Terry Montimore "Holland, 1945"
Acrylic, Ink, Stain on Birch panel
10x20, (14.5 x 24.5 framed)
Well, it was tough, between GBV, The Doors, Echo and the Bunnymen, Iron and Wine, Mojave 3, This Mortal Coil... but I always come back to Neutral Milk Hotel... and Holland, 1945 especially, having such an upbeat song for such dark themes and Mangum's strange, sad poetry strikes me, the mantra of "pick up every piece... just to keep ourselves at least enough to carry on" resonates with me, that we are all broken but we have to keep trudging through and keep moving forward despite the hardships and heart break. Also his ending lyric of "And it's so sad to see the world agree that they'd rather see their faces filled with flies all when I'd want to keep white roses in their eyes" speaks to me on the depressing state of the world as a whole, while trying to remain optimistic. The piece is my translation of these lyrics.