I liked to play this game where I queue up some paintings on my laptop or phone and decide what song goes the best with them. It’s a spin on an visualization exercise that my creative writing teacher taught us when I was in high school.
Recently I’ve been storing paintings on my Facebook photo albums and playing this game… because, well just because.
I know, ‘just because’ is not a real answer and I’m a writer so I should be able to express this better.
So I will.
I’m looking at a lot of art at the moment because I miss going to art museums and because I work in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington which has been literally turned into a toilet by the homeless population.
On some days, well on a lot of the days I have to clean up used needles, soiled bedding, makeshift tents and human waste from the area around my loading dock. Looking at art moves those images out of my head and replaces it with something brighter, cleaner, lovelier.
Adding music to the images is a challenge because they have to fit and work together so that you can tell a story. It also gives me a chance to forget the less then sparkling conversations that race through my head that I have with myself when I open the dumpster and the smell of the homeless people’s leavings sort of explodes up into the air.
Here are two paintings about hope and love and I’ve chosen a song about these things going sideways but the thing is, the hope is still there in both the song and the images.
I hope you enjoy my little game- give it a try and see where it takes you!