September Here …

October 7, 2017

September here is beautiful.
Heat is gone and winter’s at bay.
The leaves turn and twirl through the air.
Frost in the morning. There’s work to do.
Smoke from the chimneys. Children at play.


Painting History and Smiles

October 7, 2017

I’ve read books on art history but no one talks about smiles.
It took centuries before painters allowed subjects to smile in their portraits. The evolution of smiles in painting is a key development in art.

Happy Birthday (my version)

October 5, 2017

Happy Birthday to You!

There was some scandal and a lawsuit declaring that the song, “Happy Birthday to You” was NOT in the public domain. Judge said it was. So for now it is.

But never mind, I’ve written a birthday song, and I’m putting it in to the PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Here are the lyrics plus the melody. I’ve written two versions. The first i a simple version, the second has more lyrics. Choose whichever you like or any lines you like.

The music is only 4 notes,, C,D,E,F. so it should be in anyone’s range. The chords are C, F, and G7 in that order.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Simple Version.

Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!


Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
May all your wishes come true.

Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Blow out the candles, do!

Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!

Quizzical for October 2017

October 3, 2017

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

Peter Tork, an official Monkee member said that when the producers were getting the cast for the TV show of the same name; they actually thought of using a working known band for the part of the musicians. They auditioned a well known rock group of that time, but it didn’t work out. Seems their playing was fine but acting was not. Name the band that didn’t make the cut.

IS …
The Lovin’ Spoonful.

I had no correct eligible answers. “Do You Believe in Magic?” Maybe you should stick with facts to find the answer to this one! I don’t dumb down so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of any of my 9 CDs, or copy of one of my artworks IF you are the first to …

E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ blanks of course) with the correct answer to the following art question .

DEDICATION: These contests are dedicated to my sister, Peggy, who answered more of the questions correctly than anyone else.

I say Earthlings have landed on Mars. You say no.
When I tell you why I know that is true, you will say … Yes Tom you are correct and I was wrong. Explain!

FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music , read all my writings, and see all the art, whether you win or lose – and I’d be glad if you did!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For all things TH, (music, art, writing, Musea, etc) see

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

Last Moment of Modern Art?

October 1, 2017

THE LAST MINUTE OF MODERN ART (reprint from Musea)

Can CONCEPTUAL ART be used to end the abuses of conceptual art?

It all began this way. I was walking home from a taco place and thinking about Martin Creed and his Art Prize. He won the annual Turner Prize that goes to the best art work from a British artist yonger than 50. The prize was a check for $31,500 that was handed to him by Madonna.

And what was his art? Now this is hard to even say – even let the words sputter out of my mouth. The reason being I, too, am an artist. I have been one for decades, have studied and copied the masters, done work in almost every media (pencil, acrylics, and colored pencils are my favorites). And I worked hard to have some scope to my art whether portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, or just about everything in between. I love the stuff. I breathe art. I love to know everything there is to know about art and artists.

So what was HIS art? He got the yard-wide novelty check from Madonna (representing a couple years of my income) for his exhibit of flashing light bulbs in an empty room! (His previous works include a scrunched- up piece of paper and a ball of clay stuck to a wall).

British art curator Simon Wilson notes: “He wants to make art where he is doing as little as possible that is consistent with doing something. The fact that many people find his work so baffling indicates that he’s working on the edge.”
Oh I see. Now I am getting it. Now I am figuring out the “NEW” rules. Creed himself comments, “If I can make something without adding any objects, I feel more comfortable.”

And then it DAWNED ON ME. I would bring modern art to its end. I would suggest the ultimate. The ultimate in baffling minimalism. I would get the ‘plastic’ check from Madonna.

So on TUESDAY 1/08/02, at 1:30-1:40 PM, as I, Tom Hendricks, was walking home from the taco place, I took art to its ultimate. This was the last minute of modern art. It could go no further. Where Creed had flashing lights in an empty room, I would … IMAGINE A GALLERY IN MY MIND THAT WOULD HAVE NO LIGHTS ON AT ALL! And that moment marked the end of modern art.

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