Monday, October 18, 2010

Britt Daley

I had just finished up a Doctor Sketchy's drawing session at Tatame Sake Lounge (223 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park.) As I packed up my supplies, a woman walked in carrying various band equipment. After she leaned the equipment against the wall, she stood in the doorway. I recognized her, but I couldn't place her in a recognizable context. I must have been staring because she finally pointed to me and said, "We met at Evan and Christy Miga's house. The light bulb flickered on. Her name is Britt Daley and she helped Evan out by singing backup vocals for the hilarious, Dog Powered Robot.

She and her drummer Scott Christy began setting up on the small Tatame stage. I threw my backpack over my shoulder and started for the door. I planned to sketch at Tanqueray's where Kaleigh Baker was performing. Britt caught me and said, "Your not leaving are you? You haven't seen me perform." I told he I had been sketching when she was interviewed on Orange TV. Then I agreed to stay and watch one set. Britt has been writing songs for years. Many deal with heart ache and not being able to let go. Her voice is silky smooth and the songs left me quietly sad. She shouted out, "I am dedicating this song to Christina, it is called 'It's Too Late'." This song about a couple at a crossroads left me truly sad, there was only a faint quiver of hope that could only be found in the harmony itself. I was caught off guard. I didn't expect to find original music with this much emotional depth to be sung in a small sake bar. I was struck to the core.

Between sets, James, the guitar player and drummer, sat next to me. He checked out the sketch and I explained that I didn't have the time to get him in the sketch yet. He assured me that they would perform again. As "Sunlight in Her Hair" performed, I took the time to add color washes in the background. When Britt Daley took to the stage again, she noticed me sketching. She asked, "Are you sketching us?" When I nodded my head, she turned to the audience and said with childish delight, "Thor is sketching us!" Then she turned to me and said, "I want to see that when I get off stage." The second set was just as good as the first. I felt emotionally drained when the sketch was complete. I did show her the sketch before I left, and she seemed pleased. I asked her for her cards, so I could learn more about her music. Listen to her songs online, you will be glad you did.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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