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Music Man by DarthFar Music Man by DarthFar
"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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:iconomnitilly:
Genius. I love his music.
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:icondarthfar:
Yeah, Glenn Miller is awesome. :D
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:iconsteverlfs:
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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:iconealaain:
:iconthumbsupplz::iconthumbsupplz: Glenn Miller is awesome :D great tribute c:
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:icondarthfar:
Thank you very much. :D His "sound" is unmistakable.
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:iconealaain:
You're welcome :D very true :)
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:iconcaleighrg:
Caleighrg 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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:icondarthfar:
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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:iconcaleighrg:
Caleighrg Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    It's amazing, it truly is. :clap:
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:iconravenswolfe:
What a talent he was, he was one of a kind, and his music will live forever.
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