Stephen J. Kalinich & a Painting a Day
One of my social media clients is Stephen Kalinich, who has been friends with my father out in Los Angeles for many many years. I have never met him in person, but have followed stories from my dad, and more recently I've been introduced to his work. His poetry, spoken word, songs that he has written and his art.
When he hired me to manage his social media last year, we spoke on the phone for a good hour, and I explained all of the things that I can share about him, many of which are on his website.
I will pause now and tell you something you might not know just from hearing his name, unless you do a quick "Google"...and I will just insert this blurb from his website:
"The great American poet and lyricist Stephen John Kalinich has been a profound voice of the rock ’n’ roll era for four decades. When Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, two of the most prominent icons in rock history, recorded “A Friend Like You” by Kalinich and Wilson on an album featuring Elton John and Eric Clapton, it was a testament to the lyrical poet at the height of artistic achievement.
An originator of the California sound, Kalinich rose to fame as a young man when he began writing songs with Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys on their Warner Brothers/Reprise record label. During his 30-year collaboration with the group, it became “America’s #1-selling rock band,” according to Billboard. Brian Wilson described Kalinich as a “poetic genius” and credited him with stunning the music world by unleashing Dennis Wilson’s full creative potential."
So. This. is. amazing.
In our discussions, I asked him to send me photos of his artwork, thinking it would add a little fun twist to his social media post. "Please just email them to me as you finish them" I said, so that I can set up an online store to sell pieces and share on social media. a) they are very good b) people want to see them c) people want to buy them.
What I did expect, was that as he completed a painting, he would send them to me via email, with a title, often a poem, dimensions and a price.
What I DID NOT expect, was to receive a new one each day (usually in the middle of the night), sometimes more.
I know that writing every day helps many people express themselves, a daily walk, talk with a friend, meditation, a cup of tea or a glass of wine, are all practices that enlighten our day in different ways. But this man does at least one painting a day, often with a few lines that describe how he feels at the beginning of his day.
It's been eye opening to me, as I have changed the structure of my days, to include daily disciplines, putting paint to paper, juicing a batch of vegetables, taking a walk, or writing.