Posts Tagged ‘David McGhee’

Top of Their Field and Favorites

April 8, 2018

Dear Reader,

Through my 25 years, and 200 issues of the arts and media zine Musea (1992-now), I’ve met many excellent musicians, painters, writers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.

Here are some that are personal favorites, but I also think that they are at the top of their field and they deserve world recognition for their achievements.

Gregory K. H. Bryant – art

David McGhee – photography

Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden – music

Michael Helsem – writing

Scott Jacob Loehr – music

Ace Backwards – blogging.

Sparrow – poetry.

David Darling – science website, writing.

TYT, The Young Turks – online news.

Tom Hendricks
(editor of Musea)

MAIN Website

The Best!

Musea Contributors – Where are They Now?

June 9, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I began Musea and started trading zines was how many gifted writers and artists there were. I wanted to make Musea the best it could be, so i began asking some of these people if I could reprint their work. Almost everyone was glad to share.

Soon I had a group of talented contributors that I featured in almost every issue. Musea wasn’t just a one man zine then, like it is now.

Surprisingly, though I feel all of these people are friends, I have never met any of them in person (with two exceptions).

Recently on Facebook I came in contact with Sparrow again. We caught up on the latest news. And that gave me the idea to update where he and some of the other contributors are, and what they are up to.

Ace Backwords: Cartoonist out of San Francisco. I ran his 3 panel cartoons on the bottom of the last page of my zine for years. He is now writing a fascinating blog at
You can also see some of his cartoons there too.

G.K.H. Bryant: Artist, photographer, writer, etc. During the time that Gregory’s work was featured in Musea, I only knew him as an essay writer and part time poet.
Now I know that all along he was also doing great art. And I mean great. In my opinion he is certainly one of the most talented artists out there.
His wife Llori was also a very active zinester of her own. She too still is active in all the arts.See samples on the facebook group page, the Abstract Pencil. They live in the Washington DC area.

Sparrow: Poet Sparrow has a style that is impossible to describe – but here goes. The best I can say is that it is a line or two of intriguing words. I love his poems, and his writing style has been very influential in my own poem writing. Samples are on facebook at Iam Sparrow. He lives in New York.

David McGhee: Texas Photographer Most of the live box office concert photos, and my recording studio photos, were taken by McGhee. He does fine portraits, and his landscapes may be even better. Recently he has done a string of them from West Texas, that i think are breathtakingly fine.

Scott Alden Crow: Scott was as much an advisor or commentator as a contributor. I featured his work periodically, but I talked to him through cards and cassette audio letters about all aspects of the arts. He is raising a family in California, busy with a job, and does some art and writing on the side.

Jason Cohen: His biggest contribution was the store he ran across from Fair Park, called Forbidden Books. It was there that I saw, read and bought, my first zine. He and his family is now running the Lakewood shop, Curiosities, a mini antique mall, of one of a kind curiosities.

Three more people that I would like to add. Yul Tolbert (Detroit), contributed some of his cartoons to my work, and he is still drawing, Fred Woodworth (Tucson), continues to publish his Match, which I have talked about in many issues, and Lucky Dog Books (used to be called Paperbacks Plus) here in Dallas, continues to carry my zine, and it holds the Musea Book Club, free cash for all local readers.

For those I missed, let me know how you are doing too!

Today is Record Store Day (4 short posts)

April 18, 2015

Four Fast Features about RECORD STORE DAY and my song  RECORD SPINNING

RECORD SPINNING  (instrumental by Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar)


I get a lot of my music from the radio, but second on my listening list, is my Crosley record player. Used LP’s are cheap and that makes it easy to take a chance on the recordings of the past. For example, I’ve lately listened to new-to-me, LP’s from The Association (some nice surprises) Caruso (passionate opera) and assorted big band, make out , 50’s music with those great covers: they almost all have a lounging beauty in an chic gown with a drink in her hand.

Those great covers are one of the big draws of LP’s. I also like the idea of a complete side A, and then a side B. That sets up spots – you want a great lead off song, you want a great ender, and you want some soulful in between.

Each format has some advantages – cassettes are easier to play and great for personal recordings, and CD’s are compact, as the name says. I couldn’t have fit my 150 song, music project in a small tin if they were records, or cassettes – only CD’s would do.


Through the years I’ve put out my share. Here is my discography, of mostly records.

TOM HENDRICKS DISCOGRAPHY: Before starting the 150+ song Hunkasaurus recording project, I had done a number of recordings. This discography (from issue #134) lists them. They include “Your Love Is True/Say So” (’67) (see below), singles/45’s: “A Hit Song/You” (’78), “DeskClerk/Others Like You”, note the ‘b’ side is sung by Joy Tarver (”79), “Stars Moon and Sun/ Through My Window” (’82). Plus, “John And Martha – A 5 Act Illustrated Short Story” (’84), assorted singles from the 12 By 12 Co-op Record Company recordings (’85-95) , “Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar – 4 song cassette (’95), and the Landmark Music CD (’02).


Z Z TOP records my song:

In 1967 a local group in Tyler, Texas, was going to record a song I’d written, then titled “Your Lovin’ Trip” – it was the late 60’s remember. Complication arose and they couldn’t do it. The guitar player for the Tyler group, Doug Rhone, later went on to play as guitarist in Neil Diamond’s band, where he still is.
But Dale Hawkins, a musician, known for his national hit, “Susie Q.”, and a record producer, wanted the song for a Dallas group, called The American Blues. They recorded “Your Love Is True”, as the “A’ side of a single. The arrangement had a Five Americans sound. The Five Americans were a Dallas group with some national hits like “Western Union” and “I See the Light.”.
Here’s the review from Billboard Magazine of the single, and my song, “Your Love Is True.” (note my name is misspelled on the record, and I had to share writing credits with the producers – typical suits behavior!)
AMERICAN BLUES – Your Love Is True (Prod. Dale Hawkins) (Writers Kirk-Hendrix-Hawkins) Tyler Belldale, BMI) – Dale Hawkins first production for Amy has the earmarks of a hot chart item in this pulsating rocker with good group sound and identifiable lyric content for the teen buying market. Flip: “Say So” (Belldale, BMI) Amy 997.


Finally, my latest from HUNKASAURUS AND HIS PET DOG GUITAR (The Musician who played two BOX OFFICE CONCERTS , twice a week for 17 years, at the Inwood Theater’s Glass Box Office Ticket Booth DALLAS/TEXAS (1996-2013)

Tom Hendricks and his Standard Guitar (known as Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar, and also Art S Revolutionary, editor of the 23 year old zine Musea) has just officially release his 10 year, 150 song, 9 CD, ‘OUTSIDE THE BOX SET’, recording project. It’s finally done!

The music is available on all the major music sites including: I-tunes, Amazon, Google, Spotify, CDBaby. etc. etc. – with a special, limited edition, signed, tin boxed set

Box Office From my Back

CD Baby calls for Musician Photos – Supply 2

February 19, 2015

Dear Musea Readers,

CD Baby asked it’s musicians to submit photos of us playing music.
I have two on there of me playing in the Inwood Box Office (back in the stacks so keep scrolling)
Both by David McGhee.
Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 23 year old zine Musea)

MUSIC, 9 full CD’s of free Postism Music)

%d bloggers like this: