Feb 3 2010

Little Wing (#7)

Well, she’s walking through the clouds,
With a circus mind that’s running wild,
Butterflies and Zebras,
And Moonbeams and fairy tales.
That’s all she ever thinks about.
Riding with the wind.

When I’m sad, she comes to me,
With a thousand smiles she gives to me free.
It’s alright, she says it’s alright,
Take anything you want from me,
Fly on little wing.

This is my take on Little Wing, by Jimi Hendrix. Sting and Stevie Ray Vaughn did good versions too, but it’s hard to top the original.

I love this explanation of the song from Hendrix…

But for the true meaning of “Little Wing,” it’s best to go straight to the horse’s mouth. “ ‘Little Wing’ is like one of these beautiful girls that come around sometimes,” explained Jimi. “You ride into town for the drinks and parties and so forth. You play your gig; it’s the same thing as the olden days. And these beautiful girls come around and really entertain you. You do actually fall in love with them because that’s the only love you can have. It’s not always the physical thing of ‘Oh, there’s one over there…’ It’s not one of those scenes. They actually tell you something. They release different things inside themselves, and then you feel to yourself, ‘Damn, there’s really a responsibility to some of these girls, you know, because they’re the ones that are gonna get screwed.’

“ ‘Little Wing’ was a very sweet girl that came around that gave me her whole life and more if I wanted it. And me with my crazy ass couldn’t get it together, so I’m off here and there and off over there.”

Another all digital piece.

Photo credits:
BackgroundJascha Hoste
ButterflyUlli Rossrucker
ZebrasSias van Schalkwyk
ClownRichard Dudley
Mask - Jack Horst
TextureChristoph van der Bij
TextureStephen Eastop

Feb 3 2010

Odds and ends

I’ve been working on a few pieces at once. No real reason, other than I tend to get bored with one, or stuck. I’ve been keeping with the song lyrics theme. The two I’ve been working on are one based off of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, and one off of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing (which Sting did a cover of also). Little Wing will probably be done first.

On a completely unrelated (yet kind of related) note, I’ve been seeing previews for the new Tim Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland, with Johnny Depp. It looks like it’s going to be fantastic. Especially with Danny Elfman doing the score…

I love Tim Burton’s movies. These sorts of films inspire me. And Danny Elfman is in my mind one of the greatest movie composers ever.