Friday, August 22, 2008

"Starry, starry night" ... the stars shine over Shenandoah

"Starry Night"
by Vincent Van Gogh

SWAC Husband and I have been on the deck tonight star-gazing. The beauty of living away from city lights is the way the night sky lights up in the dark ... some nights more so than others. Tonight the stars are exceptionally bright.

That 1971 Don McLean song keeps going through my head ...
"Starry, starry night, paint your palette blue and grey, look out on a summer’s day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul ... Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils, catch the breeze and the winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land. Now I understand what you tried to say to me, how you suffered for your sanity, how you tried to set them free ... they would not listen, they did not know how; perhaps they’ll listen now."
McLean reportedly wrote the song about artist Vincent Van Gogh after reading his biography ... the actual title of the song is "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)."

It's late summer in the Shenandoah Valley....

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