Over the years I've been blessed to have people be moved enough by my work to create something in their own medium. What a gift, I am very grateful! I'd like to share a few of them with you :
Roberta Tucker ( painted from a B&W promo picture)
by the Reverend Bill Peterson
from his 2003 book “Jazz For The Human Spirit” (included in the liner notes of Kinda Blues)
The people show your singing in their faces,
Eyes recognizing memory pierced by range
Subtle smiles of feeling found within.
Even the white people move shoulder and hip with the scat riffs,
Almost affirmating beyond who they think they are
Your subversive style flushes out the soul of their deep humanness,
Like when you sing about love that goes bad and then gets
really good again,
and what it costs to love,
and what it takes to love,
and how it is to love,
and what can come from loving.
A rainbow coloring the atmosphere between lonely listening souls,
Touching through the downpour of troubles that life can be,
Knowing that someone else knows, too
Because the songs say so
So testify, sister!
With the gift of a lady
Michael J. Meler (Colored Pencil on Black Paper)