Darlin' save the last dance for me... and the secret behind the song!
September 18, 2016
What could be more timeless or romantic than the last dance?
Off the top of my head there may be a few other heart-rending lines and soapy scenarios out there but this one is definitely high on the list!
If you need proof look no further than the success of the song. From The Drifters' original 1960 version that spent three weeks at the top of the U.S. pop charts... to Michael Bublé's 27 million views for it on Youtube, this song has done it all.
That's exactly what I love in a name for a painting - something that evokes different memories or ideas for different people yet has a strong attachment to the painting itself.
The video of the Michael Bublé version is here below...
The fall is such a joyous time, with the colored leaves, Thanksgiving around the corner and maybe a good chance of an Indian summer... So, I thought the idea of those last few leaves dancing in the wind would be beautiful for a painting.
And, that's why I called this painting "Last Dance".
But there is a little more to the story... according to wikipedia, Lou Reed told the story on the Elvis Costello show that the song's writer, Doc Pomus, wrote the song on his wedding day, confined to a wheelchair while watching his bride dance with all the wedding guests. Pomus had polio and had to use crutches.
And that bit of information gives the song, and the painting, all that much more meaning for me!