Thursday, September 29, 2022

Bruce Springsteen - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (Official Video)

Fun new Springsteen cover of a Northern Soul classic by Frank Wilson!
Turn it up! 







Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album, a collection of fifteen soul music greats titled Only The Strong Survive, will be released by Columbia Records on November 11. Featuring lead vocals by Springsteen, Only The Strong Survive celebrates soul music gems from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax and many more. This 21st studio album from Bruce Springsteen will also feature guest vocals by Sam Moore, as well as contributions from The E Street Horns, full string arrangements by Rob Mathes, and backing vocals by Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton. 

Bruce Springsteen commented: “I wanted to make an album where I just sang. And what better music to work with than the great American songbook of the Sixties and Seventies? I’ve taken my inspiration from Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, the Iceman Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Dobie Gray, and Scott Walker, among many others. I’ve tried to do justice to them all—and to the fabulous writers of this glorious music. My goal is for the modern audience to experience its beauty and joy, just as I have since I first heard it. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it.”

Pre-order Only The Strong Survive on 2LP, CD, or Digital here.

Only The Strong Survive was tracked at Thrill Hill Recording in New Jersey, produced by Ron Aniello, engineered by Rob Lebret and executive produced by Jon Landau. The release will mark Bruce Springsteen’s first studio album since 2020’s Letter To You, which debuted at #1 in eleven countries. Springsteen will reunite with the legendary E Street Band in February for his 2023 international tour, which to date has sold over 1.6million tickets across the United States and Europe.

Only The Strong Survive Tracklist:

1. Only the Strong Survive
2. Soul Days feat. Sam Moore
3. Nightshift
4. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
5. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
6. Turn Back the Hands of Time
7. When She Was My Girl
8. Hey, Western Union Man
9. I Wish It Would Rain
10. Don’t Play That Song
11. Any Other Way
12. I Forgot to Be Your Lover feat. Sam Moore
13. 7 Rooms of Gloom
14. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
15. Someday We’ll Be Together

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A Walk With Obama

 by Gregg Chadwick



Gregg Chadwick
30"x22"gouache on monotype on paper 2022


When in high school, I would often visit the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. I felt at home in DC. We were in NOVA because my dad was stationed at Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia. 

During World War II, artist Richard Diebenkorn also served in the Marine Corps. From 1943 until 1945, he was stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. During that time, Diebenkorn often visited the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. 

I went to art school at UCLA as an undergraduate, searching for the spirit of Diebenkorn who had taught there in the 1960s. I didn’t meet Diebenkorn at UCLA, but I did eventually move to San Francisco after graduate school at NYU — perhaps in an artistic search for clues left by the Bay Area Figurative movement that Diebenkorn helped engender. As his health failed, Diebenkorn painted less but continued to create etchings at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. One morning on a walk from my Market Street loft where I lived and painted in the 1990s, I spotted Richard Diebenkorn leaning up against a BART entrance watching the cable car turnaround across Market Street. He was captivated by the movement of the conductors as they spun the car around on a giant wooden turntable. I stopped, leaned up against a wall, and flipped through art writer Robert Hughes’ book “Nothing If Not Critical” until I reached his essay on Diebenkorn. I read slowly, pausing often to gaze up at Diebenkorn as he gazed at the forms moving across Powell Street. Eventually, I closed the book, walked over and thanked Richard Diebenkorn for his art and inspiration. He smiled and tears seemed to well up in his eyes, as he said “Thank you. I am glad that my work inspires you. Is your studio nearby?” 

I didn’t mention the USMC connection to Diebenkorn that day in 1992, but I remembered the Evening Parade at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC. I remembered the rich light of dusk on the green lawns at the barracks. The same light that was also falling on the White House in my painting. Dusk and green. Obama and Diebenkorn.


