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Archaeology: Déjà Vu

GC Myers- Archaeology: Deja Vu

Archaeology: Deja Vu

If I had ever been here before
I would probably know just what to do
Don’t you?

If I had ever been here before
On another time around the wheel
I would probably know just how to deal
With all of you

And I feel
Like I’ve been here before
Like I’ve been here before

And you know
It makes me wonder
What’s going on
Under the ground

Do you know?
Don’t you wonder
What’s going on
Down under you?

We have all been here before
We have all been here before

We have all been here before
We have all been here before

–David Crosby, Déjà Vu

David Crosby died yesterday at age 81. Lived one of those lives that was probably three or four jammed into one. Probably better to say that with the life he lived, he probably could have died three or four times before yesterday. Hard to overstate his influence. Even if you weren’t a big David Crosby or CSN or CSN&Y or Byrds fan, there is no disputing the distinctive sound and weight of their music. One of the defining voices of the Woodstock era and beyond.

I decided to play one of his songs below, the title track from Déjà Vu, the first album in 1969 from the band newly constituted as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It works out especially well because the new painting at the top is titled Archaeology: Déjà Vu. 

This piece is my first new Archaeology painting in a several years and probably the smallest of the series, coming in at 3″ by 5.” Like the painting from yesterday’s post, this new piece marks a return to watercolor on paper and is headed to the West End Gallery for their annual Little Gems show that opens in February.

I have been itching to get back to this series for a while and thought a piece or two for the Little Gems show would be a good way to begin revisiting the Archaeology series, which first appeared in 2008. I am pleased with this first foray back into the series. For me, it takes a different sort of concentration and approach than my normal work. It works in a different headspace with a different focus which is probably why I drifted away from the series over the years.

I knew it was always there waiting when I wanted to venture back into that space. Now seems like the right time. Doiing this first new piece certainly gave me a feeling of déjà vu. Felt familiar but new. Like the song says- And I feel Like I’ve been here before.

RIP David Crosby. Here’s his song, Déjà Vu.

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