On Saturday night July 21st three very bright stars appeared that you could take a photo of with a 16 zoom camera.
The paintings of Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh set to Don McLean’s “Starry Starry Night” on YouTube have the lyrics fit the paintings. That is no accident because the song was written about the paintings.
Wikipedia’s song interpretation is uncited bt may be useful.
The song clearly demonstrates a deep-seated admiration for not only the work of Van Gogh, but also for the man himself. The song includes references to his landscape works, in lines such as “sketch the trees and the daffodils” and “morning fields of amber grain” – which describe the amber wheat that features in several paintings. There are also several lines that may allude to Van Gogh’s self-portraits: perhaps in “weathered faces lined in pain / are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand”, McLean is suggesting that Van Gogh may have found some sort of consolation in creating portraits of himself. There is, too, a single line describing Van Gogh’s most famous set of works, Sunflowers. “Flaming flowers that brightly blaze” not only draws on the luminous orange and yellow colours of the painting, but also creates powerful images of the sun itself, flaming and blazing, being contained within the flowers and the painting.
In the first two choruses, McLean pays tribute to Van Gogh by reflecting on his lack of recognition: “They would not listen / they did not know how / perhaps they’ll listen now.” In the final Chorus, McLean says “They would not listen / They’re not listening still / Perhaps they never will.” This is the story of Van Gogh: unrecognised as an artist until after his death. The lyrics suggest that Van Gogh was trying to “set [people] free” with the message in his work. McLean feels that this message was made clear to him: “And now I understand what you tried to say to me,” he sings. Perhaps it is this eventual understanding that inspired McLean to write the song.
There are also references to Van Gogh’s sanity and his suicide. Throughout his life, Van Gogh was plagued with mental disorders, particularly depression. He “suffered for [his] sanity” and eventually “took [his] life as lovers often do.”
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