia} says that whenever he hears any ZZ Top song,
he pictures Ford’s Eliminator coupe hot rod.
That car is an inescapable part of their image.”

Before I get to my kicks: Here’s Jimi, live in 1967.

Now, wait a second. You just think you’re busy and don’t have time to watch it, but if you take a few moments to do so, you will be rewarded. “After all the jacks are in their boxes / And the clowns have all gone to bed / You can hear happiness staggering on down the street / Footprints dressed in red / And the wind whispers Mary.” Evidently, at the time he wrote this, it was for his girlfriend who had just left, whose middle name was Mary. (It’s not about marijuana, or Mary Jane, as some people suspect.) Anyway. Brilliant. Enjoy.

THE ABCs OF ROCK. Copyright © 2010 by Melissa Duke Mooney. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Print Mafia. Published by Tricycle Press, New York.

JIMI: SOUNDS LIKE A RAINBOW by Gary Golio, illustrations by Javaka Steptoe (c) 2010. Used by permission Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

As a reminder, 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

Everything above my kicks here is so stinkin’ cool—what with Jimi, all the music, the two great books, the kickin’ art—that I hardly feel worthy here. As in, that will be a tough act to follow. But try valiantly I shall.

1). This month’s Nashville Kidlit Drink Night was lovely. It’s always nice when a bunch of folks show up, but—due to holiday crazy-ness, I assume—only about six of us were there. With a smaller group, we were all at one table and could hear one another and had a good time talking books over some food and coffee-with-Bailey’s. (I opted out of the cognac. I’m ultimately a wuss.) Plus, I got to meet local author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb for the first time and look forward to reading her book.

2). Speaking of the wind whispering someone’s name, this is for when you’re missing someone this holiday season:

Observant watchers may note the Sam Sightings in that video, amongst all the vintage ornaments. If you blink, you’ll miss her. She’s considerably media-shy, which makes it challenging to be a fan sometimes, but I’m stubborn.

2½). This. (And JES gets credit for showing us all that. His posts are your best place to be on Fridays, in particular.)

3). The new issue of The Bluegrass Special is out. I’m flattered that they, as mentioned before, include one of my 7-Imp posts every month. This month’s issue is full to the brim with holiday goodness, including this. Satchmo. Just perfect. It’s worth it just to hear him chuckle after the reindeer show up:

But go see their Table of Contents for that and much more.

4). I received a really gorgeous copy of Amy Novesky’s Me, Frida, illustrated by David Díaz, that includes a limited-edition print from the book and an early manuscript (with notes) from the author. I don’t know how it is I deserve such lovely surprises in the mail.

5). Something about taking walks in the cold is a kick. If I’m just making my way from Point A to Point B, it makes me actively angry to walk in cold weather. I should probably always live in the South. I mean, I don’t go around punching people, but I hunch my shoulders against the chill, grimace, and generally mutter new and inspired obscenities to myself. (I mean to tell you that really cold weather gets me downright visionary about new, creative curses.) But when I opt to actually take a walk in the park and brave that cold whispering wind so that I can get away and slow down and think, something about the way it pushes me onward is a good thing.

6). You know the wildly popular Llama Lllama books, right? (These.) After we joked about it, my friend actually wrote a rough text for Llama Llama, Where’s Osama? Think I should send it to my agent? (“Llama Llama, Where’s Osama? / Find him for your friend Obama / Because Llama’s patriotic / Request does not seem idiotic / Llama Llama seeks Osama / Looks in Phoenix; Yokohama / Osama isn’t either place / Llama makes an angry face…”)

7). You know My Very Favorite Thing Ever (with my usual hyperbole aside), right? Reading to my girls. It’s an assumed kick every week. But I’m particularly excited about our new and current reads. Pippi Longstocking (pictured right), which absolutely delights my offspring. (Naturally. It’s the coffee-loving PIPPI. She is a hoot and a holler. What child wouldn’t love her tales?) And Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm. HUBBA WHOA to this book, my friends. And I mean, hubba hubba whoa. It’s goofy. Wry and winky. Funny. Also, dark and terrifying in spots. (See the blood on Gretel’s sword on the cover below? GIDWITZ IS NOT EVEN FOR ONE SECOND FOOLIN’ AROUND IN THE SLIGHTEST.) As I read this to her, the almost-seven-year-old looks at me with veneration and wonder, as if to say, could there be a more perfect book for me?

(Interested parties can read Betsy Bird’s interview with the author here, in which he likens horror films to fairy tales for adults. Yes, fairy tales, I tell you.)

