Ohhh, now this is a good one. You’re gonna love this recommendation from 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die.
Now playing: “Crayon Angels”
This song was written by Judee Sill, and was released in 1971
Wanna take a minute from your busy day, and listen to some music with me? Great!
Answer these prompts:
HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THIS SONG?
Oh, Judee, Judee. Where have you been all my life?
DID YOU NOTICE ANY LYRICS DURING YOUR FIRST FEW LISTENS OF THIS SONG?
Well, it took me a few tries to be able to listen without a tissue, darn it. When I look at the bigger picture of these lyrics, I think they tell a story of someone who begins innocently, like a child coloring with crayons a little outside the lines, where “nothing’s happened” yet in her life. Then it’s on to mood rings and adolescence, with the loss of that innocence as the “mystic roses died.” The speaker writes of “phony prophets,” and Quintessences sort of explains that these could be the big-wigs of the music business, who took Sill’s gift and made it commercial….and then, of course, failed to protect her when fame didn’t come crashing in (something that still happens to artists today). That is assuming that this song is autobiographical, of course, though I don’t see a reason why it wouldn’t be.
WHAT COLORS OR VISUAL IMAGES DOES THIS SONG CONJURE IN YOUR IMAGINATION?
There are a few things that hurt quite as much as mourning over the ending of our childhoods, am I right? This song is just pure honesty about this. It helps. I think it always helps to talk about these tough things we go through–it helps us remember that we aren’t alone, and also that we are, and somehow that is still beautiful.
DO YOU LIKE THIS SONG?
Absolutely. I had never heard of Sill before reading this book, and I’m so glad to be exploring her work now!
WHICH PART OF YOUR LIFE MIGHT HAVE THIS SONG AS A SOUNDTRACK?
I think this song will forever pop up in my life during those times when I am feeling nostalgic, or when I am thinking back in particular to times when I was a kid–you know, those times when we went through something hard, and we tried, and we made a big ol’ mess, but we were just doing the best we could. And that when we were all little, we may have been so ignorant, but that also made us so innocent. Once, we were all so innocent. Sometimes, I think we are all still just children, trying to see everything in a world that really is quite awfully big. I think that part is very important to remember.
What sort of experiences did you have while listening to this song?
I sure do love hanging out and listening to good music like this.
Source for adventurous listening:
Quintessence. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing. 2015. Print.
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We are not all meant to be the same! Creating book adventures, and discussing the adventures of others, helps to make a rich life experience–one that is only limited by the reach of your imagination! Just start today with a good book, and see where it takes you!