Saturday, November 22, 2008


Vincent, a track from the album American Pie, is a beautiful ballad about the life and death of Vincent van Gogh. The lyrics may very well be the most poetic ever penned for a rock/pop song, evoking several of van Gogh's masterpieces: "Starry, starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze, swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue - Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain, weathered faces lined in pain are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand". If memory serves me correctly, this song made the number one spot the very first time I made an all-time favourites list back in 1973.
The idea to make a video with images of Vincent van Gogh to support the music by Don McLean came to me today - and of course, it turned out that there was already a version like that on YouTube.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)