Thursday, January 22, 2009

Painted Tile

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I tried for a while to think of a more lyrical title for this post. Painted tile is so utilitarian. It may be completely true, but it's boring, uncreative. Someone out there somewhere got creative and decided that to make their metal gate more interesting by the addition of this hand-painted tile, you'd think I could at least think of a more interesting title.
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Truly I should have insisted to myself on a more lyrical title because tonight my soul is filled to the brim with music, my spirit enriched by an evening spent listening to dear friends weave wonderful harmonies (some in four parts!) in and out of the delicate chords of acoustic guitars, a mandolin, and even a dulcimer. It just doesn't get any better than an evening like this - songs ranging from traditional ballads to tearjerkers from the 60's and 70's to gospel and blues classics to newly-written lyrics and a capella vocals which practically reach out and force your mouth to smile and your body to sway with the rhythm. I am in awe of the gift these people possess, the ability to call down the sounds of the angels and share them with us. Since I am sadly unpossessed of this gift myself, I can only wish that with my camera I can one day reach out to a spot in someone else's soul that seeks the nurturing touch of art and brighten a passing moment in their own lives as music has tonight brightened mine.
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29 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

I like the effect of the sepia here, Robin. The tile is beautiful--this is a lyrical image.

Jientje said...

Beautiful, your words as well as the picture. I could almost hear that music!

Ms. Hays said...

That's really pretty

Neas Nuttiness said...

You brighten my day every time you post!

naliniprasanna said...

The tile is so beautiful! I liked the way the background is blurred!

Rose said...

Oh, that sounds like so much fun! And your sepia tinted photo is nice!

4 Lettre Words said...

Great photo...and I so love the mandolin!!

P.S. The title of your blog is awesome!

anymommy said...

That evening sounds absolutely lovely. You definitely touch me with your photography!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

square pegs:)

dot said...

I love the tile and your writing is very good.

Carletta said...

Love that you left the tile in color to highlight it - lovely!
It sounds like you spent a positively wonderful evening with friends.
'Call down the sound of the angels' - that was lyrical. :)

the daily said...

COOL...

My first entry sepia this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

Annie said...

Love the pop of color in the gate. I would love to have an entrance like that.

nana said...

Very beautiful post! Looks like the tile is captured but is longing to feel free one day.

Maribeth said...

The picture is beautifully done.
The idea of music in my head is beautiful as well.

Janet said...

sometimes, the most obvious is the right way to go :-)

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. Beautiful post.

Anon (my real name!)

Dianne said...

the photo speaks for itself - the title is secondary

I loved your description of your evening - made me smile

maryt/theteach said...

The color of the tile speaks to the wonders of the musical evening your spent with friends, Robin. The color and the sepia complement each other. Happy Sepia Scenes!

Melli said...

GREAT effect! The tile really pops! Beautiful!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Works for me, Robin! The tile is such a pretty one and looks great with sepia tones.

Baila said...

I think the title is perfect. I also like the way the background is blurred. And did you notice that a part of the blue paint on the tile is not filled in (on the upper left side of the "square" flower)?

Jan said...

Robin, I love what you've done with this for Sepia Scenes. I like your title, just fine.

Mojo said...

To borrow from Slim Pickens in Blazing Saddles, "You use yore mouth prettier'n a ..." come to think of it maybe that's a bad reference to use.

I'm glad you were able to get some respite from all that's going on over there -- even if it was only for an evening. I can almost hear it...
"How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man..."


And as for the title? The photo speaks for itself. It doesn't need any more of a title than you gave it.

Kerri said...

What a lovely post! The tile "sings" to me!

MoziEsmé said...

That IS a beautiful photo.

Joanna said...

Oh, but you do touch people's souls, both with your photography and with your words. So beautifully put!

PJ said...

This is one of the most interesting sepias, I love the painted tile nestled in the middle of the sepia frame. The title is perfect.

Lea said...

The title is perfect, it doesn't take away from the photo, which sings Robin...