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Happy Birthdays

On this day artist Mark Rothko was born in 1903 (and my Dad in 1929) Honored that Saatchi Art has included my painting "The Music of Time"in their Rothko inspired collection - "Color Field Paintings Inspired by Mark Rothko"


Erin Remington writes- "Turning away from the gestural motions characteristic of action painting, Mark Rothko focused on formal elements of his work—color, depth, shape, and scale—creating large swathes of luminous color known as color field painting. Meet the contemporary artists exploring this iconic style."
50 Artworks curated by Erin Remington
Manager of Art Advisory & Curation at Saatchi Art



Gregg Chadwick
40"x30" oil on linen 


Link at - 
https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Color-Field-Paintings-Inspired-by-Mark-Rothko/1586325/697695/view

Direct Link at -https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-The-Music-of-Time/25560/1502343/view


#art #contemporarypainting #MarkRothko #HappyBirthday #BigSur

Friday, September 23, 2022

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road Acoustic


As David Corn says: "Happy Birthday to 
@springsteen Thanks for the decades of music and inspiration Bruce. 
This is one of my favorite outtakes:"

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Do You Remember the 21st Night of September?

by Gregg Chadwick

I do remember the 21st night of September. September is one of my favorite Earth, Wind & Fire songs and of course resonates with me on this date every year. Seeing Earth, Wind & Fire at the Capitol Center in Landover, Maryland was one of the most memorable musical events during my high school years in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. A friend's father had season tickets for the venue and graciously let his daughter take a group of friends along to the concert. It was the Bicentennial Summer of '76. A sense of possibility and freedom filled the arena that August night and mixed with the funky smell of parsley cut weed. The Emotions, a soulful sister trio from Chicago opened the night with songs from their album Flowers. Their huge hit Best of My Love would arrive the next year. But that night belonged to Earth, Wind & Fire. They opened their show with their band name spelled out in lights above the stage. A synthesizer riff offset with mock explosions and cymbal crashes called us together. Lead singer Maurice White sang out the word "Party" as if it were the meaning of life. And then the horn section roared in. Funk, fusion, jazz and film scores seemed to flood into the musical mix. The propulsive horn section, known as the Phenix Horns was a key element in the band's sound. Saxophonist Don Myrick, trombonist Louis Satterfield, trumpeters Rahmlee Davis and Michael Harris led us on our musical adventure. 

Reasons sung by Philip Bailey was the song of the night for me. Something about being 16 and a young artist embracing life. I was taking a pre-college series of classes at the Corcoran School of Art a few miles away in  DC and that song that night felt like the romance of the city.

"May love be one in all of your hearts" Bailey said near the close of the concert as he asked us in the audience to close our eyes and follow along with him into a fusion filled romp of guitar, vocals, keyboards, and horns. Then the band segued into "That's the Way of the World" with Maurice White back on vocals. "This song can set you free" declared Maurice. Bailey joined Maurice on vocals and they soared into the night. The song finished with a Johnny Graham guitar solo that brought echoes of Jimi Hendrix into the arena. Earth, Wind & Fire embraced an inclusive sound of possibility and joy on August 1, 1976.  The band members played off each other like a well oiled machine. Earth, Wind & Fire's deft mix of jazzlike improvisation, funk bass grooves, and aspirational lyrics spoke to me deeply. I was hooked.  

I was such a fan, that I wrote a short piece about Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White in an English composition class my first year at UCLA. The professor wasn't impressed with my essay but I did get him to listen to the group. In my English assignment I pointed out that Verdine's deep. sonorous and funky bass lines provided a bedrock for the band. Each musician would then add elements on top of Verdine's groove to build something bigger and richer. As an artist you have to let go and believe in the bigger composition. This was a form of faith in action. The next year Earth, Wind & Fire's song September was released on November 18, 1978.  I inspired a group of friends to get tickets and we would see Earth, Wind & Fire in concert twice on that tour. September was a highlight in those shows. 


 

Dan Charnas wrote a Morning Edition piece for NPR on Earth, Wind & Fire's September
Dan asked Jeffrey Peretz, professor of music theory at New York University's Clive Davis Institute, what makes September's feel good groove so powerful. Peretz says "a lot of it has to do with how the music unfolds. The song's very structure is an endless cycle that keeps us dancing and wanting more. There's four chords in the chorus that just keep moving forward and never seem to land anywhere — much like the four seasons. It's the end of summer, it's the beginning of fall, it's that Indian summertime, it's the transition from warm to cool."

