Falling or Flying

“…Are we Falling or Flying, Are we Living or Dying, I Guess We’ll Never Know…”

 Sometimes when you find yourself in a particular situation (whether good or bad), it is hard to see it from the outside, hard to determine whether it is really a good thing or a bad thing. Is the glass half full or half empty. It really depends on how you choose to look at it. So many times a situation can seem so discouraging or negative, but something good comes out of it. A learning opportunity, a chance meeting, a new perspective, or a courage you find that you never knew you had. It can be a slow recognition, but eventually, you can see the outcome, or the “light.”


Falling or Flying – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

I created this image to be looked at two ways. Either one of these figures could be either “falling” or “flying.” How do you see them? The stars represent light and hope and the moon is to guide the way.

Not a song from 2013, but one that always produces an image in my head. It was featured in the show Grey’s Anatomy years ago, and I have been thinking about creating it for some time. I discovered Grace Potter a few years ago when I heard her song “Apologies,” an awesome, slow, love ballad. I immediately liked her and was lucky enough to catch her performing here in Columbus, opening up for The Black Crowes. She is so full of energy and such a great songwriter, how can you help but like her?

I hope I can always look at any situation as “flying.” Thanks Grace! Listen Below.  (I couldn’t find a video that was clear enough to really hear, so below is just a link to the song itself).






The One That Got Away

“…I miss the way you wanted me, When I was staying just out of your reach…” Sometimes a courtship is so much better than the relationship. Whether it ends messy and loud, or subtle and sad, sometimes the anticipation of something, just a taste of something, or just the mere thought of something is better than actually having it; especially when it turns into something ugly. And….who better to sing about it than The Civil Wars? Their harmonies, their back and forth, and especially their dynamics mirror the song itself.

I wanted to portray the whole song with this image, but especially the verse:

I got caught up by the chase
And you got high on every little game
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

The One That Got Away - The Civil Wars

The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars

The balloon in the distance is “The One that Got Away,” playing the “game.”  She is caught up by the chase, not noticing the other balloons (the other lovers), past and future. The mist represents how we see a relationship before we are in it. Our reasoning is clouded. The colors I chose – muted, soft, earthy and calm,- all just a bit melancholy, but beautiful, represent how we feel much later, after we have had a chance to reflect.

Such a unique duo. Their voices, their style, their harmonies were so specific. You always know when it is The Civil Wars.  Since I am concentrating on songs or bands that made an impact on me in 2013, I thought it appropriate to do one of theirs since they broke up in 2013. What a disappointment.  So… I thought it would be best to create their song about breaking up. But I am so grateful that THEIR relationship happened (even if it was just musical), and that one or the other of them, didn’t end up being “The One that Got Away.”

Listen below. Thanks Civil Wars…we will miss you!