My partner Johnny Saffire and I started our duo the Love Lyzardz several years back just talking about our musical interests in his apartment living room. Here we are with a demo out, an original single, and a Beatles cover song on the way. Some of our music takes from the darker side of the 60s/70s music with artists like Jim Morrison. His animal totem the lizard very much resonates with our duo’s spiritual purpose.
The lizard is a creature that is adaptive and can transcend hugely adverse circumstances. We are a duo that has done just that, having faced the difficulties of a modern and almost apocalyptic world, with a message all our own. The lizard has a shrewdness and an introverted character, and that is the spirit the Love Lyzardz embodies, a will to carry on in spite of harsh setbacks and weird tumbles through space and time, and a reflective soul. The lizard is also a symbol of rebirth. When it comes to the lives Johnny and I have lived, tough times always bring forth the seed of regeneration out of the hard ground.
One of the first demo songs “American Doll” mirrors parts of the Doors “The End” in its psychedelic and hard hitting melody, as an American girl struggles to live up to the men in her life who have shaped her world. She goes along, floating through the pink fantasy world that has been built for her and recollecting the struggle to be loved in a procession of men who fall for a woman merely because of her physical beauty.
It is the lizard we hold fast to, the one pitted for a stealthy escape, the ultimate survivalist in a world that shifts every microsecond. What is tilted swingsback the other way, as the music carries on. It is my hope that this art will be the equalizer of the rotating scales.
Here is a painting I did at art camp years ago in NJ. It’s called “Night Rider.” It was inspired by my love for riding horses. I used to ride in the English style at a place called Seaton Hackney Stables with my Mom when I was little. I set it at night because there is something so serene and quiet about being out in the nighttime world. It hangs in my Grandpa Schott’s house in NJ. He is a treasured being, having spent his life being an inventor at Bell Labs and still life painter on the side. He always has helped me out with my various art projects. I used acrylic paints for this piece. I love what a brush dipped in color can bring to the world. Fanciful musings on canvas. Art is love, beauty, and prayer for our souls. Have a blessed weekend fellow artists!