JAZZ art (and what is a deuce?)1-5-2017 (Day 32 of 365 Days of ART)


author update (1-22-2017): Blogger Eli has an original art painting called Jazz – here

Part I: 

For Day #32 – we have a Jazz print – this was a mass-produced print on a cheap (plastic-like) canvas at a local store.  (Linking to Jennifer’s Color Your World – Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown challenge.)

Can you feel a bit of rhythm from the layers in this piece. The smoky environment is felt and the music is literally in the air. The line sections and squares allow us to feel the stage with a club vibe.

Principles of Design:

Rhythm is created when one or more elements of design are used repeatedly to create a feeling of organized movement. Rhythm creates a mood like music or dancing. To keep rhythm exciting and active, variety is essential.”

Repetition of elements of design creates unity within the work of art and variety refers to the use of several elements of design to hold the viewer’s attention and to guide the viewer’s eye.”

If you are looking for an easy art project, make a collage.

Cut out images from a magazine, use an old card, or print some pictures.  Using squares you can show layers or sections around a subject and then create a mood to go with it.  Be sure to use variety and repetition to make the piece come alive. 

Part II:

Did you notice the “3 Deuces” in the painting (upper left)? This refers to the NYC 3 Deuces Jazz club on 52nd street.


This led to me thinking about a time when we discussed what  a “deuce” was after listening to the song Blinded by the Light with the line: “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce…”

Have you ever had this discussion?

We always thought of a deuce as a “two” in a deck of cards, i.e. deuces wild….

Well the “blog critics” had some interesting thoughts about deuces relating to the song:

“Probably the most misheard lyric of all-time comes from the chorus of the song “Blinded by the Light,” popularized in 1976 by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. We hear: “Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche into the rotor in the night.” Obviously, it’s the use of the word douche that catches everyone’s attention. How does a douche get wrapped up, you wonder, and what’s it doing inside a rotor?

Ah, but here’s the rub. The lyric is actually written: “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.” Believe it or not, Deuce is actually ‘60s slang for a 1932 Ford, or a “deuce coupe,” which explains why it can be revved up and run. Even more unbelievable, however, is the fact that this infamous lyric was actually penned by none other than Bruce Springsteen and performed on his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park. Of course, the Boss probably had a curious reaction the first time he heard his deuce coupe suddenly transformed into a feminine hygiene product.”

Read more at: http://blogcritics.org/q-blinded-by-the-light-revved/

In closing – here is a photo from an enjoyable jazz night we had out with the Pearce’s one hot summer night. We went to watch a friend play his sax and there were different musicians coming and going – this young college kid jammed….



I am not a huge jazz fan, but I do appreciate it – especially live.

If you want a nice regular dose of jazz, check out the “jazz you too” jazz music blog HERE.







see you tomorrow






16 thoughts on “JAZZ art (and what is a deuce?)1-5-2017 (Day 32 of 365 Days of ART)

  1. Hahaha! Douche… oh, my, so sorry. I used to hear it that way, too, but figured it couldn’t possibly be right. So, every time I listened to that song, I finally came up with deuce (think Beach Boys’ Little Deuce Coupe!), but never did get the “runner in the night.” Thank you, I should be able to sleep well now!

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    1. Well thank you for the beach boy song.
      Oh and your photo of the dog “never drinking again” comic was a huge hit – I shared it last December – omg were those comics a hoot.
      And we have discussed that song a few times.
      And blinded by the light reminds me a Queen song – not exactly – but with the diversity – the progression and changes and in blinded by the light – they even sing in a round – very unique –
      Have a good day amiga

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  2. I remember Springsteen’s version of that song. I think he was a bit more articulate, and having grown up around poker and hot rods, not to mention The Beach Boys and “My Little Deuce Coupe” there was no chance I’d go with feminine hygiene, although, I’ve corrected too many people to count, who did. 3 Deuces sounds like the poker hand I’d be holding in a game against my father or my boss. It would have been the winning hand if I folded but a loser if I played it through.

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    1. Well dan – I am now coming to you when a word etymology issue arises – I did not really know The Beach Boys song until this post – although I am sure I heard it before – because their music played a lot back in the day – 😉
      And I am intrigued by some poker games – feel bad for those addicted to the gambling side – but the skill and sport is super.
      We used to play Texas hold’em a lot – I have the coolest kit – green mat and lots of chips.

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  3. Making a collage is not easy, Yvette. I tried, but not sure. Is there any rule like matching color, having a theme, having a big message…?
    Thanks again. I love reading this!

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    1. Hi H….
      Well I think some ideas could flow if someone had a lesson theme to anchor the collage.
      For example – doing a monotone piece would connect to this cheap jazz canvas print –
      There are national art standards for learning and then here in VA we have our own called “SOLs”
      And so because I am super familiar with the VA standards I will use those to show I would maybe combine a collage project in maybe a 5th grade class.
      Side note first is that collages are not my favorite art project for classrooms – they are messy and become loud workshops – they are good to assign for a sub or they could be good for a time we needed to fill a class in between lessons – because usually a decent art collage can be made in a single class. (Usually)
      But there is a very individual creative process that can be tapped into with the collage and for a few years I had 8th grade girls choose to work on a “me” collage – inspired by a project from Oprah that I only “heard” about and then adapted – it was where you put your goals and life dreams on a me board (we made it a collage) and hang it up to stay goal orientated.
      Ok – so here is a way that a 5th grade class could approach a collage
      Students would get a base to work on.
      I would put out tape and modge podge in dishes (modge podge is a sealant and adhesive and is a must have for the art closet at home or at class)
      Students would be shown numerous samples
      If they only see one – they tend to mimic the one – seriously – so I try to show a dozen samples.
      Then they are given some aims – here would be a couple:

      fifth grader art “standard” is to mix colors and tinting is one of those aims – they could use white paint to tint a single color – and maybe make five shades of a blue – or even different values of a gold brown like in this jazz piece.

      Also – 5th graders have to use pattern to create repetition to show rhythm and so they could include that -(sol 5.5) and show spatial relationships (5.7) and they could also glue, paint, and add some sketch to combine craft techniques and use contemporary media (5.11, 5.9).
      We once had a class use some left over strips of paper – they had a mini lesson on “quill” and made little flowers and fish!
      In another class – they had to learn about contrasting colors and so they had to make a collage that showed contrast – using complementary pairs – blue-orange ; red and green; and purple yellow.
      In closing
      Making a collage is also a great grandparent and grandchild activity – or aunt and nephew –
      In 1994 – my nephew J and I used a bunch of old National Geographic magazines to make a collage and he still has it. We were in FL visiting my momma and it was a splash of art that we bonded with.
      He was five.
      He still has the collage!
      Thanks for the fun question and it truly is enjoyable to share about a subject I enjoy – xxoo

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      1. Thank you so much, Yvette!!! Makes more sense now.
        I remember taking my daughter to a drawing class when she was 7 or 8. It was a plate of fruits. While I was still hesitating where to start, my daughter was already done with hers. It’s nice to be young and brave 😉
        Good night.

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      1. I think you may be right. I never appreciate opera singing until I sat watching one rehearing live. I really like the experience a lot and will do not mind watching one again.

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