In high school I made pictures, but my life lessons came through playing the horn so I did it all the time. But the more I played the saxophone, the less I talked and drew pictures. In my senior year my grandmother - the psychic (honestly, she was really a psychic) – told me to take five. Well, she didn’t really say that, Dave Brubeck did. What she said was, “You’ll make yourself sick, if you only play the saxophone.” My grandmother always said things like that and most of the time I ignored her, but this was about me and the horn, so I listened. Grandma saw auras – the physical energy that surrounds all living being and objects – and used that clairvoyant ability as a diagnostic tool to evaluate a person’s health. To her, specific discoloration in an aura meant a specific problem and implied a specific solution.
“Your energy field is lop-sided,” she said. “Your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime.” She really didn’t say that, Mose Allison did. But that’s what she meant.
“Making sounds and making images,” Grandma said, “are inseparable.” Doing one, needs the balance of doing the other. I took her advice and went to art school, playing the horn or drums on the side. I still play when I’m not painting. I have joined the disproportionate number of artists who play instruments and musicians who paint to keep our auras in balance.