By Rudy Madsen
It has always been important to Tonny that he has a separate room for working with music and painting. There is always pedantic clean and tidy and Tonny knows where everything is and should be. Everything has its place.
When Tonny reviews music, it happens after a very determined pattern. At an appropriate time after he has received the music on the CD, he hears the whole CD for the first time. Then he hears the CD through again four times and selected tracks repeatedly. Eventually he writes his review. Although it for the reader can be a very brief description, it is carefully considered and evaluated.
Occasionally, Tonny will have to refrain from the review because the genre is outside the area of where Progplanet has its focus. If the CD is accepted, the music is reviewed whether it will get one or five stars. A few times it has occured that a CD has received zero stars, but that's extreme.
Tonny also paints pictures. Initially, he draws and makes oil painting on canvas. Then a long period only with images created on the computer, but recently he went back to canvas and oil paint.
A funny story of the computer images begins where Tonny was given a used computer with inlaid Photoshop. He then began to make pictures on this computer, without having studied Photoshop and all what this program could do. He opened a blank document and used his not too good computermouse to "paint" the same way as he did on canvas. No layers and effects, just color on color. People who had just a little sense of painting and computer graphics, was stunned by how he could produce images with such simple means. Since then he started using a little more effects and features of Photoshop, but he is still relatively basic and fundamental to his computer.
His own music
Many years back Tonny played music in a band, but after he got tinnitus, he had a hard time playing with others. He still plays music alone and has repeatedly composed and recorded his music. Currently Tonny is not making much music, but the guitar will be taken down from the wall several times a week.
Tonnys true friend and dog is named Enzo. Enzo follows him everywhere on the farm where he lives and is the most patient creature. Whether Tonny is painting, listening to music or do other things, Enzo is watching mostly in a very relaxing way. Approximately every five minutes he goes straight to Tonny and put his big head on his lap or arm and insistently make sounds to make his presence known.