Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Joni and Leonard and Light

As I continued working on my Muskoka morning sunrise painting today, I had my beloved iPod Touch playing.  I think it may be wrong to love an object as much as I love that sweet rectangular music box. There are some days when Shuffle can send you the weirdest, most disconcerting choices (let's say, for instance, the chorus of Hawksley Workman's Addicted as you are driving your daughter somewhere) and others when it can be in absolutely perfect sync with what you are doing. Today was one of those perfect sync days.

As I painted the clouds and the rays of morning sunlight breaking through them, two songs played in succession--first Joni Mitchell's Cotton Avenue:

 A red sun came rolling down a grey sky 
And the frogs and dogs and night birds then 
Started up singing sweet country lullaby... 

And then this one:

The birds they sang 
at the break of day 
Start again 
I heard them say 
Don't dwell on what 
has passed away 
or what is yet to be...

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in.
 (from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)

Oh Leonard, your lyrics and sense of timing are beautiful.

See a video of Leonard Cohen singing Anthem here.


  1. I love these new paintings. Is that the view from the dock? I also like your music advice. My day was more like AC/DC and Motley Crue. Maybe tomorrow I should make a Joni/Leonard playlist for a more calming and productive day! :)

  2. Nancy -- Thanks! I haven't painted landscapes for awhile and I've really enjoyed myself this week. Yes, it is the view from the cottage dock.

    Dear me, I think you definitely need to create a beautiful playlist for tomorrow. Joni, Leonard and I are sending peaceful thoughts your way. :)


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