Sunday, 12 November 2017

What's going on?

Hi there.
Thanks for stopping by.

Was listening to some really great music on the way over to meet Mum, Dad, Steve and his girlfriend Sheila for lunch today.
We were singing along in the car, Dave and I. 
Knew every word, and yet.
I hadn’t really ever properly digested the meaning of one song in particular.
Until today, that is.

So I came home and decided to share them with you, 
it being Remembrance Sunday.

All you need is an ABC an ink pad and some paper.

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying.

Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying.

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today.
Father, father
We don't need to escalate.

You see, war is not the answer,
For only love can conquer hate.

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today.

And then there’s the chorus...

Good question.

So I got my little boy out, and pondered.
Stormy, troubled skies.

Let’s use the stamped words as a template to position the words on the same Rainbow River Parchment.

Move them a little if you wish. I did.
Really looks like a war-torn scene through the parchment, 
doesn’t it.
Stamp on the front of the parchment.

There are those black edges again...

Add highlights from behind with a small ball tool on a soft mat.

Mount the word box on white card and add back into the scene.

I remember years ago, when my lad Mark was a teenager, we were talking about war and the insanity of it. Out of nowhere, he said,
“We can’t change history Mum, but hopefully we can learn from it.” From the mouths of babes.
Are we though? Are we learning?

If you have five minutes, listen to this song.

You see, war is not the answer,
For only love can conquer hate.

Love & hugs,


  1. Lovely blog, Barb. As always, makes me think. Love Rachel xxx

  2. Just got back from a 21 day fascinating and educational trip to the Middle East-- Israel ,Egypt , Jordan , the Suez Canal . Wow oh wow what problems they have seen and still face . It's a 3 thousand year old plus .
    When people's hearts chance from hate to love there will be peace . Janice

  3. I do so love your blog!!! Fabulous artwork as usual. Xxx

  4. We must remember but not sure the powers that be are learning. Let's hope one day peace will come for everyone. Xx

  5. Evening bloggy friends, sending love on this cold, sad Sunday. Xx

  6. Stunning artwork & words to make us think !! xx

  7. That song takes me back to my college days :) I didn't realise the significance of the lyrics until I saw them written down. Loved the song even more then. Thank you for the memories... and the art work of course x

  8. So many ordinary people who feel the same; so many, no doubt, who prayed for peace today, yet still the conflict goes on.
    Lovely artwork that also makes us think. Thank you, Jan x

  9. Hi Barb. You were singing in the car, and I was singing along watching the service from the Cenotaph and the ensuing march past. I suddenly thought about how I knew all the words. The Sky Boat Song - yes I knew all the words - I sang them in a school music competition when I was 10 ! (Heck I can still remember the words over 60 years on) and then all the songs like Tipperary etc. That brought back memories of when Mum and Dad were in the British Legion, and reminded me of the Legion Christmas parties, when even the children sang all those songs, and that took me back 65 years or so. I don't supposed we really understood the meaning of all those songs then - we just sang them because everybody did and we all knew the words.

  10. Very thought provoking and true xx

  11. 'Only when the power of love overcomes the love of power, will the World know peace.'
    Jimi Hendrix.

    1. Beautiful and thought provoking quote Dave, I've added it to my book of quotes. Thank you so much for that. SJB.

  12. and it doesn't look like it will change any time soon unfortunately. yes children often surprise me by the depth of their perception, hugs xx

  13. Hi Barbara
    What a beautiful piece of artwork today and a thought provoking blog. It's funny how you sing along to a song you know and rarely stop to really think about the words. The worst f this sound are really poinient aren't they. Take care
    Love Diane xxx

  14. The words certainly have as much meaning today as they did then Barbara and I love your piece of art to go with them. x

  15. Great song, one of my favourites and always 'gets' me, the lyrics are so strong and poignant. Another lovely and very moving piece of artwork too xxx

  16. So true, beautiful art....why don’t we learn? 😰

  17. Love this hadn't thought about these lyrics before

  18. Love the song and have always thought about the seriousness of the lyrics. Your wonderful artwork expresses it perfectly! xxx

  19. Profound words & so relevant today. Your son hits the nail on the head,learn from history, lest we forget. And the card is amazing, luv it. Xx

  20. I never really appreciated the meaning behind the lyrics before, so thank you. My book group are reading "Crossing Qalandiya", which is so thought provoking - it's a series of letters between two young mothers who meet by chance in Geneva. One lives in Palestine, and the other in Israel, and through their friendship and correspondence they appreciate the conflict through one another's eyes and the impact it is having on their children. If you get the chance it's worth reading - just goes to show how important respect, communication and understanding are in the world x

  21. Hello Barb, a great song, and love your artwork. I wonder if we will ever learn. Bx


Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x