The music of Dave Davies and The Kinks keeps me sane. I can't explain it but I owe much of my mental healthiness to them. I went through this huge Kinks phase in high school after hearing 'Lola' and thinking it was the greatest song known to man. I was obsessed and listened to nothing but them for years. Their music is amazing. Ray and Dave are extremely talented songwriters and musicians (did you know that Dave was the one who invented the distorted guitar sound that we all know and love back in the 60's?). Their songs are catchy, inspiring, funny....and they are soooo British. Back when I was a 14 year old and going through what I thought had to be the most difficult time in my life (teenagers are so dramatic), songs like 'Better Things' would help me get through the day. I would drive my boyfriend crazy by playing 'Video Shop' over and over again. I listen to these songs now and memories of my childhood come rushing back to me. Good times, indeed.
For some reason when I think of The Kinks, I divide their music into two categories....old and new. Old is pre-1970 and new is anything after 1970. In high school, I only listened to new Kinks. Sure, I knew lots of the older songs but that type of early rock and roll music just wasn't as appealing to me at the time. Turns out that the fact that I never listened to the older stuff then ended up recently changing my life!
I saw Ray Davies perform 'Waterloo Sunset', one of the older songs, in the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics and thought to myself that it was a great song. It inspired me to buy a compilation of their early hits which I started listening to in my car. This was shortly after the 2012 Olympics last summer and the disc is still in the CD player. I absolutely love it. There are so many great songs on it, but there are two in particular that seriously have changed my life. One is 'Days', which after all this time has finally made me feel better about the death of my parents. The other is 'Death of a Clown', which is such an amazing, fun and catchy song that it inspired me to start listening to all of Dave Davies' solo work. And let me tell you, it is incredible.
So many of Dave's lyrics touch my soul. I have used them in paintings, on several plates in my series, and in my art journals They give me inspiration to be myself ('I'm Not Like Everybody Else"), to open my heart and love again ('Look Through Any Doorway'), to have faith and hope that everything will work out for the best. Oh,I can go on and on!
This plate includes lyrics from Dave's song "Rock Me, Rock You". It's a very personal piece so I won't go into great detail about what the composition means, but I will say that I made two of the exact same plate and the second will be going to a very special friend of mine. I hope these words mean as much to my friend as they do to me!
How great is it that smack dab in the middle of my Dave Davies obsession that he is releasing a new studio album this month and will be touring California in June? I'm telling ya, he's always there when I need him!