Sunday All Day Brunch: Art Inspired by Music

by: michelewln

Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:59:13 AM EST



(Cross Posted from Street Prophets)

Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new in you life. Today I thought I'd show how music sometimes influences my art. Often there will be lyrics in a song that causes a picture to pop into my mind. Here are three songs that came about because of music.

I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables

There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

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The Moons A Harsh Mistress
By Jimmy Webb

See her how she flies
Golden sails across the sky
Close enough to touch
But careful if you try
Though she looks as warm as gold
The moon's a harsh mistress
The moon can be so cold

Once the sun did shine
Lord, it felt so fine
The moon a phantom rose
Through the mountains and the pines
And then the darkness fell
And the moon's a harsh mistress
It's so hard to love her well

I fell out of her eyes
I fell out of her heart
I fell down on my face
Yes, I did, and I -- I tripped and I missed my star
God, I fell and I fell alone, I fell alone
And the moon's a harsh mistress

And the sky is made of stone

The moon's a harsh mistress
She's hard to call your own.

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Brave
Josh Groban

Wake up, wake up, the sun cannot wait for long.
Reach out, reach out before it fades away.
You will find the warmth when you surrender.
Smile into the fear and let it play.

You wanna run away, run away and you say that it can't be so.
You wanna look away, look away but you stay cause' it's all so close.
When you stand up and hold out your hand.
In the face of what I don't understand.
My reason to be brave.

Hold on, hold on, so strong, time just carries on.
And all that you thought was wrong is pure again.
You can't hide forever from the thunder.
Look into the storm and feel the rain.

You wanna run away, run away and you say that it can't be so.
You wanna look away, look away but you stay cause' it's all so close.
When you stand up and hold out your hand.
In the face of what I don't understand.
My reason to be brave.

Whoa (x 4)

Go on, go on...

You wanna run away, run away and you say that it can't be so.
You wanna look away, look away but you stay cause' it's all so close.
When you stand up and hold out your hand.
In the face of what I don't understand.
My reason to be brave.

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michele, i used to post the youtube video (2.00 / 5)
of the music i listened to while writing a particular diary. we all have our own distinct reactions to lyrics and music, but i always found it helpful and fascinating when artists revealed their inspiration like you have.

thanks for sharing these, they're beautiful.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


early 80's a painter friend got a bright loft to (2.00 / 4)
Work in and she liked my songs and playing.
She played classical and put a piano in her studio.
Often for hours, without a spoken word between us, she would sketch and paint and I would write, sing and play. Occasionally, she would drift over my way a little, sometimes singing along in harmony, and other sometimes i'd stroll near enough to see how she was working on.
I wrote a real good core of good songs with her piano. She recorded me once in a while to keep a chance to hear things again.
So we always had an extra muse to draw on, and a different medium to react to. Until she moved on to CA.. I helped her sell a painting, once. A newspaper columnist visited her studio for a column and bought one he liked. That was a very long 30 years ago I must say.
When I sing and play, there are always dreamic visions to vaguely watch with my fingers deciding what's the next note and chord and my eyes trying to keep up with what they are doing as my ear conducts them both unbeknownst.

A possible Moose collaborative work? (2.00 / 3)
While neither an artist or musician of any note, the opportunity for collaboration on the Intertoobs has been a fascination now for more than twenty years.

This community is as chock-full of creativity as any I have been part of. It would be interesting to attempt, here, a collaborative creation, music and art and words.

Neither the ultimate organizer or creator, I would love to leave the pseudo helm of such a thing to others. Should anyone choose to accept...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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