Monday, June 30, 2008

Musical Inspiration

I didn't learn how to speak any English until I was about 3 or 4 years old. My parents spoke English because they had been in the U.S. for several years by the time I was born, but, at home, it was Spanish only. Even though I spoke no English, by the time I was two I knew every word to Pink Floyd "The Wall" and the Beatles "White Album"...my parents love music - my father especially, and, my mother had an appreciation for the really good stuff thanks to him. My sister and I still remember the day that our dad brought home his first CD - it was
Dire Straits - and we listened to it over and over again on the machine that looked nothing like a record player.

I still love music - all different kinds. When I take photos I can almost always connect the image to a song that I've heard, that I've loved, that I don't really like, whatever. Almost always I can pick a verse and to me, it relates directly with the moment that I've captured with my camera.

EDIT: My dad has informed me that the first cd he ever brought home was "Sade" "The Sweetest Taboo" :)

I love U2. I don't know any person who doesn't appreciate or feel inspired by their music, their poetry. Both of these images, for different reasons, brought to mind the lyrics and music to "A Man and a Woman". People have different interpretations of the lyrics and for that reason, I think that while these two photos are wildly different, they can both be inspired by the same words.

This image is titled:
"How Can I Hurt When I'm Holding You"

I took this photograph in La Plata, Argentina, near the house where my father grew up and where my grandmother, aunt and uncle, now live. This is one of the few roads in the area that is still unpaved. This couple was holding hands when I saw them and they were coming toward us while we were in the car. I asked my uncle to slow down and I stuck my head out of the sunroof to take the photo. There was something so natural about them, riding bikes down this old dirt road. They weren't talking or anything but there was this comfortable and loving way about them. In the split second that I snapped this image, I thought how lovely and in love they seemed and then when I looked at the image on my screen, the words of this U2 song about life, love and choices, immediately came to my mind.

how can I hurt when I'm holding you?

This image is titled:
"The Only Pain is to Feel Nothing At All"

Sometimes a title for an image just clicks but sometimes I have to really sit with it and think about them. This is a photograph of a reclining Buddha in a temple in Chaing Mai, Thailand. I wasn't even sure if I really liked the image the first time I saw it on my computer screen but the light enchanted me and I played with different light balances to achieve these tones. The more I looked at this photograph, the more I liked it. I started to think about Buddhism and the calm nature of the Thai people and then this verse from this song just came to my mind. This Buddha looks so content and at peace.

the only pain is to feel nothing at all


Lyrics:

Little sister don’t you worry about a thing today
Take the heat from the sun
Little sister
I know that everything is not ok
But you’re like honey on my tongue

True love never can be rent
But only true love can keep beauty innocent

I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman
No I could never take a chance
‘Cos I could never understand
The mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

You can run from love
And if it’s really love it will find you
Catch you by the heel
But you can’t be numb for love
The only pain is to feel nothing at all
How can I hurt when I’m holding you?

I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

And you’re the one, there’s no-one else
You make me want to lose myself
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

Brown eyed girl across the street
On rue Saint Divine
I thought this is the one for me
But she was already mine
You were already mine…

Little sister
I’ve been sleeping in the street again
Like a stray dog
Little sister
I’ve been trying to feel complete again
But you’re gone and so is God

The soul needs beauty for a soul mate
When the soul wants… the soul waits …

No I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

For love and faith and sex and fear
And all the things that keep us here
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

How can I hurt when I’m holding you?