Thursday, April 3, 2008

The land with the velvet hill (peace will come)

The land with the velvet hill
(detail from The Fortress of Golkonda, 2004;
gouache, oil crayon and acrylic on paper)

Today's theme proposed by Inspire Me Thursday is PEACE - the peace symbol is turning fifty.

I'm not using the peace symbol itself here but make reference to someone who was a symbol of the peace movement of the 1960s and 70s – Melanie. In particular, I'm thinking of her song Peace Will Come whose lyrics are the reason why I chose this painting.

The song seems to focus on the peace inside oneself, yet also establishes a connection to the whole world or even becomes the world. We are all part of it, and it might not be the worst idea for everyone to buy one – a piece of peace.

Peace Will Come

There's a chance peace will come in your life please buy one

Sometimes when I am feeling as big as the land
With the velvet hill in the small of my back
And my hands are playing with sand

And my feet are swimming in all of the waters
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan, according to man

Well sometimes when I am feeling so grand
And I become the world
And the world becomes a man

And my song becomes a part of the river
I cry out to keep me just the way I am
According to plan

According to man, according to plan
According to man, according to plan

There's a chance peace will come
In your life please buy one.

There's a chance peace will come
In my life please buy one.

For sometime when we have reached the end
With the velvet hill in the small of my backs
And our hands are clutching the sand

Will our blood become a part of the river
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan, according to man

There's a chance peace will come
In your life please buy one

(Written by Melanie Safka, song released in 1970)

The following video shows Melanie performing Peace Will Come at the Johnny Cash Show:

6 comments:

Julia said...

O melanie , sweet memories and great art you've made !

Leonard Blumfeld said...

Thank you, Julia!

Yes, Melanie brings back sweet memories, doesn't she?

Rae Trigg said...

Wow. That really does bring back memories. Your artwork is lovely - a wonderful response to the prompt.

winterwood said...

wow - great memories and hope your wishes for peace come true.

winterwood said...

leonard...do you remember Donovan the singer he sang about the universal soldier? Thats about my era in history! protest songs were all the rage back then, and they made poeple aware of things and to protest to invoke changes to society.

carla said...

Thank you for bringing back memories! The lyrics to that soung are so beautiful and right... and your painting is such a lovely and meaningful interpretation.

carla