|"Calling Me Home," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb. paper|
Summer sets in...as the heat rises and memories of summers past flood back.
Several songs capture those moods, and for me, one of them is "The Green Leaves of Summer," by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Weber.
That's probably because I first heard it as a teenager as the theme song to the movie, The Alamo. So romantic, especially for a youngster, a Texas native, reared on the myths and glory of that Texas bastion, even if the battle occurred in a cold springtime.
Now, after reading and aging, I know the John Wayne movie was more myth than reality, and other movies have been more accurate, and less racist. But the song remains, better than the movie, always stirring haunting personal memories, and a memorial for brave men who died.
Thus today's return to watercolor.
To be close to the earth
Now the green leaves of summer
Are calling me home."