I gotta get this out of my chest with a sketch. The above drawing is a composite citing a Sigmar Polke appropriation of a medieval German print and a drawing of the guitar sculpture made by Picasso.
The sketch I want to emphasize is done in audio with guitar, two microphones, a vintage tube amp and distortion pedal. I just bought a Shure Beta58A and SM57 off Craig'sList and was itching to try em' out. The amp is a 64' univox hooked up to a Boss OS-2 distortion pedal. I bought the amp at an estate sale for $9 bucks and had it rewired and tubed by an electrical engineer pedal steel player Scott Swartz. It's all class A with a beautiful built in tremelo! I traded a crybaby wah for the pedal in 95'..best trade I ever made except for the Rudy Mays and Pete Rose baseball cards I got for the Bucky Dent and Billy Martin cards. I don't care too much for baseball but as a kid I had a group of friends who collected cards and caught snakes. I wanted to be on the better team so I tried to be a good collector. The distortion pedal came from Mike Kiernan. I used to play with him in a two man band called the Pussy Licks. We played the Venice Cafe, Ciscero's Basement and Gladstones but mostly we drank beer and rocked my graduate printmaking studio at Wash U. till the wee morning hours. The band involved two guitars battling for attention. I have some tapes somewhere but that'll have to wait. Mike went on to play with Couch Bucket, an outfit comprised of Larry Bulowski and Sherman S. Sherman. Larry, Sherm and Maggie St. Germain then formed the Good Griefs which morphed into Sherm's Peck of Dirt after an unfortunate Good Griefs breakup (unfortunate to those of us in the audience who always saw a good show with Maggie on drums, Larry on guitar and Sherm on bass). Now moving on from St. Louis music mythology because I could branch out like a Kevin Bacon wet dream...and that ain't very appealing. What I came here to say: the sketch draws from Greek mythology. I encourage you to find the tale of Athena that pertains to her failed rape and the bastard child that comes of it. I'd like to do a video of the scene where Hermes and the other caretakers find the child intertwined with snakes. I've drawn a comparison of an abnormal megaly to the finding of the child. A personal discouragement and something I hate. Here's the sketch