BIG JOE IN CHICAGO FOR BREAKFAST
I discovered Big Joe Williams in the Fall of 2010 in a random image search—I believe searching "worn." This led me to the Jazz Record Mart which has one of his 9-string acoustic guitars on display. That random search found me a favorite Chicago hangout and a new favorite musician.
What I like so much about art and music is the unspoken nature of it. We have gut reactions to paintings and music. Certainly we can grow to appreciate something, but it's rare to find something that you just like—you don't know why, it just makes sense to you. It's almost a basic animal instinct.
Big Joe's guitar is what got me. That guitar captivated me. It's a work of art, that tells the story of a man living a hard life and making due with what he has around him. But, it doesn't stop there—it makes music too!
This falls into my theme of musicians, breakfast, and remote places. I imagine him here, playing guitar and eating some eggs in the back room of the old Jazz Record Mart store.