am a Western artist (bronze).
www.CraigBergsgaard.com. There are several sub genres inside of western
art, Native, ranch, rodeo, etc. My non-Native area of interest has evolved into
more of a romantic image of the west portraying the free spirit along with the
struggle and hardship that usually accompany independence.
I am 60 years old and grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, so I am asked
constantly "Where does this stuff (ideas) come from". To be honest, until just
recently, I had to ask myself that same question. I am currently in the early
process of producing a book (pictorial) that will put me in a "fantasy" where I
find myself in a 1870s-ish scenario. Upon hearing a Sons of the Pioneers' song
"Cool Water" on the radio the other day, I had what was certainly an Epiphany of
sorts. Immediately, I recalled hearing and playing that song in my childhood
bedroom. Keep in mind, this was 50+ years ago in a struggling household where 7
kids where being raised on a 30 head of dairy cows. There should have been NO
REASON for there being a record album there, much less a device to play it. My
"Epiphany" was clear; that song HAS to be where and when the West was indelibly
scribed into my persona.
I certainly plan to use this story in my "forward" but the words "Each Star's a
Pool of Water" and lyrics on both sides of it are so profoundly appropriate. I
can truly see your grandfather's words being translated literally while at the
very same time painting the struggle and sacrifice the cowboy endured just to
survive in a chosen lifestyle. The lyrics can and do go much deeper than I
perceive but, to me, the desert is our/his life. The "mirage" is the dream of a
better life (could also be a final resting spot) and the "water" being the
nourishment to body and soul to get us there.
My book's "fantasy" will be essentially a "paint the town" experience where I
seek affection from the only source available. The story line will take on more
of an intimate feel similar to the Gus & Lorena relationship in Lonesome Dove,
than a raucous shoot 'em up yarn. To me the "each star is a pool of water"
represents the dreams and aspirations mans' quest for companionship and
fulfillment. It is a great, GREAT song, with profound imagery and message.
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