Thursday, June 25, 2009

fanfare for the common maniac

Seriously—you'd have to be crazy to play trumpet in this position. You can't possibly concentrate on your playing. Hopping on one foot, using your left hand to work the horn and the right to tip your hat. You might be an entertaining showman, but from a musical standpoint, this is a caricature of a trumpet player. Seriously.

Detail from Flora illustration for The Great Juke, a short story by Marguerite Young, Mademoiselle magazine, October 1947. This was the third story Flora illustrated for the popular women's monthly. The full illustration appeared in our second book, The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora.

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