Todd's art and music

 In the workshop with a few of my stringed instruments, circa 2010

In the workshop with a few of my stringed instruments, circa 2010

We humans love to make stuff, don't we? I sure do: musical instruments, songs, poetry, photographs, pottery, drawings, web sites, food... I'm happiest when I have at least one creative project underway. I hope you enjoy checking out some of the stuff I've made. If you get a bit of inspiration from this, my work has been worthwhile.

(I also have a facebook page, "Luthipoetic Musicography: Artworks in Convergent Media by Todd Rose", which you can find here.)

A couple of ukuleles I made in the early 2010s:

 Two recordings I made with these ukes:

A guitar completed in 2015:

 Yes, the blue sky background was photo-shopped in. The pics below show what the weather was really like that day.

Yes, the blue sky background was photo-shopped in. The pics below show what the weather was really like that day.

 
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A song, played on a guitar similar to this one:

A new poem (January 2018):
 

On the Ground

at the end of a long day's work, driving home
below a sky stained pink and purple by the retiring sun
i passed under a vast flock of crows

and leaned into the wheel to look up, wide-eyed, through the windshield
i'd never seen so many crows

their flight was not the disciplined V of migrating Canada geese
nor the tight choreography of a starling murmuration

but a great lazy river reaching from horizon to horizon
unhurried, yet flowing purposefully
west to east

tens of thousands of black wings in ripples and waves of free-form rhythm
silent song to the darkening heavens

and me on the ground below
steering my car down Danby Road
to get home for supper

 

A one-of-a-kind instrument I call a zoukulele (with reference to the Irish bouzouki and the ukulele):

 
 

Two recordings made with this instrument:

Some clay drums from the 1990s:

 
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A couple short recordings demonstrating the sound of one of these drums:

Some recordings from a songwriting-with-kids project I did in the late 1990s:

More stuff:

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A song from the mid-1980s:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A rough demo of a new song, played on the white and black (holly and ebony) ukulele pictured near the top of this page:

 
 
 
 A watercolor painting for the logo of  Morningsong Community Service Farm

A watercolor painting for the logo of Morningsong Community Service Farm

Thanks for your interest! I'll be adding more stuff to this page from time to time (a Native American style flute and a gourd ocarina are in the works, a new banjo design is brewing, new songs are simmering on the back burner...), so please come back. And, if you're on facebook, please keep an eye on my facebook page here