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July 03, 2012


Bob Rollins

Just a note about Munch's 'Ashes'. In session five Nigel mentioned that one description indicated that the trees were burning (though I really couldn't see that in the versions in the Tate Modern exhibition). This put me in mind of a forest fire though and I recalled the lyrics of the song 'Forest Fire' by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions (apologies to those too young to recall the 1984 album 'Rattlensakes'). Lyrics include the lines

"There's a forest fire every time we get together
If we get caught in this wind then we could burn the ocean
If we get caught in this scene we're gonna be undone
It's just a simple metaphor, it's for a burning love
Don't it make you smile like a forest fire"

One of my favourite tracks and one I've used in teaching ... kicking myself that I'd forgotten about it in the session.

or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSVDJwnrQKI

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