…that besides being an amazing composer/arranger (think break out ‘Classical Gas’…the most famous instrumental guitar piece of all time), Mason Williams is quite the universal renaissance man and here’s the short list…
Comedy writer, eclectic poet and a brilliant conceptual artist, most astonishingly with ‘BUS’ a full scale reproduction of a 60’s era Greyhound bus created BEFORE digital imaging. The photograph was taken at the original MoMA show. This transference of scale captured people’s imagination earning among other things, a spread in Life Magazine. On exhibit at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007 where Mason gave the most interesting lecture talking among so many other things of his lifelong friendship with artist Ed Ruscha, their many collaborations and the trajectory of their careers.
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I like the blue version best but didn’t think it would show well here. Can you see that the Wild Guesses are actually a series of two question marks that combine to make the guess/geese?
Another thing (among soooooo many) Mason has the most incredible falsetto and when he sings THE PLATTERS …’ONLY YOU’ you’ll say it’s the best thing since sliced bread!
There’s so much more to write about Mason but I’d be remiss if I didn’t introduce you to Karen, his beautiful wife. Formerly a prosecutor in Canada, Karen is an amazing artist in her own right and I wanted to get her stunning painting of ‘SUNFLOWERS’ to show you …we’re standing in front of it!
I was so honored and gratified to see that Karen and Mason framed my Brush painting ‘Moonlit Bamboo’ and in all the excitement forgot to take a photograph. Mason…please do send me one.
For More Information:
Mason Williams on Wikipedia