The Missing Angel

Hi to All the Ships at Sea,

I remember the first time I heard the words, “Photo” and “Hills and Valleys”. It was at TIME magazine end of year party. A  great up and coming assistants decided to quit. When I asked him why, he said too many hills, too many valleys. The valleys are just too deep. I’m gonna take a 9-5 job. Suffice it to say, I was totally shocked. He was poised to be a staffer in a few years. Well we all make decisions we have to live with. The last 2 weeks I’ve been in a valley. This morning I went to the gym and watched the sun come up. It was glorious. I closed my eyes and I could still see every bit of that sunrise. My iPhone was playing an angel, Mary Travers. The combination of her voice, my eyes shut tight and that sunrise, I got out of the valley and onto Kilimanjaro. It’s amazing how music and photography really go together. No sooner I said that- I went looking for this Mary Travers photo which will be the first photo in my new book. The problem is I can’t find the negative and I’ve been looking for it for about ten years. I made a litho print and hand colored it…not my strong suit. That’s all I have for you today guys. The moral of this story is take real good care of your originals, make sure they’re put away properly so  you’ll be able to retrieve them when you’re getting ready to do your memoirs.

All the Best,

Joe D

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3 responses to “The Missing Angel

  1. Great post, thanks. I love the lithograph and your connection of music, feelings and remembering where one puts things.

  2. I miss Mary Travers. I remember when I was younger, my brother took me to Carnegie Hall to see Peter, Paul and Mary. As a teacher, I taught my students their songs. I still keep up with Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow and I still sing their songs!

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