After working through early rock and roll and then the Beatles, Tim Buckley, Laura Nyro and James Taylor, I started above painting (still in process) while listening to the "Songs of Leonard Cohen," released December 27, 1967. I had forgotten how much darkness and bitterness and alienation there is in many of those songs. My selective memory had embraced the tender moments and blocked out everything else. I was 18 years old when that album was released. My recollection is that Richard introduced the album to me, and that we listened to it in the months before he was drafted in spring of 1969.
Thank you, blog friends, for your continuing comments. I hope to be more conversational soon. My life is unusually full right now.
(Hmmmm .... the video of my painting in process appears to be uploaded, but when I publish there is a white space where the video should be)
(Update: Now I can see the video)