Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Music: Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

"Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890, at age 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound." (From Biography.com at http://www.biography.com/people/vincent-van-gogh-9515695#synopsis)

Singer songwriter Don McLean wrote "Vincent" as a tribute to the Dutch painter. The song is also known as "Starry, Starry Night." Van Gogh produced some 900 paintings in ten years. You will see a few of those paintings on the video below that, according to the note on YouTube, was created by someone named James Carter. Others have done similar tributes on YouTube, but I liked this one a little more that the others.


2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Charles, for such a wonderful respite in the middle of this afternoon. The only time I was as moved by the song was when I heard Don Mclean sing it live at St. Anselm college in New Hampshire long long ago. Not only did you provide me with a space for peace, but a wonderful recollection as well.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Joe. So glad you liked this one! I've been waiting for months for van Gogh's birthday to post this one.

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