14 Responses to “Allee Willis & The Earth Wind & Fire Connection – 18 x 24 (a painting by Denny)”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’m happy to see another painting exists where I have joined the group who really gave birth to my songwriting career!

    I didn’t have to wear glasses back in the day but when I started writing with EWF was when my sunglasses fetish began. It was the first time I ever had real spending money and I found a pair of frames I loved with see-through colored chunky plastic and bought a few pairs in every color. That began my habit of stocking up on inventory of things I love. Although I eventually sat on all the frames I still have them, many in pieces, because I’m so emotionally attached to that time in my life.

    Of all my pairs of glasses I’ve owned I only had one pair that were square like these.

    I love that I’m looking up at the group though, knowing me, I’m more likely looking up to check that my bangs are all in place.

    I especially love that my arms and hands look like feet and toes, like I’m leaning back and have my legs in the air. Don’t ask.

  2. denny

    That’s right, damn, I should have researched your early pics. Hope you don’t mind the glasses here.

    I won’t ask, I’m leaving that alone.

  3. windupkitty

    Excellent use of symbolism :D What are you talking about?! I LOVe her crazy arms!!!! They kinda don’t look attached to her…I also love the shoulder pads(?) are kinda overlapping…my favorite thing though is your interpretation of north america….i love it’s green eyebrow!

  4. windupkitty

    I know few people, regardless of gender, who survived the 80s without at least one shoulder pad incident….why did it look so cool in the 40s?!!

  5. denny

    I even wore shoulder pads.

    My favorite jacket (and I wish I had the pics) was this little purple number with big, Garbo like shoulder pads. I thought I looked great. I think I got the jacket at Merry Go-Round fashion boutique. Eeeks.

    • windupkitty

      hahahahaha…..the skeletons come out! that’s ok, i had to beg my cousin to lend me her cropped, off the shoulder, fluorescent hot pink sweatshirt which had the word Maniac written across it in white splatter paint….presumably this was some sort of bootleg/reference to flashdance, but if you ask me, it was also meant to describe anyone who would actually wear it in public…..she only let me borrow it once, because it was so special….what a feeling(i am music now) :D

    • windupkitty

      i wish i had a pic, but one does not exist…my cousin remembers the sweatshirt though….i had to jog her memory cause i think she blocked it o save herself the therapy…i will make a promise, though, to post some pics when i get some from my parents….i had “my own” sense of style when i was a kid…the oddest of which was my favorite dresses from Solvang…yep, i liked to dress up like the st pauli girl…guess who got her ass kicked on the playground!!!???!!! :D