I agree with Professor Peretz - Earth, Wind & Fire's music keeps us dancing and wanting more. 



Earth, Wind & Fire live at the Capitol Centre in Landover, MD on August 1, 1976. I was there. 
Video was originally provided by the Official Earth, Wind & Fire Legacy Facebook page.




Gregg Chadwick
Revolutions 
48”x36” oil on linen 2018





Wednesday, September 07, 2022

President Biden Delivers Remarks at President Obama's Portrait Unveiling


TODAY Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for the unveiling of their official White House portraits.
VP Harris and Second Gentleman Emhoff also attend. 1:30pm Eastern, 10:30am Pacific.








 



President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for the unveiling of their official White House portraits. Sept 7, 2022
White House Photo


Monday, September 05, 2022

Happy Labor Day!

 


Gregg Chadwick
"I Canti (The Cantos)"
80"x50"oil on linen
Private Collection San Francisco


I was glad to read that in the latest polling 71% of Americans now approve of labor unions. In the United States the union-busting Republican Party created state "right to work" laws to destroy America's private sector unions, and thus, much of the American middle class. Now, we are fighting back as Union membership grows across the country. From Starbucks on, 2022 has been a great year for unions. In 2022 unions won 641 elections — the most in nearly 20 years, according to data from Bloomberg Law, which analyzes National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) data.

As the grandson of a truck driver, a railroad engineer, and a nurse - labor and union life have been themes in my family.
I like to reflect on these issues in my art as well.


Prints Available at - https://www.saatchiart.com/.../Paintin.../25560/1290701/view

#laborday #labordayweekend #happylaborday #Labor #wisconsin #California #NewJersey #art #painting #contemporaryart

Link at http://on.gallup.com/3AwpM6b



Saturday, September 03, 2022

Shane Hawkins Honors his Late Father Taylor Hawkins



16 year old  Shane Hawkins honored his late father Taylor Hawkins by sitting at his dad's drum kit and pounding away during a rousing performance of  the Foo Fighters' “My Hero” with lead singer Dave Grohl during the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in London. 

 #taylorhawkinstribute ❤️


Dave Grohl and Shane Hawkins at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in London


Thursday, September 01, 2022

President Biden Delivers a Powerful Speech on the Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation








 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

On Reading



"Carpe Librum (Maastricht)", 48”x36”, oil on Belgian linen, 2021 

Collection of Dani Durkin and Dave Lowther, Brentwood, California 



 

Hail to Gorbachev


#RIP Mikhail Gorbachev- This ad from has a whole new historical meaning after Pizza Hut closed shop in Russia this year following Putin's brutal invasion of Ukraine.


Friday, August 26, 2022

The Biden-Harris Administration's Student Debt Relief Plan Explained

 



Forty-three million people will be eligible for loan relief under the Biden-Harris Administration’s student loan debt plan. And, nearly forty-five percent of those borrowers will have their loans fully cancelled. Watch as @SecCardona explains.

Frequently Asked Questions: How do I know if I am eligible for debt cancellation? To be eligible, your annual income must have fallen below $125,000 (for individuals) or $250,000 (for married couples or heads of households) If you received a Pell Grant in college and meet the income threshold, you will be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt cancellation. If you did not receive a Pell Grant in college and meet the income threshold, you will be eligible for up to $10,000 in debt cancellation. What does the “up to” in “up to $20,000” or “up to $10,000” mean? Your relief is capped at the amount of your outstanding debt. For example: If you are eligible for $20,000 in debt relief, but have a balance of $15,000 remaining, you will only receive $15,000 in relief. What do I need to do in order to receive loan forgiveness? Nearly 8 million borrowers may be eligible to receive relief automatically because relevant income data is already available to the U.S. Department of Education. If the U.S. Department of Education doesn't have your income data - or if you don't know if the U.S. Department of Education has your income data, the Administration will launch a simple application in the coming weeks. The application will be available before the pause on federal student loan repayments ends on December 31st. If you would like to be notified by the U.S. Department of Education when the application is open, please sign up at the Department of Education subscription page.



