He was known as “The Genius.” He wrote and performed music that transcended genres and brought together people at a time when unity was desperately needed. Ray Charles innovated in music and in life.
We’re not just honoring the late Ray Charles because February is Black History Month, or because he’s one of the greatest influences on music. Ever. But there is something about his style that lends itself to Monday Matchup. Take the groundbreaking song “What’d I Say.” It starts with some Latin influences, gospel, blues, jazz, and controversial vocals — then mixes it all together — and spits out what was to emerge as rock and roll. The best part was that it was born in total spontaneity at the end of a live show. And it’s the way we feel about mixing pens and inks. Small experiments can lead to big things.
Adam, our Fulfillment Team manager, put pen to paper for this imaginative ink portrait of Ray. The Faber-Castell Basic – Black Carbon fountain pen features a carbon fiber body, ergonomic rubber grip, and a stainless steel nib. Shown here in Fine, the pen is also available in Broad, Extra-Fine, and Medium. The Basic accepts standard international cartridges and comes with one included. The pen does not come with a converter, and while it accepts standard international cartridges, the full-size standard international converter is too long to fit inside this pen due to a redesign that occurred around April 2015. The converter that will fit it is the slightly shorter Monteverde Clear Ink converter that’s available for $3.50. Taken together with Montegrappa Black ink, Adam is able to draw out Ray’s passion while rattling off the hits.