ElizabethOSP Posted May 2, 2011 Share Posted May 2, 2011 (edited) I got this obsession and wrote to Mara... "So here’s what I’m after. The idea is Mr. Matt and the Hound Dog. Matt and I are musicians and have been playing together for…let’s see, now…24-1/2 years. I do believe we’re up to 14 guitars between us. I’m sure you’d agree that one can never have too many guitars! Then there’s my keys, but we won’t go there right now. Heh. ANYwaaaay, when Matt sits down with his dobro and has the blues on him, my whole world lights up. I love singing and playing blues, but when the ManThing gets out the Hound Dog and the slide, I keep my mouth shut and listen. I was telling him the other night that when he’s playing dobro, I want to sit him right down on some beat-up, duct-taped, teeny stage in some beat-up bar, get me a lowball glass of Jack Daniels, easy ice, listen to him a spell, and then roll around in the whole “ness” of that scene like a dog on a dead seagull!!!!!!!! Get it ALLLLLL over my body. Know what I mean?" There was a little discussion back and forth, and ultimately here is what I was completely thrilled to find in my inbox. "Hi Elizabeth! I think the scent came out reallllly coool. John loves it, couldn't take his nose away from it. I used Bourbon, Rosewood, Redwood, and a few different Musks. It totally captures the smell of guitar and steel and man. Sexy!" After a wee spell, Mara talked with me about adding another scent note, and sent me some samples to experiment with. We decided that Labdanum would be good. This. Just. Works. It's one of those scents that makes me wonder *what's that good smell?* and it turns out to be me...over and over again. I love that!!! And since it's a b-day present for the ManThing, I need to tell y'all that he thinks it's great! It smells WONDERFUL on him, too--pheroed & non-pheroed. We've got a bottle amped with Charisma. Oh, lordy, how yum does THAT get?!?! Wet in the bottle, there's the initial twang of the metal and wood of the guitar, with the sweetness of musk and booze underneath it. Smear it on your flesh, and it's like sticking your nose in one of the f-holes of the Hound Dog, and taking a big huff...while wearing good musk and holding a glass of bourbon. Then it's like the ManThing is leaning over from the business side of the guitar, with his own good musk and nasty-good smile and his music-eyes on and...well. Then the sweetness and the booze and the woods warm up and bloom and meld. The guitar-smell flirts back and forth with the musks, and the booze kind of sits under it all. You know the smell of an empty glass when you've just downed some bourbon? That ghost of a sweet caramelized kind of thing? That's what I'm talking about. And it helps blend everything. At extreme drydown--we're talking *the next day*--there's still the memory of the whole experience on your skin. Exactly like the afterglow from a good gig. I figured Mara would do something great with this idea. She's a musician *and* a perfumer and she fu**ing NAILED it! There's something inherently sexual in making good art of any sort, and this is a definite part of Mr. Matt and the Hound Dog. I love this perfume. I love that my painting is on the bottle. I love the choice of scent notes. And every time I huff it from Matt's or my skin, I am just floored by the *perfect* evocation of our making music together. Mara, you rock. You just do. Thankyou so much!!! Edited May 2, 2011 by ElizabethOSP Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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