This one is inspired by #1 Crush by Garbage. My gosh, this song could easily represent the height of my teenage angst. It takes me back to my bedroom, Big Red gum, Nirvana, MTV, my first multi-disc CD player, and my Romeo & Juliette soundtrack on repeat. I was talking with a friend about our shared love for angry chick music, particularly from the 90s, and memories came flooding back. So, I read my kids a bedtime story and as soon as the house was asleep I poured a glass of wine and played #1 Crush. Huge smile spread from ear to ear. That grungy guitar and those gritty, emotionally charged vocals. Wow, I listened to this song A LOT 20+ years ago. Lyrics like, "I will twist the knife and bleed my aching heart " kind of amuse me now as an adult, but as a teen, that was serious stuff. Man, emotions run high when you're that age. Would I go back and change things, now that I am older and wiser? Not in a million years. I would re-live that pain and awesome suffering all over again. That was the most intense-feeling stage of my life, and I feel as though it shaped so much of who I am today. I have no doubt it built a foundation for me as an understanding mom and a creative artist. Shattering, gut wrenching heartbreak, particularly. I would do every bit of it all over again.
18x24 oil pastel on paper " #1 Crush" $250
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