Sunday, May 02, 2010

Song for a cold windy Sunday



I have just sen an elderly Don Mclean sing this on the Andrew Marr show. Age has not withered...

28 comments:

Sharon Longworth said...

Such a beautiful song - thanks Pat.
It takes me right back to my days in school and my then best friend Susan Postlethwaite. She loved Don Mclean and read Cosmopolitan, at a time when the rest of us were still sighing over David Cassidy and reading Jackie - I thought she was sooooo cool.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Enhanced and evoked Pat... age withers only those who fail to live a full and satisfying life.

Queenie said...

Fabulous song. Thanks for the reminder.

(Word verification: 'anguise' - just one letter out.)

Elisabeth said...

I have always loved Don McLean, too, Pat. the lyrics here always get to me. I'd love to hear his elderly version. Thanks for the reminder.

Leah said...

Lovely.

And I've been looking at your wonderful photos, but got stuck staring at the desserts from a couple of posts ago...

Pat said...

Sharon: does that mean I'm an arrested case of 'cool'? It would be great to be cool just once:)

Jimmy: no withering for you then:)

Queenie: how apt:)

Elisabeth: It will be on BBC eye player if you can get it. They keep it for 7 days I think. The end of Andrew Marr's show - 9am Sunday morning.

Pat said...

Elisabeth: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s9mb3/The_Andrew_Marr_Show_02_05_2010/

Leah: desserts are always a treat for me as normally I have soft fruit and half a hazelnut yoghourt - which is lovely but not exciting. However I'm just under 9 stone - my goal - in spite of the eating out.

Sharon Longworth said...

No doubt about it - you must be, very definitely, cool :)

Eryl Shields said...

I hadn't heard this for aeons, and for some reason it instantly reminded me of a pair of yellow platform clogs I wore to death sometime in the mid '70s.

You are the apotheosis of cool.

Maggie said...

You are cool as is the song. :)

Kim Ayres said...

I do like a bit of Vincent :)

Pat said...

Sharon,Eryl and Maggie: I'm going to happily take your word for it;)

Kim: :)

debra said...

I always liked this song and it's homage to Vincent. sigh...

Gadjo Dilo said...

Ahh, one couldn't make a living writing songs like this these days - it actually means something. Great.

R. Sherman said...

That's a great song from a great album. Of course, my kids think I'm and idiot for singing along, but I played the grooves off that record in the early to mid seventies.

Cheers.

Granny Annie said...

I have not heard this in ages. I have never seen it depicted in such a spectacular manner with the paintings. I cried from first note to last. It was a good cry. It is a beautiful mixture of two artists. Thank you Pat.

Pat said...

Debra, Gadjo, Randall and Grannie Annie: I'd no idea this would resonate with so many of you and I'm so glad I chose it.

Z said...

It doesn't want to load on my extremely slow internet today - everyone in Norfolk must be using it. But if it's Vincent, I heard him too, a couple of weeks ago on Loose Ends. I thought he sounded wonderful, although his voice is going slightly it enhanced it if anything and he still had beautiful phrasing. It was at the time of the grounded planes and he said that, if his band couldn't get over in time for his first concert, he'd be singing and playing solo. The interviewer remarked that the audience would find that an even greater treat - a real (and true) compliment.

Actually, I've been listening to (the younger) Don Mclean on Spotify ever since.

Pat said...

Z: sorry you can't get the video and you're quite right - singing alone accompanying himself on the guitar on The Andrew Marr show was so simple and beautiful it was a joy to hear.

xl said...

This and Leah's latest are bookends for stories of those lives of anguish.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song. And to think he never sold one painting, (except to Theo) in his whole life, YET...He changed the face of Modern Art!
I remember seeing a fantastic small Retrospective of his work at LACMA and being stunned by the breath-taking beauty of his works.
Don McLean understood, didn't he?

Pat said...

xl: how right you are.

Naomi: one hopes he is in a place where he can see how much his work is loved and appreciated. Theo was his brother I think?
Yes Don Mclean must have understood to write the song.

Guyana-Gyal said...

This song is truly beautiful.

Thanks to my brothers, I grew up on Don McLean's songs.

Pat, do you have a camera in my home? :-)
Two weeks ago, I was telling a young Russian girl [who lives in Guyana] the story of Vincent, how he did not really cut off his ear, he had a fight with his friend Gauguin.

Later, I googled Don McLean and found his website, and read about how he wrote that song.

Pat said...

GG: It's so nice to be on the same wave length - keeps me young:)

miss diarist said...

Oh, the memories this brings back! My parents use to play this whilst I pranced around the room pretending to be a ballerina. It was only when I was older that I appreciated the pain and beauty contained within it.

Pat said...

Miis D: I hope they are happy memories.

miss diarist said...

Oh yes, Pat - an indulged little girl putting on concerts for ever patient parents!

Pat said...

Miss D: Happy Days:)