Photographer Shelley Neff captures light on water along the river shore. Truly that light seems intent on spreading her gift to the shore and up the gentle slope to the firs. For the shrubs and grasses all seem aglow, as if electrically charged. But even as we sense this energy of spreading light (it is a cool, cleansing, refreshing feeling), the photograph also conveys a deep sense of hush. It may be that a hidden bird will venture a short whistle. Perhaps a cicada or a cricket will chirp from within the brush. But we will need to bend the ear for it.
Finally, not to let wonderful color schemes go unrecognized, we notice with delight the symmetry of colors in river and sky. Dark purples of clouds find their peers in shadowy patches of the water. The sky’s brighter blues are likewise matched below.
How does the Bill Madison audio track, with it’s fast strumming, finger picking, and assertive vocal, align with our gentle photo? Clearly the music does not choose here to paint the picture in sound. Rather, the music is the story of a man’s relationship to the river. Bill’s lyric describes the lifestyle informed by the river’s tranquility and purity. Here money is of little value. We live simply. We live in harmony with nature and one another.
We glean from Shelly’s keywords that this photo was snapped somewhere in Maine. But this river shore could easily be the Blogger’s hometown Susquehanna River. And perhaps for each of us it could be a place nearby, where we can retreat, at least sometimes, to share in the values of harmony and simplicity so eloquently expressed in the song.
Bill Madison, our feature composer, just released his latest album “ROGUES’ You should check it out.
Buy the CD and take a download of the album free! Check out Bill’s Bandcamp site for details: Bill Madison’s Latest Album on Bandcamp!
Photographer Shelly Neff just makes every photo a little better than the next! We are offering 18 of Shelley’s images as boutique greeting cards. Please click over to the Midisparks Art Shop to view the entire collection.