No.8: “Five String Serenade by Mazzy Star”

“This is my five string serenade

Beneath the water I play

And while I’m playing for you

It could be raining there too.”

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Rhythm by the Bonfire

Feeeeel the rhythm coooming down! 🎵
TITLE: “Rhythm by the Bonfire” 9x12in watercolour . FINISHED!

Early in August the annual Tenrikyo Picnic was held at Kapiolani Park. 

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I was having a fun chat with my friend Yuki-chan, who’s also a creative (she designs nail art), about what I want to do in life.

Out of the blue I blurt out, 

“I WANNA DRAW!”

“Did you say you wanna draw?” someone said behind me.

It’s Big Jay!

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I said “Yeah!” and showed him my travel sketchbook. “You draw everyday?”

“Yup at the bus stop, while waiting for the bus!”

“Ok cool, I’m looking for someone to draw my album for me, do you wanna do that?”

I listened to his song, “Rhythm Going Down” and closed my eyes.

I saw people…some dancing, some just standing around a bonfire. At the beach.

There’s this one girl, who really gets into the groove.

At first I thought I wanted to just show that camaraderie.

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Later on, I looked at it again and felt like something’s missing. It’s so flat.

So I added a backdrop of the sky, the moon and the ocean. I also wanted it to look like, the viewer can join in, too.

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It’s not just the people, but also the ambience of the surroundings –

in Nature, one can also feel the rhythm.

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リズムが流れてる!
題名: 「焚き火の周りに、リズム」22.9x32.5cm #水彩画 完成!

Saturday Siesta ☀️

Today I went to my favorite place in town. 😌

As a warm-up, I  sketched the random people outside the window.

It was a mood for quiet, bittersweet music. After so many years, I remember and wanted to listen to “Looks Like December” by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

‘I still sing te quiero, bolero, our rhymes are so banal.

Oh how I still long for tus besos never more.

Tus besos nunca mas.’

I must’ve listened to it 10 times. To finish drawing Tom Jobim himself.

I played “Flowers in December” next by Mazzy Star because I didn’t want to get tired of the other song. It’s too precious for that.

Immediately I’m captivated by Hope Sandoval. Her eyes are so beautiful, her voice so fitting for the song.

Oh, I just realize they both have ‘December’ in the title! 😲

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Pumunta ako sa paborito kong lugar at nag-siesta. Na-inspire ako ng mga kanta ni Antonio Carlos Jobim at ni Hope Sandoval, pati na rin nung mga naglalakad na tao sa labas ng bintana.
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今日は私がダウンタウンで一番好きなところに行ってゆっくり一日を過ごせました。音楽家のアントニオ•カルロス•ジョビン と ホープ•サンドヴァルの曲や、外での通行中の人にインスパイアされました。

I’ll light the fire, you place the flowers in the vase

Did I mention that I love music too?

I like different genres, but mostly I’m into 60s-70s kind of music. So today I wanna talk about one of my favorite songs from that era, plus lyrics!

“Our House” by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Album: Deja Vu (1970)

Lyrics:
I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me
Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our
I’ll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today

Some background info: I once read that this song was written by Graham Nash while he was living together with Joni Mitchell.

My thoughts:
Ahh this song is so sweet. And simple but in a very good way. It’s light on the instruments with the piano being the most audible, and the harmonies of CS&N are just so soothing and on point. Note that David Crosby is from The Byrds which is another legendary, vocal harmony-centric group, so no suprises there.
It’s whimsical and if you’re looking for something light-hearted to listen to on a quiet night while lying down on your bed, this is it!