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"What's a matter with you Miller, do you want to live forever?"

- Lt Col Norman Baessell, before boarding the Norseman.

"It was a cold day on 15 December, 1944, when Major Glenn Miller boarded a Noorduyn 'Norseman' C-64 aeroplane. Since joining the war, the great American bandleader's Army Air Force Band had been performing for Allied troops all over England; now he was flying to Paris to make final arrangements to bring his musicians in for a Christmas concert for the Allied troops there.

"Alas, the plane never made it to its destination. Its passengers were never seen again."

- Farlander, The Mysterious Disappearance of Glenn Miller.


Look at that, I'm quoting myself. How egotistical can you get! :rofl:

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mr. Glenn Miller, trombonist, band leader, army major, overall American legend of swing. The man who, in the age of big band music, gave prominence to the reed instruments (rather than the brass ones), giving his band that wholly unique sound that made his music so memorable. And the man whose legendary status was ironically secured by the fact that he just... disappeared without a trace one night. To this day, nobody is absolutely certain what happened.

If you would like to know more about Glenn Miller, feel free to read my Miller articles, published in BBC's H2G2 Edited Guide:

Glenn Miller (1904 - 1944)
The Mysterious Disappearance of Glenn Miller

I think it goes without saying that this is a very personal piece. Miller was, after all, the reason why I took up the trombone in the first place. :)


NOTES

If you squint really hard, you'll see musical notes in the upper portion of the picture. That's the only part of the painting I didn't paint. I actually did that part on Finale Notepad (a music notation/composer programme; I personally prefer GVOX Encore, but... beggars can't be choosers!).

Andes free font from 1001fonts.com.
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ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is a lovely tribute to my favorite band leader. I had the honor of seeing the band perform last summer, and it was such a marvelous experience, because everyone there had such respect for this incredible man after all these years. It shows how much music can affect people, especially his. 
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OmniTilly Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Genius. I love his music.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Yeah, Glenn Miller is awesome. :D
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steverlfs Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
The five greatest popular musicians of the 20th century: Al Jolson, Rudy Vallee, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix... and of course, Glenn Miller!
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Ealaain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz::iconthumbsupplz: Glenn Miller is awesome :D great tribute c:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you very much. :D His "sound" is unmistakable.
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Ealaain Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome :D very true :)
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Caleighrg Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Oh my gosh, why don't you have a DD for this!? Absolutely beautifully done!!!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Well, it's just a montage; it's nothing spectacular. :laughing: But thank you very much; I'm very touched by your opinion of this painting.
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Caleighrg Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    It's amazing, it truly is. :clap:
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ravenswolfe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
What a talent he was, he was one of a kind, and his music will live forever.
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
A great American!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
And a great band leader! :nod:
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x-Silverwing-x Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpoodles-n-greasers:

Hello! :wave:
Your deviation has been submitted to the "Favourite" collection of the group, #Poodles-n-Greasers.

Would you like to add this deviation to the group?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
I would be honoured to have my deviation added to the group. :XD: Sure thing.
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow look at this, another image impregnated with love, and the love certainly shows, Far! I particularly adore the sepia tone (which completely suits the subject giving it a touch of antiquity) and the excellent juxtaposition of the pictures. You have an art with that! I've seen it several times in other pictures of yours and it's a nice technique if it's carried out thoughtfully (or maybe on impulse, mind!)
because it doesn't look crowded and all the planes get the same attention (except the one in the back, in this case! :lol:). And about the man, it's wonderful that for him you started with the trombone! I don't recall anyone in particular who did that for me in the piano but I do know of several major inspirations now. :)
p.s. I tried to squint to see the notes you talked about, but didn't find them. :O
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piano-kun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GLENN MILLER. :love: He and Benny Goodman are at the top of my favorite swing musicians.

Awesome tribute. Ahhh, now I have to go back through my CDs and listen to those good ol' tunes again... :D
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
You're #1! :#1:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Actually, Miller is. But thanks! ;)
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
your welcome.
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HalBaby Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Wow!! Definitely one my faves. You gotta love Glenn Miller, those were the days.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Thanks very much! and yes, there's nobody quite like Glenn Miller, is there? His sound was unique. :)
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get-philosophical Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
I am SO in love with this. The poses are just right...beautifully constructed...I love it.

