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Merry-Go-Round
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I got a call some weeks ago from Dan Schultz at Scholastic magazine with an idea I couldn't refuse. Not that I'd refuse Dan anyway. I've worked with him often over the years and it's always been a great pleasure. The article is about "school superintendents changing places and districts...constantly moving from one city to another." Dan suggested two concepts, a revolving door or a merry-go-round. I went with the merry-go-round because I thought it would be fun to make my approximation of the beautifully hand carved carousel horses I so loved as a kid. They were the closest thing we had to Michelangelo out in the sticks where I grew up. I spent many a day at Dorney Park and The Great Allentown Fair back in the 60s and 70s and working on this piece brought back wonderful memories of those times.

The Sketch.

pictured: Jack Dale, Andres Alonso, Manny Rivera, Ackerman and Cami Anderson
 The horses are all cut-outs. The figures were created digitally.

 The page from which the first horse was cut.









 After I sent in the initial pass (above) Dan offered some suggestions for changes (below). I was happiest about expanding the size lengthwise so that I could add a roof to the carousel. I thought it was missing that in the original piece and it certainly makes the go 'round more the merrier.
I wasn't sure about the back horse reading against the front horse so it was nice to have a second pair of eyes sort that out for me. The problem was that in my original conception the horses were running side by side. At some point I realized it would make more sense to reverse the back horse to complete the merry go round. Reversing the back horse caused it to blend in with the front horse. Thus Dan's note and the change.




 Two of the recordings I worked to in order to set the mood for this piece.
Coney Island In Stereo- The Thrilling Sounds Of The World's Greatest Amusement Park. (Vinyl lp 1957)
This post is dedicated to the memory of Wild Man Fischer (November 6, 1944 – June 16, 2011)



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