BONUS: To get myself in the mood for this very rock-and-roll vibe here today, I indulged in some rock myself while composing this post: This Zeppelin cover, which I really like. Turn it up, man. (See the tiny play button right next to “The Ocean” and the artist’s name?); Nicole Atkins (I don’t have much longer to wait for her sophomore CD, and I heart the cover, as pictured at this link—scroll down a bit to see it—which also features some tune-age); Sleigh Bells’s “Infinity Guitars,” my new favorite angry/loud song; and Tame Impala. Also, not so much rock-and-roll as funky and weird and wonderful and hard to categorize is the band Dark Dark Dark, who very much do their own thing, thanks very much:

BONUS: My friend, Jill, who just gets it.

As I type this on Saturday, I’m preparing to head on over with my daughters to my friend’s for a sleep-over. Yes, my wee, hyper daughters will have a sleep-over (their first) with my friend’s daughter, and I’m gonna crash, too — that is, pizza, wine, and Netflix for the mamas after the wee ones go to sleep. This is the best kick of the current moment, as being with a good friend is just what I want to do right now. See you when I return.

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25 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #197: Featuring
Javaka Steptoe and Print Mafia”

  1. 1. Can I just say how much I loved JIMI? I reviewed it in my annual “nonfiction for curious readers” feature in Bookslut this month. The illustrations dazzled me from start to finish – stunning. Plus I loved sharing Jimi Hendrix with my son.

    2. THE WINTER BLOG BLAST TOUR!!! What a total blast. Some awesome interviews including two from me that came out killer. I love doing this event every year and how many great things are included in it.

    3. I got this rather odd email about 2 weeks ago from an author saying she wanted to send me her book. It was rather blunt and provided no info on the book and usually I just delete something like this. But the title (WILD UNREST) rang a bell so I looked it up and oh my goodness! It’s a biography from Oxford Univ Press of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the writing of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER!!!! Color me deliriously happy. I fired back a big “YES!!!” and the book arrived last week. (Apparently I was found through my several posts about Gilman.) I’m so looking forward to reading this one.

    Can I just say how much I love the internet?

    4. We made fudge tonight. Yum. Fudge. (Of course it’s all being mailed out to family but I got to have some….)

    5. WE GOT A PUPPY!!! His name is Indiana (as in “Indiana Jones”) but we call him Indy for short. He’s a fur ball – a rescue puppy so we have no idea what he really is but from sketchy info from the owners and the appearance of his littermates, we all think Belgian Shepherd & Husky. He’s going to be huge but we’re cool with that and hey – WE GOT A NEW PUPPY!!!

    6. Next week is a big fat celebration of Alt History titles & Steampunk, two genres I LOVE. So excited to write about some of my favorite authors.

    7. And….I love Christmas. Say what you want about the commercialization but it all makes me happy. I love the music, love the cartoons, love the old movies, love the decorations. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and this year we have a puppy!!! Huzzah!!!


  2. Sorry I have to do fly by kicking today.

    My one big kick:

    The Philippine team just won gold at the 2010 World Hanmadang (team exhibition) competition in Korea. My brother JP was the team’s coach!


  3. I must say that I am totally bummed not to find Jimi anywhere as it’s a nominee for CYBILS NFPB.
    I have loved what few glimpses I have had on the Iternet in my search for it.
    Jules, the new Frieda book looks delicious. And reading to your girls, fairy tales that are a bit scary, how could that not be a great kick.
    Colleen, fudge, yum! I got to get making my annual fudge and penuche this week.
    Tarie, Congrats to your brother.
    My kicks:
    1. Yesterday I got to meet up w/ Denise Doyen, very spur of the moment. Had a great time at a fave bakery.
    2. Watching former students direct and perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.
    3. A surprise visit from my grandgirl as her parents went on a date aka shopping for Christmas w/o the little one.
    4. Lots of opportunities this week to join in the season festivities.
    5. Working at the dog shelter in the cat room, Six new darlings up for adoption.
    6. The ratatouille my husband made this week, delish!
    7. Some email exchanges between my brother and me. Thankful to have him in my life.
    Have a great week.


  4. Good morning, everybody!

    The Hendrix book looks AWESOME. Love the way the music seems to have transported the author to such flights of poetry. (That was a great video choice, too, Jules. Hendrix is Hendrix — makes it a must-watch by himself — but I gotta say, that drummer, whoever he is, fills in all the empty spaces with just the right touches.)

    I’m probably not the only one who’s thinking this, but I want to see the ABCs of Rock just to find out which performers are featured, and to wish I could argue on behalf of the missing ones. :)

    (And soooo nice that the book came into being, despite Melissa Duke Mooney’s death.)

