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December 16, 2010 / John Sieger

I Painted Your Eyes On The Street (Guest Vocalist Paul Cebar)

Click & Listen: I Painted Your Eyes On The Street

You hear about writers who dream a song, then wake up and write it. That only happened to me once. I woke up with the phrase “I painted your eyes on the street” and had no idea what it meant. There was a snatch of melody along with it and I thought it had a ring to it, so I got to work. It’s a surreal image — I guess you get those when you dream — but the end product seems more conventional love song than Magritte painting. I gave a copy to Paul Cebar, he liked it and played it on his radio show, Way Back Home, on WMSE. I was flattered — who wouldn’t be? Paul’s show is a very well regarded eclectic mix of soul, world-beat, country, rock, pop and singer songwriters. Not content to just flatter me by playing it on his show, he decided to record the song and came up with a very nice arrangement. It’s on his solo project, One Little Light On. That recording also contains songs he wrote with Pat McGlaughlin, Willy Porter and Peter Mulvey. I’m in pretty good company! So today my tonsils get a well deserved rest and you get to hear the warm baritone of Paul singing a song that came to me in a dream.

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© 2010 John Sieger


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  1. dave standridge / Dec 16 2010 1:55 pm

    Paints a picture, indeed. I love the fact that line was just there one morning. The final result is truly what it means to “take it from there”. Pretty tune.

    • John Sieger / Dec 16 2010 11:27 pm

      Thanks David, I’ll try to dream something up again sometime.

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