This song.

This song, let me tell you of it.

Back in the days of my drug-addled youth I was at a party one Saturday night, sitting on the floor, taking my turn when the joint came around (Hey, anybody else remember “Don’t bogart that joint!”?), when this song came on the stereo.

And I began to hallucinate.

Something I had never done on mere weed.

I closed my eyes and saw a painting of a dinghy tossed on stormy seas. The painting was very dark, mainly dark green. I don’t remember the name of the painting nor the artist, nor whether I saw it in my high school AP English class or in one of my college art history classes. Probably in h.s., because I do remember the instructor telling us how the artist had slapped globs of paint onto the canvas because he was “…not a very good artist”; why would a college-level art history course include what is deemed a mediocre painting? I might contest that judgmental statement now. If the measure of a painting, or any work of art — really — is the effect it has on the viewer/listener/reader, I would argue that the mere fact that I hallucinated this painting years later must mean that it had within it some greatness.

To this day I find this song magical, although (of course!) I no longer hallucinate when hearing it.

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8 Responses to This song.

  1. Carole Julius says:

    Ahhh, Blind Faith. What a great story to go with the song!

  2. kayT says:

    I think that instructor was not a very good instructor because he slapped globs of opinionated stuff on his canvas of students. So there.

    Great story BTW. Took me back!

  3. gayle says:

    I remember this song. And I can certainly understand hallucinating a boat – there’s such a quality of floating on the waves in the instrumentals.
    And shame on that art teacher. Art is art.

  4. =Tamar says:

    My high school art teacher _wanted_ us to slop globs of paint on the canvas. He even took it upon himself to do it on the practically-watercolors oil I was painting. He liked the “palette knife instead of brush” style.

  5. Kat says:

    Great story to accompany a great song!

  6. k says:

    Bass line and lyrics, all that wonderful guitar just . . .obfuscating.

  7. Richard Jensen says:

    Need to read your blog more.

  8. Cathy-Cate says:

    It’s not Monet’s “The Green Wave”, is it? That has some chunky paint! https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437105

    (There’s also a stolen Rembrandt, called something like Christ on a boat, which looks like your description sounds. But I don’t think Rembrandt used paint the way Monet did. I also can’t imagine anyone critiquing Rembrandt in that way!)

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