    Jules, isn’t it funny that Sam Phillips is so camera-shy? I mean, if you listen to enough of her music, I think it’s pretty hard not to see her as soon as you hear that (quite distinctive) voice. (Maybe that’s the point, though. Hmm. (Future Wikipedia entry (a la this): “Phillipsism is the philosophical idea that only an artist’s work is sure to exist.”))

    And I second your recommendation(s) of The Bluegrass Special. Excellent, excellent, excellent — to browse or to read at length. They really seem to have a handle on answering the question, What, exactly, would make an online magazine different from print magazines? (In theory, you can print out each issue. But you lose a LOT, and I’m not just talking trees here.)

    Colleen, did I hear you say you got a puppy? :)

    (Congratulations! And prepare to have your life overturned, especially the bits of it that you expect to get done at certain times. Ha.)

    Tarie: Can’t believe (well, I can, but you know what I mean) that JP is actually a COACH now. What great news!

    jone — you and Denise and a good bakery: YUM. I wouldn’t have minded being a fly there!

    Kicks:

    * The Borges poem that Jules linked to offers a whole litany of kickin’. My favorite, at the moment, is: an unforeseen etymology. Yes!

    * We FINALLY saw Toy Story 3. What a fabulous, fabulous film. Puts to shame maybe 90% of the live-action films I’ve seen recently.

    * For the first time in the almost 20 years I’ve been down here, we went to this annual “Victorian Christmas” thing a nearby small town (city?) hosts. It was a wonderfully cold night, and the “midway food” (corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cake, burgers, hot cider and chocolate, coffee, fried Oreos…) was outstanding. Not much Victorian going on, except for a handful of people in old-timey garb. But I was very interested to see how popular camo-print clothing apparently is now. (Yes, this WAS south Georgia. Still…)

    * This “kinetic typography music video” blew me away. I wasn’t familiar with the song (“Shop Vac,” by Jonathan Coulton), but the video maker’s exhilarating toying-around with the look-and-feel of product/site brands and logos (with, according to him, “around 35 unique typefaces”) was for me very hard to resist!

    * Every year, there’s a period of days — it’s different each year — before Christmas when you suddenly realize you’re walking on a steep hillside lined with loose marbles. Scary. But also in an odd way, if you don’t scramble too much (instinctive, but makes it worse!), it’s just plain exciting. I set foot on the wall of this year’s volcano at some point yesterday.

    * Old photos, of people long gone.

    * The (not entirely convincing, but moving) courage of a small dog.

    Have a nice week!


  5. Colleen, Happy Puppy! Also: Wild Unrest sounds like a good read. I might have to look into that. … I’m glad someone else loves Javaka’s illustrations as much as I do. I mean, I’ve always been a fan, but this title seems like the perfect fit for him.

    Also: I’ll be over soon for some of your fudge.

    Tarie: Congrats to JP!

    Jone, why the hey won’t the publisher send a review copy? I have an idea, though, and I’ll email you about it soon.

    And you got to meet Denise? LUCKY. Also: I really like your kick #7. Treasuring that is the right way to go.

    John: I love your new definition (Phillipsism). Let’s use it and make it a real word. My goal anyway is to get SOMEthing at urbandictionary.com one day. And, yes, the “unforeseen etymology” is, indeed, one of the best parts of that poem. And this Victorian Christmas with fried Oreos? Oh my. I’m laughing. Perfect.

    The Facebook moment in the video made me laugh. And I didn’t even know the term “kinetic typography” had been coined.

    I love kicks 5 and 7. Still pondering…


  6. P.S. John: I think, for the record, that Sam’s media-shyness is a) part of her charm and b) part of her all-around brilliance.

    I think she said recently she wants to make popular music but doesn’t want to be popular. She certainly already had a taste of that in the past with her given name, Leslie. And found it wasn’t for her. In many ways.


  7. Jules, re: media-shyness — yes on both counts. With some celebrities it seems manipulative, like a shtick or affectation secretly intended to produce the opposite effect of its publicly stated purpose. But in her it seems genuine, exactly because she’s seen the dark side (so to speak) in the past.


  8. John, yes. I’m always very fascinated by that whole past of hers. Of course, I found her music then (loooooong-time fan here), though I don’t listen to contemporary Christian music now. Anyway, I’m always intrigued by stories of great metamorphosis—both fictional and nonfictional/biographical—and hers is definitely one. (Another thing that intrigues me is how her sort of theological metamorphosis has reflected my own over the years, but I digress, not to mention that I am certainly far from knowing all about it — I’m talking, of course, about what’s only reflected in her music.) Anyone who went from singing “here He comes back from the dead with my heart” to “I don’t mind if I’m getting nowhere / circling the seed of light” in a song inspired by the Tao Teh Ching gets my attention.

