Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

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Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

Post by Lance » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:48 am

He may still be across the pond, but maybe not.
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Re: Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

Post by josé echenique » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:44 pm

Chalkie is always missed.

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Post by maestrob » Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:29 pm

By me as well....

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Post by lennygoran » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:52 pm

maestrob wrote:By me as well....
Add me too! Regards, Len

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Re: Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:49 pm

I think it is safe to say that Chalkie's life has for many months been consumed by the exhibit at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. The show is over now, but there are still follow-ups going on. I don't know how he finds the time to eat, let alone post on CMG. (It was a very pleasant surprise when he joined us in June in NYC for the mini-meet-up.) Like all of you, I hope he will eventually rejoin us as a frequent poster, for in more ways than one we have never known his like, but that will be for him to decide.

For those of you who may not know, Chalkie is a very famous photographer, in particular of pop groups from, I would say, the 70s into the 90s. I read his posts on Facebook and don't know anything about most of the subjects he photographed (because I have always lacked an affinity for pop music), but I flatter myself that I recognize an artistically excellent photo when I see one. Not that he needs my commendation, but Chalkie is rightly proud of his distinguished portfolio.

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Re: Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

Post by Lance » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:35 am

Indeed, he's more famous than people realize. And he does have a marvelous appetite for classical music as well, and collects voraciously. He's picky about his artists, however, which sometimes frustrates us, but each is entitled to his own!

HEY CHALKIE, WHERE ARE YOU? WE MISS YOU!
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Post by karlhenning » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:51 am

Lance wrote:Indeed, he's more famous than people realize.
This is true, and our Chalkie deserves recognition . . . I just read that, and wanted to point out what a curious sentence it in fact is! : )

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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:27 am

Thank you all for your kind words.

As John suggests the Museum Retrospective I spent three years producing has all but consumed my life. There are follow up shows, and it's a lot of work keeping up a non stop Facebook profile.

Musically I have listened to nothing but Jazz since late last year, I can only work to musc, and it's an area I have reasonable but limited knowledge of, now I have improved that substantially.

But, all this came at a cost.

I have been unwell for the last few years following surgery, I never regained my health properly and had to accept a far less arduous life, from a person who worked eighteen hours a day I can barely do four.

The museum show, which I pretty much did single handed, was an enormous task, it was very well received, there were numerous TV programs and a Documentary on my life and work. After 40 years of anonymity (at least attempted anonymity, given my clients and friends) I allowed the BBC to spend seven days filming me for these films, it leaves my legacy with something to explain how I worked, and many of my famous friends participated.

The show was visited by 42,995 people. That's a very large number for Wales, people came from all over the country, they queued up at the doors before the National Museum opened. 25% of those visiting the museum came to my show.

Pulling this off nearly killed me, I suffered chronic sleep deprivation, concentration is incredibly difficult. I manage five posts a week in Facebook but a lot of work, but I needed to promote my show.

Because of this I had to cut out TV, Films, friends, and sadly CMG. I am simply unable to do these things now, I can't concentrate enough.

I'd rather tell the truth than continue to hide away, the success of my show meant a great deal to me because I dedicated it to my late parents, but although I knew I would be tired I had no idea how debilitating and mentally brutal sleep deprivation is.

I hope that one day I can return, but now you all know why I'm not around. I still check the site daily, but have not the strength to write or contribute.

Once again, thank you all at CMG for your friendship, it has always meant the world to me.
Sent via Twitter by @chalkperson

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Post by lennygoran » Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:02 am

Chalkperson wrote:
I hope that one day I can return,
Chalkie may that day come sooner rather than later-get your strength back asap! Regards, Len

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Post by Ricordanza » Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:51 am

lennygoran wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
I hope that one day I can return,
Chalkie may that day come sooner rather than later-get your strength back asap! Regards, Len
My thoughts exactly. Hope to see your posts soon.

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Post by maestrob » Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:44 am

Working only 4 hours/day: I can definitely relate to that! It's why I retired from my Vocal Competition at the tender age of 52--I simply no longer had the strength to continue. Stress will have its way with us, and damn the consequences. I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles, and send good vibes your way every day. Delighted to hear of your success with the show. Please get some much needed rest!

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Post by stenka razin » Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:08 pm

Chalkie, we miss you so much. Please come back here where you belong.


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Re: Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

Post by jserraglio » Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:12 pm

One of my favorite singers talks about Chalkie.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02stzrh

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Post by jbuck919 » Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:13 pm

jserraglio wrote:One of my favorite singers talks about Chalkie.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02stzrh
Chalkie has posted many times about his continuing close friendship with Elvis Costello.

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Post by karlhenning » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:19 pm

Mend, dear Chalkie!

Cheers,
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Re: Where's Chalkie, or am I missing something?

Post by Seán » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:14 am

Dear Chalkie, I am very sorry to read of your health problems, take care of yourself. I have followed you activities on Facebook with great interest, thanks for sharing them with us.

All the best.
Seán
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