Let’s talk about YouTube.
Our youngest progeny, seeking to drag us kicking and screaming into the 21st century, set up a slide show of the Norwegian Artist’s works set to the Snow Patrol song, Chasing Cars — a song which College Girl and I listened to on repeat for 3 hours as we were driving through Central Washington — although, not knowing how to set the “repeat” button on the car CD player, we took turns hitting the “play again” button. (There is a reason why the Norwegian Artist and the Son and Heir do not like to take long trips with me or the female progeny.)
Back to the slide show. Looks incredible! The song and the paintings flow beautifully into one another.
However, before you head to YouTube to look for it, be aware that it is not there, because when we started to post it, we were alerted by all sets of dire warnings telling us that we were using a copyrighted song without permission, and that the YouTube people would scour the earth to run down this slide show and eliminate the music from it. We could, however, choose from their selection of approved songs, which included, interestingly, two elevator-music versions of Chasing Cars by people who were not Snow Patrol. (Apparently the people who used to stand in elevators and push the buttons for you are so under worked that they moonlight by converting existing songs with words into bland arrangements of musical notes uniquely suited to putting people to sleep — an organic pharmaceutical, so to speak).
So I wrote the Snow Patrol people, asking for permission to use the song, not realizing that these people’s e-mail box is inundated with even more messages than mine, the latter which is packed daily with minute -by-minute updates from a company with the same name as a giant, slow-moving South American river.
How is it, I ask Tired-of-Being-Youngest-Techno-Babe, that other people post slide shows of their beach weddings and children’s second birthday parties and third cousin’s piano recital (playing Chasing Cars) — set to copyrighted music and their shows move on, smoothly and without problem?
“They just do it,” she shrugs.
Me, I feel like Mannequin Mary in the featured photo, frozen in shock, unable to speak, wondering when Snow Patrol is going to answer my e-mail.
Until then, I suggest that you make up a slide show of your own: Go to Steve Henderson Fine Art Landscapes, Seascapes, Figurative, or Sold (hit the link of your choice; I’ve set up the first page for you); next, start playing Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars; while the song is playing, hit the right hand arrow to the right of the work; and voila! you have a slide show of Steve Henderson’s fine art original oil paintings!