Here’s the thread: Josh Ritter tunes were my background sound while in the drawing studio this spring and summer (Hello Starling, The Animal Years), with a little Tom Jones and Yo-Yo Ma for variety. In June, I chose Josh’s Bone of Song as the text for a workshop assignment to create a 32 page illustrated machette, at PNCA’s “Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books”, in Portland. Like many of his songs, it’s a poetic narrative lyric, full of visual metaphors…and it made my job easier to focus on illustration and skip the writing part for now (only a 4 day class).
While at PNCA, I found out Josh was coming to Portland in July for a book reading at Powells –he just released his first novel Bright’s Passage. Soooo Greg (my other muse) and I took off for Portland yesterday, early enough to grab two front row seats at Josh’s reading. The energy in the standing room only crowd rose when a Powell’s dude placed a glass of water and a guitar at the speaker’s podium.
Josh interspersed the readings with 3 songs and I will sound like a goofy fan if I gush on, but it was AWESOME! Do not miss him if you get the chance to see him in any venue: bookstore, concert hall, poetry group. Got my autographed copy of the book and I’ll read it when we get back to Idaho in a few weeks …at the cabin, up the St. Joe, with a bottle of Guinness draught.
The Josh Ritter “reading” sounds inspiring. I want more details and will probably pester you for them when I see you.
He has such energy and enthusiasm…said the guitar was mainly there as a protective device -it covers vital organs.
It was great to see your energy flowing strong yesterday at the Arts Center! May it keep you flowing through this new process!!!
Hey you might like it Praise and Blame, Tom Jones does gospel …