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Saturday, March 21, 2020

When we need the color, the music of a "Wonderful World"

"Trees of Green, Red Roses too," today's watercolor, 5 x 7 140 lb. d'Arches cold press paper
These are bleak days in a pandemic when we all need calming color, and music.
After thinking of my bluebird and rainbow paintings, someone asked for the the song from The Wizard of Oz.
That song, those lyrics, sung by Judy Garland, came out in  the bleak days of 1939 of the Depression as the world plunged into a human nightmare of WWII.
Almost 30 years later, in the midst of another bleak human nightmare of a longer war between America and Vietnam in 1967, Louis Armstrong sang some of the same lyrics.
Amid the gloom and doom, the writers and singers  poured forth those words and tunes. Why?
Because. 'Twas not a time for sugar-coating. But amid bleakness, there needed to be color and music and hope.
Here are some of the colorful lyrics from those bleak years. You can look them up on You Tube and hear them.
And thus today's watercolor, "Trees of Green, Red Roses too."

1939--"Well, I see trees of green and red roses too
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Well, I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
...
And I think to myself what a wonderful world."
    --Harold Arien/Yip Harburg.

1967--"I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue
and clouds of white."
  --Bob Thiele 

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