the Deed

posted Nov 10, 2014, 12:34 PM by Jeremy Fowler-Lindemulder   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 9:38 PM ]
In the late 1970's Betty Osborn encouraged me to read one of the first fantasy novels written specifically for young adults, A Wizard of Earthsea. More recently, our local library system has encouraged the reading of this book, and sent me 11 copies to give to students. I re-read it, and found that while it has less of the adolescent playfulness of more recent titles, like Harry Potter, it ultimately contains a positive message about self acceptance presented in an easy to read, yet very adult manor of pseudo-historic playfulness.

So... I've been putting together some Earthsea art works over the last few weeks. One is this reclaimed Guitar.

I found this undersized guitar in a junk store. It was fairly traditional in design, but I removed the bridge, and sanded off all the paint before revamping it. It doesn't play well, but it does play well enough.

Also in that spirit, I wrote the song "Deed of Sparrowhawk" about the book. It is a song that I would like to dedicate it to the memory of the person I knew as Betty-O.

... and here's the video...