In the Rijksmuseum Challenge the host asks us to be inspired by a painting in the collection to write a new song. Over the years I have invented for myself a sub category of my songs which I would define as "Art Appreciation (or Criticism) in Song"
I have already done "Salome and John the Baptist" - but revisiting the site I was struck by this intense portrait of Van Gogh (pronounced nearer to "Fun Hock" than how English speakers pronounce it. As I found out asking for the way to the "Van Goff" Museum in Amsterdam and meeting lots of blank stares until an old boy said: "Oh you mean "Fun Hock" - I did.
Here's the painting and the song is my comment on it:
(Am) Background waves of an in(G)definite blue
A (F) tsunami about to (E) crash
(Am) Jaunty angled (G) old felt hat
The (F) colour of (E) cigarette (Am) ash
(Am) Brushstrokes hint at a (G) woollen coat
Blue (F) trimming around (E) that
And the (Am) blue beneath his (G) neck
Is that a (F) hint of (E) a cra(Am)vat?
(C) Details galore if you look (G) hard enough
But you (F) have to be a(C)ware
Your eyes are drawn una(G)voidably
To that (F)over(E)powering (Am) stare
His left eye partly a(G)voids your gaze
It (F) seems to hint he's (E) sad
The (Am) right intends to (G) dominate
No (F) wonder (E) he's thought (Am) mad
"Red and green should (G) not be seen"
But that (F) red beard suits those (E) eyes
Like some (Am) ancient Celtic (G) wizard bard
In(F)to our (E) hearts he (Am) spies
BRIDGE (to nowhere)
His (Em) collar hints at the (Am) vicar's cloth
He re(Em)jected for his (Am) art
That (Em) he'd never know how we (Am) value him
It (F) tears my (E) heart a(Am)part