Denny’s Adventure’s In “Willis Wonderland” – part 11

Submitted by denny July 10th, 2010
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These light up foot stools make me absolutely nuts! I have been on the hunt since seeing these. Who wouldn’t want one of these? I photographed each one so everyone can get a good idea of justt how fabulous these are.

Absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t get to inspect them closely but I am assuming the light bulb gets installed underneath. I can’t stand it, another item that has “me” written all over it.

Allee has even inspired me to look closely at my own fashions with regards to introducing more color into my own life. Yes, please see the next picture.

My new orange Converse sneakers. I can’t really wear orange clothing (it’s a skin tone thing) but I sure can wear orange shoes. It’s about inspiration here.

I think we could all use a little reminder every now and then. This is a piece that sits in the studio.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. James Brown. Note the little picture off to the corner of the 8×10.

I saw this in the studio but didn’t get a chance to ask what this piece is. I had to photograph it at an angle.

I think this print is gorgeous and I have always loved old microphones! From what I remember, I don’t think the man in this picture was able to be identified.

I love this piece that hangs on the doorway to the studio, nothing like being surrounded by kitsch even in the studio.

A trip to one of Allee’s candy bowls. Sugar anyone?

7 Responses to “Denny’s Adventure’s In “Willis Wonderland” – part 11”

  1. Allee Willis

    As far as the inflatable flower stools, I have 10 of them, all different, but only the one in the second photo lights up. I found it on eBay and the person who sold it to me told me her father was a set designer and rigged it specially.

    I hate that the cord is showing in photo number two. I must not have been looking down that day.

    Very happy to be of shoe inspiration.

    I love that you photographed my ‚ÄúDon’t Forget!‚Äù hand. That’s about to be one of my Kitsch O’ the Day blog entries.

    The James Brown autograph is my favorite one that I have. I made him sign this photo, his first publicity shot ever, when we worked together in 1985. I was standing right next to him screaming as he wrote it, especially because before correcting it and writing “I wuv you” he wrote “I wuz you”, even better! That’s also my favorite headline I ever had. That was a photo that appeared in Cashbox Magazine, a music industry trade magazine.

    The ceramic girl is a piece I found an eBay, young black girl kneeling with a Bible in her hand. It meant a lot to me because I found it while I was writing The Color Purple and the girl is not only dressed in purple but reading the Bible and talking to God just like Celie does in the book and musical. The little cat collar and tags were from my cat, Celie, who I found the day I started writing the show with my collaborators, Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray. She was black and completely abused, just like TCP’s Celie. She was very tiny but already 15 years old and had a very loud voice and would actually sing us melodies when we were stuck, some of which remained in the show. She passed away just a few hours before the soundtrack CD was being released when all the world could finally hear her voice.

    The hand tinted photograph of the guy standing behind the CBS mic was part of a series of publicity shots I got of CBS African-American stars. This singer is Al Hibbler who I also have some sheet music from. The piece is pretty large, about 18″ x 28″.

    The status cymbal kills me. It’s an actual cymbal with a handle on it.

    As far as the last photo that’s three types of candy from the various bowls that hold hundreds of different kinds of the sweet stuff.

  2. denny

    The inflatable flower stools still make just bonkers. Those foot stools (I believe) were the first items to make the hair stand on end. I hate to say this, but I hit Ebay everyday looking for them.

    We should all have a “don’t forget” hand.

    That’s right, Al Hibbler. Now I remember, thanks for the reminder. It’s a gorgeous photo and he looks like one happy guy.

    Geezus. Don’t tell me stories like that again. I’m kidding of course but the story behind the little statue makes me love it even more. I wasn’t sure if I should pull it out to photograph. I couldn’t tell what this was when looking down at this angle. Thank you for filling me in on this. It almost brought tears to my eyes. Fantasia, The Color Purple,Allee, Brenda, Stephen, it’s all pretty amazing. Talk about a collaboration.

  3. MyFunCloset

    I made a long visit to a tag sale advertising “50’s modern” today, but didn’t come remotely close to your WW’s decor. I snapped some pictures I’ll be sharing shortly. One was an silver aluminum tree.
    Denny love the bold orange sneakers. Please no orange clothing… that would distract from the shoes.
    Remember, your shoes are the window of your soul … or is that sole.

  4. Nessa

    1.) I too am crazy about those stools! They are great.
    2.) Nice socks, Allee =)
    3.) What a sweet story about your cat and the ceramic figurine.

  5. denny

    Thank you. If it wasn’t for you, I never would have discovered the music of Al Hibbler. I was turned onto him after seeing this gorgeous portrait in your studio.