Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Democrats Find A New Voice!

by Gregg Chadwick

For the first time in two years, I had a deeply restful sleep last night. After watching anti-union and anti-education Scott Walker fall to Tony Evers in Wisconsin and viewing Harley Rouda's lead over Russian stooge Dana Rohrabacher in CA  48, I felt hopeful. My painting The Future Is Woke no longer felt aspirational  - we did it! Retaking the House with a Blue Wave is the first step in restoring sanity in our nation.  After last night's powerful rebuke to the blowhard in the White House, it is clear as  Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey write in the Washington Post that Democrats found "a new voice, with a new generation of leaders emerging and a new playbook for winning." As Barack Obama put it: "Congratulations to everybody who showed up and participated in our democracy in record numbers yesterday. The change we need won’t come from one election alone – but it is a start. Last night, voters across the country started it."

Voters elected the U.S.'s first Muslim congresswomen, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota (left)
Jared Polis in Colorado defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Walker Stapleton to become the first openly gay man elected governor in the U.S.(center)
Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico, both Democrats, are the first Native American women elected to Congress. (right)

(photos by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images, Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images, Whitney Curtis AFP via NPR)

NPR reports that "record numbers of 
Native AmericansMuslim Americans and women, including many women of color, ran for office in 2018. A "rainbow wave" of LGBTQ candidates also sought office. And after the ballots were cast, all those groups notched notable firsts." 
As the father of a trans daughter, I am heartened that Massachusetts passed a transgender protection law that should inspire other states to do the same. And in Florida, Amendment 4 passed easily, restoring voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons. 

Beto O'Rourke ran a hard fought campaign and was amazingly positive in defeat. Dare I say presidential? - "We just want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible. Everyone who made us feel hopeful, everyone who inspired us. Everyone who became the most amazing campaign we could have ever hoped to belong to. Grateful that we got to do this with you. We love you. Goodnight!"

All political races are important, including local school boards and state legislatures. Yesterday, Democrats flipped "seven state legislative chambers and 333 seats, adding 6 more trifectas (gov+both chambers), per DLCC." As Alex Seitz Wald noted on twitter: "Few ever pay attention to these races, but they’re important for redistributing and waves can be leveraged for major gains."

Adding to the good news, with the Democratic take over of the House, Eddie Bernice Johnson, a congresswoman with a STEM background as a nurse is poised to wrest the House Science committee from climate change deniers. She promises to "Restore the credibility of the Science Committee as a place where science is respected and recognized."
Last night, at least 10 candidates with backgrounds in science won seats, bolstering the House’s new ranks of science advocates. 

We Won the House now let's keep going! - - We Need All Hands on Deck in 2019

Friday, November 02, 2018

Bruce Springsteen - Land of Hope and Dreams

Gregg Chadwick
American River (for Greil Marcus)
24”x36” oil on linen 2016

Audis Husar Gallery, Beverly Hills

Bruce Springsteen has pre-released an album from his Springsteen on Broadway engagement.
His album announcement is accompanied by a first taste of his Broadway recording: an acoustic version of his train metaphor song "Land of Hope and Dreams." 
Lauren Onkey writes about the song on NPR Music:
"Land of Hope and Dreams" is the penultimate song of the Broadway show, an uplifting end to a night that features a lot of heartbreaking stories of characters — including Springsteen himself — who fall into isolation. Rooted in the gospel song "This Train" and The Impressions' 1965 gospel-soul hit "People Get Ready," "Land of Hope and Dreams" imagines a communal train where all are welcome — saints, sinners, whores, gamblers, thieves, lost souls, fools, kings, the brokenhearted — as it heads off to unknown future. It's classic Springsteen: grand, optimistic, spiritual and open-ended enough to be embraced by a big audience....
Springsteen has performed "Land of Hope and Dreams" often for benefit concerts and political rallies, including campaign stops for Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. It seems no coincidence, then, that he's released it on the eve of the midterm elections, and into the teeth of a violent and divisive time in American life. It's an assertion that we're all in this together.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Please Watch and Then Vote! -> WILL HOGE - Gilded Walls (Official Music Video)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jon Batiste - Don’t Stop (Official Video)

Friday, October 19, 2018

On November 6th, join these activists in making your mark.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Barbra Streisand - Don't Lie to Me (Official Video)

Watch Barbra speak truth to power!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cher - SOS [Official HD Music Video]

This is beautiful!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Monk's Road

Gregg Chadwick
The Monk's Road
36"x36" oil on panel 2018

I’m very pleased to let you know that my painting The Monk's Road has been chosen to be featured in the New This Week Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage.  

The Monk's Road is part of an ongoing series of artworks about seeking peace and justice in a world in need of harmony.

In the mountains of Northern Thailand, rising above the city of Chiang Mai, peaks are often caught in an early morning sea of fog. Written as ทะเลหมอก in Thai, this mist often covers the summit of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak. On the mountain slope- two Buddhist stupas, often referred to as chedis in Thailand, sit to honor the monarchs of Thailand. Known as Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and -Nophamethanidon, the chedis were named to reflect the power of the sky and the grace of the land. 

My painting "The Monk's Road" is set in this mist shrouded landscape. Three Buddhist monks in saffron robes appear and then seem to merge into the air. The color of their robes is considered the color of illumination or satori – the highest wisdom.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Death Cab for Cutie - "Gold Rush" (Official Video)

Aretha Franklin - Respect [1967] (Original Version)

Aretha Franklin - Respect
Song written by Otis Redding
Album: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You [1967]


(oo) What you want
(oo) Baby, I got
(oo) What you need
(oo) Do you know I got it?
(oo) All I'm askin'
(oo) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong (oo) 'cause I don't wanna (oo)
All I'm askin' (oo)
Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

I'm about to give you all of my money
And all I'm askin' in return, honey
Is to give me my propers
When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

------ instrumental break ------

Ooo, your kisses (oo)
Sweeter than honey (oo)
And guess what? (oo)
So is my money (oo)
All I want you to do (oo) for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)

Find out what it means to me
Take care, TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)
You're runnin' out of foolin' (just a little bit)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)
(re, re, re, re) 'spect
When you come home (re, re, re ,re)
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I'm gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)

Great article on the song in the Washington Post 

by DeNeen L.  Brown:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beautiful Story: The Artist Who Paints The Homeless

Friday, August 10, 2018

Canção do meu sonho errante (Song of My Wandering Dream)

Canção do meu sonho errante Menotti Del Picchia Eu tenho a alma errante e vago na terra a sonhar maravilhas... Não para um momento! Eu busco irriquieto o meu sonho inconstante e sou como as asas, as velas, as quilhas, as nuvens, o vento... Eu sou como as coisas inquietas: o veio que canta na leira; a fumaça que voa na espira que sobe das achas; o anseio dos longos coqueiros esguios; a esteira de prata que deixa uma proa no espelho dos rios. Eu tenho a alma errante... Boêmio, o meu sonho procura a carícia fugace, procura a glória mendaz e preclara. Sou como a veia fenícia ao largo, uma vela distante... Eu tenho a alma errante... E sinto uma estranha delícia em tudo que passa e não dura, em tudo que foge e não pára... 🎨 Gregg Chadwick . . . . . . . . #poesia #fotografia #arte #greggchadwick #poesia #arte #leitura #arte  #poem #poetry #poesie  #filosofia  #read #words #lectura #mots #lecture #poema #lettres #literature #artesplasticas #letras #poesía #litterature #literatura #libros #livre #libri #books  #livros #books #quotes #poeme  #lire
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Honored that @poesiaaceuaberto has matched my painting Il Poeta di Milano (The Poet of Milan) with Menotti Del Picchia's poem Canção do meu sonho errante (Song of My Wandering Dream).

