Memphis

0668e282fc18d5c734c094b4d00ce009Memphis by Ran Blake

Here is a depiction of a lovely late afternoon where a crowd is gathering, waiting to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One could imagine the presence of Al Green and if looking or listening carefully, we might also depict savage undercurrents of men getting ready to assassinate this majestic man.

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Many people are surprised and intrigued to hear that Ran does his composing in his dreams.  This classic Blake piece is based on a dream where Jean-Paul Plumez is assigned as a photojournalist to cover Dr. Martin Luther King’s appearance in Memphis, coincidentally, the same day of King’s Assassination. “In this version, it’s more the afternoon before the event, where there’s a foretelling of danger, but there’s still some joy and enthusiasm.”