Normal History Vol. 739: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 40-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

This one’s a toughie. The song, its title, the narrative. The location, the pressure. Potential and beauty. Missed opportunities, distance, expectations, obligation. Realizing too late, from the stage, that this event was a bad idea. Rushed away from the scene by helicopter, wondering if someone had actually died right there, right in front of you or shortly there after. Or when? Flowing scarves, fringy vests and flares. Years later, I’m still not sure what leaving my elderly father in hospital to go and record an album in Miami with Kramer and the Rolling Stones at Altamont have to do with each other, but I’m sure if I kept writing, plausible correlations would surface.

Between Livermore And Tracy” from Empathy For The Evil (Mladys, 2014) (download):