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Spokes in My Musical Wheel – Chapter 2

Among the modern day media publicists who specialize in promoting nearly every aspect of our careers, the graphic designer holds an important position in my corner. Gone are the days of mailing out promo packs with a cassette tape and an 8 X 10 glossy in hopes of securing a gig. Today most of us use web sites, electronic press kits, and MP3 downloads as our calling cards.

I recall years ago when I was opening a show for Patty Larkin at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston, Texas, and a rather quirky gal approached me with an offer to spice up my web site. Since she was wearing various computer parts as a necklace, I must admit I was intrigued and took up her offer to see what she had in mind. Stepping into the office of Perri Harper of Zenguin Productions was more like floating into a surreal world not unlike a scene out of Blade Runner centrifuged with Captain Kirk’s Enterprise Command Bridge. I was confident she would capture my personality.

 After some 15 years of working with Perri, I continue to be grateful for her unique approaches to the challenges of designing my web sites, CD artwork, flyers, ads, and posters. Even without Photoshop she solved the never-ending problem of light bouncing off my chrome dome, setting me up for a perfect photo op after my concert at Anderson Fair in Houston. Now that’s an artist!

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About the author

Richard Gilewitz

For over three decades fingerstyle guitarist Richard Gilewitz has charmed audiences with road tales and right-hand wizardry, creating a sparkle of mood mastery and wonderment during each performance. Recognized world wide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard lives up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations and 6 & 12-string gymnastics. As a youngster, Richard Gilewitz embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. With Richard's signature playing style delivering a technical diversity of banjo style picking patterns, classical arpeggios, tapping and harmonics, along with a rhythmic and percussive approach, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert performances and at his annual 2-day GillaCamp Guitar Workshop. Students around the globe also attend Richard's roving GillaCamp Guitar Workshop, a 1 to 4 hour interactive experience that provides players an avenue to renew their love of the guitar. In between touring, Richard conducts private lessons and also teaches students through Skype. Catch Richard's tour schedule at www.richardgilewitz.com

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