There is a song sung by Jevetta Steele that has haunted me for years. I wasn’t thinking about it this morning when I began this piece but it quickly began to play through my head. The song, “Calling You," comes from the movie “Bagdad Cafe” and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1988.
As I worked on this piece, a range of bright, luscious colors showed up and that’s where I wanted it to go. However, sometimes these things have a mind of their own and a more subdued and almost melancholy palette insisted on getting its own way and also demanded a title that wasn’t what I wanted.
I wonder who’s in charge here?
I also wonder how the brain works. What takes it down these rabbit holes and is there a reason for its venturing into places I don’t seem to have conscious control over? Oh, I could force it into lock step with my druthers but I kind of like these side trips that make me think about things in a different way. I guess that’s part of the fun of art … never knowing where the muse and I are going to wind up.
Who needs drugs anyway?
You can hear the song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk7mCmgzpPE