More info at The Biden-Harris Administration's Student Debt Relief Plan Explained




Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Nerding out on Bruce Springsteen's BORN in the USA Multitrack with Bob Clearmountain


Wow! An inspiring and informative video breakdown of Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A"
with the legendary Bob Clearmountain and Jack Conte & Ryan Lerman. I love how they discuss the spatial and emotional sounds in the mixing process. Great stuff!

Jack Conte & Ryan Lerman describe this episode:
" Ryan and I get to visit his PRIVATE home studio in LA to listen to and dissect the multitrack for @Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."
Our channel is all about reacting to the original artwork of some amazing musicians. You should check out the original pieces of music below to get the full picture of the greatness we are reacting to.""

You can find them here; @Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPhWR... ------------------------------------- Please leave us a comment below and tell us what you would like us to react to. Before we film episodes we ask the Scary Pockets Discord and Patreon members for questions on certain episodes, you can find the communities here; Discord: https://www.scarypocketsfunk.com/discord Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scarypockets ------------------------------ Follow me Twitter https://bit.ly/2Z30VpL Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jackconte/ TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@jackconte1 ------------------------------ The Dead Wax Crew: Hosts: Jack Conte & Ryan Lerman Executive Producer: Joe Smith Production Manager: Kate Torres Senior Producers: Kiko Suura, John Picklap Producer: Hitomi Aihara Director of Photography: Sam Price-Waldman Editor: Lorena Alvarado Audio Mixer: Cody Peterson Post Sound Mixer: Liam Tallon Graphics: Shelby Smith #brucespringsteen #bornintheusa #multitrack

Monday, August 22, 2022

Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton


Fascinating new exhibition of drawings by Rick Barton at the The Morgan Library & Museum.

They write:
"Very little is known about Rick Barton (1928–1992), who, between 1958 and 1962, created hundreds of drawings of striking originality. His subjects range from the intimacy of his room to the architecture of Mexican cathedrals, and from the gathering places of Beat-era San Francisco to the sinuous contours of plants. Drawing almost exclusively in pen or brush and ink, he captured his subjects in a web of line that was sometimes simple and economical, but more often complex and kaleidoscopic. With the exception of small displays in cafĂ©s and bookshops in the 1950s and ‘60s, this exhibition of sixty drawings, two accordion-fold sketchbooks, and five printed works, is the first time Barton’s art is being seen by the public."

 


“Untitled [Seated figure in the Black Cat CafĂ©],” Sept. 27, 1960, pen and ink, in the exhibition “Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton” at the Morgan Library & Museum. UCLA Library Special Collections 

The Morgan provides details on Rick Barton's drawing: "The Black Cat Café, located at the edge of San Francisco's North Beach, was a cause célÚbre in the fight for gay rights. In the 1940s it became a gathering place for the queer community, attracting the attention of state liquor officials, who often revoked the licenses of gay bars. For nearly fifteen years the Black Cat's owner fought in court to retain its liquor license. The Black Cat gained additional renown tor the popular drag performances of activist Jose Sarria, who mounted a historic, if ultimately unsuccessful. campaign for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. ...this figure who is absorbed in a book, bears some resemblance to Sarria."

More by Walker Mimms in the New York Times - Unearthing Rick Barton, a Boho Bard of North Beach

"His drawings from the early ’60s in 'craggy, neurotic, ruthlessly precise ink' are on view in a remarkable museum debut at the Morgan Library."


Catalog Available from the Morgan and also Here 




Friday, August 19, 2022

Uncle Jake and His World of Stories

by Gregg Chadwick

My Uncle Jake looms large in my life. And not only because he has the build of a defensive tackle on the San Francisco 49ers. When Jake walks into a room he fills the scene like James Gandolfini in the Sopranos. Then the stories begin. 


Jolly Green Giant

Jake sets the scene. Imagine he is on a covert mission during the Vietnam War. President Nixon has launched a secret bombing campaign in Cambodia and Laos. From March 18, 1969 until May 26, 1970, code name Operation Menu targeted resupply areas that the North Vietnamese and their allies the National Liberation Front and the Viet Cong were using as bases of attack against the South Vietnamese and their American allies.  Heavy B-52 bombers from the US Air Force carpet bombed the Laotian and Cambodian borders in an attempt to interdict North Vietnamese supply lines. 


