Saturday, February 2, 2008

LIFE IN THE FOODCHAIN.



I wonder how many people who read this are dependant on public approval to make a living?
How many people out there could survive on the whim of opinion? No matter how excellent the work they produced was or wasn't? For example, note the picture of the painting above.
It sold for five thousand dollars.

Now look at the one below that one.
Do you think it odd that the artist couldn't get five hundred for it?

Not that I'm upset, complaining, or pissed off, it's just I'll never understand say, useing a Van Gogh canvas as a doormat. They were you know.
I just wonder about people ya know?

The lyric below was from an album that got some college radio air in the late seventies, by Tonio K. called "life in the Foodchain. It was very much on my mind in the old Puma Blues days.
I recall it here because, well, I dunno, maybe it kinda fits.

Well your mother was there to protect you
Your papa was there to provide
So how in the world did the excellent baby
Wind up in this hotel so broken inside
You lie on your bed in the midnight darkly
Listening to every sound
Watching the shadows for anything moving
And hoping they don't come around
‘Cause it's dog eat dog
and it's cat and mouse
It's watch your step and cross yourself
And get back in the house
And it's do or die
It's push and shove
Because everybody's hungry
And there isn't quite enough
That's right we're talking about the good life
In the food chain
Love among the ruins
I guess that you've finally got to accept
That there's nothing you can do about it
It's kind'a like carving a turkey
Kind of like mowing the lawn
Everything gets to this certain dimension
Winds up on a customers plate and then gone
‘Cause it's dog eat dog And it's cat and mouse
‘Cause it's cut the cake grab a plate
And hope it goes around
And it's do or die
It's time to push and shove
Because everybody's hungry
And there isn't quite enough
‘Cause it's dog eat dog And it's cat and mouse
Ya know it's close your eyes and roll the dice
And shut your filthy mouth
It's time to push and shove
Because everybody's hungry
And there isn't quite enough
‘Cause it's dog eat dog
And it's cat and mouse
It's watch your step and cross yourself
And get back in the house
And it's do or die
It's push and shove
Because everybody's hungry
And there isn't quite enough
That's right we're talking about the good life In the food chain
Love among the ruins
I guess that you've finally got to accept
That there's nothing you can do about it
It's kind'a like carving a turkey
Kind of like mowing the lawn
Everything gets to this certain dimension
Winds up on a customers plate and then gone

Oh, back to work today, it it matters.
I've got a few commisions to do.one is gatis to the local hospital, a landscapey thing. One is paid for. The rest are just personal work that will be posted in the Rose Gallery section, though I doubt anyone will actually look at them. But hey, that's life in the foodchain sparky.

M.Z.

1 comment:

Shania said...

I hate to say this, but these days I'm like... hum, 99% sure that how you get paid depends a lot on who do you know. The contacts stuff. At least around here. I've seen someone getting paid loads for each (crappy) canvas because someone in the family knew a hell of a lot of good contacts (collector, galleries owners...)

It's unfair, but it happens.

Oh and btw, I check your site regularly. It's on my favourites so I won't forget. :)