The Birthday Playlist
The Birthday Playlist: #21 Welcome Home
This song is dedicated to Sister Alexandria
maybe they were fireflies [text above]
"Welcome Home" is written and performed by Ben Cooper of Radical Face. This was a complex tune for me to interpret and it was one of those accidental Playlist picks. But, now I love it! I think it ended up in my Playlist because of those opening wind chimes.
The photo under the background of the sculpture is of 2015's Blood Moon and I played with using a classic quilt pattern, log cabin, (or wonky log cabin), as a way to lay down the transparent tesserae. I had been reading quilting manuals while I was composing this piece and I thought that using a classic quilt pattern might make the piece feel more at home. The photo in the middle of the heart is of a bird's nest paper mosaic that I made in 5th grade -- my first mosaic!
Here is a snippet of the lyrics:
"Peel the scars from off my back/ I don't need them anymore/ You can throw them out or keep them in your mason jars /I've come home."
The image of the mason jars immediately made me think of only one thing : catching lightening bugs on humid, New England summer nights and putting them in jars (with holes poked into the lids for air), making our own lanterns. In some parts of the country, they call them "fireflies" and that text, "maybe they were fireflies", was my way of interpreting the tune's ambiguity. Or. A Hopeful Spin...
Click on the white sliver below to hear Radical Face sing "Welcome Home".