    And, since I look for every opportunity to push her brilliant music (though I hope I’m not irritating about it), I’ll post the song here. (I don’t know WHO made this very static video, but at least it lets the music be the focus. It’s actually kind of nice.)

    I also pretty much think this is the Second Most Perfect Contemporary Folk Song That Exists (how’s that for hyperbole?) –

    (I also think she MUST be referring to her musical past with the lines “Telling everything but saying nothing / I went further than I knew,” as well as “I tried but can’t find refuge in the angle / I’ll walk the mystery of the curve,” the latter being a great line on many, many levels and in many ways.)

    LORDAMERCY, I’m a nerdy fan. I’m gonna hush now.


  9. Hello, everyone!

    Jules! What fantastic, happy, musical kicks today! Such a great post, and the Hendrix book and The ABC’s of Rock look amazing. And thank YOU for just getting it, too.

    Colleen, I’m so happy for the furry new addition to your family! Indy sounds adorable. Cherish him.
    Tarie, congrats to JP’s winning team! Woot!
    Jone, it’s great that you helped out at the shelter with the cats — my parents have basically adopted a feral cat who showed up in their back yard several months ago (long story) and I am crazy about the four week old kittens.
    JES, the Shop Vac video is interesting and made me wonder whether Coulton got paid for all of those commercial references. And your comment about the courage of a small dog made me tear up (see my kick #1).

    My kicks:
    1) My dog Skye, who passed away 8 years ago yesterday. Just thinking about her a lot, and all the animal references in the kicks today made me smile.
    2) The positive report that my friend received about her cancer treatments.
    3) Phone conversations with great friends. Just wish they weren’t so far away.
    4) Kittens!
    5) Receiving the annual music issue (with free CD) of the Oxford American magazine. I have subscribed to it for many years, and have learned more about music (and many other things) from this one source than any other. http://www.oxfordamerican.org/
    6) This beautiful poem: http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/poetry/lux.html I am especially taken with the last line: “The voice you hear when you read to yourself is the clearest voice: you speak it speaking to you.”
    7) This video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFjI7gT1FvI Normally, I’m not a big heavy metal fan, but thought this was kind of cool.

    Happy Holidays to all!


  10. P.S. Thank you, Jules and JES, for all the great Sam comments today! Can’t wait for her online interview tomorrow! Woot! I think everyone should own her Christmas CD, “Cold Dark Night” which I am playing as I write this. Sam is the best that there is — a brilliant artist and a beautiful person (of course, I’m just a bit biased).


  11. I hope everyone had an excellent week, and enjoyed the WBBT!

    My kicks from the past week, in chronological order:
    1) On Tuesday morning, I got an email from someone I know saying she thought she saw me in a commercial promoting upcoming episodes of a TV show. Later that day, I got a phone call about it. I’m highly amused (and flattered) by the fact that 3 seconds of my 5-second scene are in that promo.
    2) I got paid to do what I love. I received a check for something I recently filmed. I’m not in this for the money, I’m in it for the joy – and that check went in the bank immediately!
    3) A few nights ago, Singin’ in the Rain and North by Northwest, two of my favorite movies, aired back-to-back on TCM.
    4) I attended a wonderful seminar.
    5) I auditioned for two completely different parts in a webseries, and I was happy with my performances.
    6) I’m going to see a friend on stage today.
    7) I believe that my dreams will come true.

    Colleen: Thanks, as always, for organizing the WBBT. Please hug your puppy for me. I wonder how the new film adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper will be. I didn’t much care for the other film version which I saw years ago.

    Jules: You are full of music today. Glad that your family is enjoying Pippi! The ABCs of Rock looks cool. How sad that she passed away before it was published. As someone who often gets headaches and sometimes fevers and has both now, that scares me.

    Tarie: Kudos to your brother and his award-winning team!

    Jones: I love YAGMCB! Did they perform the original version or the revival? What fun surprises your week held. Hugs to the kitties and puppies at the shelter…but hug the cats just a little tighter for me, please. :)

    JES: Hurrah for courage, for pups, and memories. Be safe, especially where it’s steep!

    Jill: I’m sorry for your sad anniversary, and I hope you have the opportunity to hug a critter soon. Sending healthy vibes to your friend.


  12. LW, thank you for the nice comments. I am sending healthy vibes to you — don’t be afraid about the health issues you are dealing with — all will be well. It’s very important to think positive thoughts and kick fear in the butt as much as possible. The mind is a powerful thing, especially when it’s focused on the good. And I believe that your dreams will come true, too!


