The friend is a musician with ideas of producing his own album. He's good too. Interesting songs that are not rap. Regular traditional style music. He's asked me to help with photographs for a cover and I agreed. I was interested to find out if I could get his tattoos to show. They do, and under the worst lighting imaginable and with ISO cranked way up and conflicting sources of dim light. Just sitting there talking.
Notice the drum, and guitar, and piano keys. He struck a dramatic pose, such as Erté or more accurately like an Egyptian, profile and arm like this except higher and with parallelism, too briefly to photograph, and he asked me, "What does that remind you of?" I answered, "Grace Jones." He suddenly became more animated and said, "Yeah! That's what I'm thinking."
I love this so much. I love every aspect about it. In my view it holds up very well. One time I mentioned this at TOP and my remark was attacked by some fuddy-duddy who believes Edith Piaf' s original is much better, hers is real music, and this is just trash. How rude!
On the album, at the end, I always heard, "La bee on hose, la bee on hose, la bee on hose." And I thought, now see, that's your New Jersey self bashing through. But I was wrong about that too.