Lyric by Mitchell Parsons
Fine Art photographer/musician
M. Parsons Productions multimedia project.
David Bowie, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground...
That New York City spirit
From darkness to light.
This past March, Mitchell had the great pleasure of meeting one of his heroes, Mike Garson. A legendary piano/keyboard player and David Bowie collaborator since 1972. They had a great time talking about how much they both miss New York City and of course, David Bowie.
“It’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other peoples’ expectations. They produce their worst work when they do that.”
“If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” - David Bowie
The sunflower has developed unique meanings across the world as it spreads in the modern age, but many cultures share similar views of the flower thanks to its physical characteristics. Some of the most common meanings include:
Stand tall and follow your dreams. Focus on what’s positive in your life and don’t let anyone get you down.
SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THE SUNFLOWER
Sunflower has been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, a love of the sun & sunlight and because it is said to always turn its face to the sun it is considered by some to be a symbol of faith. Some believe that the sunflower represents a constant search for light, or enlightenment.
There are lots of variations on the Greek Myth Origin Story about the Sunflower. This is the Greek Myth of Clytie (also Clytia) which supposedly tells how the sunflower came into existence.
Clytie, the water nymph, was in love with Apollo, the Sun God. She would stare up at Apollo, hoping he would glance her way. But Apollo was in love with someone else and never did favor Clytie with his gaze. When Clytie realised that Apollo was never going to return her love, she sank into a depression and would not eat or drink for nine days but just stare with sorrow at her unrequited love. The other Gods felt sorry for Clytie and they transformed her into a beautiful sunflower which always followed the path of the sun. Note: In the 3rd century BC, Apollo became known as and referred to as ‘Apollo Helios.’
From Darkness to Light