Saturday, August 19, 2017

Desert Wind blows right through me

Desert Wind - Click for Gallery info.
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:

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  1. The way I perceive it, it's my GC (greater consciousness, aka Greater Sea)calling me to the rabbit holes, to the gaps.
    Couldn't get yr youtube link to work but I remember the song and the film.

    1. Sorry the link didn't work but you can search for "Calling You" on YouTube if it's calling you. ;-)

  2. I could get the link to work and appreciate your sharing it -- a lovely reminder of a film I'd forgotten -- and a song that is very haunting.

    I remember the opening sequence of that film, even today -- thanks my friend for the reminder! :)

    1. Funny how some things just stay with you, huh? Glad you enjoyed the memory.