I had a friend once ask me what my all time favorite song was. Wow. That was a great question and he knew that would be hard for me. I think I took a whole year to think about it. I mean, I love music. I love music for the lyrics, I love music for the way it makes me feel~ the emotion it evokes, I love music for the memories it brings. This makes for a lot of music that I LOVE to listen to. Everything, from disco and 80's, to heavy metal and classic rock. Though I spend most of my time in classic rock and singer songwriter.
After lots of pondering, after lots of selections, I kept coming back to this song. Bell Bottom Blues by Derek and the Domino's.
When I finally told my friend, he was surprised. I am sure he thought it would be a Grateful Dead song. "Why?" he asked. And I didn't know.
So here we are, years later, and I saw Erin's music challenge, and it was the perfect opportunity to delve further into this beautiful song, that touches me so deeply everytime I hear it.
What do I love about this song?
I guess I can start here. I am a hopeless romantic. A love at first sight, fighting for true love, romantic. Don't worry, I live in reality, I know life and marriage is not like the movies. I am happy with the REAL man that have. But, back to the song.
I think on the surface we can all realate to wanting something so bad, wanting something, that is gone, or over, but we would do just about anything if we could have one more precious moment, one more moment of that bliss. And then the regret, for not appreciating it when we had it. For not treasuring it, forgivng them, loving like there was no tomorrow.
This song has a passion, and vulnerability that I think we have lost here in the 21st century. We have become autonic, and dis-engaged. This song is pure, heart on the floor, bleeding, pain, but worth every second of it, LOVE. I still get chills everytime I hear this song. EVERYTIME. And that’s a lot of times.
I've had fun really taking to time to dissect why this song moves me the way it does.
Now for what I created. My heart belongs to the 70's (perhaps another reason for loving this song) and I lived most of my years in bell bottoms, whether it was cool or not. When it was't bell bottoms, it was torn up jean shorts for summer. They had history. I wrote on them, sewed patched on them, and each and every pair had a story. So, I am sure, when Eric is crooning, "bell bottom blues" he is imagining his loves behind in her favorite pair of worn out bell bottoms. So all this leads to the need for some denim.
I also wanted to include a heart, and some lyrics. I chose a blood red heart- since he is spilling his heart out, bleeding on the floor........and I chose the lyrics, "bell bottom blues, I don't want to lose this feeling..." because thats really what it is. There is a high when you love someone, they are your drug, and when its over for only them, all you want is that feeling back, that way that only they could make you feel.
So here it is. One of my bronze patina'd hearts in blood red, riveted to a copper backing with the lyrics stamped into the back, and some demin in between them, with xoxo written on it in pen, just like you may find on an old pair of favorite jeans. I chose red ribbon for some highlights, again, the color of passion and bleeding hearts, and blue, for the bell bottoms. I absolutely love how it turned out, and I plan to wear it often!!!! Now I have a piece of jewelry to always remind me of my favorite song.
Thanks to Erin for putting this whole thing together. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this challenge.
Now follow the links to hop along and see what everyone else has been inspired by, and made.