Little Windows

I do enjoy looking out of the dark windows-

Albert Pinkham Ryder Fisherman’s Hut (not dated)

Albert Pinkham Ryder Desdemona (1896)

Freeze Frames

Looking back on the MTV phenomenon, I’d have to say that MTV did to the music industry what texting and email did to the way we communicate with other.

We stopped writing letters, sending postcards some of us stopped speaking in complete sentences. What we had to say was  became a vehicle for quips or emojiis that we sent by computer, later by phone

Music became the backdrop for it’s visual counterpart,

Not that MTV was all bad, but for me if I hated a video, I hated the song. It was 20 odd years before I liked John Mellencamp because it took that long to not see those awful videos when his songs came on.

When I think back on how important- or trendy it became to design songs as a back track for videos I think of the album Freeze Frame by the J Geils Band.

The lyrics painted one frame after another for you to reflect upon and because of this you  didn’t need a tv screen to help you ‘see the music’.

It’s funny to think that I would connect an album that didn’t need outside help to make it “visual  as a soundtrack to the ‘video music generation”, but I do.

I could see it was a rough-cut Tuesday
Slow-motion weekdays stare me down
Her lipstick reflex got me wound
There were no defects to be found
Snapshot image froze without a sound
Thursday mornin’ was a hot flash-factor
Her face still focused in my mind
Test-strip proof-sheet love is hard to find
Friday night, we’ll dance the spotlight grind
Stop-time heart for me if she’s not mine
Freeze-frame, freeze-frame, freeze-frame
Freeze-frame, now freeze
Now I’m lookin’ at a flashback Sunday
Zoom lens feelings just won’t disappear
Close-up darkroom sweet-talk in my ear
Her hot-spot love for me is strong
This freeze-frame moment can’t be wrong
Freeze-frame, freeze-frame, freeze-frame
Freeze-frame, now freeze
Freeze-frame, freeze-frame, freeze-frame
Freeze-frame, now freeze
Freeze-frame, freeze-frame, freeze-frame
Freeze-frame, start to freeze, freeze, freeze
Start to freeze, freeze
Freeze-frame, freeze-frame, freeze-frame
Songwriters: Wolf Peter, Justman Seth. F

Little Windows

I thought it would be nice to look out the window and take in the night.

John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw