July 29, 2008 Peter

Peter Gabriel and Solsbury Hill

Peter Gabriel

View from Solsbury Hill

I paid my .99 for Peter Gabriel’s song, Solsbury HIll. To be honest, I don’t even know where Solsbury Hill was although I did find this image on Google Images. In all fairness I am a photographer and respect copyrights from other photographers but I could not find the name of the photographer for this shot. Anyway I did find some information on it on Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, It is a small hill “above the village of Batheaston in Somerset, England.” In addition you can get a good look of the city of Bath. I wonder if that was the city light he was speaking about. Just like everyone else, it makes me think that I should take a trip over to the mother land to catch a view. The only thing that I am worried about are those who thought it might be a good idea to sing, “Solsbury Hill while there.” Please remember Life lesson #981: Just because you really like the song does not mean you should sing it in public.

Maybe its because I like things to be up front without threat of misinterpretation that I don’t really understand a lot of songs. Although maybe this is why I like Dave Matthews. He writes stories that are straight forward but cut to the chase and tells a story that points to the heart of the matter.

There was one lyric that really got my attention and that was, ” Just had to trust imagination.” It made me think about my life as a photographer. I get the opportunity to use my imagination to help tell others’ story about their lives coming together. I tend to think about the shot that I am looking for before I shoot it.

You can see me do this at reception. You see, I watch people interact with each other. Humans don’t like change very much and if they react a certain way then there is a good chance that they will do it again. So I wait for it. I imagine what they are about to do and look around to frame the shot. Once I think that my imagination is about to come about I take the shot.

Another thing it got me thinking what about “imagination” is the life of photographing people and getting paid for it. Couple invite me to be their trusted personal paparazzi for the day. No one else gets this opportunity. Oh, there may be those that would like to but I’m the one responsible for getting shots that they will have for the rest of their lives together and generations that will see them. What a life to live to have this opportunity! Well here are some resources you might be interested in

Peter also an activist for human rights. Take a look at the site: http://www.solsburyhill.org/

Here are the lyrics I found on www.lyricsfreak.com Any Ideas about what you think the song is about.

Climbing up on solsbury hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night

He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
I had to listen had no choice

I did not believe the information
Just had to trust imagination
My heart was going boom boom, boom
Son, he said, grab your things, Ive come to take you home.

To keeping silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut

So I went from day to day
Tho my life was in a rut
till I thought of what Id say
Which connection I should cut

I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart was going boom boom boom
Hey, he said, grab your things, Ive come to take you home.
Yeah back home

When illusion spin her net
Im never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free

Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes, but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me

Today I dont need a replacement
Ill tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart was going boom boom boom
Hey, I said, you can keep my things, theyve come to take me home.

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