  13. Jill: Thank you, and you’re welcome in return. I’m not a fan of migraines nor fevers, and I dislike their frequent visits.


  14. LW, I don’t know which version they did. There was nothing in the program about a revival. It was fun. Your week seemed filled with goodness.


  15. Ah, Purple Haze. Jimi Hedrix’s music is engraved in my jr high soul; the book seems colorfully apt as I believe he experienced sound-color synesthesia (as suggested by the text.) Cool.

    Such a sad story/wonderful book: ABC’s of Rock. Isn’t “Print Mafia” just the bestest name for a silkscreen/design group?

    Kicks – especially musical suggestions – are rich today. [I’m nowhere near musically hip enough to jump in there. I’ll stick to movie tips.]

    Jules — The Hedrix vids. Love the Borges poem (via JES). #6 made me snort my java. Gotta look into A Tale Dark & Grimm. Thanks!

    Colleen – Your puppy excitement is palpable; yea rescues and WBBT.

    Tarie – applause for Philippine’s team and bro Coach JP.

    jone – aw thanks; great meeting you (see my #1.) Loved the story about your grand-girl wondering if a small Xmas tree meant smaller presents from Santa. Ha-ha!

    JES – Toy Story 3! Thanks for reminding me of a great ‘stocking stuffer’. Enjoyed the Shop Vac kinectic typography. And your steep and marbled hillside analogy… Very nice.

    Jill – love that last line from kick#6.

    LW – Getting paid to do what you love. Good for you. I tell my boys to shoot for that work-love scenario, if possible. (I still get teeny-tiny residual checks for, say, $1.59 for some old TV episode or movie bit. Not worth ca$hing; but fun for remembering getting paid for what I loved.)

    I’m running on too long, sorry. Here’s my brief kicks:

    1, Coming out of the Portland drizzle and into a warm bakery and Jone’s warm welcome. (I took notes on her book recommendations!)

    2. Project I worked on all summer got GREEN LIGHTED by publisher.

    3. Went to Portland Art Museum with eldest son. He casually rambled on about film criticism, parallels in the development of language and visual arts, and psychological aspects of creativity. And I strolled along listening to the fruits of all that college tuition. : – )

    Enjoy the cusp-of-the-holidays everyone. Now:
    “Scuse me, / While I kiss the sky!” (followed by historic guitar riff.)


  16. Jill, THAT VIDEO. Ha. I had to turn around and share it immediately. Love that poem. Why do I think I’ve seen it before?

    Little Willow, boo and begone to your headaches and fevers. I hope you get good news about the auditions soon, and congrats on scoring two good movies in a row.

    Denise, smart to get book recs from Jone. You all haven’t reported on what you snacked on at said bakery. Congrats on the green light, too. Very exciting!


  17. jone: It was the revival if Sally was in it. She wasn’t in the original, nor was “My New Philosophy.” (Those aren’t the only changes.)

    Jules, et al: In the novel Automated Alice by Jeff Noon, there’s a character named Jimi Hentrails.

    More for Jules: Thanks! We’ll see what happens.

    Now watching Leverage. Such a fun show.

    Denise: CONGRATS on getting the green light on your project! HUZZAH! Glad that you and your eldest son enjoyed a stroll through the museum. I get a kick out of the fact that I’ve seen things in which you were involved – twenty years before our paths crossed. (Yes, I looked you up at IMDb. Hope that isn’t odd.) Do what you love. Love what you do.


  18. Jules & Little Willow — Thanks.

    LW: Well, you understand why I get a special kick out of the audition and performance wins that you share. And I too believe your dreams will come true.


  19. [...] Ossining resident Gary Golio’s book, Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, has yet another glowing review! Check out the review from the book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. [...]


  20. Denise: You are so sweet. Thank you for your support. :)


  21. Little Willow, you’re the most making-dreams-come-true human I know.


  22. [...] Sounds Like a Rainbow (Clarion Books, October 2010), illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. You can visit this December 2010 post for more illustrations from that [...]


  23. [...] Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » 7-Imp’s … [...]


  24. [...] Musical Journey (released by Clarion this month), written by the talented Gary Golio (who penned this other good picture book biography, remember?) and illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez (second spread above), and Wynton Marsalis’s [...]


  25. They help separate the fishing men from the boys, so you can find an excellent guide
    who really knows what he’s doing. Spinning – Trout are aggressive and definitely will strike and eat smaller fish. Most of the fishable water in the upper river is boulder runs in deep canyons and it is scenic.


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