Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) philosopher, poet, composertattoo tuesday continues.
this past weekend we went to hear a marvelous modern string band with a most intriguing name - joy kills sorrow. the name is a living memorial of sorts to the group's musical roots - and is derived from the radio call letters wjks, in the 1930s the station was the home to bluegrass greats the monroe brothers.
for me, there's nothing like live music, and live music performed outside on an absolutely gorgeous late summer afternoon in a nearby nature preserve - well, i have to jump ahead one letter and say this is pure nirvana!
while the group was up on stage i couldn't help but notice a few tattoos on the arms of lead singer, emma beaton and also on the group's guitarist -matthew arcara. at times i can be a bold mouse, so after the show i went up to emma and matthew and asked if i could take pictures of them. i told them about my project on mouse medicine - they most graciously agreed to both my snapping and my sharing!
i was most intrigued with the portrait of a very young george jones on emma's arm. during some stage chat, george was introduced as the 'sixth member of the band.' jones, aka the possum is considered by some to be the world's greatest living country singer. the story of the george tat, who i assume is one of her musical muses, is amusing. emma made a bet with a friend as to which of them would be the first to get a george jones tattoo - emma won the bet! however, as of yet, emma hasn't seen her friend so she still has to collect! this story was the only one gathered - maybe next time i see the band in concert i'll gather more.... the creature on matthew's forearm looks magical, and i can't help but wonder what's with that.....
by the way, the group's music is pure joy. i heard about them only this summer; in july a friend gave an update of her trip to the vancouver folk festival. alice said one group stood out as her festival favorite - boston-based joy kills sorrow. she recommended checking out to see if they would be playing nearby - i did - lo and behold turns out they were scheduled to be the headlining band for this year's cedar valley settlers celebration and music festival - such kismet!
joy kill sorrow performing eli in january 2011 at halkaer kro in denmark
photos: rocky river reservation, 18 september 2011
addendum: 8:00 - whoops -- i just looked at my master list and discovered that last year's blogabet had m is for music, the m word has been changed to muse - which fits in magnificently with today's lead tattoo of the possum.....who is the muse to m of jks