Here is my only experience with someone’s discography:
Some years ago I heard a song that rambled on and on and was quite charming and a little sad. They didn’t give the title of the song, but I knew it was Rosemary Clooney singing toward the latter part of her career because she used a distinctive singing/talking style as she got older.
Years went by and full discographies of artists started to be posted on the Internet. I figured the song was recorded around 1987-1998, but I thought it was on a live album, because the radio instance was live. I looked and looked with no luck. In February 2014 I sent an e-mail to the jazz radio station in Toronto and asked them. All I could remember was mention of baseball and hot dogs. They thought I was referring to the Nat King Cole hit Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer but I knew it was something else.
Four months went by and I said to myself “Darn, I have to try and find this song no matter how long it takes me.” So I went through every album during those years on Rosemary Clooney’s discography. I skipped the standards, and when I found a song that seemed likely, I would listen to the preview on iTunes. I finally found it early last summer and bought the track at iTunes!
It’s a song written by Dave Frishberg called Dear Departed Past, and was on the Demi-Centennial album from 1995. Once I found out I wrote back to the radio station to inform them and one of the hosts (David Basskin at Jazz FM 91, yay!) played the Dave Frishberg version from his own collection for me. Now that’s satisfaction.
When I saw the word “discography” in the dictionary and put it on my Sketch 52 list, I was reminded of this incident so chose to try a portrait of Rosemary Clooney. Try being the operative word, ha-ha. I shall try to practice more and improve my portrait skills.
I decided that I like using the Stonehenge paper for graphite. I have a couple of large pieces of it in three colours left over from making a handmade journal. I will probably try it again when I do a portrait practice.
I used my Staedtler Flexible Curve, left over from a long ago drafting course, to put the curves in for the text. It’s a handy tool to have around.
Materials I used:
Staedtler 2H pencil
Faber-Castell HB and 4B pencils
Black Micron and black Faber-Castell Pitt pens
Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencil (Red-Violet #194)
Stonehenge paper in Fawn colour
Canson Mi-Teintes paper in Burgundy for photo corners