When doctors told me a few weeks ago that I would never walk again or have the use of my hands, except for one finger which I use to type my blog, I was devastated. I felt sorry myself for a few days, and then as I was checking out FACEBOOK I ran across artist/photographer “Lezlie Sokol”s page and saw this cloud painting of hers that moved me to tears. It made me think about a song I once wrote and reminded me that there is always hope and if you can only lift one finger…you still can point the way!

I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN
Words and Music by Artie Wayne

My back’s against the wall and I’m down to my last dime
I swear I can’t recall when I’ve had a harder climb
But like a rubber ball I’ll bounce back every time…and
I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN
 
I know when I’ve been used like a steppin’ stone
Battered and abused…left out here on my own
But I don’t feel I’m used, only feel I’ve grown more profound…
I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN
 
I’ve had men try and break me…women try and shake me
At times I let ‘em take me for a ride…
But when the fantasy wears thin and reality steps in
You gotta’ go within…’cause there’s nothin’ left outside.

But I’ll rise above the crowds of darkness and despair
And though I see dark clouds I know there’s a sun up there
Drums of courage beating loud and there’s victory in the air
All around…hear the sound…feel the ground…and
I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN.
 

Copyright 2005- Artie Wayne-Wayne Art music  http://artiewayne.com

Painted clouds at the top…photographed, colored, and designed by “Lezlie Sokol”, ~ © 2010 by Gwynn Graphix & Painted Cloud Photography http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1581289451558&set=a.1461857505834.64834.1215335979#!/profile.php?id=1215335979&v=info

EXTRA SPECIAL GOOD NEWS!…AFTER HEARING ABOUT MY PROBLEMS, NUANCE DRAGON VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE SENT ME THEIR TOP OF THE LINE PROGRAM, AND NEXT WEEK THEY’LL HOOK ME UP WITH SOMEONE FROM THEIR COMPANY WHO’LL TEACH ME HOW TO USE IT! http://nuance.com

THANK YOU DRAGON, I PROMISE THAT IN A FEW WEEKS, I’LL BE BACK ON THE BLOG. THANKS TO MY LOYAL READERS AND SUPPORTERS, AND OF COURSE THANKS TO GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY THANKSGIVING! REGARDS, ARTIE

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AND HERE”S THE STORY THAT SHOULD HAVE RUN…”As confetti falls over the newly crowned “American Idol”, Adam Lambert, it’s hard not to become emotional. Not only is his stunning win justified, but his triumph is also a shot in the arm to the entire American Dream!”

I wasn’t very impressed when the “American Idol” competition began this year, and wondered if I would even watch the whole season. Then a few of the singers began to distinguish themselves, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, and Matt Giraud  all  made lasting impressions, but it was Adam Lambert who made watching mandatory!

When you see Adam perform “Tracks Of My Tears”, “Whole Lotta’ Love”, “A Change Is Gonna” Come”, or “No Boundaries” you immediately recognize a “quality” that only a few artists have ever possessed. Every time I see him I’m inspired and remember my own Rock and Roll Dreams!

After spending half of my life in the music business, I named and hosted Genghis Cohen the hot Hollywood restaurant, where I hand-painted clothes, and became known as the Father of Wearable Art.

Having said all that, for all that Adam has given me and the rest of the world, I want to give him a present of the last major piece that I created, before I lost control of my hands due to a spinal operation ten years ago.

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In the pocket I’m going to slip a CD of my latest song, which I’m finishing up for him! http://artiewayne.com/best.html

God Bless Adam Lambert, the true  “American Idol”! The jacket is still yours, man, you deserve it!

And congratulations to the guy who actually won…whatever his name is.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  of ADAM LAMBERT, the TRUE “AMERICAN IDOL” in a better performance than anything he ever did on “American Idol”! Just put up minutes ago it only has 4,000 views on YOUTUBE so far…it could reach 100,000,000 by Memorial Day! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/new-exclusive-video-adam-lambert-performing-live-better-than-any-idol-show/

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

Official American Idol” website http://www.americanidol.com/

For a glimpse of Artie Wayne’s Wearable Art Collection http://www.artiewayne.com/art.html