Aug 31 2011

Fireflies – ’11-#20

You would not believe your eyes
If 10 million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
Cause they fill the open air,
And leave teardrops everywhere,you’d think me rude but I would just stand, and stare

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems

Cause I get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they try to teach me how to dance
A foxtrot above my head,
A sock hop beneath my bed,
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems

Leave my door open just a crack
(Please take me away from here)
Cause I feel like such an insomniac
(Please take me away from here)
Why do I tire of counting sheep?
(Please take me away from here)
When I’m far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million fireflies
I’m weird ’cause I hate good-byes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell
(said farewell)
But I’ll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems
(when I fall asleep)

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake (when I’m asleep)
because my dreams are bursting at the seams.

This piece is based on the song Fireflies, by Owl City. (it’s a pretty cool video too – very retro) I thought it was only fitting that I include my kids in the piece, as this song kind of has a child-like feel. Plus my three year old son always sings along to it in the car…if he happens to hear it, he says, “Can you turn this up?” Funny.

All photos in the piece I took – the fireflies are fireworks on the beach in South Haven, Michigan. The kids were looking out at a waterfall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This piece has been in the works for awhile…finally got around to finishing it.


Aug 5 2011

Somewhere Only We Know – ’11-#19

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

So if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
So why don’t we go

This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

Wow, I’ve been away for awhile. You look up, and the summer’s almost gone. (there’s a Doors song in there somewhere…might have to do a piece on that!) So since we last visited I’ve been on an incredible trip to Ireland with my family to retrace our roots. We had an awesome time, and I took over 1200 photos! One of them is the basis for this piece, which is loosely based on the lyrics to Somewhere Only We Know, by Keane. I actually had almost completed this piece, and wasn’t using any song lyrics as inspiration. But then I heard this song on a commercial for the new Winnie The Pooh movie, and thought it fit perfectly.

When I saw this hill and trees (which was on a pathway up to Dundrum Castle…if you open this link there’s a panoramic view…the trees I used are between the Mourne Mountains in the background and the round castle turret) it immediately looked like a place where fairies might live. I took quite a few pictures of this area, and knew one would end up as a piece.

So, I’m way behind if you do a count for the year of pieces – this is number 19. I’ve got some catching up to do! I needed a little time off to recharge the batteries.