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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Favorite Song of the Day: Garden of Earthly Delights

This weekend my little corner of the world — Rogers Park in Chicago — is hosting the 14th annual "Artists of the Wall" festival. It's one of the highlights of the summer in the neighborhood, as artists of all ages and abilities paint the 500 foot concrete bench that lines the lakefront bikepath at Loyola Park beach. There's good music, fine eats, and a real sense of community as we splash paint on the sittable wall and each other.

I'll be out there in the sunshine trying to execute a design that exemplifies this year's theme: Our Secret Garden. To get myself in the proper mindset, I'm listening to an old favorite by XTC. It's only very loosely connected to garden imagery, but that's ok because it's about living in the moment, which is what I've been doing a lot of lately. It's certainly what I'll be doing tomorrow and, when I'm done painting, the finished product is also likely to be loosely connected to the day's theme.

Garden of Earthly Delights
by Andy Partridge

Kid, stay and snip your cord off. Talk and let your mind loose. Can't all think like Chekov but you'll be ok. Kid is this your first time here? Some can't stand the beauty, so they cut off one ear, but you'll be ok.

Welcome to the Garden of Earthly Delights. Welcome to a billion Arabian nights. This is your life and you do what you want to do. This is your life and you spend it all. This is your life and you do what you want to do; just don't hurt nobody. And the big rewards here, in the Garden of Earthly Delights.

Kid, pick up with another, some will even drop you, but hearts are built like rubber, so you'll be alright. Kid, swallow but believe us, you won't die of boredom, should you have to leave us, it'll be alright.

Welcome to the Garden of Earthly Delights. Welcome to a billion Arabian nights. This is your life and you be what you want to be. This is your life and you try it all. This is your life and you be what you want to be; just don't hurt nobody, less of course they ask you, in the Garden of Earthly Delights.
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