Thursday, October 16, 2008
Rock n Roll Will Never Die:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Out of the Blue
Halloween, and Dias de los Muertos, both popular with skeletons, are coming up, and those of us with the expansive capacity, (or luxury) to see the humorous edge of mortality, enjoy a little spooking.
We're planning a big celebration of Dias de los Muertos here at our public library, hoping to encourage everyone in our community to learn some Spanish or English, and enjoy the enriching presence of our Spanish-speaking residents and visitors. In a moment of insanity, I also agreed to make something for the Dias de los Muertos celebration at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville. As soon as I hung up the phone from that rash move, I began wondering what on earth I could do in such a short time. It was tempting to work on something from "You'll Always Come Back", the family history project. After all, a big part of Dias de los Muertos is remembering and honoring the ancestors, often with gorgeous altars decorated with marigolds and cockscomb. (Both originated in the famous flower gardens of the Aztecs - it is believed that the roots of the modern Dias de los Muertos begin in the ancient days of pre-Hispanic Mexico, and its likely the use of these flowers for that purpose dates to those times.)
But since I've been playing some Rock n Roll-influenced music these days, with Secretsea, my day of the dead musings fixed on a novel phenomena anyone who has lately seen the Rolling Stones may have noticed ~ Rock n Roll, the quintessential music of youth, has gotten way old.
But in the Skeleton World, it retains the same gungho frenzy for eternity. That is the subject of this new painting, which I've titled after a line in another great Rock n Roll old-timer's song - "Rock and Roll Will Never Die" (Neil Young ~ Katherine's fav. When Cathy and I were at Apifera, she mentioned worrying about Neil kicking the bucket. Neil could lead a skeleton band like The Bones easily - his guitar playing has always had a bit of the funereal crunch about it, ("Vampire Blues") or tragic melodicism when it's pretty - ("I've seen the needle and the damage done").
So here' s few images of the painting:
Skeletophiles may also enjoy "Letters From Death" - a webart piece that William & I made of papercut images and (mostly wry) poems about death.