Wishing for you a wonderful Happy 81st Birthday Leonard. May your day be filled with all that is important to you. I wish for you many more happy, healthy years. You continue to inspire me in everything I do. I am forever grateful for all the magical concerts I attended and those moments spent in your presence remain the highlights of my life.
The images included here are a dedication I made to you on a beach in Scotland, on a trip I made there earlier this year, a trip that would never have happened if it weren’t for the connection we made through our mutual love and admiration for your songs and poetry.
The other is a drawing I did of a photo I took during one of the New York concerts in 2013. Up to March of this year my drawing ability was non-existent. However I made it my mission to teach myself and many of the drawings I have attempted have been inspired by you. I feel this is one of my best to date.
Thank you for being my inspiration, and thank you for the memories.
Today is five years since the first of Leonard’s Lissadell concerts. So much has happened in those five years. On the night I thought it was going to be the last time I saw Leonard in concert, but such was the brilliance of that night, I just knew I had to see him again, and there started a wonderful journey, which I am still on! Details of that journey is what this blog is all about!
While this drawing isn’t as good as I’d like, I just couldn’t let today pass without honouring it in some way. The drawing is of a photo I took of Leonard during that concert on July 31st 2010.
I think I am better at editing photos than actually drawing them. This was a photo I took of the screen and just did a few tweaks on it today.
The wonderful memories of that night live on in my heart and the hearts of everyone blessed to have been there on that night, a night I then described as magic and a word that suffices!
As I once said to Leonard, Thank you for the magic and memories of Lissadell.
While I have always loved birds, and especially robins it is only in the last couple of months that I started photographing them everyday. While I got some lovely photo, the one I really wanted was one on a wire in honour of Leonard’s Bird on the Wire. A couple of days ago one obliged for the first time but it was too dark to get a decent photo. He must have read my mind though, because today he landed on the wire loads of times so I finally got the photo I wanted.
I’ve also started drawing in the last few days so decided to draw this photo. I have a lot to learn when it comes to drawing and I hope with time I can improve!
Here is the photo and the attempt at drawing it.
Leonard always inspires me and I see reminders of his work in everything I do.
So this time last year I had this image ready to post on the first anniversary of what I call my Hallelujah concerts but internet issues meant I couldn’t post then. So roll on this year and the 2nd anniversary. Great memories of a wonderful time. I guess I should have posted this yesterday but as Leonard would say “There is a crack in everything”.
A discussion on Facebook led me to comment I have a few special photos of Leonard at the beginning of the concerts. The following six I think are my best ones from these moments. It isn’t always possible to get good photos at this stage because fans can be clapping wildly over their heads so I feel blessed I was able to get these photos which I think tell a special story of the connection between Leonard and the audience on a given night.
Kilmainham September 14th 2012. (This was the day after I bought this camera with the sole purpose of being able to get better photos of Leonard in concert!)
During December 2013 I received an email from Paula McCann, the Chairperson of the organising committee for the Dublin Event asking would I like to have some photos exhibited at the Event. I was honoured to be asked and to be a small part of what was a wonderful weekend. Photos of the photos at the Event will follow in albums of the actual Event. For now here are the photos that were used. Thank you Paula for having the vision to allow me do this and Albert Noonan for the professional final prints.
Alex at The O2 2013
Peacock in all his glory in Altamont Gardens in Tullow, Carlow, Ireland.
Tour debut of Anyhow in Kilmainham September 15th 2012
Charley at Kilmainham
Cozy Time at Dublin Zoo
A smiling Leonard at the end of the Dublin O2 concert on September 12th 2013
Hattie at Kilmainham
Leonard analysing the new song I’ve Got a Secret in Dublin 2013
Japanese Gardens in Kildare during the big freeze in 2010
Everywhere I go and everything I do I find inspiration thanks to Leonard and his wonderful songs and poetry. Every time I see any type of lilies I remember A Thousand Kisses Deep and especially the verse I have put on this photo.
Inspired by the app Tagxedo which I used yesterday for the Hallelujah image, I had to see if I could do this myself using Paint.net, a free alternative to Photoshop, and more importantly how long it would take without the help of an app. Result is I can do it and it takes a couple of hours. My inspiration this time was The Future and the line “love is the only engine of survival”.