Translation from the Portuguese:

Song of my wandering dream Menotti Del Picchia I have the wandering soul and vague on earth to dream wonders ... Not for a moment! I look irriquely at my fickle dream and I am like the wings, the sails, the keels, the clouds, the wind ... I am like the restless things: the shaft who sings in the harp; the smoke that flies in the spire that rises from the logs; the longing the long slender coconut palms; the silver mat leaving a bow in the mirror of the rivers. I have a wandering soul ... Bohemian, my dream seeks the caress fugace, looking for the glory mendacious and preclear. I am like the Phoenician vein in the distance, a distant candle ... I have a wandering soul ... And I feel a strange delight in everything that passes and does not last, in everything that runs away and does not stop ... 🎨 Gregg Chadwick . . . . . . . . #poetry #photo #arte #greggchadwick #poesia #arte #learning #arte #poem #poetry #poesie #filosofia #read #words #lecture #mots #lecture #poema #lettres #literature #artesplasticas #letras # poetry #litterature #literatura #libros #libre #libri #books #books #books #quotes #poems #lire poesiaaceuaberto # historiadarte #scrittore #writer #pensions #words #culture #storiadellarte #porotes #quotes #alma #soul #histoiredelart #arthistory #trip #culture #versos #artist #museu #artwork #painting #painter #poete #writer #poeta #poet #ecrivain #philosophy

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Between Worlds (Chicago)

by Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick
Between Worlds (Chicago)
24"x24" oil on linen 2018

Sneak peek at new artwork to be featured at The Other Art Fair in Chicago - 
My oil on linen painting Between Worlds (Chicago) was inspired by the industrial design of Raymond Loewy and the spirit of adventure that lies at the heart of the United States. 
Two vehicles designed by Loewy stand side by side in a rail yard with the Chicago skyline behind. Glistening in black, the streamlined Pennsylvania Railroad “Broadway Limited” shares the scene with a gold 1938 Studebaker President.

Cher Covers ABBA - GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A Man After Midnight) [Official HD Audio]

Some Summer Fun from Cher.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

10 Ways to Fight Hate

Thursday, August 02, 2018

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK | James Baldwin Birthday Teaser

Monday, July 23, 2018

Rhiannon Giddens - At The Purchaser's Option

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Balm for the Soul: Childish Gambino - Summertime Magic (Audio)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Thai Kids are Safe, Now it is Time to Rescue the Children in America

by Gregg Chadwick

My family was pleased this morning to read that the 12 Wild Boars and their soccer coach were rescued from a cave in Thailand. The effort was extraordinary. It took strategy, teamwork, focus, dedication and bravery. Here in the United States we have our own children's crisis. Most of the immigrant children separated at the border from their parents by the Trump administration  have not been returned. At a hearing late last week, the government attorney tasked with the case asked the judge for more time because she had to babysit her dog. Shockingly, the judge agreed. Furthermore, a court ordered deadline to return the youngest children will pass with most of the families still hundreds of miles apart. Today, July 10, 2018, is the deadline for the Trump government to reunite 102 separated children under the age of five with their parents. Yesterday in court, the Trump administration said just over 50 children would be reunited by the deadline. We will not stand for this!

Why can't the Trump Administration reunite these babies & toddlers with their families?

1. They've already deported the parents of 19 of these little ones
2. They can't find the parents of another 19
3. They can't connect another 16 to their parents

We must stand together as a nation and declare that #FamiliesBelongTogether!

How You Can Help Reunite Immigrant Families Today

1. Go to to help. They’re also on Facebook & on twitter.

2. Donate to and learn more:

From the Immigrant Families Together Website:

Immigrant Families Together is a network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the 'zero tolerance' policy.  We have mobilized to help parents currently detained through the following immediate actions:

  • Raising of bond funds through coordinated crowdfunding and individual giving in order to post bond for parents separated from their children at the US/Mexico Border.
  • Paying bonds and providing pro bono legal representation to fulfill all legal responsibilities while awaiting trial so that they may be with their children.
  • Arranging safe transportation from state of detention to the city where children are currently in foster care. 
  • When needed, finding longterm housing in the destination city while they await trial.
  • Connecting parents in cities with resources in order to sustain them during the process of being unified with their children.  
  • Working with local organizations and government to expedite the process of achieving full custody of their children while they await trial.
 We are creating a toolkit to allow other concerned citizens to replicate our model in order to help bring parents back to their children across the country as quickly as possible.  

“This is moral vandalism. Now is the time we need to see more action, more engagement, more love.”  Senator Corey Booker, July 10, 2018 at the U.S. Capitol

Senator  with speaks on the way forward

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