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Fence (art)

July 25, 2015

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Naked (some realism this time – drawing)

July 24, 2015

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Third Review of Novel Portraits (art, artists, and the art revolution) 4 of 5 stars

July 10, 2015
This is the 3rd recent review of my novel Portraits.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) 4 Stars

I wanted to keep reading and would have liked more. I enjoyed Portraits by Tom Hendricks and would definitely recommend it to a friend.
Title:  Portraits  (now available for streaming at all major book sites)
Subtitle:  A Novel About Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution
Author:  Tom Hendricks
Genre:  Fiction – General
Appearance – 3
Plot – 4
Development – 4
Formatting – 4
Marketability – 4

Overall Opinion – 4

Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers’ Favorite
Jack is hoping to make his way in the world as an artist, but when he first  begins he’s not sure whether or not it’s going to succeed. One short  experience with a real exhibition, however, nets him a secret admirer who  can’t seem to stop writing, even if she’s too shy to actually meet him in  person. But things are finally starting to turn around for Jack and he’s  sure that things will work out. Between his secret admirer, Missy, Francesca and the Co-op, he just knows he’s finally broken into the world of art as a true artist. Portraits by Tom Hendricks is about artists and how luck changes all.
This book was very interesting. I was drawn into it rather quickly and I really liked the characters. They definitely have flaws and they aren’t perfect in themselves or their craft, but they seem to work well together. You get to know the main characters the best and you’re left, even at the end, wondering a little about a couple of the others (but that’s kind of the point). Missy is one of those characters you’re left wondering about, but perhaps this is one of the parts that makes the book so interesting. I wanted to keep reading and would have liked more. I enjoyed Portraits by Tom Hendricks and would definitely recommend it to a friend. This was a very well-written short novella with a good storyline.

Why Are So Many People Saying Bad Music is Good?

July 5, 2015


Music has really reached some new lows. Why are so many people saying it’s great when it isn’t? Why are so many people listening to generic formulaic music and claiming it’s innovative and new? Why doesn’t a single person in the music press stand up for good music, and against the bad that everyone else is praising so much?
Has corporate music jumped the shark?

Consider some of these points:

This from SNL nasty critic character, Jebidiah Atkinson in talking about contemporary music and all the Grammy winners,
” (It’s a)… Spotify playlist of a 12 year old girl.”

This is being passed around as Things that Will Disappear in our Lifetime e-mail.

MUSIC : … The music industry is dying a slow death not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with — older, established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite For Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper and video commentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

This from Billboard, Feb 14, 2015 :

This is from an interview of Lucian Grange, Chairman/CEO/Universal Music Group. the #1 person on the, 100 most powerful people in the music business, yearly list.

He is quoted as saying,
‘The industry broke five new artists in 2014, and we broke four of them.” Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, and Sam Smith. ”
UMG owns three of 2014’s top five labels.

Why would the biggest music exec in the world be proud that 1. he only released 4 new artists in a year, and 2. that the industry only released 5 in a year.
That is a massive failure. Where is the rest of the world? I’ve found 200 greats that should break out – see the BIG LIST

MUSIC is 80% 3 Companies: Warners/Universal/Sony (WUS)
For real vitality we need not 3 but thousands of competing record companies. Every time there has been a great variety of record companies, the music has improved, often to a point where there is a golden age of music.

The FORMULA: electric guitars, bass, drums.

Some of us, including me, think that the music business is stuck in the same electric guitar, bass, and drums formula done better 60 years ago. Some of us think the real creativity is to break free of bands and go a different way from the 60 year old path that everyone else is on.
How can a musician fit a 60 year old formula and call it new?

Music Down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.

Here’s the dilemma for the music media – either talk about thousands of musicians and their great music, or just cover Beyonce and Swift over and over and find out what they wear, and where they go.
Music now is down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.
Where is the media? Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR, anyone – anywhere???


Compare the massive amount of hitmakers from 1955-1975 to the last 20 years.



There is a music revolution going on called Postism music out of Dallas. Some of these musicians are changing music history with some possible world’s firsts; while the dance pop stars that are over hyped seem to be most interested in more publicity.

POSTISM is 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).


(no wonder radio is so bad)


Six Country Hits Sound like the Same Song – Proof here.


80’s Called, They want their Videos Back
Have you noticed how only a few mainstream musicians can afford the cost of videos?
Time to put the emphasis on the music not the visuals. Leave videos back in the 80’s when they were relevant. That opens music up to everyone, not just a few with deep corporate pockets. And when you stress the quality of music, you get new, vital, better music again, not a rehash of 30 years ago.




Some think it should close it’s doors!  Who is left to add in the current group?
Has rock/rap/country/pop jumped the shark?


Tom Hendricks
Box Office From my Back

Portraits: Novel Review by Jack Magnus – 5 of 5 stars

July 3, 2015

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite


The author’s story captures the essence of the lifestyle and struggles of artists, especially those who’ve not been discovered or found by the gatekeepers of the art world.

Portraits: A Novel about Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution is a  contemporary fiction novel written by Tom Hendricks. Jack Labas lives for his art, but he’s not been able to find a means to get his work out into the public eye, nor does he have the wherewithal to support himself as he paints. So, he works part-time jobs, sometimes two or more, while he continues creating: pencil sketches, oil paintings, nearly always portraits, which seem to be what art is all about for him. He wishes he had a way to afford the huge pieces of canvas that would be able to contain the grand images he has inside. His somewhat solitary existence is broken by the arrival of a letter from an admirer named Missy. She knew his name, and, as her continuing correspondence indicated, she was familiar with his work. Missy even mentioned a favorite portrait of a smiling girl. He had no clue how she had seen his work, and her typewritten letters gave him little help with deciphering the motivations of his mysterious friend. The only time he’d exhibited his work in recent years had been when he joined a Dallas-sponsored artists’ association. His fees had covered a week-long exhibit which seemed to have gone unnoticed for the most part. When Missy finally sends him her address, one which Jack finds is just a mailbox drop, he can’t help but correspond with the woman who’s somehow captured his imagination and his heart.

Tom Hendricks’ contemporary fiction novel, Portraits: A Novel about Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution, is an art lover’s delight. The author’s story captures the essence of the lifestyle and struggles of artists, especially those who’ve not been discovered or found by the gatekeepers of the art world. I loved how he develops the Deep Ellum Co-op and enjoyed the way he builds up each artist’s character, artistic influences, and personal style. The correspondence between Jack and his mysterious friend is compelling reading, and I began to look forward to each new missive. Each letter builds beautifully from the last, and the love and friendship that develops between the two of them is genuine and believable. Jack’s life after he joins the Co-op changes so much for the better and the reader gets to watch him and the other artists working together to build something, to make their own stand in the art world on their own terms and it works so well. I had a marvelous time reading this novel and am looking forward to rereading it soon. Portraits: A Novel about Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution is most highly recommended.

Title:  Portraits Subtitle:  A Novel About Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution
Author:  Tom Hendricks
Genre:  Fiction – General
Appearance – 5
Plot – 5
Development – 5
Formatting – 4
Marketability – 5
Overall Opinion – 5


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