And, I, Pam, starting thinking how it may have seemed I was diminishing your design, and that is NOT what I mean to do. Your description of how it feels to be at his concerts and, even, how it feels for him... with "Cheerfulness keeps breaking through" is the perfect description of your design. Every bit of that is conveyed in it. Without having that description for reference or with having it, the result is beautiful either way. That's why all of the joy that is SOOooooo clear in it ought to become a permanent part of the Files to be appreciated. I think it can done in an 'interactive' way where we could [and, Leonard, too] see each individual photo larger.
For me, it comes down to which of the posters would be the 'best gift for Leonard,' if a gift is something that is more likely to be 'used' [in this case to be hung]. In looking at it that way, I try to imagine Leonard's current home based on photos that I've seen of his others one. The one thing that has been markedly different from the norm is their simplicity and sparseness of decoration and furnishings. I've experienced the difference between receiving a gift that is more right for the person giving it than it really is for me; and receiving one that is completely right for me. I've appreciated both in receiving them, but the latter really took me over the top.
Whether on Hydra or in the monastery... "the windows are small and the walls are almost bare." I look at the way he chooses to dress... simply, elegantly, and in darker colours. Then, I look at his own artwork and the tendencies there, and again there's a lot of sparseness in design. When I think about his songs, there's a lot of symbolism... and, even though Laura's design isn't incorporating 'symbolism' per se, there are symbols in it [the logos ~ or logo, which would be my preference]... and the depictions of Leonard and the band, rather than their faces, and the shaft of light... and on that, yours is an explosion of light and brightness, as the cheerfulness definitely keeps breaking through. Not to mention that he and we are happy that he's still here at 75.
I feel that Leonard would love yours for what [and all] it represents; yet, I still had to choose only one [for me, THAT'S the REAL RUB that creates the dilemma; choosing two is no problem, but choosing one is] and that's where it came down to "WWLD" ~ what would Leonard do... choose for himself, if he were having to make a choice. I just simply feel that the simplicity and treatment in Laura's would end up in his picking up hers... just because it's more 'like' him... or at least more like the 'him' represented across time, over the course of his life of 75 years. It's simple, direct, and dramatic, incorporating both light and darkness, and he is blessed in the light.
I had to choose, Pam. When it's a really difficult choice, I have to start analyzing it from as many perspectives as I can until I finally come to a decision. That's where I ended up last night.
Perhaps, we could give him two posters... one now for his birthday and one later for something else. I don't know, but my decision took time and it wasn't easy, but once it was finally made, I felt that my reasons were right for me.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde