Gregory Blackstock

Homemade Sheet Music Re-arrangements
November 21 - December 21, 2013

For decades, Gregory Blackstock has been creating these delightful re-workings of familiar and beloved songs, entirely for his own enjoyment. As an autistic savant, he relies on his prodigious memory of songs heard at the roller rink in his early childhood, learned from records and television, or referenced from his printed accordion music. He reviews the song in his head, before effortlessly changing it to a favorite key, usually a more difficult one.

Blackstock draws the staff, working freehand, with a ruler, or tracing over a copied blank staff, and then adds all musical notations by hand. If the melody has words, no matter how obscure, he will include all verses in precise handwriting. In creating a cover for the music, he exercises his visual creativity, providing relevant information about the song in text or image. Blackstock draws his covers with colored pencils and ink over colored construction papers, sometimes collaging photographs as illustrations.

The exhibition will include over thirty music covers and sheets. As with folded sheet music, the basic size is 11 x 8 1/2 inches and builds out from there depending on the number of sheets required to copy and rearrange a song. As you will see in our exhibition, in some cases the cover is an interesting work of art while in others, the musical staff and notes are very beautiful in their own ways.


BLUE SUEDE SHOES, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus 1 page of music on reverse side
11 x 8.5 inches
SOLD


CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus 1 page of music on reverse side
11 x 8.5 inches
$1,400



CIRIBIRIN, ca. 1985-2005
Text only cover, plus additional 3 pages of music
11 x 25.5 inches
$1,400



DRAGNET'S DANGER AHEAD MARCH, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,700



ELEGIE, ca. 1985-2005
Text only cover, plus additional 4 pages of music
11 x 34 inches
$1,600



FINLANDIA, ca. 1985-2005
Text only cover, plus additional 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,200



GOD BLESS AMERICA, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus additional 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,700




HINKEY-DINKEY PARLEZ-VOUS - TRADITIONAL, ca. 1985-2005
Text only cover, plus additional one page of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,000



I'VE GOT SIXPENCE - A HAPPY WARTIME & SAILOR'S SING-ALONG SONG, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus additional 3 pages of music
11 x 25.5 inches
$1,200



JALOUSIE TANGO, ca. 1985-2005
Text only cover, plus additional 3 pages of music
11 x 25.5 inches
$1,400



JUST WALKING IN THE RAIN, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover, plus additional 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
SOLD



NUTTIN' FER CHRISTMAS, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover, plus additional 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,700



PRETEND, ca. 1985-2005
Text only cover, plus additional 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,200



SALOME VISIONS 7-VEILS SNAKE DANCE, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus additional 4 pages of music
11 x 34 inches
$2,100



SUGARTIME, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text and found photo, plus 3 pages of music
11 x 25.5 inches
$1,800


THE BUS STOP SONG, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus 1 page of music on reverse side
11 x 8.5 inches
$1,400



THE TENNESSEE WALTZ, ca. 1985-2005
Illustrated cover with text, plus 2 pages of music
11 x 17 inches
$1,700

Additional musical work


A MUSICAL REVIEW OF THE MAJOR KEY CHROMATIC SCALE, 2007
Graphite & colored pencil, crayon, permanent marker on paper
12 x 18 inches
$1,800



A MUSICAL REVIEW OF THE MINOR KEY CHROMATIC SCALE, 2007
Graphite & colored pencil on paper
12 x 18 inches
$1,800



AN ORGAN & PIANO MUSICAL ARRANGEMENT OF THE DIMINISHED SEVENTH CHORDS, 2007
Graphite & colored pencil, crayon, permanent marker on paper
12 x 18 inches
$1,800



A COMPLETE MUSICAL REVIEW OF THE AUGMENTED TRIAD CHORDS, 2007
Graphite & colored pencil, crayon, permanent marker on paper
12 x 18 inches
$1,800