Friday, May 12, 2017


Marilyn Rucker
1.  Who gave you the nickname "Wicked Wit of the West" and what does it mean? 

My friend Steve Brooks, who is a wonderful writer and songwriter, gave me that nickname several years back. We've written a few songs together, including "Let the Men Buy the Beer" and "Snot-Nosed Rag."  I think he meant it kindly, but essentially it means I'm a smart-alecky tart. 

2.  How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?  

"Freaked Out Teenaged Tadpoles" came to me in one big leap when I saw my son running out of his middle school with several friends.  They were running around, bumping into each other and jumping all over the place.  It brought up memories of wading in a creek behind my house as a kid, and having swarms of "almost frogs" come hopping down the creek in the same way.    Since the creek is in the Richardson area, the song seemed to fit the contest.  "We're Like this on Facebook" sums up a lot of the friendships I've found online.  Some of them are more "real" than others.


"Bohemian Gypsy Guitar" by
Richardson artist Tammy Cunningham
This Spring local artist Tammy Cunningham decided to participate in the 2017 Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction, sponsored by Ebby Halliday Realtors.  The pink guitar Tammy is donating to the auction is titled “Bohemian Gypsy Garden,” and believe it or not she only used markers to create the intricate designs. 

A couple of times a week Tammy selected a fine point or ultra-fine point black Sharpie and as she describes, “used the marker to draw freehand what I envision as a peek into a free-spirited gypsy garden.” Look closely and you’ll notice flowers, curled ribbons, and a dragonfly resting in a peaceful place.

The custom guitar will be on display for the public May 19-21, 2017 at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival inside the Eisemann Center.  “I hope that when people see my guitar they feel a flowing, free spirited vibe. I had an image of bohemian flower children, peace and love, lots of music, and I hope they can pick-up that same feel.”