Shipbuilding

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Here’s my most recent painting. It is a continuation on my song and lyrics theme. I was inspired by Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding.” It’s one of my favorite songs – beautiful lyrics and music. The Chet Baker trumpet part gets me every time.

The song is about the contradiction of war – that it brings “prosperity” and loss to the communities dependent on war income.  It’s a diabolical relationship.

“With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls”

-Elvis Costello, Shipbuilding

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