Consider the “Colors of the Wind”!

RB_The_Sands_of_Amelia_Island_VD “The Sands of Amelia Island”

The glow of sunset on the sands, the gentle movement of tall grass and long shadows on the dunes, and colors of a setting sun warm our soul. They speak comfort to our spirit, bringing life with every breath we take and every color we experience. We feel and breathe the air we cannot see…the wind. But do we consider the “Colors of the Wind”? Disney does, and their beautiful lyrics (below) speak of our connection to our native surroundings and to the original world we came to know as we grew up.

The song addresses a different time, but with timeless meaning. We are natives to the land in which we were born. Every day we live and breathe this beautiful country we’ve inherited. Our sense of belonging is fundamental to our being, just as the beauty of nature is an intrinsic part of our spirit. The lyrics sing of our inborn feelings of connection to nature and each other, of the priceless beauty of our land and of the realization that the earth can be no more than dirt to those who translate its meaning and significance into worth, unless we learn to open our minds to its true value and the abundance of life it offers. A spirit-filled life, learning “things you never knew you never knew”!

“Colors of the Wind”

“You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other,
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or let the eagle tell you where he’s been
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

And you’ll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper-skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountain
Need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the earth and still
All you’ll own is earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind”

By lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken, written for Disney’s film “Pocahontas”

(Please join us these next two weeks beginning April 18th and April 25th for our two-part interview blog with John Williams, New York Public School Teacher, as he shares his reflections of “The Sands of Amelia Island”)

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2 Comments

  1. Patricia Pickering

    Dear Roe,
    Great food for thought regarding our connection to nature! God’s design is amazing, eh? Your painting has even captured the dynamics of the musical composition in a beautiful way. The blowing of the sand represents movement and change. Stillness is reflected in the sand which is buried deep – grounded shall we say? It shall not be moved!

    (Just a side note…l conducted this piece during a junior high girls vocal performance, back in 2003. The dynamics are also moving with strong contrast. During each rehearsal, the great crescendo “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon” made the hair on my arms stand up.)

    Your brillance as an artist and woman of God continue to move and amaze me, Roe!!!

    Blessings,
    Patricia

    • I share your love of music as well as appreciation for art, and God’s beauty in both. It is fascinating to see how we each react/respond to a painting in different ways, yet with similarities, much like we respond to a song.

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