The American Gothic Backstory

January 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

This is just so meta #someta #mindblown

“I realized that all the really good ideas I’d ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa.”– Grant Wood, American Gothic artist.

There is always a backstory to art, music and life. The simple painting above by Grant Wood called “American Gothic” has captured the imagination of Americans since 1930. The farmer was actually a local dentist and the wife was Woods’ sister.  Wood painted the models at separate times. At some point, every element of this work of art has been mined for meaning.

Every film, song, play, startup and company has a backstory that made it what it is today. The parties involved spent days, months and even years developing the final result before releasing it to the world.

I write this to remind myself to pay attention to the details of the backstories that I’m involved in now. For instance, I saw this picture on Facebook this afternoon:

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That’s Bradford Loomis playing his solo act at the Seattle Airport. Bradford is a new friend of mine and is one-half of a band called “The Banner Days” . I asked Bradford and the other half of The Banner Days, Beth Whitney about the backstory behind playing in the airport. Here’s my Facebook chat with them this afternoon:

  • We play there twice a month or so. Now mostly Bradford. I used to as well but am living a bit too far away for it to make sense now on a regular basis.
  • They are pretty selective
  • It’s through a organization called gigs4U
  • We went through pretty extensive background checks and some hoops to be allowed in the gate. They have a roster of musicians. We each play solo sets and also play together when possible.

It’s a unique situation for an act to have a regular gig inside the main terminal of a major international airport. So we are talking about filming a set at the terminal.

I share this story with you to remind you to pay attention to the details of the backstory.

Read more about the story behind American Gothic here.

 

Jim Gray

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Sr. Digital Marketing Strategist at VisionTrust International + Producer at Axis. Married to Sharon. Father of two adults and one high schooler. Colorado Springs, CO is home.