Speak Out, You got to Speak Out
Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 30
The legendary Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (CSNY) can best be described as one of rock music’s earliest super groups. David Crosby (The Byrds), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), Graham Nash (The Hollies) and intermittently Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield) are all members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Known for their folk rock music, their political songs and vocal harmonies have left a powerful impression on many a generation.
While best known for songs like “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”, the political song “Long Time Gone”, written by @thedavidcrosby
is an angry response to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. This emotional piece, continues to span eras. The relativity of this song, in relation to issues of social justice prevail today, something that was of inspiration to me.
As an artist, I believe that aside from inspiring others and creating emotional responses to my work, it is also part of my role to raise societal issues and advocate for key issues facing us today. While originally entitled “Appears to be a Long Time Before the Dawn”, the final painting title seemed more appropriate. With all of the issues facing the world today and the increase we see in senseless violence and racism, it is up to all of us to speak out, speak out and make a difference for a better future for all.
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