“Suzanne takes you down to her place by the river…” (Leonard Cohen)
Jama Ecuador (Manabi Province)
When one of the Ecuador Expat tours visited Casa Loca, someone asked me, “Do you know Leonard Cohen’s song, Suzanne?”
“I do!” I smiled, though I didn’t say that it was often on my painting playlist…
She added, “I just met Suzanne.”
I smiled, reflected on some of the lines and peered at myself through her eyes. She was probably correct!
Although I have many images of the newest ‘driftwood’ projects, I left the USB stick with those images at the house. While using faster internet in town, I am pairing a few new ones with older ones from the archives.
Here are some older photos and a few lines from the song to illustrate her point:
…Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river…
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her…
And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China… (May I substitute flowers from the yard?)
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer…
..Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers…
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror…
(*Back to reality) …The kitchen faucet needed repair, though I suspected that removing the hardware might create larger problems, and getting replacement parts involved an all-day road trip. It seemed easier to run a direct line up the corner-side of the house, along the thatched ramada and into the kitchen sink in authentic farmhouse style. Using various sizes of bamboo, I was able to conceal the line with a decorative solution! The towel rack added a touch of whimsy.
I look forward to showing you more unique treasures found between the garbage and the flowers!
This post works well with the WordPress Daily Prompt: OPENING LINES. Check out other creative uses of the opening lines to songs.
See you again soon, I hope!