Friday, August 31, 2012

You Are My Sunshine Sunflowers and the Story of Fourteen Angels by Texas Artist Nancy Medina


You Are My Sunshine Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
16X20
Oil on Linen Board


I remember when I was very small, sitting on the floor in the bedroom I shared with my three sisters playing my Mom's record, You Are My Sunshine on our small record player. It was a 45 RPM, and only fit onto the turntable if you snapped one of those colorful plastic adjusters into the center. Do you remember those? When we were not playing my Mom's records we played our Disney record collection, with soundtracks from all of the classic Disney stories. The song I remember most was Fourteen Angels, from the Hansel and Gretel story, sung as a duet by the boy and girl who played the roles. 

My mother scraped together her left over money from groceries to buy us the record collection. We lived in a small house with leaky ceilings and wore hand me downs and did not have the money to join drill team, or go to dinner at fancy restaurants, and we never had a family vacation. But Mom always made sure we had books and music, and a weekly trip to the library to find new treasures, especially during the summer. I am very fortunate to have one of the best Moms in the whole world. I hope each of you has someone you love as much, and who has always brought music into your life.

When at night I go to sleep
Fourteen angels watch do keep;
Two my head are guarding,
Two my feet are guiding;
Two are on my right hand,
Two are on my left hand,
Two who warmly cover
Two who o'er me hover,
Two to whom 'tis given
To guide my steps to heaven.


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