Sunday, August 27, 2006

Illustration Friday: Run


We've been through some things together
With trunks of memories still to come
We found things to do in stormy weather
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.

Well, it was back in Blind River in 1962
When I last saw you alive
But we missed that shift on the long decline
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.

Maybe The Beach Boys have got you now
With those waves singing "Caroline No"
Rollin' down that empty ocean road
Gettin' to the surf on time.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.

-Neil Young
, "Long May You Run," 1976

Yup, Mr. Young wrote that song about his '48 Buick Roadmaster hearse, Mort, which he used as his bandmobile in the early days in Canada. Transmission went out, I think. He subsequently got another hearse, dubbed it Mort 2, drove it to L.A., and the rest is music history.

Peace, all of you, and may your run be long.

19 comments:

michael dailey said...

great tribute to mort and his driver

The Tart said...

Woo Hoo fabulous!!!

Peaceful smooch,
The Tart
; *

Robert McLaughlin said...

Love it!

Doug said...

great car... love the grill!

k&r said...

wow! i did not know that this song that i have loved for a long time is about a car! now it takes on new meaning and i love all the puns lol...nice artwork

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IdiotHead said...

I really like this illo. I especially like the chrome effects and the sense of motion of the blurred suroundings. Another great one from Twisselman!
8^)

Amy Zaleski said...

Great song...one of Neil's best. Great job on the perspective and chrome effects here.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

wow great interpretation of the song.. and that added detail was informative. i luv both the Beach Boys (well, mostly in Pet Sounds) and Neil Young. and this is a cool illo all the same! 8D

hartini said...

That's a beautiful car!

tiffinix said...

Good god you sure know how to shade things! Your lighting. . .I don't know it just is awesome. It just works for me. .Wonderful illustration and post!

HARDWAX said...

Beautiful creature-I want one!

Great song- compliments your amazing artwork in the rendering of that fab automobile-love the perspective as well. So excellent!

chippamunkey said...

nice work! I feel like I am about to be run over!

the heartful blogger said...

Wow, fantastic!

dex mission said...

very interesting visual of the. i also like the fact that the car is on a one point perspective. it really comes across strong.

scribblesk said...

A machine with tons of spirit! A rel beaut!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Thanks for the explanation. My dad wanted to buy me a used hearse for my first car... He was an insurance broker and always wanted me to drive big heavy cars. (He'd have loved Hummers!) Then, I think, he realized how well it would work as a "room away from home." Not so good for a hormonal teen, especially a daughter.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Thanks... Am envious of you near Monterey Bay!! Did Blogger send you to Knitting Lessons rather than Journal to A Muse? The first is actually life lessons with a knitting theme; the second is whatever's on my mind... if you can call it that.

Babe in the Woods said...

My dad had a Buick when I was very little. There is a picture somewhere where I am sitting on the fender. When I saw your illo it brought back that image to my mind instantly.

I have to agree with tiffinix you really have created a wonderful piece of art.

Babe:>