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Some Recent Editorial Art

February 12, 2020

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highNeil Innes was a musical hero of mine. He died unexpectedly in December at the age of 75.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

He had a special gift for writing funny songs that were also wonderfully catchy tunes. He began his musical career with the Bonzo Dog Band. He wrote and sang their biggest hit, I’m The Urban Spaceman, which reached #5 in the U.K. in 1968.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

He was in the Beatles-parody band, The Rutles, with Eric Idle. His Rutles songs so faithfully mimic Beatles songs from each stage of their career, you’d swear they were lost Beatles classics (well, I would, anyway). Check out I Must Be In Love, as an example.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

He was also associated with the Monty Python comedy troupe, and wrote songs for their Holy Grail film, in which he also appeared as an actor.

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blank vertical space, 16 pixels highSam Sacks reviews fiction for the Wall Street Journal. A recent entry: “This Is Happiness” by Niall Williams, which celebrates the simple pleasures of rural Ireland circa 1958.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

The story’s narrator admits, however, he may be embellishing his memories: “Do I exaggerate? Of course I do. The truth doesn’t care. Here’s the thing life teaches you: sometimes truth can only be reached through exaggeration.” blank vertical space, 24 pixels highbird describing horrible cat sometimes truth can only be reached by exaggeration Sam Sacks Fiction Review Wall Street Journal editorial artblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Thomas Lynch is a poet and author. He’s also a small-town funeral director. Not surprisingly, his work focuses on mortality.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

His first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1986. His latest book, “The Depositions,” is a collection of essays on “the joyous and sorrowful mysteries by which we keep track of our life and times.”blank vertical space, 16 pixels highwoman kissing baby then standing next to her mother's gravestone joyous sorrowful mysteries by which we keep track of our life times book review The Depositions Thomas Lynch Wall Street Journal

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highSongs just don’t get any more famous than Hoagy Carmichael‘s “Stardust” (lyrics by Mitchell Parrish).blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Here’s John Edward Hasse’s opening paragraph for the Masterpiece column in the Wall Street Journal’s Review section:blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

What is probably the most-recorded American song in history began as melodic fragments imagined by a former Indiana University student named Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

When he finished fiddling with his wordless tune, he had the beginnings of an American classic, “Stardust,” that surpassed his later evergreens such as “Skylark,” “Lazy River,” and “Georgia On My Mind,” and stood apart from all other popular songs.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

There are over 2000 recorded versions of “Stardust.” One of the best is by Nat King Cole. My personal favorite might be that of Willie Nelson, whose beautiful guitar lines give the song a special poignancy (see YouTube video below).blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highalien martian E.T. landed spaceship polishing star Hoagy Carmichael Stardust 1924 music standard Masterpiece column Wall Street Journalblank vertical space, 32 pixels high

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, editorial, branding, social media, and content marketing. My images are different, like your brand needs to be.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

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Questions? Send me an email.blank vertical space, 32 pixels highRecommendation testimonial for Mark Armstrong Illustration from Sharon Scott editor national weekly edition Washington Post

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