Airman Jacob J Desch (Vietnam Era Photo)

Airman Jake Desch was deployed in Thailand where the massive B-52s were stationed at U Tapao Royal Thai Air Base, and smaller bombers at the secret Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Navy Base on the Thai/Laos border. The story goes that Jake was onboard an aircraft collecting signals intel, possibly a C-123 Provider used for special ops over Laos, when the plane encountered difficulties. Engine failure, enemy anti-aircraft fire, pilot error - all possibilities. Jake is fuzzy on the details, but he definitely wasn't the pilot. Jake assures us that he was adept at airborne insertion and geared up quickly in his parachute gear. Soon Jake was out the door and free from the aircraft. The plane was flying low, so Jake's drop was fast. His parachute barely unfurled before he slammed into the Laotian jungle. Jake blacked out from the force of the descent and his abrupt landing. When he came to, Jake found himself caught high in a forest canopy. Jake was lucky, unlike many airmen whose planes were lost during the war. Jake had survived. Jake was a tech specialist and his quick thinking saved his life.  Trapped in the branches, Jake used the serrated edge on his survival knife to cut himself clear from the tree. 

A rescue team had taken off from a nearby base, perhaps Nakhon Phanom. Hope was on its way.
Fitting that Jake, a red headed giant of a man, would be rescued by airmen aboard an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter from the U.S. Air Force Rescue team. Jake hasn't expressed to me what he said to the rescue team. But, I am sure that as a Jersey boy he would have joked with them and asked - "What took you so long?"

The National Museum of the United States Air Force describes the incredible heroism of the Combat Pararescue teams in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War:
"The blood-red beret, symbolizing sacrifice, has been the pararescueman or "PJ" (for parajumper) mark of distinction since early 1966. The PJ's unique mission in the Southeast Asia War was to ride into a combat zone aboard a rescue helicopter and descend into jungles, swamps, mountains, and forests on a cable and winch. On the ground, they stabilized and helped hoist the injured to safety, often under fire. All volunteers, the PJs earned more decorations per man than any other USAF group in the SEA War."


 A U.S. Air Force pararescueman is lowered on a forest penetrator from a hovering 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron HH-53 helicopter during a rescue mission in Southeast Asia, June 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo)


U.S. Air Force air rescue team: Four Nakhon Phanom based A-1 Skyraiders and a Lockheed HC-130P Hercules recovery aircraft refueling a Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter



Jersey Guys 

Jake still carries the wounds of that encounter during the Vietnam War. Perhaps Jake gained courage that helped him move into his new life as a student at San Francisco State and husband to his effervescent wife Linda. 


Francis Ford Coppola directs Marlon Brando in the Godfather wedding scene 

Like a scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s sweeping masterpiece The Godfather, Jake's stories embrace the cinematic moments of life. Jake loves to tell the tale when he encountered a posse of overly friendly gentlemen at a reception in San Francisco. Jake's wife comes from an Italian American family and is proud of her heritage. Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Jake had met his fair share of the cosa nostra. But that evening at one of the grand old hotels in downtown San Francisco was more than Jake expected. 


Linda and Jake Desch 1970s


As Jake tells the tale, the wedding celebration was opulent.  Lights, camera, action, The hors d'oeuvres, cruditĂ©s (as only a Jersey guy would know), antipasti (most likely from Molinari's in North Beach),  lasagne, fish (this was San Francisco after all), and freshly carved meats were all spectacular. Champagne flowed freely , the music had swing (Tony Bennett should have been there), and the dancing went on all night. Linda liked to move on the dance floor and Jake eagerly glided along with her. Like most big men, Jake gets hot easily and he needed to take a break to cool off. 

At the sink in the men's room, Jake splashed water on his face with his eyes down. He could hear the thumping of the music down the corridor and then heard it grow louder as the restroom door swung open. Jake gathered himself quickly and looked up to see six large, beefy, muscular, no nonsense men gathered in the bathroom with him. Too many to wrestle with Jake thought. So Jake did what was natural to him. He made friends. "How's it going guys?", Jake asked in a Jersey accent he pulled out for these kind of occasions. The six men nodded positively as they looked Jake over. Their internal threat response meters sensed no threat from Jake. In actuality, the men saw Jake as a fellow member of their rare club. "What are you packing?", the lead bodyguard asked Jake in a whisper as he flashed his holstered weapon. The other five Italian guardians followed suit and displayed their handguns.
"What am I packing?" 
"These!" - Jake said as he held out his massive hands. 



Three Regular Jersey Guys in the Soprano's 
The meat market Satriale's created for the show  is possibly based on Sacco's Meat Market located at 806 3rd Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey which served as the unofficial base of "Uncle Joe" Giacobbe, a veteran made man in the DeCavalcante crime family.



Alaskan Earthquake

I remember sitting in the living room with Uncle Jake at the Desch family residence in Garfield, New Jersey when my Dad was with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. We often stopped by to visit my Grandma and Grandpa and assorted aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews on weekends in those years, 1965 - 1966, to hang out with family. One Saturday the TV was on playing Attack of the 50 Foot Woman - a low budget sci-fi film from 1958 - and Jake was passing around a stack of photos of the damage from the Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 that he had taken while stationed at a Strategic Air Command Base in Alaska. To me, the film's theatrical release poster appears like a green screened actress in front of Jake's earthquake photos. Worlds colliding indeed. 



While Jake was there, on March 27, 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Prince William Sound region of Alaska. The quake lasted  4.5 minutes and is still the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. history. It is also the second largest earthquake ever recorded, next to the 9.5 magnitude earthquake in Chile in 1960. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson provides an historical account of the military's response to the quake:

"The military in Alaska, from the moment of the disaster, mustered their full strength to assist their neighbors," wrote Air Force Lt. Gen. R.J. Reeves, commander of Alaskan Command, in a letter to Army Maj. Gen. Eugene Salet, commander of the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. 'The military services proved once again that they are ready, willing, and able to cope with emergencies, whatever their origin.'"



Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. Collapse of Fourth Avenue near C Street in Anchorage due to a landslide caused by the earthquake. (Photo by U.S. Army)


Jake and his colleagues started working immediately after the earthquake to provide aid to those in need throughout Alaska:

"At dawn the next day, 17 C-123 Providers left Elmendorf's runway carrying equipment and supplies south and east to Valdez, Seward, and Kodiak. During the next 21 days, nearly four million pounds of cargo was flown out in Operation Helping Hand. Massive airlift operations by the Military Air Transport Service shattered records, hauling in two and a half million pounds of cargo - from baby food to heavy equipment - from Lower 48 bases."

Homeward Bound


Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Cantos 
16"x20"oil on linen 2016
Private Collection, San Francisco

Northern New Jersey, where Jake grew up, is one of the United States' largest transportation hubs. When Jake was a kid, rail lines, automobile parkways, and air traffic filled the Jersey earth and sky with movement and the possibility of adventure. I remember when I was a young boy, Jake was on leave from the Air Force and brought by a small collection of his old toys to give us. Trucks, trains, and planes were there in miniature. And a red plastic spaceship ready to carry Buck Rogers and Wilma into the stars. I could almost hear the first line in the United States Air Force Song - "Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun"

Jake enjoyed telling me about his childhood playgrounds along the tracks of the Jersey Central rail line that his father rode along as a railway engineer. Jake and his buddies would play ball in a dirt yard next to an auto body shop on the edge of town. The crack of the bat would mix with the sounds of pneumatic air pumps and the hiss of paint guns. Often a train whistle sounded by Jake's Dad would ring out from a Jersey Central engine moving slowly down the tracks next to the field. Jake says that he and the boys would run and jump onto the freight cars as the train rolled on. 

One day only Jake made it onto the train. He was actually able to reach up towards the train engine and his dad pulled him up into the cab. "Where are we going Dad?, Jake asked his father as the train pulled away. "Anywhere you want to go Jake.", his Dad said. "Anywhere you want to go!"