• Karen Payton

Dear John (Mayer)

Updated: Aug 15

⚡️💀⚡️Dear John,⠀ Thank you for keeping The Dead alive⠀ for singing sweet songs to fill the air⠀ for keeping us dancing in the streets⠀ for playing in the band⠀ may the music never stop ⚡️❤️⠀

Like many other deadheads, I wasn't so thrilled when I heard that John Mayer had joined the band. I only knew he was a pop star with songs they play in the grocery store. It seemed liked an odd choice to me and I just didn't get it.

Then one day I was listening to The Grateful Dead Channel on Sirius and heard his voice during Playing in the Band and I was blown away. It was smooth and beautiful and so unique.

I began to appreciate his contribution to the band and to think about how this music could just live on forever with musicians coming and going - and really isn't that what we all want? I am now so grateful that John has joined. Seeing Dead and Co play has been such a blessing to so many.

It's a big deal to me to choose who I create fabric portraits of. I wasn't sure about this one. It was interesting to dive into a place of pure appreciation and not think about what his image might represent or what people think when they hear his name.

This fabric portrait is made from new and vintage textiles that ave been dyed with fabric paint, stitches and lots of love.

Keep the magic of the music alive in your hippie home with art. This piece is available in prints, posters and other fun items. Check out the shop here

How do you feel about John joining the band? Let me know!

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Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California