Aug 24 2010

Atmosphere…Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) – #40

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s time to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow, hey, hey

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain ol’ Jane
Told a story about a man who is too afraid to fly so he never did land

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind
Was it everything you wanted to find
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance five-hour phone conversation
The best soy latte that you ever had . . . and me

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back toward the Milky Way

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is Atmosphere. I immediately thought of Drops Of Jupiter, by Train. (side note – some of the comments on the YouTube page are pretty funny. A lot of people saying the song reminds them of their childhood…it came out in 2001!) A good video of the meaning behind the song can be found here. Basically the lead singer of Train had the first part of the song come to him in a dream. The song is about his mother who passed away, and how maybe we all come back – just in another form.

I always thought this was one of the best songs from the modern era of rock/pop music. I think this one will stand the test of time. And the line “Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken” – seriously. That rocks. :)

Photo credits:
GirlLavinia Marin
Atmosphere 1Leonardini
Atmosphere 2Agata Urbaniak
StarsManu Mohan


Aug 9 2010

Teddy Bear Picnic – #39

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev’ry teddy bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
Cause that’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today
You’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;

At six o’clock their mummies and daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little teddy bears.

Way back at the end of last year, I talked about doing digital painting:

This is an idea I started laying out in Photoshop a month or so ago. I thought I would do a series of paintings based on song lyrics, or song titles.

The song, of course, is Teddy Bear Picnic. Maybe this should be my first painting.

So I finally got around to doing a final version of Teddy Bear Picnic. Take a listen to the song link – great version from 1932. Man I’d love to see that full orchestra sound come back. The vibe from those songs reminds me of my grandparents – it seems like it was an interesting time in which to live.

I’ve always liked this song. It’s under the guise of a children’s song, but it’s really a bit spooky. Especially with lines like “If you go down to the woods today, you’d better not go alone. It’s lovely down in the woods today, but safer to stay at home.”


Aug 6 2010

Home By The Sea – #38 (Caged)

Creeping up the blind side, shinning up the wall
stealing through the dark of night
Climbing through a window, stepping to the floor
checking to the left and the right
Picking up the pieces, putting them away
something doesn’t feel quite right

Help me someone, let me out of here
then out of the dark was suddenly heard
“Welcome to the Home by the Sea”

Coming out the woodwork, through the open door
pushing from above and below
Shadows with no substance, in the shape of men
round and down and sideways they go
Adrift without direction, eyes that hold despair
then as one they sigh and they moan

Help us someone, let us out of here
Living here so long undisturbed
dreaming of the time we were free
so many years ago
before the time when we first heard
“Welcome to the Home by the Sea”

Sit down…Sit down
As we relive our lives in what we tell you

Images of sorrow, pictures of delight
things that go to make up a life
Endless days of summer, longer nights of gloom
waiting for the morning light
Scenes of unimportance, photos in a frame
things that go to make up a life

Help us someone, let us out of here
Living here so long undisturbed
dreaming of the time we were free
so many years ago
before the time when we first heard
“Welcome to the Home by the Sea”

Sit down…Sit down
as we relive our lives in what we tell you
let us relive our lives in what we tell you

Sit down…Sit down
Cause you won’t get away
no with us you will stay
for the rest of your days. So sit down
As we relive our lives in what we tell you
Let us relive our lives in what we tell you

I recently got a record player for my birthday. It’s based on an old-time style box one, with speakers built in. But the cool thing about it is you can convert albums to mp3s. You might ask, “Why would you want to do that?” – Simple. I love the pops and crackles that playing an album gives you. It reminds me of being a kid and playing albums.

Which brings us to this piece based on Home By The Sea, by Genesis. It also fits in nicely with this week’s Illustration Friday theme of Caged. I used to love this album when I was in high school, and played it over and over. So now I’m buying albums again of ones I had a long time ago, and sold off when I decided to go to all CDs in the late 80s. Full circle. So I just found the Genesis album at a thrift store for $6. Score!

Photo credits:
SeaLies Meirlaen
Shadows with no substance, in the shape of menTibor Faza
Home By The SeaJascha Hoste