Drowning in the Blood

Episode 4 of Vaselina Springs, I-X, a multimedia production, conceived by Gary Bolding, with artwork and songs by Bolding; music produced by Gary Bolding and Ed Nicholson.

“Drowning in the Blood”
Bored out of her mind with small town ways and made vulnerable by her depression and disillusionment, Tiffany Ann falls prey to the bad influence of some older girls who have dropped out of high school in pursuit of excitement and easy money. Mary does not approve of Tiffany Ann’s new companions, but she feels powerless to intervene.

Figuring she has nothing to lose, Tiffany turns her back on her Pentecostal upbringing and dances off into the fast life.

That Holy Ghost

Episode 3 of Vaselina Springs, I-X, a multimedia production, conceived by Gary Bolding, with artwork and songs by Bolding; music produced by Gary Bolding and Ed Nicholson.

“That Holy Ghost”

Hypocrisy rears its ugly head in Vaselina Springs.

Tiffany Ann becomes disillusioned and depressed after Brother Lyndon Kane, the charismatic preacher at her family’s church, sexually molests her. Her mother tells her to keep quiet about it.

Tiffany Ann begins to feel disconnected.

Just As I Am

Episode 2 of Vaselina Springs, I-X, a multimedia production, conceived by Gary Bolding, with artwork and songs by Bolding; music produced by Gary Bolding and Ed Nicholson.
“Just As I Am”
Joe Foster comes home from Vietnam in 1969 to a joyful reunion with his high school girlfriend, Mary Lancaster. A month after his return, Mary tells Joe that she is pregnant. They marry and settle down. Tiffany Ann Poole is born on December 24, 1969– eight months to the day after Joe’s return from Vietnam. She weighs 8 pounds, 6 ounces and is 21 inches long at birth. Everyone seems very happy.

In The Beginning

This is the kickoff track of the multimedia project by artist Gary Bolding, “Vaselina Springs and the Arkie DeLeons,” which features paintings and songs by Gary Bolding, with music produced by Gary Bolding and Ed Nicholson. ©2012

Episode 1: In The Beginning
We begin with the story of Eve being created from Adam’s rib. After their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, former golden boy Adam becomes a bitter drunk who refuses to forgive Eve for causing their fall from grace. The third verse details the invention of murder by Cain, one of the sons of Adam and Eve. One generation away from the introduction of the human species, and already we’ve got fratricide. It’s kind of discouraging, isn’t it? Murder as a convenient form of problem solving is a frequent theme in Vaselina Springs.

This song was inspired by the early work of Ricky Nelson and James Burton. Burton is a native son of Shreveport, Louisiana. Located just across the Red River from Shreveport, Bossier City was a place where our protagonist Tiffany Ann Foster frequently danced in nightclubs frequented by airmen from nearby Barksdale Air Force Base. A childhood friend of Little Arkie DeLeon, Tiffany Ann’s life story was the initial inspiration for The Arkie DeLeons in writing Vaselina Springs.