Sometimes when I am walking over to the studio in the morning I will have a song stuck in my head. Sometimes it is one that I recently heard, something from the radio. But sometimes it’s one that just springs deeply from the past, something I haven’t thought of in some time. That’s how it was this morning. And thinking of that song linked me to a small painting that I did many years ago.
They just fit together in my mind for some reason.
The song was It Ain’t Necessarily So, the great song sung by the slick drug dealing Sporting Life in George and Ira Gershwin‘s Porgy and Bess. Just a fantastic mix of sound and wordplay.
For some unknown reason, when I hear this song this old piece from over 20 years ago always comes to mind. It’s a piece that I did very quickly, not really knowing what I was trying to paint. It just sort of popped out and I remember calling it Moses( I Supposes). There was something about this piece that I have always liked. Maybe it’s the I-don’t-give-a-damn way way everything in it is painted, from the giant hands down to the giant feet.
It’s just a personal favorite that somehow always springs to mind when I think of this song. Maybe because Moses is mentioned in a verse in the song–
‘Til Ole’ Pharaoh’s daughter
She fished him, she says from dat stream.