PS, do you play tenor trombone? I play that and bass trombone XD
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :aww:

And yes, I play tenor. My trombone (the one I drew; I have two, haha) is a large bore Yamaha with F-attachment. I used to play tenor *and* bass trombone back when I was in the symphonic band, although I must profess that, while I rather liked the bass, the bass certainly didn't like *me*. I had a tendency to get my hand clipped every time my slide returned to 1st position. :laughing:
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get-philosophical Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
My hands ALWAYS would get pinched and bruised because of my bass...I have small hands, so just holding onto it was a challenge!! :aww: But yes, I'm not going lie: I will miss being able to make the most glorious pedal tones ever heard to man's ear. ;)

BUT, you are VERY lucky to have an F-Attachment. I'm saving up the money to get a new Yamaha [a YSL-446G] before I move away and leave my symphonic band. I'm still on a "starter" Getzen trombone...no F attachments or anything.

And you think after 6 years of playing, I oughta get a new one :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Ground-shaking pedal notes! :laughing:

I love my F-attachment; it allows me to be terribly lazy. :laughing: The only thing with having a trigger, though, is maintenance: I've forgotten to oil my rotor more than once only to have my trigger jam when I needed it, lol!
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Cyber-Twilight Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
This is just beautiful, I haven't heard of Glen Miller though or his music.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Thank you very much. :D

Glenn Miller was one of the biggest names in American music in the 1930s and 1940s - the swing era - and he's still one of the most famous faces in big band music today. You *might* have heard one or two of his arrangements, even if you didn't know they were by him. Go look him up on YouTube (maybe try "In the Mood"); you may be surprised. ;)
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Cyber-Twilight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Alright, I'll give him a look up.
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KaliPhantom Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. :love: Miller definitely needs more fanart and more appreciation. His swing tunes are the most fun out of anyone's. You've done a fantastic job capturing him here, in every way. :+fav:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Thanks very much! You're a Miller fan, then? Awesome! :D

And yes, his swing arrangements have a definitely unique flavour (you can tell which arrangements are his after only a couple of bars). It's all the woodwinds; I don't think anyone else gave woodwinds such prominence.
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KaliPhantom Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I am indeed. :aww:

Yeah. :nod: It's the woodwinds and way he blends everything together so you get melody over individual instruments until the solos. Nice, fat wall of music. :heart:
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ninereeds-DA Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Very nice. My father was a big Glenn Miller fan, so I grew up listening to his music. This brings back happy memories.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
I'm glad this brought back good memories for you. :)

Thanks very much!
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DSil Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Wonderful! I like the layout you used, and your rendering is flawless. However do you do it?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Thanks very much! If you're talking about the layout, I always handle montages the same way: I find all the pictures I need, resize and cut them up, and paste everything onto just one picture which I will use as a reference photo. [I need to see the composition and the relationship between all the "characters" I use before I start.]

If you're interested in how I paint my pictures, though, I have a very long and (painfully!) detailed walkthrough of my usual process here: [link]

I hope that helps!
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DSil Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow, thanks for the link! It's chock full of info, it may take me some time to peruse. :D
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exceptionally beautiful. :)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Thanks very much, Doug. :)
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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leelastarsky Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is fabulous! I didn't know about Glenn Miller's disappearance!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Thanks very much! :D and yeah, in some ways, you could call Miller the Real American Legend: nobody actually knows when, where or how he died... so in a sense, he never really did.
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Lincsi Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I love it:)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Thank you. :aww:
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ellastasia Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
I love this man...and his music :) Can't get enough of Chattanooga Choo Choo! ;)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
You too? :highfive: There was never a sound quite like Miller's, and there never will be again.
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ellastasia Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
no one's come close, you got that right ;)
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
:wow: this is just gobsmacking amazing Far :clap: i don't know how you do it but i wish i was just a mile behing you :faint: just incredible work
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Thank you very much!

Well, given that you're in the UK, we're more like 7,000 miles apart - although, of course, given that the world is round, neither of us is behind the other. :rofl: In all seriousness, though, you have your own field of speciality (pencilwork) as I do my own, and you certainly excel at it. :nod:
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
:rofl: your most welcome :) and thank you very much too ;)
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