Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - Tucson Train (Official Video)

Gregg Chadwick
Love in Vain ('Frisco)
16"x20" oil on linen 2016

Tucson Train

Bruce Springsteen 

I got so down and out in 'Frisco
Tired of the pills and the rain
I picked up, headed for the sunshine
I left a good thing behind
Seemed all of our love was in vain
My baby's coming in on the Tucson train

I come here looking for a new life
One I wouldn't have to explain
To that voice that keeps me awake at night
When a little peace would make everything right
If I could just turn off my brain
Now my baby's coming in on the Tucson train

We fought hard over nothing
We fought till nothing remained
I've carried that nothing for a long time
Now I carry my operator's license
And spend my days just running this crane
My baby's coming in on the Tucson train

Hard work'll clear your mind and body
The hard sun will burn out the pain
If they're looking for me, tell 'em buddy
I'm wailing down at the station
Just praying to the five-fifteen
I'll wait all God's creation
Just to show her a man can change
Now my baby's coming in on the Tucson train

On the Tucson train
On the Tucson train
Waiting on the five-fifteen
Here she comes

Gregg Chadwick
Sunset Limited (Tucson Train)
40x40" oil on linen 2016

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Nazikeule im Dritten Reich

Funny, frightening, and perfectly on point in the 21st century.

"Very fine people" as some misguided politicians would say.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

See You at the Venice Art Walk!

by Gregg Chadwick


Don't let the passing inclement weather change your plans -- join us!

It may be raining right now, but the weather report says it will stop soon, just in time for the 40th anniversary Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction to open. And even if it doesn't, the silent auction is 100% indoors, which means you can view and bid on amazing contemporary art in dry comfort.

Come what may (and we predict sunshine), the music will be playing, the beer and wine will be flowing, the studio tours will be on, and the community celebration will be in full swing under tents to protect everyone from the elements. We just need you to make the day complete.

See you there! 

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Bruce Springsteen Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2006

"We came down the day before and we went down to the Lower Ninth Ward and saw a lot of the devastation. Rock 'n' roll is at its best when there are high stakes on the table. That's when something much, much larger than yourself can happen. It's music that's meant to push up against things, whatever they may be: against troubles, against hard times. It's a lovely and fortuitous day to be able perform a small service for people… it's one of my favorites, one of the Top Five of my lifelong musical experiences."
-Bruce Springsteen

Gregg Chadwick
Belle Ville (Katrina)
11"x11" oil on linen 2005 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Blinded by the Light - The Film

From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs.

“Blinded by the Light” tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics.

As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, “Blinded by the Light” is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.

Chadha directed and produced the film, which was written by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. The story is underscored by the music and poetic lyrics of Springsteen, who gave Chadha his blessing from the film’s inception.

“Blinded by the Light” stars Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Aaron Phagura. The film was directed by Gurinder Chadha from a screenplay by Sarfraz Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. Jane Barclay, Chadha, and Jamal Daniel produced the film. Paul Mayeda Berges, Hannah Leader, Tory Metzger, Tracy Nurse, Stephen Spence, Peter Touche, and Renee Witt served as executive producers.

Chadha’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish, and costume designer Annie Hardinge.

The original score music is by A.R. Rahman. A presentation of New Line Cinema, “Blinded by the Light” is slated for release on August 14, 2019 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Inspired by Sarfraz Manzoor's Greetings from Bury Park 


The inspiration for the smash Sundance hit, soon to be a major motion picture, “Blinded by the Light”: The acclaimed memoir about the power of Bruce Springsteen’s music on a young Pakistani boy growing up in Britain in the 1970s.