Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hearing the Light, Seeing the Sound

Photo of a Missouri sunrise on the lake ~
by my old college classmate Jay Beets

When I saw this magical photo,
the words of Michael Nesmith's
equally magical song sprang instantly to mind:

[click song title to see / hear]

Rio
I'm hearing the light from the window,
I'm seeing the sound of the sea,
My feet have come loose from their moorings,
I'm feeling quite wonderfully free.

And I think I will travel to Rio
Using the music for flight,
There's nothing I know of in Rio,
But it's something to do with the night.
It's only a whimsical notion
To fly down to Rio tonight,
And I probably won't fly down to Rio,
But then again, I just might.

There's wings to the thought behind fancy,
There's wings to the thought behind play
And dancing to rhythms of laughter
Makes laughter the rhythm of rain.

So I think I will travel to Rio
Using the music for flight,
There's nothing I know of in Rio,
But it's something to do with the night.
It's only a whimsical notion
To fly down to Rio tonight,
And I probably won't fly down to Rio,
But then again, I just might.

I feel such a sense of well-being,
The problems have come to be solved,
And what I thought was proper for battle
I see now is proper for love.

So I think I will travel to Rio . . .

Reno? Why Reno?
Not Reno, dummy.
Rio, Rio de Janeiro
.

Music & lyrics by Michael Nesmith
from the album From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing
and also featured in Elephant Parts

If you're not familiar with Elephant Parts, Nesmith's wacky collection of comedic sketches and early - day music videos, check it out on netflix and / or amazon. I first watched it in the summer of 1984, when I was visiting my sister Peg and her family in Germany. We couldn't stop laughing then; and, even today, we are still quoting all of our favorite lines . . . just to prove a point!

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Another June sunrise photographed by Jay ~
same horizon, different lighting.

Thanks Jay ~
for the use of your synaesthetic photography!
Northeast Missouri has never looked so good!

1 comment:

  1. Still one of my all-time favorite movies. I think we've shown it to every person who ever spent even one single night at our house. Maybe we should make it a requirement to stay here. Thanks for making me smile again today.

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