Great Balls of Fire!
This is a piece I've long imagined doing in one artistic form or another. When I hear the song Great Balls of Fire I think of the joyously mad and passionate way Jerry Lee Lewis pounded that piano until it seemed to leap off the ground. So this little Jammins'© is full out jammin' down that keyboard himself, chasing one of those great balls of fire.
For those of you that don't know this song, it's about Viet Nam era pilots sent off into battle. Some return, but not all. I grew up in that era and though I didn't lose anyone close, many did. This scene represents what came into my mind when hearing the song. You can hear the bagpipes in part of the song, but they also represent a requiem for the brave. The tombstone has this on it...it's faded and barely legible.
How High Can You Fly
Warren E. Jenks
3-4-1921 - 10-11-1946
Warren was my uncle, a pilot in WWII. He made it home from the war, but soon after his return he crashed the plane he was piloting into a South American mountain. This is my way of remembering him. But mostly this piece represents the circle of life and death. The Jammins' character is life...like a child he is enamored of the thought of flying and has spread his wings wide to the future. He takes the best of what has passed before him and carries it forward.
Good Friend of Mine (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog)
The idea behind this is that sometimes the most unusual friends are the best friends. Part of the thought process behind any piece is how to best convey the concept. Friendship can be portrayed in many different ways, but I wanted instant understanding that these two are best buds. So I chose a setting that anyone can recognize...two friends posing for a camera. Do you realize there was no reason for this pose throughout the whole history of mankind until just 108 years ago?