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Portraits hung in empty halls

Posted on 2006.12.30 at 14:28
Current Music: robyn hitchcock on radio hidebound
Starry starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Relatively new blogosphere mate General Catz writes today about Don McLean's American Pie.  The song for me from this record is Starry Starry Night.  Even without knowing anything about what this song is about I fell in love with it.  A few years later I had to read Lust For Life the summer before my junior year in high school.  Of course I had known of Van Gogh before I read the book, but probably nothing more than that he was a painter and the ear thing.  At some point while reading the book I connected the dots and realized who McLean's song was about.

I'm not a huge fan of paintings.  I just don't really get them, but how could one not identify with the life of Van Gogh?

If only everything I had to study in school had a great song to serve as an introduction.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...

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